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Battlefields of the Somme & Ypres

Battlefields of the Somme & Ypres

A five-day special tour to immerse yourself in the emotive history of the World War I Battlefields in Belgium & France

Battlefields of the Somme & Ypres

 

Join us as we take you on the very sobering tour of the WWI battlefields, we will take you to some of the most important areas in France and Belgium to not only learn about the conflict but also pay our respects to the fallen.

 

Battle of the Somme.

We will visit the Canadian National Vimy Memorial for time to explore the monument and to see the still battle-scarred land before making our way to the visitor centre to learn about the Canadian effort. We will then make our way to the Lochnagar crater, created by a large mine placed beneath the German front lines on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. We will stop for lunch at Thiepval Monument before making our way to the last stop of the day, Newfoundland Memorial Park.

 

Ypres.

We head over to Tyne Cot cemetery to take in this beautiful but sombre area before making our way to the Memorial Museum Passchendaele for time around this fantastic museum. We will then head over to Langemark to see the comparison of a German Cemetery. After this we will head to Ypres via Essex Farm to spend some time in the beautiful city of Ypres and get ready for the Last Stand Memorial service in the evening.

 

Best Western Flanders Lodge

A family run hotel on the outskirts of Ypres, the hotel has a distinctive log cabin feel and charm.

Hotel features:

En-suite rooms with hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities. Restaurant. Bar/lounge. Wi-Fi

 

Price Includes

Coach travel throughout

Reserved seating

4 nights' dinner, bed and breakfast at the Best Western Flanders Lodge

All bedrooms with en-suite facilities

Included visit to Vimy Ridge

Included visit to Thiepval Monument

Included visit to Newfoundland Park

Included visit to Tyne Cot Cemetery

Included visit to Passchendaele Museum (admission included)

Included visit to Langemark German Cemetery

Included visit to Ypres and the Last Stand

 

 

Day 1

After collecting you from your local joining point and boarding the coach, we will head for Dover to embark on our voyage across the channel to mainland Europe. We will then head to Ypres and our hotel.

Day 2

Today, we will head out to see the battlefields of Belgium, where we will make our way to Tyne Cot Cemetery, the resting place of 11,954 soldiers of the Commonwealth Forces. We will then make our way to the Passchendaele Museum which is the biggest public collection of battlefield relics and archive collections. We will then make our way to a German Cemetery, which is the most important of the German war cemeteries in Belgium and now contains the remains of 44,292 soldiers.

Day 3

Today, we will head over to France to spend some time around the site of the Battle of the Somme. We will first visit the famous Vimy Ridge, home to the Canadian war memorial. We will then make our way to Thiepval Monument, the site of the fallen heroes that were never recovered. After, we will then make our way to Newfoundland Park, one of only two Canadian National Historic Sites outside of Canada - the site still has the trenches cut into the landscape and is a sombre reminder of times past.

Day 4

Today, we will give you the full day at leisure around Ypres, you can visit the Cloth Hall and see the Flanders Fields Museum, home to the stories and exhibits of the great war; you can sign the register and forever be a part of the memorial to the fallen heroes. Every night, Ypres comes to a halt to take part in the last post at the Menin Gate, the memorial bears the names of more than 54,000 officers and men whose graves are unknown. The service starts at around 19:00 and finished just beofre 20:00 after the last post bugle.

Day 5

We will head back home today, making our way to Calais for our crossing back to England. We will then make our way back up the country making suitable stops en route to your drop off points.

Note

** PLEASE NOTE ** Acklams Coaches Ltd. reserve the right to amend the itinerary should the circumstances dictate **

Best Western Flanders Lodge

A family run hotel on the outskirts of Ypres, the hotel has a distinctive log cabin feel and charm.

Hotel features:

En-suite rooms with hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities. Restaurant. Bar/lounge. Wi-Fi

 

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