Tour duration: 12 hours
Daytrip in 8 seater to Vimy and the Artois region and French & Belgian Flanders WW I battlefields, cemeteries and memorials
In Vimy we visit Canada's largest war memorial, dedicated to the memory of the 66, 000 Canadians who died during World War One. The site offers an impressive view overlooking the plain of Artois. At the nearby Visitor Education Centre we visit restored trenches, dugouts and tunnels.
At the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette cemetery, over 42, 000 French soldiers are buried, having fallen during the First World War on the front lines in the Artois region and French and Belgian Flanders.
The Battle of Fromelles was the first occasion on which the First Australian Imperial Force saw action on the Western Front. It was a disaster and described as the worst 24 hours in Austalia's entire military history. Come with me and lets discover it together.
You are picked up at the cruise terminal of Zeebrugge or Antwerp or at your hotel in Brussels or in a radius of 100 kms (60 miles) of Brussels.
- Drive to Vimy where we visit
o Canada National Vimy Memorial
o The Vimy Visitor Education Centre with underground Grange tunnel, and restored trenches
o The Vimy Foundation Centennial Park
- Drive to Ablain-Saint-Nazaire where we visit
o Notre-Dame-de-Lorette Cemetery, Memorial and Ring of Remembrance
- Drive to Fromelles where we visit
o Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery
o Battle of Fromelles Museum
o The Australian Memorial Park with the "cobbers" statue of Sergeant Simon Fraser
You are brought back to the cruise terminal of Zeebrugge or Antwerp or to your hotel in Brussels or in a radius of 100 kms (60 miles) of Brussels.
The tour can be customized; it is a proposal, open to questions, changes, remarks and suggestions. You will find me flexible on the day, both with regards to timing and contents.