Our tour begins at The Somme.At the Newfoundland MemorialPark at Beaumont Hamel, wemake out the original trenchline. The Ulster Tower memorialto the 36th (Ulster) Divisionmakes a peaceful stoppingpoint, before we visit Pozièresand the Australian NationalMemorial at Villers-Bretonneux.We end a moving first day atthe Thiepval Memorial to theMissing. (D)
Surrounding the ancienttown of Ypres are the Salientbattlefields. Here we see JohnMcCrae’s Dressing Station atEssex Farm Cemetery. And wevisit battlegrounds includingMessines Ridge, Hooge Crater,Polygon Wood and Tyne CotMilitary Cemetery. We walk theshell-scarred craters of the Hill60 battlefield. We see dozensof memorials to Commonwealthregiments and their units. Thenas the sun sets, we contemplatethe haunting sound of the LastPost ceremony. (B)
Starting at Fromelles, we explorePheasant Wood Cemetery.Crossing the Loos battlefield,we continue to the CanadianMemorial Park at Vimy Ridgeto tour its trenches. And beforeour long weekend finishes, wepause for thought at the VimyMemorial that commemoratesthe thousands of soldiers whosefinal resting places have neverbeen found. (B)
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
This tour commences from Lille Europe Station, The Meeting Point, Gare de Lille-Europe, 59800, Lille at 8.30am. Please ensure you are at the 'Meeting Point', which you'll find in Hall 2, at least 15 minutes prior to departure.
The tour finishes at 6.00pm at Lille Europe Station, The Meeting Point, Gare de Lille-Europe, 59800, Lille.