About our **NEW** Canadian WW1 Western Front Battlefield 1 Day 'ULTRA' Tour
The name says it all. ULTRA. This new, high quality 1 day tour to the Canadian (& Australian) Western Front Battlefields of WW1 is probably one of the biggest innovations for WW1 Battlefield touring we have released. The tour is an ULTRA 1 day tour - 15/16 hours - but in actual fact condenses 3 days of specialist Canadian focussed WW1 Battlefield touring into the one day.
Tour Code: ULTRA191DCADPAR
From Amiens: (Departure Point in Amiens confirmed on booking)
Dates: Departs: 0900 (9am) : 2019: Every Friday: 03 May - through 25 October
Dates: Returns: approximately 2300 (11am) Amiens: Friday evening
Tour Guide: Fully certified Spirit of Remembrance Battlefield/Historian Guide
Price Per Person: Euro €398.00 (*Payment in €)
* Note: Full payment: 90 days prior to departure (OR - if within this period full amount on booking.)
* Note: This tour will also operate in 2020: Dates to be advised: *Ask us for details
Note: Amiens is easily reached in an hour by fast train from Paris if you wish to join the tour on the morning of the tour, however this tour will require you to have accommodation overnight in the very pretty towns of either Arras or Amiens on your tour return on the Friday evening if you are travelling by train back to Paris the following morning.
Please note that Spirit operates this ULTRA tour OURSELVES - We are NOT a tour consolidator (nor do we contract out) any of our tours. As a leading Battlefield Tour Operator - we believe quality customer service and products can only provided to all our customers if we supply and control the experience direct. "The company that provides the service - owns and operates the service".
Itinerary for our NEW ULTRA 1 Day WW1 Western Front Canadian Tour
After leaving Amiens at 9am, our first stop is the powerful and incredibly moving Australian WW1 War Memorial at Villers- Bretonneux. During the second battle of Villers-Bretonneux on Anzac Day 1918 the Australians retook Villers-Bretonneux from the Germans who captured it the day before. The battle was bloody and terrible - with absolutely no quarter given. NO German prisoners were taken.
Villers- Bretonneux was strategically very important as an observation point for a German attack on Amiens, and is famous as the area where the Germans nearly broke through the Allied defences during the German spring offensive of 1918. The German High Command worked out that if they captured Amiens, then pushed quickly to the coast they would split the Allied Forces in two and win the war – or at least sue for peace on their terms. Their first major offensive to take Amiens had actually reached the Villers-Bretonneux area, before being stopped in the first battle of Villers-Bretonneux in early April.
We then visit the new and exciting Sir John Monash Interpretative Centre, which opened on Anzac Day 2018. We will spend up to 2 hours at this amazing new facility which has already garnered world wide accolades for its breathtaking technological 'tour de force'.
Moving further into our tour we then visit the dreadful killing grounds of Pozieres and Mouquet Farm from July 2016 and the Australian memorials (*Windmill and 1st Australian Div Memorial). (Here we also learn how the Canadians finally took Mouquet Farm after the battered Australian forces had to withdraw.) The final Australian casualty count at Pozieres was over 23,000 men killed and wounded. All for 500+ metres of dirt.
Leaving this terrible scene of one of the bloodies battles in Australian history we then travel a short distance to the soaring and massive WW1 British/French Somme memorial and museum at Thiepval and spend a short time here before travelling onto the very pretty ancient town of Arras - we think one of the prettiest small cities in Northern France, now completely rebuilt to as it was prior to WW1, where it was virtually destroyed - with the front line of the battlefield running right though the town itself.
Here we stop to stretch our legs and have *lunch (*not included) at the myriad of wonderful shops and cafes in the town square. Canada figured prominently here as the soldiers hidden in the Wellington Quarry in Arras emerged from the ground and attacked the German Front lines on April 9 1917 paving the way for the all Canadian forces of General Currie on Vimy Ridge in the famous Canadian victory at Vimy.
Leaving Arras we then travel onto the magnificent Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge, and learn how the Canadian assault (along with the French forces and British Highland division) on the *9th April 2017 (*Vimy Ridge Day) took this impregnable fortress, but at a terrible cost of ten thousand dead and wounded young Canadian men.
(This date (9 April) is without doubt the most poignant day of remembrance in Canada's history - a national day of remembrance that honours and remembers the event that forever shaped the nation of Canada. Vimy is a beautiful and truly inspirational memorial that sits atop Vimy Ridge - and is Canadian 'Holy Ground'. Spirit took 600 Canadians here on 9 April 2017 for the 100 year centenary of Vimy - attended by OVER 25,000 Canadians. We then will visit (time permitting) the nearby Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery, from where the unknown Canadian soldier was taken in 2000 to be re-interred in the National War Memorial IN Ottowa.
On the final Northern travel leg of our journey - we now travel onto the ancient Belgium city of Ypres(leper) which was the entrance to the Western Front - with most allied troops passing through the Menin Gate - then through this ancient walled city - shelled almost into dust and broken rubble during the war.
We then have a quick tour of the Ypres salient - site of some of the most bitter battles of the war with Hill 60, Menin Road, Polygon Wood (Australia) and the terrible, futile ('mud blood and steel') Battle of Passchendaele - where in the last phase of the battle (which cost Canada 15,000 men - killed and wounded) Canadian forces finally took this hellish battleground - earning NINE Victoria crosses in this dreadful battle. (Third Battle of Ypres: Australia and Canada)
Returning to Ypres we then stretch our legs and a much needed drink and dinner (not included) before the historic, world famous Menin Gate 'Last Post Remembrance ceremony at 8pm. This daily event is known the world over and has been operating since 1927, only interrupted by WW2 and recommenced the day after WW2 finished. After the ceremony - time for a quick last minute rest break then we set out back to Amiens (via Arras rest break) arriving at our disembarkation point in Amiens at approximately 11.30pm where our ULTRA WW1 Canadian Western Front Tour finishes.
The weather in the Somme region in spring, summer and early autumn (May-October) is usually very mild/hot in the day but can get cool of an evening
What should I take with me?
● Rucksack. (Essential to store things in)
● Wet weather jacket. (Just in case..)
● Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes (Some walking is involved during the day)
● Mobile Phone, phone charger, phone earphones or phone 'earbuds'
(This is essential for the Sir John Monash Centre
* Please note all timings are approximate and that the itinerary is subject to change at all times due to reasons beyond our control, particularly with weather, road/private battlefield fields closures, French security control measures etc. Also, we cannot guarantee the exact return arrival time in Amiens that evening/night so we recommend that you have a hotel booked in Amiens for that night.
(*This tour is an 'ULTRA' day tour and is a very long - but very exciting day!)
● Services of an EXPERT *highly qualified Battlefield Guide & Historian for the duration of tour with specific knowledge on Canadian battles in France & Belgium in WW1
● Quality coach/mini coach throughout the tour
● *Light box breakfast (Fruit: Sandwich/Croissant/Water or Juice)
● Visit to Australian War Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux
● Attendance at Sir John Monash Interpretative Centre
● Visit to Thiepval Monument and Museum
● Visit to Arras Town Centre
● Visit to Canadian Vimy WW1 Memorial
● Visit to Ypres
● Tour of WW1 Ypres Salient
● Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony Ypres
● Spirit of Remembrance Pen and Baggage Tags
● Spirit of Remembrance Rainproof Poncho
COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE
Meals and snacks as not included as above
Museum fees (if applicable) unless specified as above
Items of a personal nature
Please Note: Hand Luggage only: We cannot take large suitcases on this day tour.
NO child rate applies & infants (under 5 years) cannot be taken on this tour unless previously approved.