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World War I Battlefields

Overview

Travel by Coach 0 Days
3 Included Excursions
  • Gain an insight into the key events of the Flanders and Somme Battlefields
  • Experience the Last Post at Ypres’ Menin Gate
  • Visit the interesting In Flanders Fields Museum
  • Discover the Historical de la Grande Guerre at Peronne
  • Explore the 1916 Museum at Albert

We’ll pay our respects to those who gave their lives in order to protect the country, visiting key sites in and around historic Ypres in Belgium. From there, we’ll tour some of the most notable locations in which the fighting took place, and will be able to find out more about how the Great War was fought.
Along the way, we’ll benefit from the expertise of a Battlefields Tour Manager, who will be able to impart knowledge about each of the areas we visit, so we can gain a better understanding of the main events that took place in this area.

Our first excursion on this Battlefields tour will be to the Somme battlefields in and around the Arras and Peronne areas, where we’ll visit many famous memorials and cemeteries. At each, our tour manager will be able to tell us more about the historical attractions and will tell us stories about the memorials we visit.

The next excursion we take will be to the Flanders battlefields, which are arguably some of the most well-known due to John McCrae’s moving poem ‘In Flanders’ Fields’. We’ll visit the museum of the same name, and will also visit the in Flanders Field Museum, Exeter Farm and Langemark Cemetery, along with other cemeteries on the day. In the evening, we’ll get the see the Last Post, which is held at Menin Gate every night.

On our final full day, we’ll spend time exploring the Somme Battlefields including visits to the Thiepval Memorial, Beaumont Hamel and the Historical Museum, as well as visiting Pozieres.

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Itinerary

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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The Local Area

Included Excursions

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.

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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.

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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.

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