Flanders Fields - Britain's Bastion on the Western Front

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Ploegsteert Memorial

Visit: Ploegsteert Memorial, Battlefields

Passchendaele Museum

Visit: Passchendaele Museum, Battlefields

Tyne Cot Cemetery

Visit: Tyne Cot Cemetery, Battlefields

Menin Gate

Visit: Menin Gate, Battlefields

This tour covers the ground around Ypres, the main British battlefront in the First World War. Four major battles were fought here and more than 250,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers perished; roughly one in four of those who died in WW1.

    Local departure by coach, then to Ypres for a three-night stay.

    We start our tour at the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres. An internationally recognised museum, it was re-opened with new exhibitions in the summer of 2012. We take time to see the displays and follow the story of someone who served in WWI with the new interactive ‘poppy’ bracelets. We then walk down to the Menin Gate and look at the missing of Flanders and see the Ramparts of Ypres, the only surviving original feature of pre-1914 Ypres. After lunch at Hooge we see a preserved British Trench – Yorkshire Trench – and then see where the ‘Last Fighting Tommy’, Harry Patch, fought in 1917, seeing his memorial. At Langemarck we look at the German dead in Flanders and contrast this with a visit to Tyne Cot; the largest British Cemetery in the world, with its visitors’ centre. At Frezenberg we see the Scottish Memorial and end the day at Hill 60, with its evidence of the ‘underground war’ at Ypres and numerous concrete bunkers.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    We begin at the Passchendaele Museum in Zonnebeke, with its new system of recreated trenches, dugouts and shelters which you can walk through. Within the museum, the exhibits include 'smell boxes' which replicate the smells of gasses used in Gas Attacks. After lunch we travel to the Messines Ridge, scene of mine warfare in 1917, and see some of the preserved craters at St. Eloi and Spanbroekmoelen; two of the largest mine craters in Flanders. At Bayernwald we see the German trench system where Hitler fought in 1914. At Messines we visit the smallest British cemeteries in Flanders, before looking at the story of the Christmas Truce and the static front around Ploegsteert - ‘Plugstreet’ to the British - where Winston Churchill served in 1916. We end on Kemmel Hill overlooking Flanders where so many soldiers died in defence of Ypres.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Prices are per person, based on two sharing.

    Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; single room supplement £99; travel insurance from £35.50. 

    Please note entrance fees to museums and places of interest are at extra cost. Museum package available whilst on tour approx. cost €45 

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    You will stay for three nights at the 3-star Novotel in the centre of Ypres, near the Menin Gate and the market place. The hotel has a lift, bar, and restaurant.


    Novotel Ypres Centrum

    Novotel Ypres Centrum

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    Novotel Ypres Centrum

    The family-run Hotel Seemoewe occupies a privileged location on the banks of the Obersee Lake in the attractive little village of Einruhr, a wonderful base for those seeking a relaxing holiday in the heart of traditional Germany. The hotel owners, Gunther and Irmgard are renowned for the warmth of welcome that they extend to each and every guest. The hotel boasts a delightful terrace overlooking the lake, a lounge, bar and 50 comfortably furnished en-suite bedrooms. Step into the stylish restaurant where the hotel staff actively take a personal interest in providing an enjoyable dining experience.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    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.

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