Fromelles And Ypres Day Tour From Arras And Lille

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 13 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    09:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    1: Gare d'Arras, Pl. du Maréchal Foch, 62000 Arras, France
    2: Crowne Plaza Lille - Euralille, an IHG Hotel, 335 Bd de Leeds, 59777 Lille, France
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Visit Fromelles and Ypres, and delve into Europes World War I history on this fully guided day tour from Arras. Explore famous WWI battle sites including Fromelles and the Pheasant Wood cemetery andCobbers Memorial. We follow the path of the War through 1917, Messines Ridge and Hill 60, Polygon Wood, Passchendaele and the Tyne Cot Cemetery. Explore Ypres at your leisure, then take part in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate before your onward travel to Lille or return to Arras. This is a long and emotional day and can be taken alone or added with another of our day tours. There is an opportunity to follow in a relatives footsteps or lay a wreath at the Menin Gate Ceremony in the evening.

Highlights

  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour by minibus

Know More about this tour

Begin your tour with a 9:00am pickup at your centrally located Arras hotel or Arras train station. Then, take a seat in your air-conditioned minivan for the onward journey to the WWI battle fields of Fromelles.

During your 13 hour tour, take in key sites of WWI interest including Aubers Ridge and Pheasant Wood, and visit the Fromelles Museum (subject to opening hours) before travelling to the battlefield itself.

Perhaps pay your respects at the famous Cobbers Memorial, then travel through the historic villages and towns of Flanders Fields where Allied soldiers spent time between offensives. Cross the border into Belgium for lunch at Ploegsteert Wood, then see the memorials to the Christmas truce of 1914.

After lunch, head onward to Messines Ridge, the Spanbroekmolen Mine Crater Memorial, and Hill 60. Follow the path of the advance during the 3rd Battle of Ypres with your guide, and see reconstructed trenches and underground dugouts at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917.

Visit the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial the largest WW1 Commonwealth cemetery in the world then enjoy free time to explore the historic town of Ypres at your leisure.

From here, perhaps head onward at 6pm to your centrally located hotel in Ypres to conclude your tour. Alternatively, attend the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate then leave Ypres at 8:30pm for Lille, or return to your centrally located hotel in Arras at approximately 9:45pm.

Inclusions

Hotel pick-up (selected hotels only)

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Guide

Drop-off in Ypres, Lille, or Arras

Entry/Admission - Musee de la Bataille de Fromelles

Exclusions

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

Infant seats available

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 26-Oct-2022

    My tour guide was Rod Bedford, an ex-Regimental Sergeant Major and former Police Officer. We were driven to many significant locations in France & Belgium. Rod's knowledge of all military matters, battlefields, cemeteries and general history of the whole area is beyond belief. He imparts this knowledge clearly and very well indeed. There were many highlights but for me the best was the Menin Gate ceremony where we found a crowd of more that 500 people, including children, on what was an ordinary day of the week. I will always remember this trip and will endeavour to return.

  • 20-Aug-2022

    This was such a special day. Rod made such an effort to take us to the place of the last known position of our relative. And to help us recite the 'Ode' at the Tyne Cot memorial, where he is named. And to place a Poppy. (Thank you Polly) Kev's mother was so touched with the video we sent her. Thankyou to both Rod and Quentin, for your knowledge, respect and care of the history, and for sharing it with us. Thank you for your Service.

  • 26-Nov-2021

    An remarkable day and well worth the price, Rod was knowledgeable and accommodating, he has a vast knowledge of the area and key events/figures. He bought the place to life and viewing WW1 maps in real time whilst travelling to see where bunkers and trenches were really helped put things in context. It's a must for anyone from the former commonwealth. Jackie was very helpful when making the booking too.

  • 31-Jan-2020

    I learned a lot about the World War One battles in northern France and Belgium. This tour is well organized and the guide, Mr. Bedford, is well versed on the details of the battles and history of the battles. I experienced that scars of a war fought a hundred years ago are still felt today. I highly recommend this tour.

  • 31-Aug-2019

    Fantastic insight into a very important part of Australian history that more people should be aware of. Rod is a great historian and really knows his stuff and delivers the content of his knowledge in a very professional and personal way.

  • 30-Aug-2019

    We booked a Fromelles 123rd anniversary day tour with The Battlefields Experience (through Boronia Travel, Vic, AUS). When Vickie picked us up in Arras with news that the ceremony was changed from 12:30 to 6:30pm. At no extra cost, Jackie treated us to a morning in the Somme, including the Monash Centre, before heading north with rich commentary of WWI forces' objectives, tactics, successes and battles all along the way. We were privileged to witness the rededication of 7 graves by the Ambassador and families of formerly 'unknown' soldiers .

  • 25-May-2019

    Well what can I say? we did two day trips with Rod who has become known between us as Mr encyclopaedia! If I knew 10% of what he does I would consider myself an expert. Not only was he able to answer every question we (or anyone else) asked, he knew the area like the back of his hand. It seemed like nothing was too much trouble, Rod and his wife Jackie went over and above. We certainly would recommend him and fully intend to tell all of our friends. The battlefield experience should be compulsory! Sandra and Patrick, Birmingham

  • 05-May-2019

    My husband and I were picked up by Rod at Arras Railway Station at 9am to commence our day tour. The day was extremely interesting and often very moving. Rod has an exceptional knowledge of military history and is generous with his time explaining that history. Amazing and shocking that such carnage took place in what is now a beautiful and peaceful landscape. The sculpture of soldiers shaking hands before a soccer game in a cease fire at Christmas 1914 at Messines Ridge was a total standout for me. Stopped for lunch at a lovely cafe en-route and we were made very welcome by the owners Nancy and Claude. Highly recommend this to anyone interested in more fully understanding just what went on. Thank you Rod for an exceptional day.

  • 27-Nov-2018

    We had a fantastic 1 day tour with Dennis, he was a great guide and we saw some interesting sites as well as hearing what it was like for the soldiers who were sent there, I feel my knowledge of the impact of the war on both civillian and troops has been enhanced enormously, and to experience the last post at such a poinient time was very special indeed. Thanks for a very informative and interesting tour, highly recommend if heading to Arras Thanks Lisa and Ben (button pusher)

  • 22-Nov-2018

    Really interesting jaunt with Rod from Arras via myriad battlefield cemeteries, trenchlines, memorials and sights. Came away feeling like i had learned a lot and had mind opened to new perspectives.

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