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WWI day tour(s) for Canadians

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Saskatoon, Canada
posts: 67
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WWI day tour(s) for Canadians

We're visiting England/France in September and will be touring the D-Day beaches in France, staying in Bayeux. We were also going to stay in Lille to see some WWI sites, but after browsing on this site, I'm wondering if staying in Ypres is a better idea? I'm not up-to-speed on where Canadian troops in particular were involved in the area--any advice for Canadians specifically, or any advice in general for tours? I'd like to find a full-day tour of some sort.

Also (and this may be a stupid question!) is it easy to take the train from Bayeux to Ypres, or what are our transportation options? We weren't planning to rent a car, but could if that's reccommended.

Thanks for your help! These forums are SO helpful!!

ypres
posts: 18
1. Re: WWI day tour(s) for Canadians

Hello,

There are 2 places which are of importance to the Canadians: first of all, Vimy Ridge (just South of the city of Lens, in Norhern France) and secondly, Passchendaele, in the Ypres Salient, Belgium.

If I were you I would base myself in the Salient, as here you will have several places to visit ; the Canadian memorial at Hill 60, the brooding soldier at Sint-Julien, the Canadian memorial at Passchendaele and then the well known places such as Tyne Cot cemetery (largest CWGC WW I cemetery on the European continent) with its new visitors centre, the German cemetery at Langemarck, the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, Talbot House, In Flanders Fields museum, Hooge Crater museum. All of these museums have a different approach of the history of the Great War in the Ypres Salient.

As to guided tours : salient tours in Ypres is run by a Canadian. They have a new guide who is really excellent. I have heard nothing but praise on her.

I really would advice you to rent a car : places of interest are not easy to get to using public transport. Take the train from Bayeux to Lille where you can hire a car. From there on it is only 50 km to the Ypres Salient; A car will give you the freedom of visiting all the sites you want in your own time: no matter how good guided tours are, it often proves that there isn't sufficient time to take it all in. Many people would go on a guided tour to understand the different battles that took place and to be able to understand the landscape but then they return for a more indepth visit to the different places. It proves to be handy to have your own transport to do so.

I hope that this provides some answers to your questions and I do wish you an enriching visit to Europe.

Charlotte

Saskatoon, Canada
posts: 67
reviews: 6
2. Re: WWI day tour(s) for Canadians

Thanks for all the info! I had actually e-mailed Salient Tours, but their guide had to quit, so they can't accomodate the Somme and Vimy tours anymore. Any other tour operators you could reccommend?

ypres
posts: 18
3. Re: WWI day tour(s) for Canadians

Hello ,

Over the top tours is doing specialised tours to Vimy as well.See for more information

http://www.overthetoptours.be/vimyridge.htm

Regards,

charlotte

PS: I can also recommend private guides who tailor tours to the expectations of their guests. They are both from British origin but living in Ypres.

Waregem, Belgium
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4. Re: WWI day tour(s) for Canadians

As a Canadian you must visit Ypres .

From Bayeux to Ypres whit train may cost you 3/4 day

Saskatoon, Canada
posts: 67
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5. Re: WWI day tour(s) for Canadians

We're wondering if we'd be better renting a car?

ypres
posts: 18
6. Re: WWI day tour(s) for Canadians

As I mentioned before I would strongly advice you to rent a car. It gives you the flexibility to visit the sites in your own time. It also allows you to base yourself just outside the towncentre for accommodation where it is not only quieter but also cheaper. And on top of that it will safe you time as travelling with public transport often means waiting for the bus to show up...

Best wishes,

charlotte

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