Vimy and Belgium Canadian Battlefield Tour from Lille

Cultural & Theme Tours in Lille

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from$302.56
5 out of 5

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Explore Canadian World War I history in Vimy and Belgium on this 12-hour battlefield tour from Lille or Arras. Follow a guide through Vimy’s WW1 trenches and discover sites of interest including Hill 145, the Canadian Passchendaele Memorial, the St. Julien Memorial, and the Tyne Cot Military Cemetery. See where John McRae wrote his famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. Then, finish your tour at the Last Post ceremony in Ypres. This tour of Canada’s WW1 sites includes round-trip travel from Lille or Arras.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Memorial de Vimy, Vimy, Pas-de-Calais, Hauts-de-FranceYou will stand at the memorial, will walk in the Canadian and German trenches, go down in the Grange Tunnel and will see the newly built visitor CentreDuration: 3 hoursPass By: The Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut Province, WalloniaYou will drive along Ploegsteert Memorial and Hill 63.Pass By: Messines Ridge, Mesen, West Flanders ProvinceDriving through Messines and the battlefields of June 1917.Stop At: Hill 62 (Sanctuary Wood) Canadian MemorialStand at Hill 62 or Mount Sorrel where Canadian troops fought at the spring of 1916.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: PPCLI memorialYou will stand at Frezenberg where the Patricia's were nearly wiped out in May 1915Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West Flanders ProvinceThe largest CWGC's cemetery.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Saint Julien Memorial, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders ProvinceSeeing the Brooding Soldier Memorial where the Germans used gas for the first time.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Essex Farm Cemetery, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders ProvinceWhere John McRae wrote the poem "In Flanders Fields".Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Ypres Cloth Hall, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders ProvinceYou will stand on the main square of Ypres seeing the Cloth Hall, the Cathedral and some other nice builddings. You will have some free time to spend in town.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Last Post ceremony, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders ProvinceYou will attend the daily Last Post under the Menin Gate before heading back to your hotel.Duration: 1 hour

What’s included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Lille or Arras
  • Guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Private transportation

What’s not included

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Highlights

  • Excellent value for money
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
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