WW1 Battlefields

France, Belgium & The Netherlands

Regional Journey

World War I Battlefields (Summer 2019)

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.

    Depart Le Méridien Etoile, 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. Continue to your hotel and join your Travel 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, commemorating one of the darkest days in Australian military history. Continue to the Canadian National Memorial at Vimy Ridge, dedicated to the battle which became a defining moment for Canada as a nation. Take in a visit to the trenches preserved just as they were during the Great War with a Local Expert, who tells stories of battles that raged the now silent pastures. Continue to Amiens and perhaps visit the impressive cathedral?

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    The Battlefields of the Somme.

    Meet your Local Expert to explore the key battlefields of the Somme. Visit the Lochnagar Crater, the South African and New Zealand Memorials at Longueval, Newfoundland Memorial and Museum and the Franco-British Memorial at Thiepval. Enjoy a stop in Albert to see the church and hear the legends of the Golden Virgin statue atop - once a beacon to many soldiers who passed through the town during the Battle of the Somme. Afterwards, explore Beaumont-Hamel, one of the largest allied offensives of the war, and return 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. Stop to explore Le Hamel and then continue to Péronne. On return to Paris, a stop is made at Charles De Gaulle Airport. For those departing in the evening, please do not schedule flights before 20:00. Alternatively the coach will drop you at Le Méridien Etoile hotel.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Vimy Ridge: Visit the Canadian National Memorial, dedicated to a battle that defined Canada as a nation. Your Local Expert will share stories of the battles that once raged here, as you explore the well-preserved 100-year-old trenches.
  • Somme Battlefields: Venture through the battlefields of the Somme as your Local Expert explains how brave soldiers fought tirelessly for five months.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ypres: Tour the Ypres Salient Battlefields and hear the final salute to the fallen as the Last Post is sounded at the Menin Gate.
  • Lille: Be enchanted by the little town of Lille as you enjoy listening about its history.
  • Fromelles: See the Australian cemetery, commemorating one of the darkest days in Australian military history.
  • Amiens: Enjoy a city orientation with your Travel Director and see a medieval town tastefully rebuilt after WWII.
  • Albert: Hear the legends of the Golden Virgin, and later Leaning Virgin statue atop the church.
  • Beaumont-Hamel: Explore Beaumont-Hamel, once the site of one of the largest allied offensives of the war.
  • Villers-Bretonneux: Visit the Franco-Australian Museum in the local Victoria School and learn how Australian soldiers saved this town.
  • Le Hamel: Learn about the battle that lasted just 93 minutes, 3 minutes more than calculated by Lieutenant General John Monash.
  • Péronne: Like many others, this town was almost completely destroyed during German occupation, and was finally liberated by Australian Troops in September 1918.

STAY IN STYLE

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

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips 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 Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.

Accommodation

 

Mercure Lille Centre Grand Place Hotel.

Lille (Contemporary) - France

This charming Mercure Lille Centre Grand Place Hotel, is housed in a beautiful 19th-century building, situated in the centre of Lille and just a short walk from La Grande Place.

Mercure Amiens Cathédrale Hotel.

Amiens (Traditional) - France

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

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11450 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 20 November, 2018

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    Trip: Rated previously under the name SW from Cincinnati OH.

    Service: The four days were very full. Most fellow travelers were from Commonwealth countries. Some looking for the place were family members fell during WW1. As Americans we were in the wrong part of the Western Front to see sites with which we would most identify. Nevertheless we learned a lot during the tour and have continued to study YouTube.com videos since to 'fill in the blanks.' We were especially touched by the Canadian Memorial manned by Canadian College Students who served as interpreters. We'd highly recommend the tour. The local resource guides were excellent.

  • 26 October, 2018

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    Trip: The sites were ones I wanted to learn about, especially Vimy Ridge, and John Pitts added so much background information which put everything in context for us.

    Service: Sorry I did not mean to rate our tour that way. My wife and I enjoyed all aspects of the trip including the villages in which we stayed. We were also impressed by the skill of the bus driver and especially our knowledgable guide John Pitts. He did an excellent job of informing of the sites we were visiting and of meeting the interests of all passengers. I would travel with him again.

  • 25 October, 2018

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    Trip: A great tour director and driver. Very knowledgeable always

    Service: A fantastic tour, very knowledgeable and fun tour director, John. Would go out of his way to accommodate us which was most appreciated Our driver always kept us safe too

  • 16 October, 2018

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    Trip: Very very informative and an eye opener

    Service: Our tour guide Gary Junge was ‘the best ever’ a walking encyclopaedia, would love to do another insight tour as long as he was our guide

  • 10 October, 2018

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    Trip: This itinerary did not disappoint. Each site, memorial and cemetary we visited were well worth the time and money spent. It was a very somber and humbling experience. I would highly recommend.

    Service: The tour itself to the various memorials and cemetaries was excellent. Our travel director was very personable, knowledgeable and informative. Our bus driver was amazing!! All the various guides we had along the tour were excellent! The negative aspects of this tour were that the "welcome drink" was very uneventful and disappointing. We had to line up to get served in plastic cups and it was quite chaotic. It would have been nice to either have a welcome dinner or farewell dinner or something of that nature. Also, the bus we travelled in was not the usual Insight bus, which we expected. The bus we had was more cramped inside with less leg room. That was also disappointing.

  • 10 October, 2018

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    Trip: See previous comments as I covered this then

    Service: Well planned trip although the timelines jumped around which meant it took me a while to assimilate the bits we saw. All came into perspective on the last day. John was extremely knowledgeable.

  • 26 September, 2018

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    Trip: The knowledge of tour and local guides

    Service: The way the history was verbally offered to us made it more obsorbable by both local and tour guides

  • 22 September, 2018

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    Trip: Always recommend this tour to WW1 sites. Must do! Could have stayed longer if possible!

    Service: As usual all excellent for tour - accommodation, guide, coach, driver. Very smooth & professional from booking to finish. Tour guide Debra in Italian Escapade - made our Italian experience so worth it - very knowledgeable and had OUR best interests at heart in every detail.++++

  • 12 September, 2018

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    Trip: Very educational An eye opening tour.

    Service: Insight is amazing in all ways especially for me travelling solo.

  • 29 August, 2018

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    Trip: Great itinerary. Very knowlegable guide

    Service: Excellent guides, Very knowledgable. Nothing too much trouble for them,

  • 16 August, 2018

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    Trip: The stops were important and interesting. I would have liked more time at the Monash Center and a stop in Verdun would have saved us an extra tour.

    Service: Loved Carly our tour director. She was knowledgeable and so friendly. Our local guides Soren and Michael really brought the history to life.

  • 04 August, 2018

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    Trip: Thoroughly enjoyed interesting tour

    Service: Excellent

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