Armistice with Colonel Peter Knox
11th – 16th June 2018
Image : Palace of Versailles
Our programme for 2018 is bursting with special experiences – none more attractive than the five days we have planned to mark the centenary of the First World War.
In the company of our great friend, Colonel Peter Knox, we travel by Eurostar and start in the city of Amiens from where we explore the final offensives of the autumn of 1918 whilst being a stone’s throw from the legendary battlefields of the Somme. We then move on to Compiègne and from there to Versailles to explore the locations of the momentous events of the end of the Great War and the Armistice.
DAY 1, 2 & 3 : We travel by train from St Pancras to Lille and thence by mini-coach to Amiens, a great city in its own right, where we shall find time to visit its incomparable cathedral and historic quarter. The town is at the very epicentre of the final offensive of 1918, the War of 100 Days, which Peter Knox will bring to life with his usual sensitivity and expertise.
Amiens is 30 miles from Thiepval, a small village that was utterly destroyed in the Battle of the Somme and was chosen as the site for the most significant and most moving of the Somme Memorials, Lutyens ‘Memorial to the Missing’.
Our visits will be further illustrated by the projection of two profoundly moving films on the First World War; the definitive version of ‘A Farewell to Arms’ and Joseph Losey’s bleak ‘King and Country’.
DAYS 4 & 5 : From Amiens we travel to Compiègne, wherein a railway carriage in the forest the papers were signed that brought four years of suffering to an end. From there we continue to Versailles, scene of the signing of the Peace Treaty six months later. Once again, as well their associations with the Armistice, Compiègne and Versailles have attractions in their own right. It will be a particular pleasure to wander around Versailles in the evening when all the tourists have gone.
DAY 6 : We take our coach to Paris and take lunch at our favourite Brasserie Terminus Nord, arriving back on the Eurostar in the late afternoon.
Tour dates : 11th – 16th June 2018
Number of days : 6
Price : £2175 (Prices are per person based on 2 sharing a twin or double room).
Single supplement : £220
Fully inclusive : Flights, transfers, accommodation and meals are all included.
Number in party : 12 – 16