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France, Belgium & The NetherlandsRegional Journey
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
Amiens (Traditional) - France
The modern Mercure Amiens Cathédrale Hotel is located in the heart of the city, right next to the Gothic cathedral.