DAY 1 LILLE – THE SOMME – AMIENS.
After meeting in Lille, we’ll commence our first day by exploring the region of the Somme
– the infamous site of one of the most costly battles of WWI. While we’re here, we’ll visit Newfoundland Memorial Park – where the original
trench lines have been preserved – as well as the Ulster Tower and Pozières Cemetery. We’ll also have time to pay our respects at the Thiepval Memorial
to the Missing of the Somme before we set a course for Amiens – where an included dinner awaits. (D)
DAY 2 AMIENS – NAOURS – AMIENS.
Today will begin with a visit to the underground city of Naours – where we’ll see the tunnels where hundreds of ANZAC soldiers left their mark. The inscriptions on the walls of this cave network provide a touching insight into the lives and personalities of some of the brave soldiers who fought in WWI all those years ago. Then: we’ll round off the day back in Amiens, where you’ll have some free time to explore at your own pace. (B)
DAY 3 AMIENS – VILLERS BRETONNEUX YPRES.
After today’s breakfast, we’ll leave Amiens behind us – moving on to the Australian National War Memorial
and Cemetery at Villers-Bretonneux. Our next stop will be the Canadian National Vimy Memorial: an impressive monument that overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge. This evening will see us dining together in Ypres - a city that was totally destroyed during the war and rebuilt anew. (B,D)
DAY 4 YPRES – YPRES SALIENT – MENIN GATE – YPRES. The beautiful city of Ypres sits in the epicentre of British WWI endeavours, and there is much to see in the surrounding countryside – including John McCrae’s Dressing Station at Essex Farm Cemetery, the German Cemetery at Langemark and Vancouver Corner.
Today we’ll also visit the fascinating Hooge Crater Museum – where we’ll discover a unique collection of WWI artefacts after exploring the trenches for ourselves. An evocative end to the day is in store: we’ve an appointment to keep at the Menin Gate Memorial, where we’re invited to attend the playing of the Last Post. (B)
DAY 5 YPRES – FROMELLES – LILLE. Today will be spent exploring Hill 60, the area around Fromelles, VC Corner and the Australian Memorial Park – and we’ll also be lucky enough to visit an exhibition commemorating the 2009 discovery of 250 previously unknown sets of remains at Pheasant Wood Cemetery. After coming full circle back in Lille later today, our tour will come to a close. (B)