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3 Days History tour itinerary for Arras, Lille & Ypres: Trace New Zealanders' Tales On The Western Front

Arras, Lille, Ypres

Battlefield
Battlefield Tour
Education
Education Tour
History
History Tour
Personalised Pilgrimages to the Western Front
Trace New Zealanders

New Zealand soldiers storming Le Quesnoy November 1918

Lille-France

Follow the stories of the Kiwis on the Western Front from the Somme to the Armistice. Your historian guide will research the actions and locations associated with particular units and individuals. Find about 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. 

DAY 01

Lille-Ieper

Pick up by your Europe tour guide from Lille Europe and visit the following landmarks:

  • Ploegsteert Visitor Centre -orientation

  • The Battle of Messines 1917 and the New Zealand memorial 

  • Passchendaele Memorial Museum

  • Gravenstafel memorial 

  • Tyne Cot CWGC

  • Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony

Overnight in Ypres.

DAY 02

Ieper -Arras

  • Hear the stories of Kiwis on the Somme as you depart Ypres

  • Thiepval Memorial and Interpretation centre

  • Preserved battlefield of Newfoundland Park

  • Lunch Somme area

  • Lochnagar Crater

  • The baptism of fire at Flers 1916

  • Beaumont Hamel 1918 

Overnight in Arras

DAY 03

Arras -Lille

  • Visit the remarkable Wellington Quarries the network of caverns and the handiwork of New Zealand miners with your local tour guide.

  • Then, follow the story of the Kiwis in 1918 from Hebuterne and Bapaume on the Somme to the capture of Le Quesnoy

  • Return to Lille 

  • 1200 GBP Per Group
  • Europe tour guide services

  • Research into personal stories. This is what is special about these 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, it is recommended menus. You 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 an informed company during the evening, book the guide into the same hotel. Otherwise, they will stay in budget accommodation.

  • Vehicle rent: 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 our best to find out the background to what happened and why. You will 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 will be charged for the guide’s time. Everything else is charged at cost, to keep the cost down for you, the guests.

Arras, Lille, Ypres

Battlefield
Battlefield Tour
Education
Education Tour
History
History Tour
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Contributed By

Frank Baldwin

starting from
GBP 1200
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