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WW1 Battlefields 2019 (departures Oct - Nov 2019)

Price: R 12,865.00

4 nights, Lille round-trip visiting the Somme / Vimy Ridge / Ypres.

Visiting 2 countries: France & Belgium.

This WWI Battlefields tour allows visitors to see the major areas of British and Commonwealth involvement across the Western Front. Most importantly, the trip offers flexibility to ensure that visitors from all countries will see the memorials to their country’s fallen.

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Take time to pay your respects at relatives’ graves.
  • Tour Vimy Ridge trenches and tunnels.
  • Hear the Last Post at Ypres.

Booking Details for this Small Group Tour

Selected departure dates: Prices per person sharing from:
01 & 09 October 2019  R 12,865.00 pps
08 November 2019 R 14,289.00 pps

Tour Itinerary


Today we’ll meet with the group in Lille and enjoy an included welcome dinner together. Over the following days, we’ll visit the principal areas of British, Commonwealth (Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, South African and Indian) and American involvement across the Western Front. With a unique opportunity to see the memorials to each country’s fallen, this guided tour will offer an unforgettable experience to those wishing to gain a greater understanding of WWI.

Accommodation: Hotel Brueghel
Meals: Dinner


We’ll commence our first day by exploring the region of the Somme, which is infamous for the great losses suffered on the first day of battle, 1 July 1916. We’ll make stops at Newfoundland Memorial Park, where the original trench lines have been preserved, the Ulster Tower and the Pozières Cemetery. Afterwards, we’ll complete our day at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme before heading to Amiens for our overnight stay. After an insightful and history-filled day, you’ll be free to rest easy and enjoy time at your own leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel le Prieure
Meals: Breakfast


Today we’ll leave Amiens and travel to the Australian National War Memorial and Cemetery at Villers-Bretonneux. Later, we’ll take time to visit the Canadian Memorial Park on Vimy Ridge before we reach Ypres. 

Accommodation: Kasteelhof’t Hooghe
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner


The beautiful city of Ypres was totally destroyed during the war, and sits in the epicentre of British endeavours during four long years of conflict. There is much to see around Ypres, including John McCrae’s Dressing Station at Essex Farm Cemetery, the German Cemetery at Langemark, Vancouver Corner and the Hooge Crater trenches museum. As a fitting end to the day, you’ll be invited to attend the daily playing of the Last Post under the Menin Gate Memorial.

Accommodation: Kasteelhof’t Hooghe
Meals: Breakfast


We’ll spend today exploring Hill 60 and the area around Fromelles, VC Corner and the Australian Memorial Park. We’ll also visit the recent exhibition commemorating the finding of 250 previously unknown sets of remains in 2009 (and their now marked burial place) at Pheasant Wood Cemetery. Later, our tour will end in Lille, where we’ll say farewell to the group.

Meals: Breakfast

Validity Various departures in October & November 2019
Currency NB. Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Tour Identifiers BEWBFLL-9
Inclusions • 4 nights in boutique accommodation
• Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
• Premium mini-coach transportation
• Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 2 evening meals (D)
• Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Canadian Memorial Park, the Memorial to the Missing, and Hooge Crater Museum
Exclusions • Flights and taxes.
• Visas (if required)
• Travel insurance.
• Transfers.
• Anything of a personal nature.
• Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
• Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights.
• Entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
• Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
• Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
• Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
• Pre and post tour accommodation.
T's & C's • Prices per person and subject to change due to availability and exchange rates.
• Deposits: R3000 deposit to secure booking.
• Final Payment: 65 days prior to departure.
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