Armistice Day Anniversary in Flanders

What our previous travellers have to say about this tour

"I am most grateful to our guide, Paul Reed, for making this tour such a memorable and emotional experience."

Mr Smith

Mr Smith

"As a previous Leger customer I had been on a couple of specialised battle field coach tours and found them to be very good, very informative and the Leger staff and guides wonderful. So, I was very much looking forward to this particular tour on what I knew deep down would be a very emotional and thought provoking trip.

My coach duly turned up just after 1300 hours and I was very pleased and felt somewhat fortunate to see that our Leger guide for this tour was Paul Reed, Leger's very own head battle field guide. Paul is a well-known military historian and a gentleman who I recognised instantly from his many appearances on the television in various war documentaries. Paul's enthusiasm, knowledge and sensitivity to what we encountered during this tour was a credit to him and certainly left me with memories I will never forget.

Our two drivers Will and Alan were both very friendly, helpful and always went that extra mile to ensure that everyone on the tour was looked after.

As for the coach itself, it was very comfortable, had plenty of leg room and there was always the opportunity to sit in the lounge area at the rear of the coach, relax and have a chat with new friends.
Our hotel, the Novotel in Ypres in Belgium, was very clean and all of the staff were very friendly. The great thing about this hotel was that it was in the perfect location being only a couple of minutes’ walk from the main square of Ypres, the Menin Gate and other attractions.

Having arrived at our hotel in Ypres in the evening, I was able to go out for a walk to the main square and then onto the Menin Gate. Once again, seeing all the names of the soldiers who sadly lost their lives, and whom have no known grave, carved into the memorial walls was very thought provoking and emotional.

During our three full days in Flanders we visited several beautifully maintained cemeteries and memorials, we visited Polygon Wood, Gheluvelt, In Flanders Fields Museum, and Messines-with its very interesting museum and had a visit to the village of Passchendaele. We also went to the location of the Christmas Truce in December 1914.

At the end of our third day we visited the Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest British war cemetery in the world. We then went onto the Langemarck German Cemetery, to see how Germany commemorated their dead, which was vastly different to the way we commemorate our dead.

My highlights of this Battle Field tour was my visits to the Menin Gate for the last post ceremony and the Armistice Day commemorations held on the 11th November at the Menin Gate. Both of these ceremonies were very well attended by young and old alike.

On Armistice Day, 11th November, I attended the special commemorations held during the day and I was able to get a good place just outside of the Menin Gate to see the veteran’s parade, coupled with the various marching groups and marching bands. The parade marched from St. Martins Cathedral, through the main square to the Menin Gate and was certainly an event not to be missed.

My last evening in Ypres, was again spent attending the last post ceremony at the Menin Gate. The last post was given by the buglers from the local volunteer fire brigade and many poppy reefs were again presented.

Long may it last and we must never forget the sacrifices that these brave souls made all those years ago.

I have to say that I am most grateful to our guide, Paul Reed, for making this tour such a memorable and emotional experience. And to our two drivers, Will and Paul, who were certainly a credit not only to themselves but also to Leger as a company.

To conclude, thank you Leger for another wonderful tour, a tour that certainly opened my eyes. I for one will be going on another Battlefield tour with Leger Holidays in the future and would recommend anyone interested in such tours to use this company.