Sculptures at the bottom of the monument at Vimy Ridge | City Breaks Tour - Vimy Ridge, France

World War 1 Battlefields (Summer 2017)

Duration: 4 days Visiting: France, Belgium

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An emotive and poignant journey through the countryside of Northern France, dotted with war cemeteries and memorials for those who fell in 'the war to end all wars'.

  1. Day 1

    From Paris to Ypres Battlefields and Lille

    Enjoy your complimentary private VIP door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. Depart the Paris Hotel Hyatt Regency at 09:00 bound for Flanders Fields. Visit the Ypres Salient battlefields, including Hill 60, Polygon Wood, the Passchendaele Memorial and Tyne Cot Cemetery. In the Town of Ypres, hear the Last Post sounded at the Menin Gate. Then continue to your hotel and join your Tour Director for a Welcome Drink.

  2. Day 2

    Time for reflection at Fromelles and Vimy Ridge, then onto Amiens

    See the Australian cemetery of Fromelles, before continuing to the Canadian National Memorial at Vimy Ridge and a visit to the trenches with a Local Expert. Continue to Amiens, perhaps visit the impressive cathedral?

  3. Day 3

    The Battlefields of the Somme

    Explore the key battlefields of the Somme, including the Lochnagar Crater, the South African and New Zealand Memorials at Longueval, Newfoundland Memorial and Museum and the Franco-British Memorial at Thiepval. Take a lunch stop in Albert to see the church. Afterwards, explore Beaumont-Hamel on the way back to Amiens where you will have the afternoon at leisure. Maybe do a little shopping or spend some time in the historic Saint-Leu district?

  4. Day 4

    Return to Paris

    Visit the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux and the Franco-Australian Museum in the local Victoria School. Call in at Le Hamel and continue to Péronne. Return to Paris via Charles De Gaulle Airport. (Please do not schedule flights before 19:00.) On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your return private VIP transfer home.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Vimy Ridge: Visit the reconstructed trench systems amidst the craters.
  • Villers-Bretonneux: In the local Victoria School, a wooden sign states “N'oublions jamais l'Australie”, which translates as “Never let us forget Australia”. Visit the Franco-Australian museum housed above the classrooms, to learn about the role the Australians played in defending the town.

Additional Included Highlights

  • Tour the Ypres Salient battlefields.
  • Tour the battlefields, War Cemeteries and memorials of the Somme.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • A Welcome drink and briefing (WR) and 3 Buffet Breakfasts (BB).

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Amiens: The modern Mercure Amiens Cathédrale hotel is located in the heart of the city, right next to the Gothic cathedral.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • Welcome Drink Reception
  • One-night accommodation in Lille
  • Two nights accommodation in Amiens
  • Breakfast daily
  • Escorted throughout by your professional Tour Director

Optional experiences

Most Insight tours already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Tour Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your tour. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Gourmet Dinner In Amiens

This evening after a pleasant tour of the canals and the historical district where special boats known as '' barques a cornet'' are used, you will enjoy a magnificent three course dinner in a typical restaurant set in an old boat workshop dating back to the sixteenth century  when they built ''the boats Cone'' hortillonnages . It is one of the oldest institutions of old Amiens and located near one of the small canals , known as ''rieux'' in the local dialect. Savour the rich flavours of Picardie over a delicious dinner. Wine is included.

Adult Price: EUR 66.00

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    Learn, respect and be proud

    7/6/2014 David Bourke, Goulburn, Australia

    This tour was very interesting and you learn so much from seeing the battle fields. The respect and care taken of the various cemeteries is perfect. The sight of the cemeteries and so many head stones and memorial walls was so sobering as so many young men gave their lives in this war.

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