TOUR DU FRONT ​2018 ITINERARY

Day prior - YPRES ARRIVAL

28/06: Arrival to Ypres (from within Belgium by rail or shuttle from Lille FR). Flanders Museum, Last Post at Menin Gate. Overnight Ypres at Hortensia B&B ***.Come earlier if you like more time for Ypres.

Day 1 - FLANDERS LOOP
29/06 88 km: Ride to the coast at Nieuwpoort then loop back, Yser River, Langemark, Belgian Memorials, German Military Cemetery.
Overnight at Langemark at Greenhouse B&B **.

Day 2 - FLANDERS  BATTLES OF YPRES

30/06 60 km: More time in Flanders. Passchendaele, Hill 60, The Bluff, Messines Ridge, Xmas truce, Ploegsteert.
Overnight Bailleul at Fleur de Lys Hotel ***.

Day 3 - FRANCE NORD  BACK TO THE WALL 1918, BATTLE OF FROMELLES
01/07 80 km: We are now in France. Nieppe Forest, Vieux Berquin, Fromelles, The Cobber, VC Corner, Pheasant Wood. Overnight Lens at Hotel de France ** in the town centre.

Day 4 - LENS TO POZIERESVIMY  BULLECOURT & POZIERES
02/07 79 km: Notre Dame de Lorette (France Memorial), The Ring (all fallen soldiers of all nations), Vimy Canadian Monument, Arras, Bullecourt Digger, Rue des Australiens, Bapaume, Martinpuich.
Overnight near Pozières at Butterworth Farm Cottage **.

Day 5 - POZIERES TO AMIENS  THE SOMME 1916 

03/07 88 km: The Somme battlefields. Contalmaison, Lochnagar, Thiepval Somme Monument, Auchon-Villers, Sailly-le-Sec, Corbie. 

Stay 2 nights in Amiens town centre at St-Louis Hotel **.

Day 6 - AMIENS  BATTLE FOR AMIENS
04/07 Rest: Day off to explore Amiens. See the Cathedral, Hortillonages, Jules Verne, Somme River.

Day 7 - AMIENS TO PERONNE  BATTLE FOR VILLERS-BRETTONEUX

05/07 76 km: This is where the war finally turned in 1918 with the Australians busting the pointy end of the German advance with tactics that may have inspired the 'blitzkreigs' of WW2. Visit Villers-Bretonneux, Sir John Monash Centre, Australian Memorial, Le Hamel, Mont-St-Quentin, Péronne.
Overnight at farmstay Moulin de Binard ** 4km east.

Day 8 - PERONNE TO VILLEQUIER  HINDENBURG LINE
06/07 72 km: 4th Australian Division Memorial, St-Quentin, Villequier-au-Mont.
Another country overnight at Auberge de Villequier **.

Day 9 - VILLEQUIER TO SOISSONS  THE ARMISTICE 1918
07/07 93 km: Bellicourt, France-USA Memorial, Compiègne, Armistice Park, Pierrefonds Château, Aisne River.
Overnight Soissons at a typical pub, the Rallye Hotel **.

Day 10 - SOISSONS TO REIMS  AISNE BATTLEFIELDS

08/07 88 km: Le Chemin des Dames 1917 (also site of Napoleon battles), Cerny French and German cemeteries.
Stay 2 nights at Reims Au Tambour Hotel ***.

Day 11 - REIMS  REST AND CHAMPAGNE
09/07: Day for rest and explore Reims. Nearby are the Champagne wineries.

Day 12 - REIMS TO APREMONT  BATTLE OF THE ARGONNE

10/07 90 km: Into the heavily forested Argonne Region. La Montagne de Reims, Sommepy USA Memorial.
Overnight Apremont village at Hotel Argonne Auberge **.

Day 13 - APREMONT TO VERDUN  BATTLE OF THE ARGONNE 2

11/07 99 km: Romagne USA Memorial and Cem, Vauquois crators, Varennes, Montfaucon, Meuse River left bank. Overnight near Verdun at Hotel Orchidees ***.

Day 14 - VERDUN TO LAC MADINE  LORRAINE 

12/07 90 km: Our 2 days from Verdun to Nancy traverse the Parc Naturel Regional de Lorraine. Visit Douaumont Ossuary and Fort, Chaumont, Azannes, Vaux, Les Eparges.

Overnight at Hotel Lac Madine ***.

Day 15 - LAC MADINE TO NANCY  LORRAINE
13/07 65 km: Montsec USA Memorial, Battle of Seicheprey US 26th Div, Martincourt, Moselle River. 
Stay 2 nights in Nancy at Hotel de Guise *** in the old town.

Day 16 - NANCY  A SPLENDID CITY 

14/07 Rest: Enjoy a day off in Nancy. Explore the Beautiful square and art-deco buildings.

Day 17 - NANCY TO BLAMONT  BATTLE OF GRAND COURONNE 

15/07 84 km: 500,000 men fought the Battle of Grande Couronne in Sep 1914 in an arc around Nancy. Reillon, Battle Hill 303, Leintrey Craters.
Overnight in Blamont at L'Auberge du Diabl'o Thym **.

Day 18 - BLAMONT TO ST DIE  THE MEURTHE

16/07 67 km (1400m of climbing):  Entering the Vosges region we start to encounter the mountains. Badonviller, Col de la Chapelotte, Meurthe River.
Overnight St-Dié-des-Vosges at Campanile Hotel ***.

Day 19 - ST DIE TO GRAND BALLON  UP INTO THE VOSGES

17/07 73 km (1800 of climbing): Climb quiet roads onto the Vosges ridge then follow to the Grand Ballon summit. This is a popular alpine road for team training.
Overnight at the rustic Grand Ballon Hotel **.

Day 20 - GRAND BALLON TO PFETTERHOUSE  DEAD MANS MOUNTAIN, KM ZERO
18/07 69km (+9km): Today's ride includes a long spin downhill, a short stretch on the Rhine-Rhone Canal bikepath and nearly 20km of rail trail. Visit Hartzmannwillerkopf (Vieill Armand French site), Cernay, Dannemarie, Pfetterhouse (Km Zero). 

Overnight 9kms away at Hotel le Morimont ***, one of our favourites from 2016.

Day 21 Exit - TO MULHOUSE OR BASEL

19/07 50km or 40km: To exit to Mulhouse (FR, TGV services) is 50km. Retrace to Pfetterhouse, rail trail 20km to Dannemarie, canal bike path 25km to Mulhouse. Alternatively, by road Basel is 40km from Hotel le Morimont.
We can transfer baggage to either point.

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