4-Day Pilgrimage To The Irish Memorials Of WW2 In France From Paris
Embark on this tour to travel all the significant Irish heritage sites, dedicated to the soldiers who fought on the Western Front during WW1. Get the chance to follow the footsteps of a soldier or a battalion of your interest, visit Beaumont Hamel preserved on the battlefield, and head to the Ulster Tower. Take a walk around the Essex Farm Cemetery, where the poem ''In Flanders Fields'' was written.
- Visit Essex Farm Cemetery, where the poem ''In Flanders Fields'' was written
- See the remains of the past at the Beaumont Hamel and Ulster Tower
- Learn about the history at the Passchendale Zonnebeke Museum
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Day 1: Paris - Ypres expand_more
Meet the group at Paris Charles de Gaulle or Lille Eurostar with your Europe tour guide.
Drive to Somme Battlefields.
Receive an orientation at the Thiepval memorial and interpretation centre. Then, set out to visit:
Beaumont Hamel preserved the battlefield
Then, drive to Lille via Rue Du Bois and Le Touret.
Enjoy overnight in Ypres.
Day 2: Ypres expand_more
Receive an orientation at the Menin Gate.
Visit Flanders Fields Museum.
Enjoy lunch in the town square at your own expense.
Sightsee the battlefields of the Ypres Salient.
Visit Essex Farm Cemetery, where the poem ''In Flanders Fields'' was written.
Reach Messines Ridge, where the National Volunteers of the 16th (Irish) Division and 36th Ulster Division fought side by side.
Proceed to Spanbroekmoelen peace park and listen to the story of tunnelling.
Continue to Irish Peace Park, a memorial to the Irish who served in the conflict.
Return to your hotel.
Day 3: Ypres expand_more
Visit Passchendale Zonnebeke Museum.
Have lunch in Zonnebeke.
Proceed to St Julian Site of the first chemical weapon attacks.
Reach Langemarck German cemetery
Listen to the story of the Irish at Passchendaele and the death of Father Doyle.
Move to the Tyne Cot Cemetery
See the grave of Private John Conlon, the youngest recorded soldier to die in the war, aged fourteen. one of four brothers from Sligo to die in the war.
Attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate
Day 4: Ypres - Paris expand_more
On the way back to Paris, pay your respects to the Irish soldiers who fell on one of the most bloody days for Ireland. On 21st March 1918. The main attack of the German spring offensive, their gamble to win the war fell on the Irishmen of the 16th (Irish) Division, formed initially of national volunteers by the Home Rule politicians, and the 36th (Ulster) Division formed from Carson’s Ulster Volunteers.
Also, visit the other highlights of the remainings tour:
Epehy: The end of the 16th (Irish) Division.
French national museum of the Great War Meaux
Take the flight to Dublin
Europe tour guide services
Research into personal stories. This is what is unique about our tours. A battlefield historian will carry out some research to find the locations relevant to individuals of interest to you. For example, we will explain the service record and cross-reference the war diaries and history books to find places where that person's unit served and even where they became a casualty
Maps and other supporting material handout
Accommodation: We can recommend hotels and hostels to suit your preferred standards and the itinerary
Meals: We can recommend restaurants to suit your taste and the size of your group. For large groups, we can recommend menus. We can picnic in good weather. Budget around 10-15 Euros for lunch and 25-50 euros for an evening meal
Guide accommodation and subsistence: Book me into the same hotel if you want me to provide an informed company during the evening. Otherwise, I will stay in budget accommodation
Transportation: This will depend on the size of your group. We can advise and book suitable transport and drive or share the driving
Know before you go
This is more than a guided tour. This is an offer of a personalised visit to the battlefields of the western front with an itinerary that is tailored to your interests. We adjust the itinerary to include locations and topics that are specific to you. If you want to visit the graves of a soldier or the places where they served, we will do our best to find out the background to what happened and why. We will cover the main sites of interest to the Australian visitor, but we will do it, as far as possible through the experiences of the people of most interest to our guests.
We charge you for the guide’s time. Everything else is charged at cost, to keep the cost down for you our guests.
Happy to adjust this tour around commemorations for Armistice day.
William Redmond MP and Father Patrick Doyle.
For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -Refund of 80% of the tour price.
|1 To 4||GBP 1600 Per Person|
This is a group tour