Fully escorted small group tour – 2024 Tour Dates now available
From $450 per person
Operates Wednesday, other days upon request, subject to availability
The Fromelles & Menin Gate, Ypres Day Tour takes you north out of Arras for our first stop in the village of Fromelles. The morning is spent in and around Fromelles before crossing the border into Belgium for our lunch. We climb up onto the Messines Ridge before eventually arriving on the Ypres Salient where we will spend the remainder of our day. Attendance at the very emotive daily Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate is an absolute must. A long day out on the battlefields where a good night’s rest is a given.
This day tour is operated by our local battlefield experts who have an excellent knowledge of all battles and sites on the Western Front. The significance of each battlefield location is fully revealed and brought back to life for you, through the eyes of a soldier. You’ll also learn key insights into French culture and experience the very welcoming nature of the locals, especially to Australian visitors.
The Fromelles & Menin Gate, Ypres Tour commences from a respectable 9am in the beautiful city of Arras, which is a comfortable 50 minute journey from the Paris Nord railway station via the TGV (fast train) network, and will return late at night, after attending the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate!Enquire Now
- Depart from Arras at around 9.00am.
- View the former Mass Grave site in Fromelles.
- Visit to the Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery & Museum.
- Visit to the Australian Memorial Park (with Cobbers Statue) in the battlefield area.
- Visit to the all Australian VC Corner Cemetery.
- View Ploegsteert and 1914 Christmas Truces site.
- Pause at the Irish Peace Tower.
- Drive through Messines.
- Visit to Hill 60.
- Visit to Polygon Wood and the Australian 5th Division Memorial.
- Visit to the Passchendaele Museum.
- Drive through Zonnebeke and up on to Broodseinde Ridge.
- Visit to the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Cemetery.
- Enter into Ypres via Menin Gate at 5.45pm
- *Free time for dinner.
- Menin Gate Service at 8.00pm.
- Depart for Arras at around 8.30pm.
- Arrival in Arras at around 10.00pm.
*Dinner is at own expense
The above itinerary may vary based on special request visits to cemeteries, memorials and sites of Tour Guests travelling on any particular day and at the discretion of the tour operator. This tour operates on Wednesdays.
Customised Tours are available for this area and are available on request.
Rest assured, your booking is guaranteed once you receive confirmation via email. As we are based in Australia please allow up to 72 hours to respond to your booking request. However, we will endeavour to get back to you well within this time period to ensure your preferred date of departure.Enquire Now
“We had a wonderful few days & everything more than met our expectations. The accommodation in Amiens & Ypres was very good, especially Ypres as it was on the main square & only a short walk to the Mennin Gate. The tour itself was very informative & we had more than enough time to spend at the memorials etc. We were able to find my Great Uncle’s headstone at Tyne Cot cemetery which was quite an emotional moment for me. A really good, but very sobering day. Such loss of so many young lives. We have told many people of our experiences & have no hesitation in recommending your company to any one who might be considering visiting that area of France & Belgium.”
“Our 1 day private Western Front Tour with Rod Bedford from The Battlefields Experience was just fantastic. I’m so glad I went for that option and I would highly recommend it for anyone in a similar situation i.e. wanting to ‘follow in the footsteps’ of a grandfather and more. Rod was just great. I had a bundle of my grandfather’s details from the Australian War Memorial & National Archives and a book on the 14th battalion. Rod had huge amounts of general, specific and local knowledge.
He managed to pass on big picture info and explain all sorts of where/what/why stuff about particular battles and how events moved and changed and right down to all sorts of interesting and funny tidbits. And he seemed genuinely interested in granddad’s stuff and trying to piece together all sorts of stuff and to give me specific insights and suggestions on how to research some things further. And he was just such good company, chatting about all sorts of random stuff with both me and my 13 yo daughter.
So it really was a memorable experience for us both. I just wish it had been longer and I would love to go back some time and spend another day or two with Rod as my guide.
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