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Experience a Battlefields tour to remember combining guided tours of the battlefields with a ticket to watch the Journey’s End play. Held for the first time in 2017, the play has fantastic reviews from the Daily Telegraph which reviewed “Enthralling, good-humoured, finally heart-rending...This production is worth a trip to Belgium.” It is the only play written by someone who fought in WW1. R.C. Sheriff was injured at Passchendaele whilst fighting in the great war.
First staged in London in 1928, it had Laurence Olivier as the lead, and is set in a dugout for the 4 days leading up to a massive attack. The tension, terror and claustrophobia are played out in front of you. To make the experience more memorable it is performed in the Kruitmagazijn, an ammunition store close to Ypres.
As well as the fantastic play, this tour also visits some of the main battlefield sites of WWI with the services of an experienced and knowledgeable battlefields guide who bring the stories to life. It finishes with an en-route visit to Bruges to visit this great medieval town and its maze of cobbled streets and canals. See the official leaflet.
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Day One: UK to Belgium
Travel from your joining point and cross to Calais before continuing to our hotel. (D)
Day Two: WW1 Battlefields and Ypres
This morning we have included a guided tour which will visit many WW1 battlefields sites and cemeteries as the guides information brings the story to life. In the afternoon we visit Ypres and the famous In Flanders Fields Museum as well as allowing some free time to see the town. (B,D)
Day Three: ‘Journey’s End’
Today you have the option of a half day excursion to the Passchendaele Museum before we have lunch in the hotel instead of dinner. This afternoon is the highlight of the tour as we watch the Journey’s End play. Held in an old ammunition store on the outskirts of Ypres, this intimate venue is the perfect host to a fascinating play. In the evening we have free time in Ypres before watching the Last Post at Menin Gate. (B,L)
Day Four: The Somme Battlefields
Today we journey south into France to visit the battlefields of The Somme. Our tour guide will bring to life the stories that unfolded in this region and we will visit some of the main sites in the area. (B,D)
Day Five: Return home
After breakfast we retrace our steps back to Calais for our return crossing and continue our journey home. (B)
Half Day: Journey's End and Last Post
We enjoy the Journey’s End play in the intimate setting of the old ammunition store close to Ypres. Trained actors bring to life the harrowing conditions the soldiers suffered in the days leading up to a massive attack. Following the play we visit Ypres where we will witness the emotional Last Post at Menin Gate.
Full day: The Somme Battlefields
With our expert guide we travel through the fields of the Somme to Peronne, where we visit key sites including the interesting Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum; Impressive Thiepval Memorial and moving Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park.
Full Day: Ypres Battlefields and In Flanders Fields Museum
With our expert guide we visit key sites of the Flanders battlefields where some of the bloodiest battles of World War I occurred with large scale casualties. In the afternoon we visit the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres.
Visit a museum devoted to the 1917 Battle of Passchendaele where in 1917 almost 500,000 men were killed in 100 days. Visit the dugout experience and walk through trenches which have been meticulously replicated to give an idea of the conditions in 1917.