Cycle the Western Front

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traveller reviews

  • The tour was very well designed, allowing a variety of options for WW1 cemetery/memorial visits. To get the most out of the route (which contains far more than what you can fit in each day) it is recommended to do some research before the tour. The Australian, Canadian, British and French memorials were incredibly moving. It was all so interesting! The route was varied across farming areas, small villages and well thought out access into the larger towns and cities. The choice of hotels were excellent (and we appreciated our early bookings ensuring we had great rooms and locations). Just make sure you plan to have food in your panniers, as there were very few places to stop for food out in the countryside! We had a fantastic time, and thoroughly enjoyed exploring this important part of Australia's war history, in Europe, at cycle pace. Anonymous. Australia.
Across the French region of the Somme and the northern region of Belgium known as Flanders is an area of outstanding natural beauty, steeped in history with rich culinary traditions. Through this area runs the Western Front, a series of trenches built by the Germans in WWI stretching 700km from the Belgium coast to the Swiss border. Following the Western Front along quiet roads and bike paths, this reflective cycle journey first stops at Villers Bretonneux, where in April 1918 the Australian Corps successfully stopped the advancing German troops. En route to Flanders you can stop to visit museums, cemeteries and moving memorials dedicated to the brave soldiers who fought in WWI. Whilst the historic focus of this self guided cycle is firmly on the sights of importance for Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and British people, there are so many more reasons to visit the spectacular region. The warm welcome from the locals, the tantalising cuisine where local ingredients are sourced to produce satisfying meals, and the varying hues of the landscape are what make this ride so special. In the evening, stay in a selection of handpicked hotels and take time to stroll around the interesting town centres to gain further appreciation for the impact of the war history on the region.
brief itinerary
DAY 1 Arrive Amiens DAY 2 Cycle along the Somme River to Villers Bretonneux and continue eastward across the Hamel battlefield to Albert (51km/31.5mi) DAY 3 Cycle via Pozières to Arras (45 or 62km/28 or 38.5mi) DAY 4 Cycle along the River Scarpe to Vimy with its Canadian Memorial and continue to Béthune (48km/30mi) DAY 5 Cycle through Flanders via Fromelles (longer route) and Bailleul to the medieval town of Ypres in Belgium (61, 68 or 82km/38, 42 or 51mi) DAY 6 Loop cycle to retrace the historic WW1 battles from Zonnebeke to Langemark Poelkapelle and Passchendaele (46km/28.5mi) DAY 7 Cycle south east to the French border, follow the Lys canal to Lille (40km/25mi) DAY 8 Trip concludes
trip dates
Weekly on Sunday from 2 Apr to 22 Oct
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Departures other than on Sunday are possible - supplement applies.

what's included
MEALS: *7 breakfasts ACCOMMODATION: *7 nights in 2-3 star hotels and B&Bs on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (upgrade to 3-4 star hotels - supplement applies) BACKUP & SUPPORT: *information pack including maps and road-book per room booked) *luggage transfer *emergency hotline EQUIPMENT: *specialized Sirrus rental bike supplied with panniers, repair kit, helmet, bike computer and lock, GPS (electric bikes available - supplement applies)
Cycle the Western Front
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trip grading:
8 days
trip code:
US $1,830
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