Advance to Victory – The last 100 days of World War One

 

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Advance to Victory

– The last 100 days of World War One  

 

(Five day battlefield tour)

 

Advance to Victory! This began on 8 August 1918 with the battle of Amiens. Prior to this, the German Spring Offensive on the Western Front had pushed the Allies back until finally petering out in July and notably being stopped on the Somme at Villers-Bretonneux and Le Hamel by the Australian Infantry Forces. At this time Marshal Foch the Allied Supreme Commander ordered an offensive which would effectively lead to the end of hostilities when an armistice is signed in a rail carriage in the forest of Compiègne.Battlefield Tours

This five day tour covers the advance and looks at the many battles fought by the Allies in their push towards eventual victory. The tour covers the various armies who fought in these last hundred days and includes British, Australian, Canadian and American actions. It is crammed with facts, figures and historical content and ends the past four years of anniversaries that commemorates one of the bloodiest times in mankind’s history; ‘The Great War’.

 

Itinerary

Day One: From your collection point we will travel to Dover and upon crossing the channel make our way from Calais to Amiens where we will spend the first two nights of this five day battlefield tour.

Day Two: Today we look at the actions that took place on the southern section of the Somme including the Battles of Amiens, Villers-Bretonneux, Le Hamel and Albert as well as following the general Commonwealth advance in this region through to Mont St Quentin. We visit many of the cemeteries and memorials that mark these events including the Sir John Monash Centre set in the grounds of Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, due to open in April 2018.Battlefield Tours

Day Three: We leave our base in Amiens today and travel across the Somme. We focus on the Hindenburg Line which was broken by the Allies during the Battle of the St Quentin Canal that began on the 29 September 1918 and featured British, Australian and American troops. We will be visiting many of the famous sites in the area including Riqueval Bridge before returning to our new base at Arras.

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Day Four: Battlefield ToursToday we draw close to the end of ‘The Great War’ looking at the final battles including the Battle of the Sambre Canal, Boulon Wood, Ors Canal and up to Battlefield ToursMons where the final shot was fired and the last soldier of the war, George Lawrence Price was killed. As we tour, we look at the many memorials and visit the grave of the war poet Wilfred Owen at Ors Communal Cemetery. Our final visit of the day sees us pay our respects to the fallen at stunning St Symphorian Cemetery before travelling back to Arras.

 

Day Five: The Advance to Victory battlefield tour would not be complete without seeing the place where the 1918 Armistice was signed and on our final day we travel to Compiègne and Armistice Glade to see a replica of the carriage in which the Armistice was signed thus ending the hostilities before we head for Calais and the ferry back to ‘Blighty’.

 

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Riqueval Bridge 29 September 1918

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Riqueval Bridge today

Included In Your Tour

Battlefield visits as described in itinerary

Battlefield Guide and tour manager

Central Accommodation with continental breakfast

Lunch on tour days where specified

Entrance to all museums and places of interests visited

Return ferry crossing

Information pack

Executive coach or minibus travel including complimentary hot and cold drinks, bottled water and light snacks during the tour

Dates

12 – 16 August 2018 

Cost

£579* per person

*Price is based on two people sharing

Total single supplement – £160

Major credit cards accepted

We pick up passengers from:

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Toddington Services, M1 Motorway

South Mimms Services, M25

Ashford, Kent

Port of Dover

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Hotel Accommodation

You will be staying at two 3 star Holiday Inn Express hotels – in Amiens and Arras.

Holiday Inn Express Amiens hotel is located in the heart of Amiens, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Amiens Cathedral.Battlefield ToursThe Holiday Inn Express Arras hotel has a wonderful central location so you can walk to the best restaurants and most historic landmarks of Arras town centre.Battlefield ToursArras is justifiably famous for its two stunning town squares. These opulent spaces speak of its history as a major trading centre: the town hall is a fine example of 16th century Flemish gothic architecture.Battlefield Tours

Both hotels features a bar/lounge and rooms are equipped with a television, complimentary Wi-Fi, hairdryer and coffee and tea making facilities.

For many people a trip to the battlefields is a personal pilgrimage and the chance to visit a long lost relative’s grave or see their name on a memorial. If you would like to stop at a memorial or specific cemetery to pay your respects we will do everything we can to include this in the tour.