We depart late evening (10:30pm from Solihull) on the 22nd June for our early morning ferry crossing to France. A visit will be made during the trip to the beautiful Canadian Memorial and Park at Vimy Ridge.
Ypres: Visit the Ypres Salient from Ploegsteert Memorial to the missing. Drive along the Messines Ridge following the line of the 19 mine explosions to Hill 60. Hellfire Corner to Sanctuary Wood with preserved trenches and Museum, drive along the infamous Menin Road through Gheluvelt immortalised by the heroic stand of the Worcester Regiment. Then to Passchendaele and its impressive museum, Tyne Cot Cemetery (largest British War Cemetery), Langemark German Cemetery, Vancouver Corner – scene of the first gas attack and Essex Farm where the famous First World War poem “In Flanders Fields” was composed by John MaCrae. Spend time in the Town of Ypres with its famous Cloth Hall and Saint George’s Chapel. Witness the moving evening Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing.
WW1 Ypres & Somme + Compiégne (5 days/4 nights)
Friday 22nd June – Wednesday 27th June £495
Somme: We drive along the area of the old front line from Newfoundland Park with its preserved trenches and Memorials, Thiepval with its imposing Memorial to the Missing and Blighty, Mash and Sausage Valleys. Visit the huge Lochnager Mine Crater at La Boiselle, exploded at 7.28am on 1st July 1916, heralding the start of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. We travel by many of the infamous locations etched into the memories of the brave soldiers who served in the conflict. This may include the Horseshoe of Woods; Trones, Mametz, Bernefay and High Wood and the village of Pozieres which is linked so strongly with the Australian Forces. The town of Albert with its Basilica and Golden Virgin and perhaps a visit into the well regarded museum and tunnels.
Compiégne: Armistice1918: The forest of Compiégne was the site of the Armistice between the Allies and Germany which ended the first World War on 11 November 1918. The French commander-in-chief convened the armistice talks, deep in the forest beside the tiny village of Rethondes, reportedly with an eye towards secrecy because he wanted to shield the meeting from intrusive journalists. A memorial site covers the historic treaty area. Additions include a statue of Marshal Foch and a large memorial.
Armistice of 1940: During World War II, a second treaty was signed in the forest, this time arranging an armistice between France and Nazi Germany (22 June 1940). With an unmistakable desire to humiliate his defeated enemy, German dictator Adolf Hitler gave orders that the surrender should be received in exactly the same spot, even the same railway car, where the Germans had surrendered in 1918. Today the site remains as a memorial to both major world events and hosts a museum which houses a replica of the original railway carriage destroyed under Hitler’s orders
The trip is based around visits to requested Cemeteries and the outline itinerary, but many other places of interest will also be included allowing for time restraints and any traffic problems encountered.
Battlefield Memorial Tours