Price Per Person: £675:00 (£110 Single Supplement) *Tour now full*
Hotel: Hotel Tulipier, Vienne le Chateau
Limited to 20 spaces
WFA National Tour Verdun
WFA National - Tour Verdun *Tour now Full*
This tour is open to the general public and run-in association with the WFA, non-members would be encouraged to join the WFA
As in previous years these popular tours will be led by Jack Sheldon and Clive Harris providing a unique picture from both sides of the wire.
The group size is limited to just 20 spaces to ensure quality and your personal requests to visit areas or regiments across the Verdun battlefield are whole heartedly received, Jack and Clive will research them in advance, its these personal links that make for such a memorable tour.
For the Autumn 2023 National Tour we have decided to study the area in and around Verdun. Based in the delightful Tulipier Hotel, Vienne Le Chateau the tour will focus on the French, German and US Actions across the area.
The tour will start at Watford Gap services before heading to Ebbsfleet International Station that offers superb convenient links from London rail hubs and in addition provides secure parking at a reasonable rate. Transport via an executive standard coach and return channel crossing are also included throughout. The tour is limited to 20 spaces to ensure quality and make this tour feel like a personal pilgrimage as opposed to a large coach group. Personal visits to relatives or people of interest to you are positively encouraged and will be incorporated into the tour itinerary whilst these will be reflected as the group fills up a preliminary itinerary is planned as follows:
An early afternoon crossing to Dover we transfer south to Vienne le Chateau, on arrival we visit a local French Cemetery and some trenches to place Verdun in context with the ealy phases of the Great War prior to 1916
We begin in the footsteps of Colonel Driant, a key figures during the battle, walking from Colonel Driants command post we pass through to his last resting place and then. we then visit the ruined village of Beaumont deep in the forest to the north of the town where we will head to for lunch.
The afternoon sees us explore the town of Verdun itself. encompassing the local memorials, museums and scars of battle, after ending at the impressive French National Cemetery and hearing the story of the French unknown soldier we head to the Vois Sacree to study the logistics of the vampaign before returning to Vienne le Chateau.
Froideterre to Fluery – The incredible Froideterre Ouverage held out against huge odds throughout the battle and marked the French front line, heavily scarred to this day, we leave the fort and head into the Ravine de Vignes via the Quatre Cheminees, a deep hospital shelter then found itself in the front line in February 1916, we continue through the forest ending at the excellent and newly renovated Fleury Museum.
The afternoon sees us visit the Ossuary, the Trench of Bayonets and end at Fort Douaumont stunning views over the battlefield.
Travel back after a morning studying the mined village of Vauquios above ground the landscape is among the most incredible sites on the Western Front.