Day 1: After meeting your flight we make our way to the historical and ancient City of Ypres, the modern name being Ieper, known to the Tommies as 'Wipers'. Your tour will include as much of the Salient that our time will allow, visiting Plugstreet Memorial to the missing, the Irish Tower, German Blockhouses, Messines Church and the Crypt where it is said Hitler was once treated for his wounds, Shell Fire Corner, Zillebeke and Church, Hill 60, Hooge Crater.
Hill 62, and Hellfire Corner. On to St Martins Church and St Georges Chapel then we eat before returning to the Menin Gate. Here are listed 55,000 of the missing, and as a fitting end to the day we will attend the Last Post Ceremony. We travel down to the Somme to stay overnight at a good quality B&B. Includes: (L).
Day 2: Starting at Passchendaele and Tyne Cot the largest Commonwealth Cemetery in the world. 11,976 rest here, of which 8,366 are 'known unto God', on to Vancouver corner and Poelkapelle to visit Pte Condon 14 years of age. We then visit Langemark, and its German Cemetery with the haunting figures of ghostly soldiers visiting their lost comrades.
Leaving the Ypres Salient we make our way to the Somme retracing the footsteps of the soldiers, we use their routes towards the battleground of the British Front Line down through Serre, visiting the Sheffield Memorial Park, Beaumont Hamel the Sunken Road and the Hawthorn Crater before we travel onto the Newfoundland Memorial Park and visit the preserved trenches, the danger tree and Y Ravine. The Ulster Tower, site of action of the 36 Ulster Division and Thiepval, the largest Memorial to the British Army in the World.
Here the 73,000 names of those still missing on the Somme read as a roll call of the soldiers in today’s Regiments. Then onto the Leipzig redoubt where Sgt. Turnbull of the HLI, whose bravery on the 1st July 1916 was awarded the Victoria Cross. Sgt. Turnbull rests in the Lonsdale cemetery 150m from his feat of Gallantry. Evening meal and overnight at Mailly Maillet. includes (B, L).
Day 3: We begin with Ovillers and La Boisselle, visiting the Sausage and Mash Valleys, and the Lochnagar crater, here the Tyneside Scottish did so well. Then we move onto the Woods. Our first stop is Devonshire Trench Cemetery; this was the jump of trench for the Devonshire's. Fricourt, then Mametz, Bernafay, Trones, Delville and High Woods. We then head back via Pozieres and Mouquet Farm (Mucky Farm), to your drop off point (Amiens or Arras).
Note: Bespoke tours for all group sizes are available on request.
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