Vimy And Flanders Fields Canadian Battlefield Tour From Lille

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 12 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    09:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up at all central hotels or at the train station.
  • 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

Explore Canadian World War I history in Vimy and Belgium on this 12-hour battlefield tour from Lille or Arras. Follow a guide through Vimys WW1 trenches and discover sites of interest including Hill 145, the Canadian Passchendaele Memorial, the St. Julien Memorial, and the Tyne Cot Military Cemetery. See where John McRae wrote his famous poem In Flanders Fields. Then, finish your tour at the Last Post ceremony in Ypres. This tour of Canadas WW1 sites includes round-trip travel from Lille or Arras.

Highlights

  • Excellent value for money
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver

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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Memorial de Vimy, Vimy, Pas-de-Calais, Hauts-de-France

You will stand at the memorial, will walk in the Canadian and German trenches, go down in the Grange Tunnel and will see the newly built visitor Centre

Duration: 3 hours

Pass By: The Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut Province, Wallonia

You will drive along Ploegsteert Memorial and Hill 63.

Pass By: Messines Ridge, Mesen, West Flanders Province

Driving through Messines and the battlefields of June 1917.

Stop At: Hill 62 (Sanctuary Wood) Canadian Memorial

Stand at Hill 62 or Mount Sorrel where Canadian troops fought at the spring of 1916.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: PPCLI memorial

You will stand at Frezenberg where the Patricia's were nearly wiped out in May 1915

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West Flanders Province

The largest CWGC's cemetery.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Saint Julien Memorial, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders Province

Seeing the Brooding Soldier Memorial where the Germans used gas for the first time.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Essex Farm Cemetery, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders Province

Where John McRae wrote the poem "In Flanders Fields".

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Ypres Cloth Hall, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders Province

You will stand on the main square of Ypres seeing the Cloth Hall, the Cathedral and some other nice builddings. You will have some free time to spend in town.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Last Post ceremony, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders Province

You will attend the daily Last Post under the Menin Gate before heading back to your hotel.

Duration: 1 hour

Inclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off in Lille or Arras

Guide

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Lunch

Bottled water

Private transportation

Exclusions

Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A minimum of two people per booking is required

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Vehicles are cleaned and sanitized after every tour.

Traveler Reviews

  • 12-Oct-2022

    Claude was excellent as a guide and the experience was extremely moving and memorable. we highly recommend this tour.

  • 28-Aug-2022

    Vimy and Flanders Canadian battlefields tour. On August 11,2022 Lloyd and I went on a “full” day tour of Vimy and Flanders battlefields tour with our own guide, Claude Verhaeghe. Lloyd spent 8 years in the army; first with the First Battalion Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and with the Third Battalion PPCLI in Victoria,BC. then finishing his career in Winnipeg,Mb. with the Second Battalion PPCLI. I am a retired Registered Nurse with 40 years of experience. On November 11th we make it a must to watch the Remembrance Day Service on television. We are reminded of how grateful we are for our lives lived in freedom but more importantly our gratitude to the men and women who sacrificed so much that we rare free to live the life we have. This tour as well as the tour from Bayeux have been on our “bucket list” so we are grateful to have gone on both exceptional tours. Our visit into the trenches at Vimy Ridge and Passendale although informative left me feeling..sad for those who served, yet so grateful for their sacrifice. The Vimy Canadian Memorial on Vimy Ridge is something to behold. Although it’s reason for existing is tragic, we left with a feeling of humble pride. Our lunch stop was a well timed break in the day with yet much more to see and learn about. I was very glad to have visited the Essex Farm where Canadian Army Doctor Major John McRae cared for the wounded and composed his famous poem “In Flanders Fields”. I will now have a vision whenever I hear his poem. Our day finished with taking part/observing the “Last Post” in Ypres. A very moving experience that will not be forgotten. Claude, it was a “full” day and we couldn’t have had a more pleasant, knowledgable person to chauffeur us about and answer our many questions from the time you picked us up at our hotel in Lille at 0900 till you brought us back about 9pm. You have a wealth of knowledge and we are so grateful to have had you share it with us. You made our day very memorable. From two grateful Canadians; Thank you again for a “day to remember” and the keepsake to help us do so. Thank you, Janice & Lloyd

  • 20-Nov-2018

    Where do I start?! As my husband and I were starting to plan our vacation to Europe one of my must do's was to go and see the Canadian monument, Vimy Ridge. Although I have no present knowledge of relatives who were a part of WW1, as a Canadian, as a child of a serviceman from WW2, a brother, a nephew and my husband have or still do serve, my interest in of taking up the torch to remember and honour those who gave so much. I searched online for tours, months before we left Canada, and came across this tour company "Battlefield Tours". I am unable to say enough wonderful things about this tour company, Claude and his knowledge, kindness, and patience with me as I was becoming more and more interested with each gravesite and monument. I started to look for my family name on graves and found many. Claude obviously had a schedule and I am sure I tested his time but he understood how this was becoming more and more important than even I had imagined. We opted for the private tour and found that it was worth every nickel. Claude has amazing knowledge, passion and obvious great interest in these sites and the history of the European "War To End All Wars". You will NOT be disappointed in this tour company, Battlefield Tours, and I HIGHLY recommend it!

  • 16-Nov-2017

    Personalized tour with a guide who could relate to the histyory of the battles. The guide also provided axtra detours of some of the Memorials which we wanted to see.

  • 16-Nov-2017

    Personalized tour with a guide who could relate to the histyory of the battles. The guide also provided axtra detours of some of the Memorials which we wanted to see.

  • 21-Jun-2017

    This was an excellent tour to learn about the Canadian experience in WWI. It is a tour in a small van 6/7 people max so very personal attention and we were very fortunate to be the only clients that day. Claude, our, guide was very knowledgeable about Canada's role in the battles and the impact. We visited the key sites including Vime, Passchendale , Ypres etc There was a good mix of cemeteries, battle sites and museums. Claude kept it interesting and paced things well. The day ended with the last post at the Menin Gate. A very memorable full day. Highly recommended. I should also mention the wonderful student guides at Vimy.

  • 21-Jun-2017

    This was an excellent tour to learn about the Canadian experience in WWI. It is a tour in a small van 6/7 people max so very personal attention and we were very fortunate to be the only clients that day. Claude, our, guide was very knowledgeable about Canada's role in the battles and the impact. We visited the key sites including Vime, Passchendale , Ypres etc There was a good mix of cemeteries, battle sites and museums. Claude kept it interesting and paced things well. The day ended with the last post at the Menin Gate. A very memorable full day. Highly recommended. I should also mention the wonderful student guides at Vimy.

  • 25-Sep-2016

    The guide was fabulous. Easy to understand and very knowledgeable. Probably our best tour. Thanks Claude!

  • 25-Sep-2016

    The guide was fabulous. Easy to understand and very knowledgeable. Probably our best tour. Thanks Claude!