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WW1 Battlefields 2020 (in Apr - Nov 2020)

Price: R 13,319.00

4 nights, roundtrip from Lille visiting the Somme / Vimy Ridge / Ypres.

This fascinating and moving tour focuses on the major areas of British and Commonwealth involvement across the Western Front - from The Somme to Amiens and Ypres. With the flexibility to ensure that each of our guests has the chance to see memorials to his (or her) country's fallen, this tour provides a personalised experience that's as unforgettable as it is enlightening.

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Take time to pay respects at your relatives' graves.
  • Tour the well-preserved trenches and tunnels of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.
  • Attend the playing of the Last Post under the famous Menin Gate.

Booking Details for this Small Group Tour

Selected departure dates: Prices per person sharing from:
  • 01 & 08 November 2020 
R 13,319.00 pps 
  • 14 April 2020
  • Between 12 July - 25 August 2020
  • Between 30 September - 08 October 2020
R  13,789.00 pps
  • 09, 17 & 25 May 2020
  • 10 & 22 June 2020
  • Between 06 - 22 September 2020
R  14,169.00 pps

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Lille - The Somme - Amiens

After meeting in Lille, we’ll commence our first day by exploring the region of the Somme – the infamous site of one of the most costly battles of WWI. While we’re here, we’ll visit Newfoundland Memorial Park – where the original trench lines have been preserved – as well as the Ulster Tower and Pozières Cemetery. We’ll also have time to pay our respects at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme before we set a course for Amiens – where an included dinner awaits.

Accommodation: Hôtel Le Prieuré (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Amiens - Naour - Amiens

Today will begin with a visit to the underground city of Naours – where we’ll see the tunnels where hundreds of ANZAC soldiers left their mark. The inscriptions on the walls of this cave network provide a touching insight into the lives and personalities of some of the brave soldiers who fought in WWI all those years ago. Then: we’ll round off the day back in Amiens, where you’ll have some free time to explore at your own pace.

Accommodation: Hôtel Le Prieuré (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Amiens - Villers Bretonneux - Ypres

After today’s breakfast, we’ll leave Amiens behind us – moving on to the Australian National War Memorial and Cemetery at Villers-Bretonneux. Our next stop will be the Canadian National Vimy Memorial: an impressive monument that overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge. This evening will see us dining together in Ypres - a city that was totally destroyed during the war and rebuilt anew.

Accommodation: The Albion Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4 - Ypres - Ypres Salient - Menin Gate - Ypres

The beautiful city of Ypres sits in the epicentre of British WWI endeavours, and there is much to see in the surrounding countryside – including John McCrae’s Dressing Station at Essex Farm Cemetery, the German Cemetery at Langemark and Vancouver Corner. Today we’ll also visit the fascinating Hooge Crater Museum – where we’ll discover a unique collection of WWI artefacts after exploring the trenches for ourselves. An evocative end to the day is in store: we’ve an appointment to keep at the Menin Gate Memorial, where we’re invited to attend the playing of the Last Post.

Accommodation: The Albion Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Ypres - Fromelles - Lille

Today will be spent exploring Hill 60, the area around Fromelles, VC Corner and the Australian Memorial Park – and we’ll also be lucky enough to visit an exhibition commemorating the 2009 discovery of 250 previously unknown sets of remains at Pheasant Wood Cemetery. After coming full circle back in Lille later today, our tour will come to a close.

Meals: Breakfast

Validity Various departures between April - November 2020
Currency NB. Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Operator Back-Roads Touring
Tour Identifier/s BEWBFLL-0
Inclusions • 4 nights in boutique accommodation.
• Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver.
• Premium mini-coach transportation.
• Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 2 evening meals (D).
• Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Canadian Memorial Park, the Memorial to the Missing, and Hooge Crater Museum.
Exclusions • Flights and taxes.
• Visas (if required)
• Travel insurance.
• Transfers.
• Anything of a personal nature.
• Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
• Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights.
• Entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
• Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
• Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
• Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
• Pre and post tour accommodation.
T's & C's • Prices per person and subject to change due to availability and exchange rates.
• Deposits: R3000 deposit to secure booking.
• Final Payment: 65 days prior to departure.
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