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4 Days History tour itinerary for france: Embark On A Pilgrimage To Irish Memorials

Amiens, Arras, Lille, Somme (Battlefield), Ypres

Battlefield
Battlefield Tour
History
History Tour
Museum
Museum Tour
Personalised Pilgrimages to the Western Front
Embark on a Pilgrimage to Irish memorials

Irish Peace Tower in Messines

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Plan on a tour to all the significant Irish 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 battallion of your interest.

DAY 01

Paris - Ypres

  • 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

    • Ulster tower

    • Lochangar Crater

    • Guillemont

  • Then, drive to Lille via Rue Du Bois and Le Touret.

  • Enjoy overnight in Ypres. 

DAY 02

Ypres

  • 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 03

Ypres

  • 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 04

Ypres - Paris

  • On the way back to Paris, pay your respects to the Irish soldiers, who fell in 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 originally formed of national volunteers by the Home Rule politicians, and the 36th (Ulster) Division formed from Carson’s Ulster Volunteers.

  • Highlights of the remainings tour:

    • Epehy: The end of the 16th (Irish) Division.

    • Racecourse Redoubt

    • French national museum of the Great War Meaux

  • Take the flight to Dublin

  • 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, we 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: 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: If you want me to provide an informed company during the evening book me into the same hotel. 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.

  • 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. 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.

Amiens, Arras, Lille, Somme (Battlefield), Ypres

Battlefield
Battlefield Tour
History
History Tour
Museum
Museum Tour
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