In Flanders Fields
Monday 17th - Thursday 20th September 2018
4 daysDeposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £29.50pp
Single supplement: £129
2018 marks the Centenary of the final stages and the Armistice of the First World War. Our tour is based in the centre of Ypres, from where we will visit some of the most important battlefield sites and cemeteries, and attend the emotional Last Post Ceremony, held every evening at the Menin Gate. During the War this was the last call for soldiers fighting in the fields outside the gates to head back to the city. Many never returned…………..
Your Holiday Hotel
THE NOVOTEL LEPER CENTRUM is a 3-star superior hotel in the heart of historical Ypres, a short stroll from the main square, Cloth Hall and Menin Gate. Breakfast includes hot and cold items, whilst dinner will be a buffet, with tea/coffee included. The air-conditioned bedrooms are contemporary in style, with all the usual Novotel features, including free Wi-Fi and tea/coffee making facilities. This hotel has a lift.
Monday - We drive to Dover for a crossing by ferry and arrive in Ypres mid-afternoon. We include a visit to the “IN FLANDERS FIELDS MUSEUM”, housed in the ancient Cloth Hall. The Ypres region saw one of the bloodiest battles in history, and now the last witnesses have died, the Museum is more important than ever in telling the story of the Great War in Flanders.
Tuesday - A local guide will join us for a walking tour of Ypres. Our afternoon is spent visiting the world’s largest British and Commonwealth cemetery, TYNE COT, which remembers 12,000 soldiers, many of whom are unidentified. We also visit the PASSCHENDAELE MEMORIAL MUSEUM 1917, devoted to the Battle of Passchendaele where, in just 100 days, half a million men were killed for only 5 miles gain of ground. Today we will arrange dinner so that you can attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.
Wednesday - We drive to ARRAS, a town with historic streets and Flemish-style architecture that was completely rebuilt after it was destroyed during the Battle of Arras. We will visit the WELLINGTON QUARRIES. This underground museum has been cleverly created from a warren of chalk caves, 20 metres below the streets of the town, and tells the story of some 24,000 soldiers stationed there.
Thursday - After breakfast, and before heading home, we drive to the small Belgian town of POPERINGE, or “POPS” as the soldiers called it. Used by the British army as a gateway to the battlefields, the town was used for billeting troops. We visit TALBOT HOUSE, known as ‘TOC H’, a quiet and unique place behind the British lines where men could spend time relaxing, enjoying a beer, meeting friends and writing letters home.