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Advance! World War I Battlefield Tours

We specialise in designing totally flexible bespoke Battlefield Tours which are entirely tailor-made to your individual requirements, giving you total freedom in deciding:

Where you want to go, whether it be mainland Europe
or further afield

What time of year you want to travel
How long the tour will last
What type of accommodation you would like to stay in
Your pick-up and drop off locations
and anything else you may require to make your
trip a memorable one



Advance! Bespoke battlefield tours to First World War sites
of significant importance include the following:


Ypres

A key strategic position on the Western Front. There were 3 main battles here in 1914, 1915 and 1917. The battle in 1917 was also known as the Battle of Passchendaele.

Places to visit include The Menin Gate and Ypres Town Centre, Railway Wood, Sanctuary Wood, Hooge Crater, Polygon Wood,St Gravenstafel, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Essex Farm, Langemark German Cemetery, Brooding Soldier, Hills 60 and 62, Pool of Peace (Spanbroekmolen), Island of Ireland Peace Memorial, Messines, Talbot House (Poperinge) and Passchendaele.


Vimy Ridge

A remarkable demonstration of immaculate planning, intensive and specific training and an attack pressed home with zeal, determination, leadership and professionalism. The Battle of Vimy Ridge was fought as part of the opening phase of the Battle of Arras, which in itself was a diversionary attack for the French Nivelle Offensive. The combatants were the Canadian Corps against 3 divisions of the German Sixth Army.

A 250-acre (150 ha) part of the former battleground now serves as a preserved memorial park and site of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial (3,598 dead, 7,004 wounded).



Somme

The battle began on 1 July 1916 and lasted five months. It was one of the most bitterly contested and costly battles of the First World War with the loss of 58,000 British troops on the first day alone.

Places to visit include Gommecourt, Serre, White City, Sunken Lane, Hawthorn Ridge, Newfoundland Park, Beaumont-Hamel, Albert, Ulster Tower, Thiepval Memorial & Visitor Centre, Mametz Wood, Delville Wood, La Boisselle, Pozieres, Mouquet Farm & The Grandstand




Verdun

This was one of the longest and most terrible battles of the First World War. Fought by the German and French armies, it was an attempt by the Germans to "Bleed France Dry". Places to visit include Fleury, Fort Douaumont, Trench of Bayonets, Bois de Caures, Cote 304, Mort Homme, Fort Vaux, Voie Sacrée, Souilly, Ossuaire and Memorial de Verdun.


Meuse Argonne

Also called the Battle of Argonne Forest, it was part of the final Allied offensive of World War 1 that stretched along the entire western front. It involved troops from Britain, its dominion/commonwealth armies (manly Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Belgium and France. The Argonne effort was also the biggest operation and victory in the war of the American Expeditionary Force (26,000 Americans died and 96,000 were wounded). Places to visit include: Chaumont Marker, The Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Montfaucon, Monsec, Belleu Wood, Souilly, Sommepy, Bellicourt, Audenarde, Cantigny, Chateau-Thierry and Tours American Monuments.


Please let us know if there are other First World War sites you would like to visit that are not listed here.

These locations are only a guide but once we have an idea of your interests we will tailor the tour to your individual requirements.


Our thanks goes to Photos of The Great War for giving permission to reproduce the WWI photographs on this page.


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