1917 - 2017
Celebrations for the 100th Anniversary of
the Battle of Vimy.
Vimy Ridge is sacred ground to the Dominion of Canada. Here, at the height of the ridge on Hill 145, stands the Canadian National Vimy Memorial with its great twin pylons rising up into the sky. Around the memorial are twenty sculptured figures representing such ideas as peace, justice, mourning and grief. Like the Australian National Memorial at Villers–Bretonneux, Vimy carries the names of Canada’s ‘missing’ soldiers, those with ‘no known grave’ who died in France between 1914 and 1918. To read more about Vimy, Click here.
7 April 2017 - the Somme.
After we pick you up in Lille we travel to the Somme. In Beaumont Hamel we visit the trenches scene of battle for the New Foundlanders on the 1st July 1916. After a stop at Adanac Cemetery we visit the memorial of Courcelette, Pozieres, Mouquet Farm and Thiepval. After a visit to the Lochnagar crater and Albert we drive back to Ypres. Dinner and night in an historic cottage or hotel near Ypres.
8 April 2017 - Ypres and Passchendaele.
Today we visit Essex Farm where John McCrae wrote his famous poem: In Flanders Fields. Discover the sacrifice of the Canadians at Mont Sorrel. We visit Maple Copse cemetery and understand the strategic importance of the landscape.
We visit the German Cemetery in Langemark. We discover the site of the second battle of Ypres where Canadians defended Vancouver Corner, St Julien and Kitchener Wood. We follow the route to Passchendaele like the Canadians did in October 1917 and start in s’Graventafel. In a farm we discover that each year a lot of ammunition is still discovered in the fields of Flanders. In Passchendaele we visit the Canadian memorial, Tyne Cot cemetery and the Passchendaele experience museum.
Last Post at the Menin Gate. Dinner and night in an historic cottage or hotel near Ypres
9 April 2017 - Vimy Ridge Ceremony and Arras
Today is the anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge when the 4 Canadian division fought together to capture the ridge. In the morning we visit Arras, Notre Dame de Lorette and visit the new memorial.
We visit Mont St Eloi and Arras. In the afternoon we will be on the site for the centenary ceremony.
Dinner and night in an historic cottage or hotel near Ypres.
We will visit in depth mainly the sites linked to Anzac:
• Messines Ridge • Ploegsteert Wood • Hill 60 and Carterpillar • St Eloi • Zonnebeke with Broodseinde and Tyne Cot • Polygon Wood and Glencorse Wood • Clapton Junction • Menin Road and Hooghe • Hell Fire Corner • Langemark German cemetery • Gheluvelt where the first Australian was killed in 1914 • Pilkem Ridge • Site where the poem "Flanders Fields" was written.
10 April 2017 - Poperinge.
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
4 days - Battle of Vimy
880 Euros pp (3 nghts accommodation)
single traveller - 1065 Euros
• 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.
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's are easy to get in and out. They are equipped with confortable individual chairs, automatic air conditioning, microphone system, DVD & Audio all surround. Umbrellas, binocular and computer are also on board.