Ypres - Passchendaele

somme battlefield tours

SOmme Battlefield tours
Ypres - Passchendaele

Thank you to Annette & Christian

“This was the most amazing tour I have ever participated in. Annette and Christian's knowledge of history is incredible. I feel we were so privileged to have been placed with these two amazing people. They are so genuine and passionate. As they had researched both our relatives whereabouts on the western front this was an extremely emotional tour to be taken back to where they fought and try to understand what these men endured day and night, their extreme bravery and persistence. We have both returned home feeling extremely fortunate to be descendants of men who fought alongside all of these brave men on the Western front. We feel extremely proud to be Australians". Norm & Adele

We booked a 3 day tour and were very happy with this "boutique" tour--in fact, we were the only two people on this particular tour! What a bonus! Annette & Christian, our tour guides, did much reading and research to enhance our experience of exploring the battlefield. They tailored the itinerary to fit with the stories of our three grandfathers and a great-uncle who had fought in this area. Annette surprised us with information about our great-uncle that we knew nothing about. An amazing discovery! We visited all the sites we'd hoped to see--and more. Our understanding and appreciation of this area of history was greatly enhanced by Annette & Christian. We are pleased we booked this tour. Bob & Lyn



private pick-up, Private transport
escorted guided visits & Accommodation

Tours start on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday departing at 9h30 from Lille railway stations (Lille Europe or Lille Flanders). Tour ends at 19h00 at Lille railway station. (16h for 4 day - tour). Those tours are designed for travellers willing to visit the Somme Batlefields in depth.

Somme Battlefield Tour Itinerary

(sample itinerary subject to be modified)

  • Day 1

    For many Australians the battle of Fromelles was their first experience on the Western Front. Your guide will take you to different sites where 100 years ago this diversion battle took place and where so many ”Diggers” lost their lives. With original WW 1 trench maps you will visit sites such as Sugar Loaf, Delangre, Cordonnerie... The memorial ”Cobbers” is a tribute to the courage and sacrifice of Simon Frazer carrying on his shoulder a wounded soldier. Together with your guide you visit VC Corner cemetery and memorial, Phaesant Wood cemetery and show your respect. After visiting the new museum in Fromelles your journey continues to Ploegsteert (Plugstreet Wood). We visit Messines and the Messines ridge. We visit Bayernwald, reconstructed German trenches. During a visit to a scale model of the battlefield we understand the progress of the battle. We also visit Toronto cemetery, Prowse Point, Pool of Peace and Hill 60 who are only a few places related to the big explosions of the mines on the 7th June 1917, a successful operation prologue to the 3th battle of Ypres.

  • Day 2

    On our way to The Somme we will pass sites where troops from France, India, Portugual, Canada fought against Germans, but we will concentrate our visit on the Australian sites. Two battles were fought in the Somme in which Australians where involved: We start our tour discovering battle of the Somme 1916 and 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. We will visit: • Bullecourt • Thiepval memorial • Mouquet Farm • Pozieres • Albert • Villers-Bretonneux • Le Hamel • Mont St Quentin • Le Quesnoy

  • day 3

    Today we will discover the different phases of the 3th battle of Ypres and we will approach Passchendaele Ridge just like the Australians did in October 1917. 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 day Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate. Possibility to lay a wreath (ask us in advance). 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.

  • day 4

    Optional: for those willing to know more, we proposed a 4th day: "Life behind the front line in the Flanders fields". We visit Essex farm where John McCrae wrote his famous poem: In Flanders Fields. In Langemark we visit the German cemetery. We visit Lyssenthoek cemetery and the visitor centre to discover how the evacuation of the wounded took place. In Poperinge we visit Talbot House and find out about life of the soldiers when they had rest and recreation. Also what happened to the thousands of civilians. At the end of the tours we take you back to Lille around 4pm.

    "We went on one of the Somme Battlefield Tours with Annette and Christian, they were fantastic and we loved the tour. The whole experience was amazing and it really has changed my perspective on the history!"

    Sonia from Perth

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

our packages

2 day - battlefields Discovery Tour
600 Euros pp (1 night acommodation)
single traveller - 645 Euros

3 day - battlefields Complete Tour
820 Euros pp (2 nights accommodation)
single traveller - 930 Euros

4 days - Battlefields and beyond
1040 Euros pp (3 nghts accommodation)
single traveller - 1180 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.
• Drop off in Lille or other place on request.

contact the operator

Custom itinerary

During the tour, your guide will lead you to the most relevant World War One battlefield sites such as Hill 60, Hill 62, Tyne Cot cemetery, Polygon Wood, Messines Ridge and others in the Ypres Salient. In the Somme,you will stop at Thiepval, Pozieres, Mouquet farm, Villers Bretonneux tolist a few. Upon request, your guides can also take you also to specific sites such as a small cemetery where a relative is buried or a less known battlefield where he fought and was wounded or received an award.

accredited guides

Our guides Annette and Christian grew up in the area. They know the place inside-out. Having local contact, 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 information about regiment, battalion and division prior 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.

comfortable hotel

You will be satying at the Novotel in Ypres - The Novotel Ieper Centrum Flanders Fields is situated in the old town, a short walk from the Menin Gate. Hammam and fitness centre available. Free WiFi throughout the hotel.