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Day One - UK to Ypres
We’ll be collected from our local joining points and then to Calais to journey on to our hotel in Ypres, the Novotel Ypres Centrum. (D)
Days Two to Four - Ypres
Uncover the history of major World War I battlefields, including the Flanders and Somme battlefields. Gain insight from our knowledgeable battlefields tour manager, and visit the In Flanders’ Fields Museum, before experiencing the Last Post ceremony. (B,D)
Day Five - Ypres to UK
We’ll make our way back to the UK today, travelling to Calais and then returning to our local joining points. (B)
Novotel Ypres Centrum
This centrally situated hotel is in an ideal location close to the Menin Gate in historical Ypres. The comfortable rooms have cable TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities.
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Full Day: Albert and Somme Battlefields
Discover the Somme area during our excursion today, seeing a number of poignant memorials. We'll visit the Thiepval Memorial, which was constructed between 1928 and 1932 in memory of the soldiers who lost their lives in the Somme, and whom have no known graves. As well as this, we will explore the Beaumont Hamel Memorial Park, dedicated to soldiers in the Canadian Army who died during the First World War. After this, we'll visit the fascinating Somme 1916 Museum.
Full Day: Arras and Somme Battlefields
Explore the Somme battlefields area including Vimy Ridge, an important strategic area, and the Canadian Memorial Park. We continue to the Arras Memorial and the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park. Through the fields of the Somme to Peronne and the Historial Museum which shows visitors not only what life was like for the soldier in the front line trenches, but also how they lived behind the trench lines.
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.