Day 1: Depart Paris Gare
du Nord at leisure and arrive in Arras. There are no
tours planned for today. However you might want to
visit some of the museums in the beautiful town of Arras.
Along with the Museum of Fine Arts and the beautifully
restored Flemish Baroque architecture of the city you will
find the recently opened Wellington Quarry. It is an
underground museum which has been carefully recreated to
show how life was lived in the tunnels and quarries below
the city during WW1. Overnight Arras.
Day 2: Today's tour will
be to some 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 3: 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.
Day 4: Depart after breakfast. Note there are regular direct train
services to Paris, the trip takes approximately 50 minutes.