The Battle of Messines in June 1917 witnessed the largest man-made explosion in history until the atomic bomb when nineteen mines exploded under the Messines Ridge as part of the British attack on this high ground near Ypres. Join us on this special tour to be on the ground exactly a century later.
Local departure by coach, then to Belgium for a four-night stay.
Ypres & Messines Ridge
We start our tour in Ypres with a visit to the In Flanders Fields Museum before having lunch at Hooge Crater, with time to visit the museum. In the afternoon we travel down the Messines Ridge looking at where the mines were blown in 1917 visiting St. Eloi, Wytschaete and Spanbroekmolen as well as Messines itself and the Ploegsteert area.
On the 7th June 2017 we attend any special commemorations, which may be in the early morning. We will also visit Messines battlefield sites during this day. We will also attend a special Last Post at the Menin Gate that evening.
On our final day in Flanders we look at life behind the lines and travel to Poperinghe where we visit Talbot House, going in the hop-loft chapel and seeing the museum. We have lunchtime in the town, then visit the Death Cells and graves of those executed here by firing squad before seeing Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery with its visitors centre. We continue with our behind the lines theme and visit Bailleul, used extensively by British troops in June 1917, seeing the memorial to 25th Division and Bailleuil Communal Cemetery.
At a Glance
4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
Specialist Battlefield Guide
Convenient local joining points
Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service
Battlefield visits as described
Entrance fees to museums & places of interest (extra cost)
Entrance fees to museums & places of interest (extra cost)
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.
The Best Western Plus Hôtel Alize Mouscron is conveniently located in the heart of Mouscron. Whilst the Alize does not have a restaurant, the hotel is within walking distance of Mouscron Market Place and its bars and restaurants. The hotel has become a firm favourite with Leger clients and is ideally based for exploring the Battlefields of Flanders and Ypres. All bedrooms feature modern furnishings, large flat screen T.V.’s with English channels, and free wifi. Guests enjoy a full breakfast buffet in a stylish dining setting. Other hotel amenities include a fitness room and sauna.
Novotel Ypres Centrum hotel is located in the old town which is a short walk from Menin Gate. Perfect for visiting the nearby cities of Ghent, Bruges and Lille. Within the area you can discover Ieper (Ypres), a fortified city boasting a rich history. The City has museums you can visit like the Hotel-Museum Merghelynck, the Belle Almshouse Museum or the School Museum or why not have a look around the town centre which is full of shops and things to see. The hotels facilities include Wi-Fi/Internet access, Fitness centre, Air conditioning, 24hr reception, a restaurant and bar. All bedrooms feature phone, T.V, Tea and Coffee making facilities and en-suite bathroom.
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.
Why not go the night before your
holiday for a relaxing start? You can park for FREE
for up to nine days at the Holiday Inn Ashford
North and enjoy an overnight stay with English
breakfast from just £38 per person. This offer is
subject to availability and based on two sharing a
twin/double room on a B&B basis. We’ll then
collect you from the hotel on the day of departure
and return you there at the end of your holiday.
To book this package, please call the hotel on
01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your
booking reference. If your holiday is longer than
nine days you can pay for additional days’ parking.
Ask one of our friendly reservations team for
more details when you book your holiday.
Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.
On most holidays if you’d prefer to join your
tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your
car in the car park which is accredited by the Park
Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24
hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is
made on arrival using the self-service machines.
Excludes holidays to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany
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Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over)
on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration)
and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to
availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot
occupy a front row seat due to French Law.
Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.
If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.
Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.
Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver.
Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.
Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular
date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer
Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.
With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.
All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are
used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours,
compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National
Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.