All Quiet on the Western Front

4 days from £259pp.


Vimy Ridge

Visit: Vimy Ridge, Battlefields

Last Post Ceremony

Visit: Last Post Ceremony, Battlefields

Thiepval Memorial

Visit: Thiepval Memorial, Battlefields

Lochnagar Mine Crater

Visit: Lochnagar Mine Crater, Battlefields

About the Tour

This is the perfect introduction to the First World War battlefields looking at the key battlefield sites of the Great War on the Western Front in Belgium and France. We take trips to the battlefield areas of Ypres and the Somme, and to Arras and Vimy Ridge on the 5-Day tour. We see the trenches in Sanctuary Wood, see the long lists of names on the Menin Gate and Thiepval Memorial, and discover what the fighting in WW1 was all about. A memorable trip to understand the First World War and a perfect way to begin your battlefield journey.

Tour Includes


  • 3 or 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service or Luxuria
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Your Itinerary

Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in Belgium or northern France for a three-night stay.

Ypres Soldier at Memorial Stone, Ypres

Ypres Soldier at Memorial Stone, Ypres

The tour starts in Flanders around the Belgian city of Ypres. Here, one in three of Britain’s Western Front dead fell by 1918 and it has been a place of pilgrimage ever since.

We begin in the preserved trenches at Sanctuary Wood Trench Museum, some of the last original WW1 trenches still surviving in Flanders together with an amazing collection of relics and stereoscopic photos.

We then look at the battlefield around Hill 60, one of the most fought over corners of the Ypres area, and examine the war underground, seeing craters that still scar the hill today.

After lunch at Hooge Crater Café we look at the commemoration of Britain’s dead at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest British war cemetery in the world, taking time to also see the visitors’ centre. At Vancouver Corner we examine the use of gas in the trenches and see the moving ‘Brooding Soldier’ memorial to the Canadians who defended Ypres in 1915. At Langemarck German Cemetery we see how Germany commemorated her dead and look at the story of ‘Fritz’ on the other side of No Man’s Land.

Our day ends in Ypres where we attend the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial, held at 8pm each evening.

  • Included meals: Breakfast
Delville Wood

Delville Wood

The Battle of the Somme began on a summer’s day in July 1916 and ended in a snowstorm four and a half months later. It was a battle of contrasts from the blackest day when 57,000 became casualties to the first use of tanks and the change in approach to fighting on the Western Front.

We look at all these stories and start our tour at Peronne where we visit the excellent Historial de la Grande Guerre museum which helps to put into context not just our Somme day, but the whole tour.

We then walk among the trees of Delville Wood – known as Devil’s Wood – where the South Africans fought their deadliest ever battle. Following lunch, we visit the trenches in the Newfoundland Park and then at La Boisselle we see Lochnagar, the largest British mine crater surviving on the battlefields. We finish at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing which commemorates more than 72,000 missing soldiers on the Somme.

We also take time to see the Thiepval Visitors’ centre and visit the new Somme Museum which opened in 2016.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Your Excursions

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Battlefield visits as described

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Entrance fees to museums & places of interest (extra cost)

Notes

DISCOUNTS FOR CHILDREN DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS - We have many parents and grandparents who wish to take their children on a battlefield tour to share the experience and learning together. We are pleased to offer a significant reduction for children aged between 8 & 17 year olds during the school holidays. Children pay half price on the following dates:

2017

26 & 29 May; 28 Jul; 7, 18 & 28 Aug; 23 & 26 Oct
2018

12 & 15 Feb; 30 Mar; 2 & 6 Apr; 28 & 31 May; 20 Jul; 13, 24 & 27 Aug; 22 & 25 Oct

*Please note this offer is only available when travelling by Silver Service or Executive coach. 

2 x packed lunch/museum package available whilst on tour approx. cost €40 (4 days) and €45 (5 days).

Single Room Supplement from £99.00 (4 days), £119.00 (5 days).

Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in Belgium or northern France for a four-night stay.

Tyne Cot

Tyne Cot

The tour starts in Flanders around the Belgian city of Ypres. Here, one in three of Britain’s Western Front dead fell by 1918 and it has been a place of pilgrimage ever since.

We begin in the preserved trenches at Sanctuary Wood Trench Museum, some of the last original WW1 trenches still surviving in Flanders together with an amazing collection of relics and stereoscopic photos. We then look at the battlefield around Hill 60, one of the most fought over corners of the Ypres area, and examine the war underground, seeing craters that still scar the hill today.

After lunch at Hooge Crater Café we look at the commemoration of Britain’s dead at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest British war cemetery in the world, taking time to also see the visitors’ centre.

At Vancouver Corner we examine the use of gas in the trenches and see the moving ‘Brooding Soldier’ memorial to the Canadians who defended Ypres in 1915.

At Langemarck German Cemetery we see how Germany commemorated her dead and look at the story of ‘Fritz’ on the other side of No Man’s Land.

Our day ends in Ypres where we attend the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial, held at 8pm each evening.

  • Included meals: Breakfast
Vimy Ridge

Vimy Ridge

We spend a day in northern France visiting the ‘Forgotten Front’ between Flanders and the Somme.

Starting on the Loos Battlefield, the scene of the first major British offensive of WW1, we see where the fighting took place and also the Loos Memorial and Dud Corner Cemetery.

Later, at Vimy Ridge we examine the Canadian assault on Vimy Ridge in April 1917, seeing preserved trenches and the moving Canadian Memorial on Hill 145.

