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One of the iconic battles of World War 1, join us on a journey of discovery,

visiting the battlefields of the significant Battle of Passchendaele.

Day 1

Local departure by coach,

then to Ypres for a four-night stay.

Day 2

Messines & Ploegsteert

Today we look at the Battle of

Messines in June 1917 when

British and Commonwealth

tunnellers exploded nineteen mines

under positions along the Messines

Ridge. We start at Hill 60 where two

mines were blown, seeing the

impressive Caterpillar Crater. At

St. Eloi we visit the crater formed by

the largest mine from 1917 and at

Wytschaete visit the Tunnellers

Memorial. At Spanbroekmolen mine

crater we examine the story of the

Ulster troops who attacked here

and also visiting the Lone Tree

Crater Cemetery. After lunch at

Hooge Crater we travel along the

Messines Ridge to Messines itself,

seeing the visitors centre, visiting

the New Zealand Memorial, and

seeing German front line bunkers.

We remember the contribution of

Irish soldiers at the Irish Peace

Tower and visit the southern area of

the battlefield around Ploegsteert

('Plugstreet') including the

Ploegsteert Memorial.

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Day 3

Pilkem Ridge & Tyne Cot

Following Messines, the Third

Battle of Ypres began on 31st July

1917 and we begin at Buffs Road

Cemetery, close to the start line. We

then travel to the Pilkem Ridge to

look at the story of war poets

Francis Ledwidge and Hedd Wynn,

also seeing the Welsh Memorial.

At Langemarck we see the

memorial to Harry Patch, the ‘Last

Fighting Tommy’ and at Poelcapelle

examine the use of tanks during

Third Ypres, seeing the tank

memorial. After lunch we visit the

superb Passchendaele Memorial

Museum at Zonnebeke, exploring

their reconstructed trench system.

At Tyne Cot we visit the largest

British military cemetery in the

world and end on the Frezenberg

Ridge.

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Day 4

Passchendaele

& Poperinghe

The Third Battle

of Ypres ended with the capture of

Passchendaele and today we start

at the Canadian memorial at Crest

Farm before going into the village

to see the memorial in the church.

We then take time to visit the

Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres

and after lunch look at life behind

the lines, seeing Lijssenthoek

Military Cemetery, before going to

Talbot House in Poperinghe. We

then look at the story of men ‘Shot

at Dawn’ at the Death Cells, and at

Brandhoek the grave of medical

officer Noel Chavasse VC & Bar. We

end the day in Ypres for the Last

Post at the Menin Gate.

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Day 5

Return home.

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Included Meals:

B

=Breakfast

For full tour details visit

www.legerbattlefields.co.uk/bym

Your Hotel

You will stay for four nights at the

3-star Novotel Ypres. This

excellent hotel is located in the

heart of historic town of Ypres,

only a couple of minutes' walk

from the Menin Gate Memorial,

where the 'Last Post' is sounded

every evening. All the

comfortably furnished bedrooms

are en-suite with television,

telephone and air-conditioning.

The hotel has a small bar area.

Tour Includes

3

4 nights hotel with

continental breakfast

3

Specialist Battlefield Guide

3

Battlefield visits as described

3

FREE local joining points

(see page 55 for your nearest)

Key Visits

3

Hill 60

3

Menin Gate

3

St. Eloi Crater

3

Spanbroekmolen Mine Crater

3

Hooge Crater

3

New Zealand Memorial Park

3

Irish Peace Tower

3

Ploegsteert Memorial

3

Passchendaele Memorial

Museum

3

Tyne Cot

3

Frezenberg Ridge

3

Talbot House

3

In Flanders Fields Museum

The Lancaster Bomber

Entrance to museums and

places of interest are at extra cost.

Extras: optional excursions; travel insurance

essential, call for details; single room supplement

£139.

Hooge Crater Museum

Messines Ridge: remains of one of the great mine craters

They Called It Passchendaele

WW1

5 days

from

£499

pp

10

Call or visit

www.legerbattlefields.co.uk

for full details

Silver Service

Tour Code:

5BYMV

May 7

2018

£519

Jun 11

2018

£529

Jul 30

2018

£529

Oct 1

2018

£519

Oct 22

2018

£499

SAVE £10pp

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on Jun & Jul

departures when you book by

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Luxuria

Tour Code:

5BYMX

Aug 20

2018

£579