Day 1 : Somme
Pick up at your hotel in Lille or train station around 9.30am.
We drive the front line of the Australian Battle of The Somme, Bullecourt, the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of The Somme, Lochnagar mine crater at La Boisselle, Pozieres (1st Div. Memorial at "Gibralter", 2nd Div. Memorial at The Windmill site) and Mouquet Farm.
Then we drive south to the Somme Valley via Albert to the Australian Memorial at Villers Bretonneux visit of the Victoria school, the battlefield park at Le Hamel, the Richthoffen crash site at Vaux-sur-Somme. (3th Australian Division Memorial).
New: Visit of the Monash Centre
included pick up Lille or Ypres, lunch, entrée fees, accommodation *** hotel Ypres.
Day 2 : Ypres Salient
Visit to the Messines Ridge, Messines, New Zealand Memorial Park, Irish Peace Park, Ploegsteert (Plugstreet Wood), 1914 Christmas Truce field at St Yvon, in St. Eloi, Hill 60 (1st Aus. Tunnelling Coy. Memorial), and The Caterpillar. Visit to the Menin Road, Hell Fire Corner, Hooghe Crater Museum, Clapham Junction, the Gheluvelt Plateau, Polygon Wood (AIF 5th Div. Memorial), Broodseinde Ridge, Tyne Cot Cemetery at Passchendaele, Last Post at the Menin Gate. Possible to lay a wreath.
included breakfast, entrée fees, lunch,accommodation at *** hotel Ypres.
Day 3 : Fromelles and Poperinge
Visit the area where John McCrae wrote his famous poem: In Flanders Fields.
We visit Lijssenthoek cemetery and the visitor center to discover how the evacuation of the wounded took place. In Poperinge we visit Talbot House and find out about life of soldiers behind the front line when they had Rest and Recreation. Also what happened to the thousands of civilians.
Visit of Fromelles, VC Corner, Cobber memorial and Pheasant Wood.
End of the tour 17.00 hour (or other time on request)
included breakfast, entrée fees, lunch, drop off Lille or Ypres.
It is possible that day 1 and day 3 will be reversed.