Depart Paris Gare du Nord at around 7.50am for arrival in
Arras at 9am. (Train fare not included). You will be met at
the station by your minibus driver and taken on a tour of
some of the most important sites of the Somme:
Bullecourt Digger, battlefield landscape lecture, Bullecourt
Museum, Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux,
Australian Corps Memorial, Le Hamel, Lochnager Crater,
Pozieres 1st Australian Division Memorial, Gibraltar Bunker,
Windmill site, Thiepval Memorial to the missing and
Newfoundland Memorial Park where you will see the remains of
the trenches and battlefield. Return to Arras. Evening free
Day 2: Your tour today will be to Fromelles and Ypres. We leave the
beauty of Arras and travel directly to the tragedy of
Fromelles, the scene of such a huge Australian tragedy that
history tried to forget that it ever happened. Today
you will also visit Vimy Ridge Canadian Memorial Park,
Pheasant Wood Cemetery with the Cobber Memorial, Fromelles
Museum, Hill 60, Polygone Wood Australian 5th Division
Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery (Passendaele) and visitor
centre, Essex Farm cemetery and finally Ypres, where you
will experience by the awesome Menin Gate the solemn “Last
Post” ceremony conducted there each day at 8pm.
Return to Arras around 10pm.
Depart after breakfast. Note there are regular direct train
services to Paris, the trip takes approximately 50 minutes.
Tours can be conducted with your own private guide for an
additional cost. Visits to special cemeteries can be
arranged on request. Please let us know if you wish to
visit the burial site of a relative.