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WWII: Northern France

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Country
France
Travel Departs
Ypres (Belgium)
Travel Ends
Ypres (Belgium)
Travel Periods
01 Apr 2022 - 31 Oct 2022 & 01 Apr 2023 - 31 Oct 2023
Experience
Battlefields
Travel Style
Private Escorted Tours
A WWII tour of Northern France including Operation Dynamo, Atlantic Wall defences and V1 and V2 rocket launch sites.

Highlights

2 days with your own private Battlefields Guide

Freedom of Choice options

Carefully selected memorials and museums. 

The Dunkirk evacuation, codenamed Operation Dynamo,relates to the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk in 1940. See the beaches of Dunkirk and learn more about Operation Dynamo at some carefully selected museums.  On your second day, hear about V1, winged bombs, also known as "Dooglebugs"  and the V2, a streamlined rocket using highly advanced technology. Visit a launch site hidden in the woods and also the largest bunker built by the Nazis, which was intended as a launch site.  

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Included

1 night in Ypres at a 3* Hotel
Transport in private vehicle
Breakfast on Day 2
Daily Lunch
Battlefields Guide with more than 15 years experience
Entrance Fees as per itinerary
Freedom of Choice Days
Room Upgrades
Hotel: New Regina Hotel
Standard Suite (double only)

Standard Suite (double only)

From the suite rooms at the front of the hotel, you can enjoy a fantastic view on the Market of Ypres, with its impressive Cloth Hall and beautiful historic buildings. 

* Prices are dynamic based on travel dates. Please proceed to Book Now or contact us for details.
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 2

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

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Day 1
Ypres → Zuydcoote → Leffrinckoucke → Dunkirk → Esquelbecq → Ypres

Dunkirk Operation Dynamo:

Depart from Ypres at 9.00am and drive towards Zuydcoote, a little French town from where most of the 338,000 troops were embarked on the British vessels. See the hospital just as you've seen in the movies, and if visiting at low tide, you can still see the remains of the wreck of the HMS Crested Eagle which was sunk on 29 May 1940.

In Leffrinckoucke, we visit the Fort des Dunes, designed by General Séré De Rivières. During WWII, the fort was at the heart of Operation Dynamo.  You'll have time to vist the fort and the Operation Dynamo exhibition.

After lunch, visit the Museum Dunkerque 1940 Operation Dynamo, situated in some remaining parts of the defences of Dunkirk, where the French had their HQ, then see the beach where the movie Dunkirk was filmed.

On the return to Ypres, visit the Wormhout Memorial at Esquelbecq, the site of the Wormhout massacre, where British and French POWs were murdered by Waffen-SS soldiers.

Overnight stay at the New Regina Hotel in a Marketsquare view room.

Lunch
Ypres → Zuydcoote → Leffrinckoucke → Dunkirk → Esquelbecq → Ypres
Dynamo Museum | Credit: Claude Verhaeghe
Day 2
Ypres → Cap Gris Nez → Eperlecques → Ypres

The Atlantic Wall V1 and V2 rockets:

After breakfast, departing Ypres at 9.00am, you'll drive towards Cap Gris Nez. The cliffs of the cape are the closest between France and England, only 34km.  When the weather is clear, you can see Kent!  
See some of the bunkers of the Atlantic Wall.

With our pre-selected Freedom of Choice options, you will have the opportunity to chose your visit for the remainder of the morning, the Todt Battery Bunker or the Musée 39-45 Ambleteuse.

Stop for lunch at Audresselles, one of the most beautiful villages in France, known for very good seafood, especially mussels.

After lunch, visit the Blockhaus de Eperlecques, the largest bunker built by the Nazis in Northern France. It was built to be a V2 launch site.

On the road back to Ypres, stop at the ruins of a V1 launch site hidden in the woods, see the ski shaped buildings and the assembly workshops.

Breakfast, Lunch


Freedom of Choice Options

  • Todt Battery:

    Built in 1942, not far from Cape Griz-Nez and pointing towards England , this formidable battery was one of the most important coastal fortifications of the Atlantic Wall.
    Discover the daily life of German troops during WWII who lived & worked at the Battery.

OR

  • Musée 39-45 Ambleteuse:

    A interesting museum, focussing on WWII in Europe and particularly in France, though does cover the first campaigns in Poland right through to the Imperial Japanese surrender in 1945.   This museum also has one of the best uniform collections with over 120 models.  There is also a small cinema showing archive footage where you can relive the Normandy Landings and even the Liberation of Paris.

Ypres → Cap Gris Nez → Eperlecques → Ypres
Blockhaus | Credit: Frances Cusack

Additional information

Official language
French
Local currency
EUR

Hotel options

New Regina Hotel
New Regina Hotel

Ypres / Ieper
A 3* hotel right in the historical heart of Ypres, on the corner of the Market Square, and walking distance to the Menin Gate.

From the hotel and restaurant, there is a wonderful view of the Cloth Hall and Flanders Field Museum. All 28 rooms have been completely renovated and stylishly decorated with an eye for detail.

From the suite rooms at the front of the hotel, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the Market Square.  The standard rooms (twin & doubles) overlook the Market or side street.

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WWII: Northern France

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Important notes

On request, this package may also begin in Lille or Kortrijk (about an hour by train from Brussels).

Want to discover more? Why not combine this with another of our Battlefield tours?  Continue your WWII discovery with a Battle of the Bulge extention or perhaps a WWI tour to Verdun.  

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