Based in Lille, this new tour is ideally located to visit key battlefield sites from World War I and World War II.
We visit the famous Belgian town of Ypres and the surrounding World War I battlefields as well as the French port town of Dunkirk, home of one of the most memorable events in World War II, Operation Dynamo.
In Flanders Fields Museum
Operation Dynamo Guided Tour
Please note: the trenches are difficult to access and a shorter route is provided with a wheelchair accessible path so people who are less mobile or who use a wheelchair can view the trenches from above.
We depart local pick up points for the journey to Folkestone for the Eurotunnel crossing to Calais. On arrival in Calais we travel to our hotel in Lille arriving late afternoon with the remainder of the evening free to explore.
Our morning is spent visiting the world’s largest British and Commonwealth cemetery, Tyne Cot, which remembers almost 12,000 soldiers, many of whom are unidentified. We then travel the short distance to the Memorial Museum of Passchendaele, telling the history of the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, with a blend of exhibits and trench reconstruction. This afternoon we enjoy a walking tour of Ypres and entrance to the excellent ‘In Flanders Fields Museum’. We have time to purchase an evening meal before taking in the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate, we then return to our hotel.B
Today we travel to Dunkirk, a town steeped in history. On arrival, we meet our guide for a two hour tour to hear one of the most memorable events in wartime history, Operation Dynamo. During our tour we discover how, from 26 May to 4 June 1940, Dunkirk was the site of the largest evacuation effort in military history, when 338,000 Allied soldiers were evacuated on a flotilla of more than 800 ships. As we travel from Dunkirk to Zuydcoote, our guide will introduce us to key sites and we also see the film locations of the movie ‘Dunkirk’ directed by Christopher Nolan. We visit a number of important sites including the evacuation beaches, East Mole (the port where most of the soldiers were evacuated), an impressive bunker built by the Germans during the occupation, the British memorial commemorating the memory of the 4,528 soldiers of the British Expeditionary Force who died during 1940 with no known grave and the cemetery, home to the graves of 810 British soldiers. We also visit the Zuydcoote Maritime Hospital where more than 20,000 injured soldiers were treated during the Battle of Dunkirk and finally, the shipwrecks of Dunkirk (tides permitting). Following our fascinating tour we return to Dunkirk and have free time to take lunch at leisure. In the afternoon, we visit the Dunkirk War Museum which has undergone extensive refurbishment having been extended during 2017. The museum is located in the fortifications built in 1874 to reinforce France’s coastal defence and serving as the headquarters for the French and Allied forces during the Battle of Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo.B
After breakfast, we head to Cassel. From the top of its 176 metres, the charming town of Cassel magnificently dominates the Flanders plain. Of interest below are the cobbled Grand Place square, the old houses and Notre Dame collegiate church of Flemish Gothic style. We re-join our coach by early afternoon for the journey home to East Anglia, arriving by mid evening.B
Novotel Lille Centre Gares, Lille
This 4 star standard hotel is located in an excellent position in a quiet street just a 2 minute walk from Euralille shopping centre and a 5 minute walk from the city centre. The reception, bar and restaurant are bright and contemporary. All bedrooms are en suite and feature TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Ardleigh Crown|| Ardleigh Crown Public House |
|Bramford, Angel PH|| Bramford, Angel Public House |
|Brentwood George & Dragon|| George & Dragon PH, Roman Road, Mountnessing |
(B1002) CM15 0TZ
|Bury St Edmunds Bus Stn|| Bury St Edmunds, Bus Station, Stand 9 |
|Capel St Mary (South)|| Capel St Mary National Express Stop Southbound |
Setdown Point: Capel St Mary White Horse Pub
|Chelmsford Services|| Chelmsford Springfield Services |
Lorry Park (Off A12)
|Claydon Crown|| Claydon Crown Public House Lay By |
|Colchester North Rail Stn|| Colchester North Rail Station |
|Combs Bus Shelter|| Combs Bus Shelter, Ipswich Road (Opp. Esso Garage) |
|Copdock - Tescos|| Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop |
|Crown Street Layby|| Ipswich Crown Street Layby |
|Debenham Angel|| Debenham Angel Public House |
|Diss Bus Station|| Diss Bus Station |
|Eye Town Hall|| Eye Town Hall |
|Felixstowe Coach Park|| Felixstowe Coach Park, Garrison Lane, Felixstowe, |
|Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq|| Felixstowe Great Eastern Square |
|Harleston Duke William|| Harleston Duke William Public House |
|Home IP10/11|| Felixstowe Home Pick ups |
|Kelvedon - The Tavern|| Kelvedon The Tavern, Junction Station Road |
|Long Stratton|| Long Stratton Police Station |
|Mendlesham Kings Head|| Mendlesham, Kings Head Public House, |
|Mendlesham, Denters Hill|| Mendlesham, Denters Hill |
|Needham Market - Swan|| Needham Market, Swan Public House, |
|Norwich - Castle Meadow|| Norwich, Castle Meadow,(Outside Galloway Office) |
|Scole - Scole Engineering|| Outside Scole Engineering Garage, Scole |
|Sproughton|| Sproughton, Wild Man Public House |
|Stowmarket Railway Stn|| Stowmarket Railway Station |
|Stowupland Dents Corner|| Stowupland, Dents Corner, |
|Tollgate McDonalds|| Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG |
|Witham Old Post Office|| Witham Old Post Bus Stop - Sorting Office |
(NOT McColls Store)
|Woolpit Church|| Woolpit Church |
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