|Travel by Coach||Days|
Day One - UK to Neuville-en-Ferrain
On day one, we’ll journey from the UK to Neuville-en-Ferrain via Calais, and will travel to the Hotel des Acacias for our four-night stay. (D)
Day Two - Flanders Battlefields
With our expert battlefields guide we gain an insight into the Flanders battlefields. (B,D)
Day Three - Somme Battlefields
Today we explore the Somme battlefields with our expert battlefields guide.(B,D)
Day Four - Ypres & the Last Post
A day at leisure. Following dinner we travel to Ypres for the moving Last Post ceremony.(B,D)
Day Five - Neuville-en-Ferrain to UK
As our holiday draws to a close, it’s time to return home. We’ll travel back to the UK via Calais, and will then journey home. (B)
Evening: Last Post
Since 1928, the Last Post ceremony has played at the end of each day at the Menin Memorial to the Missing in Ypres, dedicated to all of the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were missing in action or lost their lives in Ypres during World War I.
The Last Post has come to refer to the final farewell to comrades and loved ones, and is an incredibly moving ceremony which we will experience during our battlefields tour.
Full Day: Flanders Battlefields Tour
The Passchendaele battlefield was a ridge to the east of Ypres, and the battles that followed were some of the worst in the area. Today we are accompanied by an expert battlefields guide who will give us an insight into events that took place in the Flanders area.
After our moving visit, we’ll travel onwards to Essex Farm Cemetery, which is the resting place for 1,200 brave soldiers from World War I. It was also here that John McCrae penned the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. He was inspired by the poppies growing at the cemetery, and the recent loss of his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, whose grave has sadly since been lost.
We will then visit Ypres, which saw much of the fighting of World War I due to its strategic location on Germany’s route into Belgium and France. The town has recovered from the many battles it sustained, but echoes of the events here still exist.
The In Flanders Field Museum is the ultimate example of this. This museum is dedicated to those affected by the First World War, and proves to create a link between the past and present.
Full Day: Somme Battlefields Tour
Our battlefields guide will travel with us to Vimy Ridge, an escarpment near Arras. The Battle of Vimy Ridge was part of the Battle of Arras, and was fought primarily between the Canadian Corps and the German Sixth Army. The battle holds special significance for Canada, as it saw divisions from all over the country fighting together for the first time. The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is located on the ridge, and is dedicated to members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force who died during the battle.
In Beaumont-Hamel we’ll learn more about the Battle of the Somme, which was fought just a short distance away. We’ll also visit Thiepval to see the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. We’ll then visit Peronne with a visit to the interesting Historial World War I Museum, to continue our journey back in time to explore the effects of the fighting in this area.
Today we visit the Passchendaele Memorial Museum at Zonnebeke, where the memory of this famous battle is kept alive through images, movies, historical artefacts and an underground dugout tunnel.