the battle of messines

somme battlefield tours

1917 - 2017

Celebrations for the 100th Anniversary of
the Battle of Messines.

The opening of the Battle of Messines was at that time the biggest bang in history. At Hill 60, at the northern extremity of the line, the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company had been at work since November 1916 digging two large mineshafts under Hill 60 and The Caterpillar. Right along the British front were 17 other similar mines, all packed with explosives, and at 3.10 am on 7 June 1917 they were blown simultaneously as the opening move in the Messines attack. The Hill 60 mine created a crater 60 feet deep and 260 feet wide. The effect on the German front–line troops was overwhelming. In the wake of the explosions, and preceded by a creeping artillery barrage, the Australians, New Zealanders and British troops advanced to find a shattered enemy.To read more about Messines, Click here.

  • 6 June 2017 - Visit Fromelles.

    Pick up from Lille. Visit of Fromelles. Visit VC Corner cemetery, the memorial Cobbers, Phaesant Wood cemetery.

    7 June 2017 - Anniversary ceremonies

    Commemoration ceremony at Ploegseert in the Strand cemetery. Followed by visiting the sites related to explosion of the mines such as Toronto cemetery, St Nicolas church, Ploegsteert visitor center, Wulverghem, Neuve Eglise, Warneton. Possibility to visit a cemetery and show respect where a relative is buried At the end of the day Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate. Possibility to lay a wreath. (ask us in advance)

    • 8 June 2017 - Somme

      Visit Pozieres, Sunken Road, Gibraltar, memorial for the 1st division, Mouquet Farm, Loghnagar Crater, Sausage valley, Thiepval, Albert. We continue our journey further south and visit the sites related to the battle of the Somme 1918 such as Dernancourt, Corbie, the site were the Red Baron crashed. We drive through Vaux, Mericourt, see the memorial for the 3th division. In Villers Bretonneux we visit the Australian memorial, Adelaïde cemetery and the Victoria school. In Le Hamel we visit the memorial for the Australian Corps. On the way back we visit Mont St Quentin and Bullecourt.

    • 9 June 2017 - Ypres and Passchendaele.

      We start at Helfire Corner, follow the Menin Road, Hooge Crater and Clapham Junction. During our visit to Polygon Wood we discover the memorial for the 5th Division and see the last resting place for the 5 Australians reburied in 2007. In Zonnebeke we visit the the Passchendaele memorial museum. After Broodseinde we reach Passchendaele Ridge and visit Tyne Cot cemetery, the biggest Commonwealth cemetery of the world. In the cloth hall on the main square in Ypres we visit the Flanders Fields museum. At the end of the afternoon end of the tour in Lille or back to the accommodation for extension of the tour.

      10 June 2017 - Final show (optional).

      Visit of Poperinge Lysenthoek cemetery, Talbot House and free time. In the evening special event: A century after the Mine Battle Gone West would like to commemorate the historic craters that were blown into the soil with a live soundscape and light installation. It is a completely unique experience in Wijtschate, where the craters star as scars in the landscape. The Crater Front is linked to a musical event. On the early evening of 10 June 2017, three concerts will be organised for the general public. The various countries who fought in the battle will be represented by musicians and artists from the respective countries.

      11 June 2017 - end of the 5 day tour.

      After breakfast end of the tour and back to Lille

      For more information on the "Great War", visit: Australians on the Western front 1914 - 1918

100th anniversary

4 days - Battle of messines
880 Euros pp (3 nghts accommodation)
single traveller - 1065 Euros

6 days - Battle of messines
1095 Euros pp (5 nghts accommodation)
single traveller - 1195 Euros

tour includes:
• pick up from Lille station or hotel in Ypres.
• the services of a driver guide.
• lunch and drinks every day.
• entrance fees to the museums.
• Maps and booklet with pictures.
• Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Ypres.
• Breakfasts and dinners.
• Drop :off in Lille or other place on request.

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customised itinerary
for New Zealanders

Messines is very important for both Australians and New Zealanders. Our guide wil customised the tour for visitors from New Zealand to make sure they don't miss out anything of their own history. For more details, contact us

accredited guides

Our guides Annette and Christian grew up in the area. They know the place inside-out. Having personal contact with the locals, they are able to take you to some hidden places. Annette and (or) Christian will drive you to the most relevant trenches and significant battlefield sites. If you are interested in tracing the movements of one of your ancestor buried here, Annette and Christian are able to do the necessary research. (as long as you provide some information about regiment, battalion and division prioir your arrival!). With such experienced and dedicated guides at your side, you will never forget your tour in the Somme.

deluxe mercedes van

Our new Mercedes Viano are equipped with confortable chairs, automatic air conditioning, microphone system, DVD & Audio all surround. .