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Explore World War I history on location in Belgium and northern France on a 2-day tour from Paris. Visit important battlefields, war memorials and national cemeteries during a tour from Paris to the Ypres Salient and Somme, in which some of the war's deadliest battles occurred. Travel with a knowledgeable guide to battle sites such as Pozières and Hill 60, the Tyne Cot Cemetery, the Villers-Bretonneux Australian National Memorial and the Lochnagar Crater. Attend an evening Last Post ceremony in Ypres. Spend the night in a 3-star Lille hotel, breakfast included. Group size limited to 12 for a more personalized tour.


  • 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
Make your way to the Ecole Militaire metro station in Paris to meet your guide nearby and climb into a comfortable minivan for the start of the 3-hour drive to Ypres Salient. This is the area around the Belgian city of Ypres that figured prominently in the Western Front of World War I. Several of the most critical and deadliest conflicts of the war took place here.

See for yourself the land where, in the years 1914-1918, hundreds of thousands of young men on all sides of the war fought and died. In particular, British Commonwealth soldiers made up a large part of the forces around Ypres, with roughly 185,000 Commonwealth troops dying in the Ypres Salient by the end of the war.

Travel to the most important WWI battlefields, monuments, memorials and cemeteries in and around Ypres, including the Tyne Cot Cemetery, John McCrae's Essex Farm site, Langemark German Cemetery and Vancouver Corner, a memorial to Canadian soldiers. Try to imagine the Battle of Hill 60 as you walk with your guide through the modern landscape, forever damaged from the war.

Visit the city of Ypres to tour St George's Chapel, and head to the Menin Gate to attend the Last Post ceremony. This tradition takes place every evening at 8pm, a 'salute to the fallen,' and day-trippers rarely have a chance to see it. By staying the night in Lille, you're able to witness this moving tribute. When the ceremony is complete, travel with your guide to your hotel in Lille.

Overnight: Ibis Lille Opera or another similar Lille hotel

Day 2: Lille-Somme-Paris (B)
Take advantage of the included breakfast at your hotel before you meet your guide to being your second day touring the local WWI sites. This day is dedicated to the Somme, an area of France whose name is almost synonymous with the brutality of WWI.

Visit the site of the Battle of Pozières, the Thiepval memorial, the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, the Villiers-Bretonneux Australian National Memorial and the town of La Boiselle, where you'll see the enormous Lochnagar Crater. The crater is 300 feet across and 90 feet deep, the largest crater made during a time of war.

After seeing these critical places in the Somme, climb back into the minivan for the return drive to Paris.

Customer Reviews

Robert S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent. Our tour guide Nicola was brilliant. Very knowledgeable and passionate about history. The trip was fascinating and for me the highlights were the visit to Tyne Cot cemetery and the service at the Menin gate in Ypres on the Sunday evening. We stayed at the O hotel in Ypres on the Sunday evening which was also very good. The trip is well worth every penny.

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