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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:2 days (approx.)

2-Day WWI Tour from Paris: Ypres and Somme Battlefields

Spend two days immersing yourself in World War I history as you visit the battlefields, memorials and cemeteries of Belgium and northern France, where some of the deadliest conflicts took place. On this tour from Paris to the Ypres Salient and Somme, your expert guide will take you to the site of the Battle of Hill 60, the site of the Battle of Pozières, the Lochnagar Crater, Tyne Cot Cemetery, the Villers–Bretonneux Australian National Memorial and more. You’ll also attend the Last Post ceremony in Ypres before spending the night in Lille in a 3-star hotel, with breakfast included. This 2-day tour will shed a whole new light on WWI, enriching your understanding of the successes, failures and plights of all nations involved.

Numbers are limited to 12 people on this small-group tour, so you’ll enjoy a more personalized experience.


  • 2-day trip from Paris to WWI sites in northern France and Belgium
  • Explore the areas of Ypres Salient and the Somme to see where some of the war’s biggest battles took place
  • Visit several battlefields, cemeteries, museums and landmarks including the Hill 60 battlefield, Essex Farm, Tyne Cot Cemetery and Lochnagar Crater
  • Spending the night in Lille enables you to attend the Last Post nighttime ceremony in Ypres
  • Hear stories and learn about the war from your expert guide
  • Overnight accommodation in a 3-star hotel, with breakfast included
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

2-Day WWI Tour from Paris: Ypres and Somme Battlefields

Visit the Villers-Bretonneux Australian National Memorial on day two of your tour

Day 1: Paris – Ypres – Lille
Meet near Ecole Militaire metro station in central Paris in the morning. Hop aboard a climate-controlled minivan and relax on the 3-hour drive north to Ypres Salient, an area around the city of Ypres in Belgium. A major part of the Western Front, this was the scene of some of the biggest battles of WWI.

Discover first-hand where hundreds of thousands of soldiers from many nations fought between 1914 and 1918. As you’ll learn, Ypres has become associated with the British Commonwealth forces; by the time the last shells fell on Ypres in October 1918, the Ypres Salient had claimed 185,000 Commonwealth lives.

Visit Ypres’s major WWI memorials, cemeteries and battlefields including John McCrae's Essex Farm site, Langemark German Cemetery, Tyne Cot Cemetery and Vancouver Corner, a Canadian memorial. Walk around the moon-like landscape that was once the site of the Battle of Hill 60 to witness the destruction the landscape suffered because of the war.

You'll also spend time in the city of Ypres itself, where you’ll visit St George’s Chapel and the Menin Gate for the Last Post ceremony, a moving tribute to the courage and self-sacrifice of those who fell in defense of Ypres. Normally the 8pm ceremony is too late for visitors staying overnight in Paris, but since you’ll be staying overnight in nearby Lille, you’ll have the time to enjoy this fantastic experience!

After the ceremony, you’ll be driven to your hotel in Lille for check-in and an overnight stay.

Overnight: Ibis Lille Opera or similar hotel in Lille

Day 2: Lille – Somme – Paris (B)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then embark on your second day of discovering the fascinating WWI sites throughout the Somme, a part of France that suffered severely in the violent and bloody battles of the war.

Visit several WWI battlefields, memorials, cemeteries and landmarks while hearing stories about the war from your guide. Sights you’ll see today include the massive Lochnagar Crater in the village of La Boiselle, the site of the Battle of Pozières, the Thiepval Memorial, the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial and the Villers–Bretonneux Australian National Memorial.

At the end of your time in the Somme, hop in the minivan and relax on the drive back to Paris.
From USD $ 784.75

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Tour code: 6235SOMME


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