Crimson Coast

The ‘Crimson Coast’ was a name given to the French and Flanders coastline during the Great War when it became a place of sacrifice with men dying in the hospitals along the French coast and the end of the Western Front seeing heavy fighting in Flanders: the fields here being covered in the crimson of poppy fields. This new tour looks at a range of often neglected subjects from women in WW1 to the use of foreign labour behind the lines, as well as what was going on in the trenches. We also visit the grave of John McCrae, who wrote the immortal ‘In Flanders Fields’ poem, as well as seeing where he wrote it.

Your Accommodation

You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Ibis De Panne, which only opened a couple of years ago. The hotel is situated in the centre of the resort and close to the beach. The hotel has a restaurant and bar. 

FAQ's about accommodation

If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.