Visit the World War I battlefields of The Somme and Ypres on a 3-day private tour from London. Visit key sites such as Thiepval and the Lochnegar Crater. Stay in quality accommodation, and explore at your own pace with a bespoke itinerary.
What to Expect
Take a poignant 3-day tour of the World War 1 battlefields of The Somme and Ypres with a private guide, and explore according to any special preferences, such as visits to family graves. The all-inclusive tour includes high quality accommodation in Ypres and The Somme, all meals, and all scheduled entrance fees.
Your guide and driver will pick you up from your Central London hotel or other agreed location and transfer you to the south coast for a crossing of the English Channel from Dover. See the legendary white cliffs before you take the ferry or Eurotunnel to France. Upon arrival, drive to the Belgian city of Ypres to drop off your bags at your hotel. Then, go to the historic Cloth Hall Museum in the central square.
Next, explore the surrounding area, stopping at sites such as the World War I bunker of Hill 60. Go to a remarkably intact German bunker, only accessible by private car. Visit the impressive Tyne Cot cemetery, before going to the peaceful village of Passchendaele. End the day with dinner and a walk to Menin Gate, where you will watch the Last Post ceremony at 20:00. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy at leisure. Try some local chocolates in one of the many boutique stores, or enjoy a Belgian beer in a local bar.
Start the day with a visit to another World War I cemetery as you depart Ypres and head into France. On arrival in Picardy, go to the Thiepval Memorial and Museum, as well as a selection of nearby cemeteries or memorials, such as Ulster Tower. Break for lunch at a local restaurant, before visiting the tiny hamlet of Beaumont Hamel to see the Newfoundland Memorial. Your guide will point out some of the trenches and craters that still dot the landscape. En route to your hotel, visit the massive Lochnagar Crater, detonated at 07:28 on 1 July to signal the start of the Battle of The Somme.
Today you will visit Deville Wood for a tour of the incredible South African Museum. Walk in the lush woodlands of Deville Wood, and see the sole surviving tree from the battles, before exploring another Commonwealth cemetery opposite. End with a visit to Vimy Ridge to see the immense memorial to the Canadian soldiers that fell while recapturing this vital location. Drive back towards Calais for your English Channel crossing by ferry or train.
- Private guide
- English Channel crossing by ferry or on the Eurotunnel train
- Entrance to scheduled museums
- Hotel accommodation in Ypres and The Somme
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Pick-up from your hotel or other location in Central London or Dover on arrangement
Know Before You Go
• Please note that while bad weather can be avoided to an extent by swapping outside activities and museum visits, the tour does involve a lot of time outdoors. Please bring clothing appropriate to the weather
• Most of the places you will visit are on level ground, but if you fancy walking through craters and trenches then sensible and waterproof footwear is advised
• This private tour is all inclusive of breakfasts, lunches, and main dinners, as well as tea/coffee, soft drinks and any entrance fees
• All accommodation is at quality hotels, and you will be accompanied by your driver and guide at all times. Your driver and guide, Stephen Liddell, has been visiting the area for 15 years and has written the acclaimed World War I history book “Lest We Forget: A Concise Companion to WW1.” He also has a Masters Degree in History from London University
• This tour is totally bespoke and conducted at your own pace. You can also visit any grave of any relative