Armistice Day 2017 - Passchendaele Special

Tyne Cot, Belgium

Visit: Tyne Cot, Belgium, Belgium

About the Tour

Join the annual commemoration of Armistice Day on the battlefields of Belgium at Ypres. We attend the Last Post Ceremony on 11 November and also take trips out to the battlefield areas of Passchendaele to commemorate the centenary of the end of the battle.

Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Regional joining points
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service or Luxuria
Dates & Prices

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Your Itinerary

    Regional departure by coach, then to our hotel in Belgium or northern France, where we stay for three nights.



    We start today looking at the battles of Passchendaele. We will be visiting Passchendaele Village and seeing the memorial in the church, as well as the Canadian Memorial site at Crest Farm. From here we continue onto the Passchendaele New British Cemetery which now contains 2,101 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 1,600 of the graves are unidentified but there are special memorials to seven casualties believed to be buried among them. Then we make our way to Hooge Crater to take lunch and visit the museum which is set in a post-war chapel just across from the Hooge Cemetery. In the afternoon, we see Polygon Wood near to Zonnebeke village. Polygon Wood was totally destroyed and replanted after the war. We then travel to Tyne Cot, the largest British cemetery in the world. Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial was designed by Sir Herbert Baker and John Reginald Truelove and they wished it to appear as a huge well-ordered English churchyard with its yews and cedar tree behind the great flint wall. Tyne Cot Cemetery has more than 11,900 servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated with more than 8,370 of the burials are unidentified, plus 35,000 on the Memorial. Then we make our way to Ypres centre to see the very moving Last Post service which has been performed every evening at 8pm since 1928 by the Belgian people in appreciation of the men that gave their lives in the Great War ‘in defence of Ypres’. The service is held at Menin Gate, which bears the name of 54,896 soldiers who fell in the Ypres Salient before 16 August 1917 and who have no known grave. After the Last Post, we make our way back to the hotel. *Please note the order of your visits may vary due to the number of coaches on this tour.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Today is Armistice Day and we have an early start to travel to Ypres to attend the commemorations. You can watch or take part in the veterans parade from near St Martin’s Cathedral through to the main square, or wait at the Menin Gate to see the special Last Post Ceremony at 11.00am. You then have free-time in Ypres; in the afternoon where you can visit the Cloth Hall which was restored after the war due to battle damage and is now the In Flanders Field museum, or join us on a free optional excursion to the Passchendaele Book Fair where you can buy new and old books about WW1 and also memorabilia. We then return to Ypres to attend the special evening Last Post at 20.00hrs before returning to the hotel.

    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)


    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 a minimum 3-star hotel in Belgium or northern France. The hotel will have a bar. 

    Novotel Ypres - You can also choose to stay in the 3-star Novotel Ypres, located just a few hundred yards from the Menin Gate and Cloth Hall. Tour Ref 4ABFHV. 



    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.

    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. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. 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 £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    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 interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers 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 vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air 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.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is 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 should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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