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2-Day WWI Tour from Paris: Ypres and Somme Battlefields

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Overview

Explore World War I history on location in Belgium and northern France on a 2-day tour from Paris. Visit important battlefields, war memorials and national cemeteries during a tour from Paris to the Ypres Salient and Somme, in which some of the war's deadliest battles occurred. Travel with a knowledgeable guide to battle sites such as Pozières and Hill 60, the Tyne Cot Cemetery, the Villers-Bretonneux Australian National Memorial and the Lochnagar Crater. Attend an evening Last Post ceremony in Ypres. Spend the night in a 3-star Lille hotel, breakfast included. Group size limited to 12 for a more personalized tour.
  • 2-day trip from Paris to WWI sites in northern France and Belgium
  • Explore the areas of Ypres Salient and the Somme to see where some of the war’s biggest battles took place
  • Visit several battlefields, cemeteries, museums and landmarks including the Hill 60 battlefield, Essex Farm, Tyne Cot Cemetery and Lochnagar Crater
  • Spending the night in Lille enables you to attend the Last Post nighttime ceremony in Ypres
  • Hear stories and learn about the war from your expert guide
  • Overnight accommodation in a 3-star hotel, with breakfast included
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a more personalized experience
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Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Professional driver/guide or guide depending on group size
Overnight accommodation in a 3-star hotel
Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast)
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Entrance fees to other monuments or museums

Departure Point

Central Paris, near the Ecole Militaire metro stop

Departure Time

10:45 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Day 1: Paris-Ypres-LilleMake your way to the Ecole Militaire metro station in Paris to meet your guide nearby and climb into a comfortable minivan for the start of the 3-hour drive to Ypres Salient. This is the area around the Belgian city of Ypres that figured prominently in the Western Front of World War I. Several of the most critical and deadliest conflicts of the war took place here.

See for yourself the land where, in the years 1914-1918, hundreds of thousands of young men on all sides of the war fought and died. In particular, British Commonwealth soldiers made up a large part of the forces around Ypres, with roughly 185,000 Commonwealth troops dying in the Ypres Salient by the end of the war.

Travel to the most important WWI battlefields, monuments, memorials and cemeteries in and around Ypres, including the Tyne Cot Cemetery, John McCrae's Essex Farm site, Langemark German Cemetery and Vancouver Corner, a memorial to Canadian soldiers. Try to imagine the Battle of Hill 60 as you walk with your guide through the modern landscape, forever damaged from the war.

Visit the city of Ypres to tour St George's Chapel, and head to the Menin Gate to attend the Last Post ceremony. This tradition takes place every evening at 8pm, a 'salute to the fallen,' and day-trippers rarely have a chance to see it. By staying the night in Lille, you're able to witness this moving tribute. When the ceremony is complete, travel with your guide to your hotel in Lille.

Overnight: Ibis Lille Opera or another similar Lille hotel

Day 2: Lille-Somme-Paris (B)Take advantage of the included breakfast at your hotel before you meet your guide to being your second day touring the local WWI sites. This day is dedicated to the Somme, an area of France whose name is almost synonymous with the brutality of WWI.

Visit the site of the Battle of Pozières, the Thiepval memorial, the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, the Villiers-Bretonneux Australian National Memorial and the town of La Boiselle, where you'll see the enormous Lochnagar Crater. The crater is 300 feet across and 90 feet deep, the largest crater made during a time of war.

After seeing these critical places in the Somme, climb back into the minivan for the return drive to Paris.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Accommodation is in double or twin rooms with private bathrooms
  • 1 regular size suitcase and 1 piece of hand luggage allowed per person
  • Tour may not be suitable for children under 10 years old
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Paris Trip Touring France

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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What is the maximum group size during 2-Day WWI Tour from Paris: Ypres and Somme Battlefields?
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This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Our tour of the WW1 battlefields was...
Denise M
, Sep 2018
Our tour of the WW1 battlefields was well organised and lead very professionally by Nicole. She had a broad knowledge of the areas we visited and presented the information in an interesting and easily understood way. We were able to stop at so many of the significant sites, with time to walk around, take photos and absorb the atmosphere. We learned so much and finished with a much greater appreciation of the momentous events that took place. We would certainly recommend this tour. Denise and Dianne
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John M
, Sep 2017
After sorting out some confusion regarding where to meet, my wife and I met up with Our guide Nicola. Nicola is English, with numerorous French academic credentials. She arrived in a late model, high end Citroen. We travelled for some two hours to the Ypres salient, and had lunch on the Autoroute. We started at a large German cemetery, saw the Canadian brooding soldier, and reached our excellent hotel Ambrosia in Ypres. Dinner followed, then a visit to the Menin Gate to hear the Last Post. So many names of missing British and Commonwealth soldiers on the walls. Next morning we visited Ploegsteert Plug Street then proceeded on to the Somme. Such a change from flat to hilly terrain. This was followed to visits to a museum, a wonderful Canadian memorial Beaumont-Hamel, a large crater, a fine museum, then back to the front door of our hotel in Paris. All in all an excellent, though-provoking trip. Thank you Nicola. Tip. Make sure that you arrive half an hour early at the Menin Gate, KNOW WHERE TO STAND FOR A GOOD EXPERIENCE, then take the time to look at the variety of units and names of the missing.
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Excellent. Our tour guide Nicola was...
Robert S
, Sep 2015
Excellent. Our tour guide Nicola was brilliant. Very knowledgeable and passionate about history. The trip was fascinating and for me the highlights were the visit to Tyne Cot cemetery and the service at the Menin gate in Ypres on the Sunday evening. We stayed at the O hotel in Ypres on the Sunday evening which was also very good. The trip is well worth every penny.
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