The great war – Somme - Fromelles - Ypres
AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND
THE GREAT WAR and AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND - NORTH of FRANCE and in FLANDERS FIELDS : Villers-Bretonneux, Le Hamel, Pozières, Thiepval, FROMELLES, Plugsteert , Messines Ridge, Hill 60 & Caterpillar Crater, Polygone Wood and Tyne Cot Cemetary.
We leave Brussels at 7.45 am and drive straight via the A2 and Valenciennes towards the Australian Memorial of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX. This memorial and cemetery is the place where every year the Anzac celebrations are held. We then continue in the idyllic Somme valley to yet another Australian Monument at LE HAMEL, giving us the history of the important battle that took place here in 1918, and which was the beginning of the end for the Germans.
On our tour, the imposing LOCHNAGAR crater cannot fail: the biggest crater on the western front, 30 meters deep. In Pozières, we have a view on the monument that is reminding us that on this spot the first time tanks have been used. And very soon later, we reach the monumental Memorial to the missing in THIEPVAL, the French-British Memorial with visitor center. This monument is honoring some 74.000 man, with no know grave. On the first day of the Somme offensive, the 1st of July 1916, a terrible number of casualties had to be taken into account: 100.000 casualties – 20.000 of them died this same first day.
Then we drive back to the highway; we make a stop for lunch on the A1 and continue in the direction of Lens to reach FROMELLES . Here we visit Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery, the Australian Memorial Park and VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial. We continue to Flanders and visit the Winston Churchill Plaque in Plugsteert and the Memorial to the Missing with the names of almost 12.000 men. Further to Messines Ridge with the Monument for New-Zealand (and Ireland) where once the German lines were, and we stop also at the monument for the Christmas truce in 1914. Then we arrive at Hill 60 & Caterpillar Crater where Australian miners did such a great job.
We finish our visits with the biggest Commonwealth War Cemetery in the World, Tyne Cot and at Polygone Wood. In Ypres, you will have free time for dinner and you will attend the so moving LAST POST CEREMONY at the Menin Gate at 8 pm. sharp, after which we drive back to Brussels.
Duration : 13.30 hrs
- Max 3 persons: €820
- Max 4 persons: €930
- Max 6 persons: €1030