Day 1 : Battlefields of the Somme
We visit the Wellington tunnels in Arras.
We start our tour discovering battle of the Somme 1916 and visit: Bapaume, Grevillers, Flers, Longueval and Carterpillar cemetery, where the unknown New Zealander was exhumed to be taken back to New Zealand. We continue our journey further and visit the sites related to the battle of the Somme 1918 such as Havrincourt Bridge, Vertigneul and Le Quesnoy.
Included pick up in Lille or Ypres, lunch, entrée fees, accommodation *** hotel Ypres.
Day 2 : Touring in Flanders on the Ypres Salient
We follow the route of the New Zealanders when they took the Messines Ridge and visit the different memorials to the New Zealanders and their missing.
Hill 60 who are only a few places related to the big explosions of the mines on the 7th June 1917, a successful operation prologue to the 3th battle of Ypres.
We will discover the different phases of the 3th battle of Ypres and we will approach Passchendaele Ridge just like the New Zealanders did in October 1917.
We start at Hellfire Corner, follow the Menin Road, Hooge Crater and Clapham Junction. During our visit to Polygon Wood we discover the memorial for the missing New Zealanders.
After Broodseinde we reach Passchendaele Ridge and visit Tyne Cot cemetery ,the biggest Commonwealth cemetery of the world, with the memorial to the missing New Zealanders of the battle of Passchendaele .
At the end of the day Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate. Possibility to lay a wreath (ask us in advance).
Included breakfast, lunch, entrée fees, accommodation *** hotel Ypres.
Day 3 : Behind the front line
We visit Flanders Fields area In Langemark we visit the German cemetery. We visit Lyssenthoek cemetery and the visitor centre to discover how the evacuation of the wounded took place. We visit the grave of Dave Gallaher in Nine Elms cemetery. In Poperinge we visit Talbot House and find out about life of the soldiers when they had rest and recreation. Also what happened to the thousands of civilians.
In Armentieres where the New Zealanders had their first experience on the Western Front we visit Cité Bonjean Military Cemetery.
We visit: Houplines, Fleurbaix and Fromelles.
Included lbreakfast, lunch, entrée fees, drop of in Lille or Ypres.