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WWI: Flanders & Somme

Travel Departs
Ypres (Belgium)
Travel Ends
Travel Periods
01 Apr 2022 - 31 Oct 2022 & 01 Apr 2023 - 31 Oct 2023
Travel Style
Private Escorted Tours
Follow in the footsteps of the Australian forces during WWI in both Flanders and the Somme with this private, escorted 4 day package.


4 days with your own private Battlefields Guide

Freedom of Choice options - Behind the front lines.

Carefully selected memorials, cemeteries and museums in remembrance of the Somme & Flanders battles.

Hear the "Last Post" echo through the Menin Gate

The landscape of Flanders and the Somme tells the story. Both were major theatres of battle during the First World War where well over a million soldiers from more than 50 countries were wounded, missing or killed in action. Entire cities and villages were destroyed.  Today, the now peaceful landscape, and the re-built cities and villages, remember their history through monuments, museums, cemeteries and the changed topography.

With this 4 day package, your own private Battlefields guide will take you on a journey in the footsteps of our Australian and New Zealand soldiers. Visit villages with names ingrained into Australian memory, such as Pozières, Fromelles and Villers-Brettoneux, visit well known sites such as Hill 60 and the trenches of Vimy Ridge, hear the haunting sounds of "The Last Post" being played at the Menin Gate in Ypres and on the last day, an opportunity to see what life was like behind the front lines.
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1 night in Ypres at the Ariane Hotel -4*
2 nights in Arras at the Mercure Arras Centre Gare -4*
Transport in private vehicle
Daily breakfasts
Lunch daily
Battlefields Guide with more than 15 years experience
Entrance Fees as per itinerary
Freedom of Choice Days
Freedom of Choice

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days.

Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day, as follows:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 4

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

Please note, if more than one room is selected during the booking process, our team will contact you afterwards to discuss options.

Day 1
Ypres → Fromelles →VC Corner → Messines →Ypres

Starting at 9.00am, travel towards Fromelles where Australian troops saw their first action in Europe. You will see the Museum of the Battle of Fromelles explaining how the remains of 250 British and Australian soldiers were found, exhumed and buried.

Visit the Australian Memorial Park, on the German front line, and stand near to the “Cobbers” statue and see the remains of some German bunkers. Walk to the only exclusively Australian Commonwealth War Grave Commission (CWGC) cemetery in France. VC Corner Cemetery is the resting place of 410 Australian soldiers.  Also stop at Rue Pétillon Cemetery where many Australians killed in July 1916 were laid to rest.

Driving through Armentières towards Messines stop on the battlefield of June 1917 when Australians and New Zealanders captured the ridge prior to the Battle of Passchendaele. See the Messines Ridge Visitor Centre, the statue of a New Zealand soldier and the New Zealand Memorial.

After lunch, we drive to Hill 60 where the 1st Australian Tunneling Company detonated 2 mines on the 6 June 1917 at the opening of the Battle of Messines, stand near the Caterpillar Crater and the memorial dedicated to the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company.

This afternoon, you will also visit Polygon Wood to see the 5th Australian Division Memorial and the new “Brothers in Arms"  Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial as well as the Crest Farm Memorial. Visit Langemark German Cemetery and Essex Farm where John McRae wrote the famous poem “In Flanders Fields”.

End your day in Ypres, stand in the main square and admire the Cloth Hall and the Cathedral. Enjoy some
free time in Ypres and attend the Last Post at the Menin Gate. 

Overnight stay in Ypres at the Ariane Hotel in a standard room

Ypres → Fromelles →VC Corner → Messines →Ypres
VC Corner Cemetery | Photo ©Frances Cusack
Day 2
Ypres → Vimy Ridge → Bullecourt →Arras

At 9.00am, after breakfast, travel towards Vimy Ridge, stand near the Memorial where Canadian troops conquered the ridge, walk in the German and Allied trenches, go down in one of the tunnels dug by Welsh tunnellers.

You will stand at Notre Dame de Lorette, the largest French WW1 cemetery 42,000 burials, see the Basilica, the Lighthouse and the Ring of Remembrance bearing more than 580,000 names of soldiers from all nations. Visit of the “Centre d’Histoire 14-18”.

After lunch, visit the Wellington Quarries where New Zealand and British troops stood hours before their surprise attack in Arras in April 1917. Then drive towards Bullecourt with a stop at Neuville St Vaast German Cemetery. In Bullecourt see the ”Slouch Hat Memorial”, the Standing Digger in the Memorial Park and visit the Jean & Denise Letaille Museum

Overnight stay in Arras at the Mercure Arras Centre Gare in a standard room.

