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Battlefields Tours

Battlefields Tours

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Whether you have close or distant relatives who fought in the conflict, you want to pay your respects to the sacrifices of those that lost their lives, or simply have an interest in the history of the war, our battlefields tours offer a fascinating insight into this dark period of world history for every visitor.

Many of the battlefield sites we visit are accompanied by a fantastic local guide, who will not only bring the detail and the history to life, but also will allow you time for quiet personal reflection if you wish.

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  • + Add to shortlistBruges & Ypres 2014

    Bruges & Ypres

    From our base in beautiful, medieval Bruges, we witness the memorials and visit cemeteries and trenches on this moving tribute to the fallen heroes of the First World War.

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    4 days from £325

    Departures from August to OctoberView MapView tour
  • + Add to shortlistRemembrance Day in Flanders 2014

    Remembrance Day in Flanders

    We experience the poignant Remembrance Day commemoration in Ypres including a wonderful concert, a special Last Post ceremony, and the Poppy Parade, during this moving tour based in the charming town of Roubaix.

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    4 days from £425

    Departures from November to NovemberView MapView tour
  • + Add to shortlistLille's Battlefields 2014

    Lille's Battlefields

    This four-night tour to Lille introduces us to the fascinating, poignant First World War sites and memorials in Flanders and the Somme, where some of Europe's fiercest fighting took place 100 years ago.

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    5 days from £435

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  • + Add to shortlistArras & the Somme 2014

    Arras & the Somme

    This First World War themed tour is based in magnificent Arras and enjoys two full-days of battlefields excursions. We visit the Somme, discover the secret Wellington Caves and ride the historic P'tit Train.

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    5 days from £495

    Departures from September to OctoberView MapView tour
  • + Add to shortlistAmiens & the Somme 2014

    Amiens & the Somme

    From our base in Amiens we learn about the First World War's Battle of the Somme, visiting a selection of memorials, battlefield sites and a museum, and enjoying a ride on a preserved military railway.

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    5 days from £525

    Departures from September to SeptemberView MapView tour
  • + Add to shortlistIn Flanders Fields 2014

    In Flanders Fields

    Discover some of the most moving sites and poignant reminders of the First World War in Flanders, from its battlefields to its cemeteries, and from its museums to its monuments.

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Battlefields Tours by rail

Experience the authentically reproduced World War I trenches on our Battlefields Tours, led by knowledgeable Tour Managers with a specialist understanding of this crucial period in history. Witness the moving Last Post Ceremony at Ypres' Menin Gate as you discover the story of Flanders Fields.

The Western Front

The Western Front was formed quickly after the outbreak of the war. Many lines of trenches - fortified with barbed wire and wooden bunkers - were created, soon stretching from the Swiss border to the North Sea. Many offensives took place in this dramatic theatre of war (referred to as "a brown belt, a murdered strip of nature" by American pilot James McConnell), and much was decided in the region. Our tours to the Western Front have been designed to offer every visitor the chance to remember the seismic events and many victims of the First World War in a respectful manner. These tours visit the key sites to present a detailed look back at the terrible events of a century ago. Experienced Tour Managers and expert local guides provide you with a fascinating insight into the events of the war, its triumphs and tragedies, and its successes and failures.

Well-researched itineraries

From museums and memorials, to cemeteries, battlefields and landmarks, we have carefully selected the most important and famous sites, to ensure you get a true insight into the area. We have also included some lesser-known places of interest, such as underground cave networks and preserved military railways, to give a well-rounded impression of the region - and the scale of events that took place here one hundred years ago. There's also freedom to do your own thing, with built-in free time for relaxing, and exploring independently.

The towns, cities and memorials

All of our tours that visit Flanders take in Ypres, which is arguably the war's most symbolic town. Having been carefully restored from the shelling it suffered, it is now home to several memorials to those who died in the fighting. The most prominent of these is the Menin Gate, the 'Memorial to the Missing' where the Last Post is played every night. Others include the 'In Flanders Fields' Museum, which faithfully narrates the story of the battles for the Belgian town. Other towns visited on our tours include Poperinge, known for the Talbot House where soldiers could socialise, and Arras, which are both featured on our 'Flanders & the Somme' tour. The French city was damaged due to the fighting that took place, but is now one of France's prettiest towns, with its fascinating 'underground city' built during the First World War. Many of our tours - especially those that visit the Somme - also include time to explore Lille, which saw German occupation.

The battlefields

Of course, the tours also visit many of the most famous and significant battlefields of the entire war. These include the ones around the Somme, along with their associated trenches and landmarks. We also visit the fields around Ypres, visiting places such as Hill 60, and in the Somme we see the Lochnagar Crater. We can learn more about, and take time to reflect on, what happened in these important battles - and how they shaped the war's outcome.

The cemeteries

We visit many of the largest war cemeteries on our tours; soldiers of all nationalities are buried in them. Yet most of the cemeteries we visit have a predominant British or Commonwealth section. On our 'Bruges & Ypres' tour we visit Tyne Cot, Belgium's largest Commonwealth cemetery, whilst we see Essex Farm Cemetery on our 'In Flanders Fields' tour, where John McCrae was inspired to write his famous poem of the same name. You can take the time for solitary reflection during these visits if you prefer.

Quality

Every aspect of every tour is meticulously planned ensuring a quality experience for our customers

  • Hand-picked hotels
  • Carefully planned itineraries
  • The best rail travel
  • Professional Tour Managers

Value

So much is included in the price maximising your enjoyment and guaranteeing value for money

  • Rail travel and transfers
  • City centre hotels
  • Full programme of excursions
  • Many meals

Pedigree

As part of the GRJ Group, we’ve been the market leading operator of escorted holidays by rail for over 30 years

  • Specialist Tour Advisors
  • Professional, trained Tour Managers
  • Experienced local guides
  • Market-leading holidays

Promise

Book with confidence as your money is protected and we won’t apply any surcharges after you have booked

  • AITO and ABTA members
  • ATOL protected flights
  • No surcharges after you book
  • No late discounts – everyone pays the same
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