Door 2 Tour

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Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

Forgotten Battlefields Of Ww1

Europe
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEGBFB

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach
This tour takes us off the beaten track as we discover the forgotten battlefields of WW1, covering the 1915 battles, Arras and Cambrai in 1917.
PRICE FROM ? £519 per person
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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in Kortrijk, where we stay for four nights.

  • Day 2 - Loos

    Today we look at the Battle of Loos in September-October 1915. We visit the site of the Hohenzollern Redoubt, seeing Quarry Cemetery and the 46th (North Midland) Division Memorial.

    At St. Mary’s Cemetery, we examine the story of Rudyard Kipling’s son, Jack, seeing what may be his grave, we will then then visit Le Rutoire Farm.

    In the afternoon we visit Vermelles, see the Loos Memorial to the Missing and Dud Corner Cemetery. The day will end at the Lens 14-18 Museum which commemorates the fighting in this region of northern France.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 3 - Fromelles

    We begin in northern France with an in-depth look at the Battles of Fromelles. We see VC Corner Cemetery and the Australian Memorial Park, a 1915 British Memorial. We will also visit the Fromelles Museum and Pheasant Wood Cemetery, which was created after the discovery of a mass grave here, many years after the war.

    Lunchtime is spent in Bethune. In the afternoon we visit the Le Touret Memorial, see the Indian Corps Memorial at Neuve-Chapelle and the Portuguese Cemetery, remembering this often forgotten ally.

    We end at Givenchy, where we look at the war underground and remember Yorkshire Tunneller Hero, William Hackett VC. Hackett was the only tunneller to be awarded the Victoria Cross, and we will be seeing where his action took place and visiting the memorial.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 4 - Arras & Cambrai

    Our final day is spent on two of the battlefields of 1917. We start in the Arras area and see the memorial to the Hull Pals at Oppy, then follow the story of the Royal Naval Division at Gavrelle.

    In Roeux we see a German bunker and then look at a disastrous cavalry attack and the role of Newfoundland troops at Monchy-le-Preux.

    Following lunch in Arras, we see the Arras Memorial to the Missing, and then follow the road to the Cambrai battlefield where tanks were used in November 1917.

    We see the Cambrai Memorial to the Missing, visit the new Tank Museum with an original Mark IV tank recovered in 1998, and end on the Flesquières Ridge Battlefield.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 5

    Return home.

    Meals - Breakfast

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Accommodation

You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Ibis Kortrijk Centrum. The hotel is situated in the heart of the city, close to the Grand Place and the Belfry. The hotel has a bar and breakfast room/restaurant. Back to top