3-day Flanders Fields tour on commuter bike (50 km per day)

Day 1 : We meet you at the Lille Europe(*)  station ( MEETING POINT in Hall 2) . We leave Lille riding the tow path along the Deule river and push on to Fromelles for a guided visit of the 1916 battlefield, cemetery, museum and Memorial. After lunch we carry on to Armentières where we overnight.  

Day 2 : A range of low hills forms a half-circle  or “Salient”  around Ypres. Ploegstreet wood , at the foot or Messines Ridge is where we cick of our second day. Pretty soon we find the relics of the June 1917 underground war. Hill 60 tells the story of 4 years of close range trench warfare . Tyne Cot military cemetery is a testament of sad loss of life to capture Passchendale . We end our day at the Menin Gate Memorial where we attend the 20:00 h Last Post service before we overnight in Ypres

Day 3 : Essex Farm cemetery is where in 1915  John McCrae wrote the famous poem “In Flanders Fields” We follow the old front line to the Langemark German Military Cemetery where 44,000 soldiers now rest.  At Vancouver corner we admire the 1921 Canadian sculpture of the Brooding Soldier.  After our lunch we end our tour with a visit of the In Flanders Fields museum.

Our shuttle takes us back to Lille Europe station around 17:00 h.  

(*) Lille Europe is primarily used for international Eurostar services : London – Lille – Brussels  /    Lille -  CDG  – Paris

5- day battlefield  tour Ypres  -  Vimy -  Somme

Day 1 : We meet you at our Ypres accommodation.  Flanders Fields : Essex Farm, Langemark, Vancouver Corner, ‘sGraventafel, Tyne Cot , Passchendaele, Menin Road, Hill 60, Messines Ridge , Armentières.

Day 2 : Fromelles  Australian Memorial and museum – La Bassée -  Dud Corner & Loos Memoral  - Lens   

Day 3 : Vimy Ridge Canadian Memorial , trenches, tunnels & visitor center, N-D de Lorette French Military Cemetery, Neuville St-Vaast German Military Cemetery , Arras , Bapaume .

Day 4 : Pozières, Thiepval, Ulster Tower , Beaumont-Hamel , Loch Nagar Crater, Longueval South-African Memorial and museum, Guillemont, Fricourt , Bécourt, Albert & the Golden Madonna.

Day 5 : Morlancourt, the Somme valley , Villers-Bretonneux Australian Memorial and John Monash Center.  Drop off at Arras station ( 50’ to Paris) or Lille Europe station (*)

(*) Lille Europe is primarily used for international Eurostar services : London – Lille – Brussels  /    Lille -  CDG  – Paris

More Particulars : 

Are these tours guided ?

I personally lead every tour and give interpretation at the points of interest . For a dozen years now  I work in France and Belgium as a licensed tour guide.  

How big are the groups  ?

The minimum is 2 participants.  To be cost - effective we need 4 to 8 people . Unless we have a homegeneous group ( same level of fitness / people who ride together ) my groups seldomly are larger than 12 people . 

Can we bring our own bike , seat, pedals , helmet ?

Your bike will always fit you better than a hired bike. I encourage every  cyclist to bring her / his bike when possible.  If that is not practical, then you can hire a bike here and bring your seat, pedals & shoes, helmet...

Is there a support vehicle ?

We organise the luggage to be transported to the next venue and also the shuttle to Arras at the end of the tour. 

2021  tours you can book :

May - June - July -  August -  September -  October ....

90.-- p person p day w/o accomodation

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