To mark the centenary of the start of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, Back-Roads Touring has added extra dates to its most battlefield tours this year.
The two-night/three-day WW1 Battlefield Weekend tour includes visits to The Somme, Villers-Bretonneux and Vimy Ridge, and allows visitors to see the major areas of British and Commonwealth involvement across the Western Front, offering guests the opportunity to visit specific cemeteries and pay their respects to a fallen relative. Tour highlights include the nightly playing of the Last Post under the Menin Gate and a trench and tunnel tour at Vimy Ridge (weather permitting). The tour costs from £485 per person and departs on various dates from April to October. It includes two nights’ accommodation, a tour leader, daily breakfast and one evening meal. Entrance fees to Hooge Crater Museum, Hooge Trenches and Fromelles Visitor Centre are also included.
Alternatively, a three-night/four-day D-Day: Battles for France tour includes visits to Dunkirk and the Normandy landing beaches. From the Dunkirk Shield to the Dieppe Raid and the beaches of Normandy, guests travel along Hitler’s Atlantic Wall in the footsteps of soldiers. The tour costs from £975 per person and departs on various dates from April to September. It includes three nights’ accommodation, a tour leader, breakfast and two evening meals. Entrance fees to Dunkirk Dynamo Museum, Dieppe Memorial Museum, Merville Battery, Utah Beach Museum, Juno Bridge Museum and Pegasus Bridge Museum are also included.
The company also offers a range of other themed tours which retrace the footsteps of Australian and New Zealand soldiers during World War I.
To book or for more information call 033-311 201 09 or visit www.backroadstouring.co.uk