Breakfast, Lunch
Ypres → Vimy Ridge → Bullecourt →Arras
Slouch Hat Memorial
Day 3
Arras → Péronne → Pozières → Arras

Leaving Arras at 9.00am after breakfast, you'll travel to Péronne, visit the Museum of the Great War in the old citadelle, and visit the Memorial at Mont St Quentin. Onwards towards Albert, visit the Somme Trench Museum, and later stand at the Lochnagar Crater.

After lunch, our Somme visit continues with a visit to Pozières where you can stand at the Windmill Memorial, see the Memorial dedicated to the 1st Australian Division and the remains of the Gibraltar bunker, stop at the "Moo Cow" Farm Memorial. Stand at the Thiepval Memorial and see the museum. We'll drive past Ulster Tower towards the New Foundland Memorial Park at Beaumont-Hamel, walk in the trenches and on the battlefield, see some of the cemeteries in the park.

Overnight stay in Arras at the Mercure Arras Centre Gare in a standard room.

Breakfast, Lunch
Arras → Péronne → Pozières → Arras
Beaumont Hamel | Photo ©SommeTourisme
Day 4
Arras → Villers Bretonneux → Arras

Leaving Arras after breakfast, you will travel towards Villers-Bretonneux, which was a key village on the Western Front. See the Victoria School, visit the Australian National Memorial and the Sir John Monash Centre.

After lunch, the tour travels towards Le Hamel to see the battlefield where Sir John Monash wrote history. 
There will be a photostop opportunity at the Chateau de Bertangles where Sir John Monash was knighted by King George V on 12 August, only a few days after his victory, and again in Doullens, see the town Hall where the Unified Command was given to Général Foch on 26 March 1918. Entry is not included in this tour.

To round off your Battlefields experience, see what life was like behind the front lines. With our pre-selected Freedom of Choice options, you will have the opportunity to chose a visit to the Vignacourt 14-18 Interpretation Centre or the Underground City of Naours.  

At the end of the tour, you will be returned to Arras, where you may choose to extend your stay (additional cost apply). 

Breakfast, Lunch

Freedom of Choice Options

  • The Vignacourt 14-18 Interpretive Centre:

    A treasure trove of 4000 photo plates found in a farmhouse attic, forgotten for almost 100 years.

    Vignacourt was an important military base located behind Allied Lines during the First World War.
    During the war, local farmers, Louis and Antoinette Thullier, turned their farmhouse into a photo studio. Civillians and soldiers alike would come to have their photo taken.  At the end of the war, the photo plates were stored in trunks in an attic and forgotten.... until 2011. 
    Now, the Vignacourt Interpretive Centre welcomes you to share the amazing story of this photo collection, which provides an insight into life in a village behind Allied Lines.


  • The Underground City of Naours:

    One of the most fascinating places to visit on the Western Front is Naours.

    Many Alllied Soldiers visited the Underground City of Naours as tourists, a means of distraction for soldiers on leave or while they were recovering from injury behind the front lines. Many of them left their mark with graffiti on the walls of this underground city. In fact, there are over 3,000 instances of graffiti on the walls drawn by the WWI soldiers, 1,800 so far believed to be by Australians. The graffiti was forgotten and recently rediscovered in 2014.

    Visit the Underground City* and the new Graffiti Museum. 
    *Note: Temperature in the underground city is approx. 9 degrees celcius. There is a large number of steps and this visit is not suitable for wheelchair users.


Arras → Villers Bretonneux → Arras
The underground City of Naours

Additional information

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Hotel options

Ariane Hotel
Ariane Hotel

So quietly located and yet so close to the town centre. Nestled between the historic streets of Ypres, this family run 4-star hotel with 62 rooms, boasts every comfort to make you feel at home. The hotel rises modestly above the spacious gardens, creating a feeling of tranquillity and comfort.

The Menin Gate and the Cloth Hall are just a 5-10 mins walk away.  Ariane’s excellent restaurant serves mostly Belgian delicacies using daily fresh seasonal products is popular with locals and guests alike.



Mercure Arras Centre Gare Hotel
Mercure Arras Centre Gare Hotel

Ideally situated in the city centre, opposite the TGV station and in walking distance to the main squares.  Enjoy the comfortable rooms and spacious living area at the Mercure Arras! Completely renovated, the hotel has a fun and chic setting. Different room types are available, whether you are traveling solo or with family. Have an enjoyable time at the bar and restaurant. Sporty guests can work at the fitness centre.

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WWI: Flanders & Somme

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