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Day One: UK to Ostend
Calais, then on to our hotel in Ostend arriving in time for dinner. (D)
Day Two: Flanders battlefields
Today we visit key sites of the Ypres battlefields area with our expert guide, including Passchendaele, where some of the bloodiest battles occurred with large scale casualties incurred; and the Essex Farm Cemetery, where John McCrae wrote his famous poem in May 1915. Then we go on to the ‘In Flanders Fields Museum, situated in the cloth Hall of Ypres, with many interesting exhibits. (B,D)
Day Three: Ypres
Today we enjoy free time in Ostend or an optional half day excursion to Bruges before we enjoy lunch in the hotel instead of dinner. The afternoon is spent in Ypres where we will stay to witness The Last Post in Ypres before returning to the hotel (B,L)
Day Four: Somme battlefields
Pay your respects at the many key sites and monuments of the Somme area today including Vimy Ridge, Arras, Beaumont-Hamel, Thiepval and the Historial de la Grande Guerre at Peronne, which presents the experiences of World War I soldiers in the front line as well as the civilians who suffered occupation by an enemy force. (B,D)
Royal Astrid Hotel
The Royal Astrid Hotel in Ostend provides comfortable accommodation within easy reach of the shops, bars, harbour and parks. The cosy bar with fireplace is the perfect place to unwind with a drink in the evening.
Full Day: Flanders Battlefields
With our expert guide we visit key sites of the Flanders battlefi elds where some of the bloodiest battles of World War I occurred with large scale casualties. We visit the Essex Farm Cemetery, where John McCrae wrote his famous poem in May 1915; Tyne Cot Cemetery and the Passchendale Museum.
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.
Half Day: Ypres and the Last Post
Enjoy the afternoon in Ypres before witnessing the moving Last Post ceremony at 8pm, held at Menin Gate every evening.
Bruges Guided Walking Tour
Bruges is a fascinating city, and we’ll be able to enjoy a guided walking tour of the city while we’re there. This will provide us with more information about the city, as well as showing us some of the most famous attractions and landmarks.
Half Day: Bruges
For quaint cobbled streets and attractive medieval architecture, Bruges is the place to go. This city is filled with iconic sights, such as the Belfry, and there are also a lot of museums to make the most of while there. For instance, there’s the Groeningemuseum, which is dedicated to Flemish and Belgian art, as well as the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Folklore and the museum at the Church of Our Lady.