The Western Front was over 450 miles long, stretching from the Belgian coast to the Swiss border. Join us as we travel through the main battlefields to where the Front literally came to an end, seeing memorials, cemeteries, trenches, bunkers and the scars of battle; still there after 100 years.
- Day 1 - Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.
- Day 2 - We start on the Belgian coast near the town of Nieuport. Here, the Western Front petered out on the sands of the local beach. We see the northern-most part of the front, visit the graves of British troops who fought here and their Belgian comrades who held the ‘Yser Front’. We then travel through Flanders into Northern France to Compiegne, visiting the Armistice Carriage museum; the spot where the Armistice was signed and brought the Great War to an end. We stay overnight in the Compiegne area. B
- Day 3 - Today we look at the fighting on the Marne, with the ‘miracle of the Marne’ in 1914 and the final battles in 1918 when nearby Paris was threatened once more by the German advance. We visit the newly opened Great War Museum at Meaux and look at the 'Old Contemptibles' who fought in the Villers-Cotterets forest. We then travel through the Marne and Champagne battlefields to the Metz area for an overnight stay. B
- Day 4 - We start on the battlefields near Metz where the ‘Battle of the Frontiers’ took place in August 1914; fighting that would cost the French Army huge losses, then continue into the Vosges and visit the trenches and battlefield landscape at Le Linge before an overnight stay in Colmar/Mulhouse. B
- Day 5 - Our journey continues to the end of the Western Front near Pfeterhouse where the trenches stopped just short of the Swiss border. French and Swiss border guards looked at each other across the wire here and we look at the 'then and now' comparisons from a century ago. Continue to our hotel in the Nancy area. B
- Day 6 - The fighting in the St. Mihiel Salient saw armies from America and France fighting together. We see the US Memorial on Mont Sec and look at the Doughboys there in 1918 before travelling to the Bois-le-Prêtre where we see a church that was used as a field hospital and visit the preserved French and Germans trenches. We see an original German cemetery with period memorials and later look at the story of ‘Thirsty Trench’ - a large area of preserved battlefield where WWI trenches still retain their original depth. B
- Day 7 - Departing Nancy we look at the story of French author and soldier Alan Fournier. We also see a vast area of mine craters from 1915 at Les Eparges before spending some time at Verdun. We continue to Reims for a two-night stay. B
- Day 8 - We spend a full day on the battlefields looks at the Chemin des Dames – the Ladies Way – where fighting raged for all four years of the war. We see where British Old Contemptibles fought on the Aisne in 1914 and look at the British defence of the area in 1918. We go underground in the ‘Dragon’s Cave’, and look at the April 1917 battle which led to the mutinies in the French Army. B
- Day 9 - To Calais and return home. B
Included Meals: B=Breakfast
Please Note: Entrance fees to museums and places of interest are at extra cost.