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4 Days History tour itinerary for Arras & Lille: Pay Respects To The Canadians At WWI Sites

Arras, Lille

Battlefield
Battlefield Tour
Education
Education Tour
History
History Tour

Join this group tour to all the significant Canadian heritage sites dedicated to the soldiers who fought on the Western Front during WW1. During this tour, you will also get the chance to follow the footsteps of a soldier or a unit of interest to you.

DAY 01

Lille-Arras

Canadians on the Somme 

  • Meet at Lille and travel to the Somme area.

  • Visit the Canadian battlefields of 1916: The Beaumont Hamel battlefield preserved to commemorate the Newfoundland Regiment on the first day of the Somme and the later battles of Courcelette, Thiepval ridge and Regina Trench.

  • End with a visit to Hangard Wood near Amiens and hear the story of the 1918 battles. 

Overnight: Arras 

DAY 02

Arras

The Battle for Vimy Ridge. 

  • Start with a visit to the Lorette de Notre Dame, the French cemetery containing 35,000 graves overlooking Vimy ridge. Many lost in the two unsuccessful French offensives to capture Vimy ridge in 1915.

  • Visit the preserved battlefield of Vimy Ridge and the Canadian memorial. The visit includes a visit to Grange tunnel under Vimy Ridge, subject to availability or the Wellington Quarries, the tunnel network built to shelter troops under Arras.

  • Stop by the Arras battlefield where the Canadian Corps started its successful advance to the Armistice.

Overnight: Arras area.

DAY 03

ArrAS iEPER

In Flanders Fields

  • Drive to Ieper via the sites of the Canadian operations in Artois. These include Festubert in 1915, and Hill 70 in August 1917 and the St Eloi, the disastrous introduction to the battle of the 2nd Canadian Division in 1915.

  • See the site of the first poison gas attacks at St Julian,(1915) now commemorated by the Vancouver Corner memorial and the battlefield of Mount Sorrel in 1916 and the story of John Macrae and the Poppy. and the Flanders Fields museum.

  • End the day laying a wreath at the Menin Gate during the Last Post Ceremony at Ieper.

  • Evening meal in one of the local restaurants.

Overnight Ieper.


DAY 04

Ieper-Mons -Lille

To the Armistice

  • In the last morning, continue to explore the Flanders battlefields.

  • Visit the Passchendaele Museum Zonnebeke and the Passchendaele battlefield.

  • Drive to Mons where the last Canadian soldier fell and is buried close to the first British soldier who died on the Western Front.

  • Return to Lille.

  • 1600 GBP Per Group
  • Europe tour guide services.

  • Research into personal stories. This is what is special about our tours. A battlefield historian will carry out some research to find the locations relevant to individuals of interest to you.  For example, the guide will explain what the service record means 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: Can recommend hotels and hostels to suit your preferred standards and the itinerary.

  • Meals: Can recommend restaurants to suit your taste and the size of your group. For large groups, menus are recommended. Can picnic in good weather. Budget around 10-15 Euros for lunch and 25-50 euros for an evening meal.

  • Guide accommodation and subsistence: If you want the guide to provide an informed company during the evening, book them into the same hotel. Otherwise, they will stay in budget accommodation.

  • Transportation: This will depend on the size of your group. Can advise and book suitable transport and drive or share the driving.

  • Museum entrances

  • 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. Can 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, the guide will do the best to find out the background to what happened and why. Cover the main sites of interest to the Australian visitor, but will do it, as far as possible through the experiences of the people of most interest to the guests.

  • You are charged for the guide’s time. Everything else is charged at cost, to keep the cost down for you, the guests.

  • Happy to adjust this tour around commemorations for the anniversary of Vimy or Armistice day.

Arras, Lille

Battlefield
Battlefield Tour
Education
Education Tour
History
History Tour
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Contributed By

Frank Baldwin

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GBP 1600
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