Explore the Canadian World War I battlefields of France and Belgium on a private full-day tour from Lille or Arras. Witness the preserved tunnels and trenches of Vimy, where Canadian troops stormed German forces in April 1917. Learn about the Canadian assault and visit the Hill 145 memorial. After lunch, see some key Belgian WWI sites including the St Julien Memorial and Tyne Cot Cemetery, and attend Ypres’ Last Post Ceremony. The itinerary is flexible, so inform your guide if there’s anything you want to see more or less of.
Private day trip to Vimy and Belgium’s Canadian WWI sites from Lille and Arras, with air-conditioned transport
Walk in Vimy’s trenches and tunnels and visit Hill 145, the scene of a famous 1917 Canadian offensive
Savor an included lunch and continue to Belgium’s WWI battle sites
See the St Julien Canadian Memorial on the site of the first German gas attacks
Visit the Tyne Cot Cemetery and spot where John McRae wrote ‘In Flanders Fields’
Attend the moving Last Post Ceremony at Ypres’ monumental Menin Gate
Enjoy a flexible itinerary with personalized attention from a private guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off in Lille or Arras
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Meeting And Pickup
Select a pickup point
Pick up at all central hotels or at the train station.
What To Expect
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
A minimum of two people per booking is required
Not wheelchair accessible
Service animals allowed
Most travellers can participate
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
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Reviews by Viator travellers.
Showing 1-5 of 6 reviews
Caroline_L, Oct 2022
Claude was excellent as a guide and the experience was extremely moving and memorable. we highly recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you Caroline for the nice review.
A Most Memorable Day!
Janice_T, Aug 2022
Vimy and Flanders Canadian battlefields tour.
On August 11,2022 Lloyd and I went on a “full” day tour of Vimy and Flanders battlefields tour with our own guide, Claude Verhaeghe.
Lloyd spent 8 years in the army; first with the First Battalion Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and with the Third Battalion PPCLI in Victoria,BC. then finishing his career in Winnipeg,Mb. with the Second Battalion PPCLI.
I am a retired Registered Nurse with 40 years of experience.
On November 11th we make it a must to watch the Remembrance Day Service on television. We are reminded of how grateful we are for our lives lived in freedom but more importantly our gratitude to the men and women who sacrificed so much that we rare free to live the life we have.
This tour as well as the tour from Bayeux have been on our “bucket list” so we are grateful to have gone on both exceptional tours.
Our visit into the trenches at Vimy Ridge and Passendale although informative left me feeling..sad for those who served, yet so grateful for their sacrifice.
The Vimy Canadian Memorial on Vimy Ridge is something to behold.
Although it’s reason for existing is tragic, we left with a feeling of humble pride.
Our lunch stop was a well timed break in the day with yet much more to see and learn about.
I was very glad to have visited the Essex Farm where Canadian Army Doctor Major John McRae cared for the wounded and composed his famous poem “In Flanders Fields”. I will now have a vision whenever I hear his poem.
Our day finished with taking part/observing the “Last Post” in Ypres. A very moving experience that will not be forgotten.
Claude, it was a “full” day and we couldn’t have had a more pleasant, knowledgable person to chauffeur us about and answer our many questions from the time you picked us up at our hotel in Lille at 0900 till you brought us back about 9pm. You have a wealth of knowledge and we are so grateful to have had you share it with us. You made our day very memorable.
From two grateful Canadians; Thank you again for a “day to remember” and the keepsake to help us do so. Thank you, Janice & Lloyd
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hi Janice and Lloyd, thank you very much for this nice comment.
Personalized tour with a guide who...
Suzelle B, Nov 2017
Personalized tour with a guide who could relate to the histyory of the battles. The guide also provided axtra detours of some of the Memorials which we wanted to see.
This was an excellent tour to learn...
rwilbur50, June 2017
This was an excellent tour to learn about the Canadian experience in WWI. It is a tour in a small van 6/7 people max so very personal attention and we were very fortunate to be the only clients that day. Claude, our, guide was very knowledgeable about Canada's role in the battles and the impact. We visited the key sites including Vime, Passchendale , Ypres etc There was a good mix of cemeteries, battle sites and museums. Claude kept it interesting and paced things well. The day ended with the last post at the Menin Gate. A very memorable full day. Highly recommended. I should also mention the wonderful student guides at Vimy.
The guide was fabulous. Easy to...
James F, Sept 2016
The guide was fabulous. Easy to understand and very knowledgeable. Probably our best tour. Thanks Claude!