1 Day Sightseeing Tour ex Paris
1 Day Sightseeing Tour ex Paris
Paris - Western Front/Somme sightseeing - Paris
This morning meet your tour at the scheduled departure point in central Paris by 7am. The location will be provided in advance of your trip.
Drive to the Western front with the first stop at the Grevillers British Cemetery, 3 kms west of Bapaume. The village of Grevillers was occupied by the Commonwealth troops on 14 March 1917 and in April and May. There are now 2,106 Commonwealth servicemen buried here including 159 New Zealanders. Within the cemetery stands the New Zealand Memorial which commemorates almost 450 men of the NZ Division who died in the defensive fighting in the area from March to August 1918 and for those lost in the Advance to Victory from August-November 1918 and who have no known grave.
Continue to the Wind Mill Site at Pozieres which was established as an Australian memorial in the 1930’s. In less than 7 weeks in the fighting at Pozieres and Mouquet Farm the Australian Imperial Force suffered 23,000 casualties, more than 6,700 died in the surrounding countryside. Continue to the Tank Memorial in Pozieres, which was first built in 1919 by the British Tank Corps and officially unveiled in July 1922.
Visit “Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme” which bears the names of 72,000 officers who died in the Somme sector before March 1918 and have no known grave.
Continue to the Newfoundland Memorial Park, maintained by the Canadian Government, the ground of this memorial park was left untouched at the end of WWI to remember the sacrifice of the Newfoundland troops on the first day of the battle of the Somme. Walk through the original WWI trenches and hear information about the trench systems of the area.
Lunch is included today at a local café.
This afternoon visit Lachnagar Crater. The largest man-made crater on the Western Front at 30m deep, Lochnagar Crater is the most visible scar left by underground mining. As we walk around the crater, we explain the purpose of the Lochnagar mine in the Somme offensive, the importance of underground mining in WWI but also the rehabilitation of the Crater in the 1970’s and the different memorials surrounding the crater.
Continue to the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery. The memorial lists 10,773 names of soldiers of the Australian Imperial Force with no known grave, who died in battle between 1916-1918. After visit the Sir John Monash Museum Centre which opened in 2018, to express the gratitude for all the men and women who fought on the Western Front, then visit the Victoria School in Villers-Bretonneux which features a photographic collection that documents the rebuilding of Villers-Bretonneux after its destruction in 1918. Return to Paris at approximately 7pm.
- Air conditioned transfers
- Lunch at a local cafe
- Entrance Fees
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