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Monuments of Vimy Ridge, France

Battlefields of France & Flanders

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
4 days
From: $ 650 $ 163 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Discover Talbot House, or TOC H as it was known in army signallers' code
  • Visit the Thiepval Anglo-French Memorial, which bears the names of some 73,000 British
  • Visit Flanders Field Museum which presents the story of the First World War
  • See the Ypres, which was devastated during some of the worst fighting of the First World War

Short Description

Solemn silence now reigns on the battlefields of France and Flanders where bloody battles of the First World War were fought. Hear the story of the disastrous attack on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, visit the infamous Ypres Salient and Tyne Cot Cemetery, where 11,954 slain soldiers lie, and take the opportunity to pay your respects at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Lille
End City Lille

Travel Theme

Cultural

Destinations

France Belgium

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Trip Includes

  • The services of a Tour Manager
  • Standard-class return rail travel by Eurostar
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 3 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in a 4 star hotel
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts & 1 dinner
  • Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)

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Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Lille

Meet your Tour Manager at London St Pancras International for your journey to Lille by Eurostar. After transferring to your hotel get to know your travelling companions over a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 2: Poperinge, Ypres Salient and Tyne Cot Cemetery

Located in the small town of Poperinge we'll discover Talbot House, or TOC H as it was known in army signallers' code – a club where British soldiers could meet and relax regardless of rank. We'll then head to the infamous Ypres Salient and Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth military cemetery in the world, and the resting place of 11,954 soldiers.

There will be time to take lunch with your travelling companions before our afternoon visit to Ypres, which was devastated during some of the worst fighting of the First World War, but is now beautifully restored.

Day 3: The Somme and Vimy Ridge

The Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park sits on the site of the Somme battlefield and it's a poignant place to start our explorations. Named after the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, the park is a memorial to all the Newfoundlanders who fought in the First World War and the many other soldiers from other regiments who fought and died on this spot. A guided tour will recount the disastrous attack of 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

We'll visit the Thiepval Anglo-French Memorial, which bears the names of some 73,000 British and South African soldiers missing or who fell at the Somme, before heading to the Vimy Ridge, a vital part of the German defence system which was captured by the Canadians in April 1917.

Return to your hotel where we'll gather for a farewell drink

Day 4: Lille to UK

This morning there will be an included stop at the In Flanders Field Museum which presents the story of the First World War in the West Flanders front region. After your visit, transfer to the station for your return journeyback to the UK.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Accomodations

Novotel Lille Centre Gares

Accommodation: The 4-star Novotel Lille Centre

Gares in Lille is in a convenient location in the centre of Lille, close to all the must-see sights. This is a really great base from which to explore the city.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, terrace and fitness centre. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, hairdryer and minibar.

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Additional Information:

  • A dedicated Tour Manager will host your holiday and make sure it runs smoothly
  • We'll show you the must-see sights and some of the hidden gems too
  • Accommodation in good quality, conveniently located hotels
  • Exceptional overall value for money on each and every holiday
  • All of our holidays are protected by ATOL or our financial protection insurance
  • We've been delivering the perfect holiday for over 50 years

Trip ID#:

BatFieTra

Trip Excludes

  • International airfare
  • The Somme and Vimy Ridge
  • Poperinge, Ypres Salient
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery
  • In Flanders Fields Museum and the Last Post Ceremony

Meals Included:

3 Breakfasts and 1 Dinner

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