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Remembering 100 years since the guns fell silent and the great war ended

November 6, 2018 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Remembrance Day, this Sunday, 11 November 2018 will mark 100 years since the end of WW1.

One of the most historically significant sites from WW1 is the French region of the Somme and the northern region of Belgium known as Flanders.

It is also 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.

UTracks, the active Europe specialist, has an eight day self-guided “Cycle the Western Front” itinerary exploring this fascinating region.

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. Completing the cycle in the charming Belgian town of Bruges is a fitting end to the journey.

Cycle the Western Front is priced from $2390 per person (twin share).

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