Flanders Fields - Britain's Bastion on the Western Front

What our previous travellers have to say about this tour

"It was a moving and thought provoking tour."

Mr & Mrs Chard

Mr & Mrs Chard


 Having taken ourselves around the Somme some years ago we were interested in visiting the Flanders Fields and decided to try an organised tour. It was brilliant. Instead of nose in guide book and trying to follow maps we just sat back while our amazingly knowledgeable Battlefield Tour Guide, Peter, explained everything to us and provided excellent invaluable handouts. We must have missed so much on the Somme!

Our very good hotel was located in the heart of the delightful town of Ypres with its lovely buildings, the superb Cloth Hall, fine Cathedral, the Menin Gate and the delightful market square filled with cafés and restaurants – so much atmosphere. Hard to believe that all this has been re-built since the First World War – it has a medieval feel to it.

It was a moving and thought provoking tour you could really sense the appalling horrors of trench warfare. A very compact tour, so no need to travel any distance between sites. We visited the major sites like Tyne Cot and the Passchendaele Memorial Museum and the lesser known ones like St George's Memorial Church in Ypres built in 1929 in the style of an English Parish Church in honour of the soldiers and units of the British army who served in Ypres. All the interior furnishings were provided by families of the fallen. With Peter's wealth of knowledge and the willingness of Darren, our driver, to perform miracles with the coach, we poked round country lanes to see sites like the Harry Patch Memorial Stone and a vantage point to view the site of the Christmas truce. We learnt so much, not just about the battles, but interesting asides like the War Graves Commission have a horticultural Department who decide the lovely plantings; woods destroyed in the devastation have been replaced exactly as they stood; jelly babies were known as peace babies, made to commemorate the end of the first world war!

It was a full on trip but punctuated with delightful lunchtime venues so never felt exhausting. In the evenings spoilt for choice with all the lovely restaurants in Ypres. We cannot speak highly enough of Peter and Darren. Nothing was too much trouble to either of them – they went out of their way to make sure we all had a great experience. We count ourselves fortunate to have been travelling with them.

A faultless trip Leger – thank you. It has encouraged us to book two more trips!


"We also met the Battlefield tour guide called Peter, who as we later discovered has so much knowledge of WW1/WW2."

Mr & Mrs Auld

Mr & Mrs Auld


In October last year after many hours in the weeks before deciding which tour to choose, we settled on the Flanders Field – Britain’s Bastion on the Weston Front tour and what a great tour it was.

As we boarded our sliver service coach, we were greeted by our drivers Sam and Mel, straight away we were made to feel welcome and settle into our seats for the euro tunnel crossing to Calais. Sam and Mel instantly made everyone on the coach feel relaxed and outlined the tour to us and what refreshments they would be serving on the coach. We also met the Battlefield tour guide called Peter, who as we later discovered has so much knowledge of WW1/WW2. Whilst on the coach travelling to the hotel, we were asked if anyone required lunch the following day. Sam is a great salesman when it comes to selling lunches especially the Pâté, (I am sure he had shares in it)
On arrival at our hotel which was in the heart of the town of Ypres, we unpacked our bags and went for a stroll around the town, which also had such a lot of history to it. The hotel was very comfortable and food was extremely good.

Once on the coach the following morning our guide went through the itinerary with us and outlined some of the places we would be stopping at. Our first visit was to the Menin Gate and the museum in Ypres, which was very interesting.

Throughout the trip our guide (Peter) took us to see many different sights, some of which made you feel very humble and reminded
you of the sacrifice these soldiers made.

On returning to our hotel each evening, we got to know the other passengers and the drivers and shared our and their experiences of previous Battlefield trips.

We have been on quite a few Battlefield trips with Leger and have enjoyed each one, the drivers and the guides have all been great, and the drivers are always polite, thoughtful and ready to help if any problems arise. They also have a great sense of humour; Sam was hilarious with his different hats.

We have just booked a riverboat cruise for New Year Eve; this will be our first riverboat cruise so we are looking forward to it and know that Leger will look after us.


"From the comfort of our Silver Service coach we saw many interesting sites and now understand much more of the dedication to country and the suffering of our soldiers."

Brain & Brigid

Mr & Mrs Dobson


Brian and Brigid had wanted to visit the Battlefields of Ypres for some time. They found that Leger fulfilled more than their anticipation.

It’s a luxury, when the actual holiday begins and ends with collection and return by coach in your home town. At the Eurotunnel passengers and baggage from afar were efficiently transferred to their Silver Service tour coaches.

Ypres is just a short drive from the tunnel exit and we were soon checking into the well-appointed Novotel Hotel, then enjoying Belgian cuisine in one of the excellent restaurants on the town square and anticipating the emotional ceremony of the Last Post at the Menin Gate.

The next morning, the group were taken for a walk to the Citadel and the Menin Gate by our guide, Peter who gave an interesting and detailed introduction to our tour. At Flanders Fields Museum we enjoyed an hour exploring on our own. Our very attentive and friendly drivers, awaited the return of the group to travel to Hooge and a restaurant, with its own interesting museum, for a tasty local light lunch. At the Yorkshire Trent excavation, Peter spotted the leader of the archaeological team, a frequent visitor to the site, who enthusiastically told us about the intricacies of the dig. We then visited the German Langemark Cemetery and Tyne Cot, the largest British cemetery in the world.

Saturday we visited the enormous crater that was Hill 60 and then continued to the superb Passchendaele Museum. After lunch we viewed more evidence of mining warfare at the craters of St. Eloi and Spanbroekmoelen. The Bayernwald German trenches, the site of the Christmas Truce and Ploegsteert Cemetery followed. Travelling between them we were shown many cemeteries and interesting sites of skirmishes - a number of these were in answer to questions by members of the group. From Bayernwald, Peter indicated to us Vierstraat Ridge, where the grandfather of Brigid was seriously wounded by a sniper in 1915.

Sunday was our journey home, but our guide accompanied us to Brandhoek Cemetery at Poperinge. There stands the headstone of Captain Noel Chevasse VC RAMC, one of only three persons doubly decorated with the VC and Bar.

From the comfort of our Silver Service coach we saw many interesting sites and now understand much more of the dedication to country and the suffering of our soldiers.