the battle of polygon wood

somme battlefield tours

1917 - 2017

Celebrations for the 100th Anniversary of
the Battle of Polygon Wood.

In the days leading up to 26 September 1917 the men of the Fifth Australian Division prepared for their first major battle in Belgium. In the shattered countryside to the west beyond Polygon Wood engineers and pioneers struggled to extend the plank road and other tracks to the new front line won by the First and Second Australian Divisions at the Battle of Menin Road on 20 September. Artillerymen and their horses fought the mud and shell craters to bring up the guns to support the attack. To read more about Polygon Wood, Click here.

  • 24 September 2017 - Visit Fromelles.

    Pick up from Lille. Visit of Fromelles. Visit VC Corner cemetery, the memorial Cobbers, Phaesant Wood cemetery. In the evening big multimedia concert in the church of Wijtschaete: Music, songs, stories of witness of the battle and in the back ground projection of historical scenery.

    • 25 September 2017 - Pozières - Villers Bretonneux

      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 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.

    • 27 September 2017 - Polygon Wood Ceremony

      After the ceremony we visit 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. 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)

    • 28 September 2017 - Ypres and Passchendaele.

      Visit of Lyssenthoek cemetery, the second biggest cemetery of the area. In the visitor centre we find out about the evacuation of the wounded. the evacuation of the wounded. In Poperinge we visit Talbot House used as rest and recreation. After a visit to the Flanders Fields museum we visit Armentieres and return to Lille where you take the train to your next destination.

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

100th anniversary

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

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