After lunch in Arras we look at life beneath the Western Front in the Wellington Quarries, going underground to see where thousands sheltered on the eve of battle. At the Arras Memorial we pay our respects to the Missing and see the Air Services Memorial to those who died above the battlefield in WW1.

  • Included meals: Breakfast
Thiepval Memorial

Thiepval Memorial

The Battle of the Somme began on a summer’s day in July 1916 and ended in a snowstorm four and a half months later. It was a battle of contrasts from the blackest day when 57,000 became casualties to the first use of tanks and the change in approach to fighting on the Western Front.

We look at all these stories and start our tour at Peronne where we visit the excellent Historial de la Grande Guerre museum which helps to put into context not just our Somme day, but the whole tour. We then walk among the trees of Delville Wood – known as Devil’s Wood – where the South Africans fought their deadliest ever battle.

Following lunch, we visit the trenches in the Newfoundland Park and then at La Boisselle we see Lochnagar, the largest British mine crater surviving on the battlefields.

We finish at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing which commemorates more than 72,000 missing soldiers on the Somme. We also take time to see the Thiepval Visitors’ centre and visit the new Somme Museum which opened in 2016.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Your Excursions

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Battlefield visits as described

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Entrance fees to museums & places of interest (extra cost)

Notes

DISCOUNTS FOR CHILDREN DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS - We have many parents and grandparents who wish to take their children on a battlefield tour to share the experience and learning together. We are pleased to offer a significant reduction for children aged between 8 & 17 year olds during the school holidays. Children pay half price on the following dates:

2017

26 & 29 May; 28 Jul; 7, 18 & 28 Aug; 23 & 26 Oct
2018

12 & 15 Feb; 30 Mar; 2 & 6 Apr; 28 & 31 May; 20 Jul; 13, 24 & 27 Aug; 22 & 25 Oct

*Please note this offer is only available when travelling by Silver Service or Executive coach. 

2 x packed lunch/museum package available whilst on tour approx. cost €40 (4 days) and €45 (5 days).

Single Room Supplement from £99.00 (4 days), £119.00 (5 days).

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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Accommodation

Executive coach departures will stay for three or four nights at the 4-star Best Western Ambassador in Menen. The hotel has a bar and lift.

Silver Service and Luxuria departures will stay for three or four nights at the 4-star Best Western Hotel Alize in Mouscron. The hotel does not have a restaurant, but snacks are available from the bar. There are also a number of restaurants and bars nearby. The hotel has a lift.

When demand is high on both executive and Silver Service departures, other hotels of a similar 3 and 4-star standard may be used, such as the 3-star Hotel Des Acacias Lille Tourcoing in Neuville en Ferrain,  3-star Best Western Hotel Horizon Ath Lessines and the 4-star Mercure Lille Airport.

3-star Novotel Ypres On selected dates you can choose to stay in central Ypres, just a few hundred yards from the Menin Gate at the 3-star Novotel. The hotel has a lift, bar and restaurant. 

France

Mercure Lille Airport

Mercure Lille Airport

Belgium

Best Western Plus Hotel Casteau Resort

Best Western Plus Hotel Casteau Resort

Belgium

Hotel Horizon

Best Western Hotel Horizon Ath Lessines

Mercure Lille Airport


The Mercure Lille Airport Hotel is a few minutes from Lille town centre and the Pierre Mauroy stadium. The hotel has modern furnishings and offers the facilities of a bar, fitness room, restaurants, lounge and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature flat screen T.V, Tea and Coffee making facilities, Wi-Fi/Internet access, hairdryer and en-suite bathroom.

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

Best Western Plus Hotel Casteau Resort


The Best Western Plus Hotel Casteau Resort is only 8km from Mons and also near to the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and central command of NATO military forces. The hotels facilities include sauna, Jacuzzi, Wi-Fi/Internet corner, a bar, a restaurant, lounge and Bureau de Change. All bedrooms feature T.V with BBC channels, Tea and Coffee making facilities, hairdryer, Telephone and en-suite bathroom.

  • English Speaking Staff
  • Bureau de Change
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

Best Western Hotel Horizon Ath Lessines


The Best Western Hotel Horizon Ath Lessines, is situated in the area of Ghislenghien. The hotels facilities include a restaurant, a guest lounge, a bar and wi-fi/internet corner. The bedrooms feature T.V. with BBC channels, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities and en-suite bathroom.

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

Best Western Plus Hotel Casteau Resort


The Best Western Plus Hotel Casteau Resort is only 8km from Mons and also near to the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and central command of NATO military forces. The hotels facilities include sauna, Jacuzzi, Wi-Fi/Internet corner, a bar, a restaurant, lounge and Bureau de Change. All bedrooms feature T.V with BBC channels, Tea and Coffee making facilities, hairdryer, Telephone and en-suite bathroom.

  • English Speaking Staff
  • Bureau de Change
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

Best Western Hotel Horizon Ath Lessines


The Best Western Hotel Horizon Ath Lessines, is situated in the area of Ghislenghien. The hotels facilities include a restaurant, a guest lounge, a bar and wi-fi/internet corner. The bedrooms feature T.V. with BBC channels, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities and en-suite bathroom.

  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available
  • 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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Travel Information

Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

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 transfer journeys to/from the U.K. interchange. 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.

We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. interchange are not allocated.
Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are between £1/1.25 Euros and £3/3.75 Euros 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. interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and air holidays, 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 Stop 24 Services near Folkestone. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express, operate to and from the U.K. interchange. You will join your main tour coach at the interchange.
One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
It could be either - this will be confirmed in your travel documents.

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