About the tour: Messines Centenary Tour 2017

When nineteen mines exploded under the Messines Ridge, the largest man-made explosion to that date, was witnessed. Named The Battle of Messiness, the batte saw the British attack the Germans near Ypres. On this Centenary tour we walk the ground a century later and visit the infamous battlefield sites of Flanders and Ypres, join the commemorations of this significant battle and pay visits to museums and cemeteries.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service
  • Convenient regional joining points

Departure Dates

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Tour Itinerary

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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    Local departure by coach, then to Belgium for a four-night stay.

    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.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    YPRES, Last Post menin gate

    Included highlights

    • YPRES, Last Post menin gate
    • Messines Ridge, Ypres
    • Ploegsteert Memorial
    • Hooge Crater
    • St.Eloi Crater
    • Spanbroekmoelen Crater
    • In Flanders Fields

    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.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Menin Gate
    Menin Gate

    Included highlights

    • Menin Gate
    • Last Post Ceremony
    • Messines Commemorations

    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.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Included highlights

    • Poperinghe
    • Talbot House
    • Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
    • Bailleul

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Messines Centenary Tour 2017

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    01709 787 463


    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.

    You will stay for four nights at a minimum 3-star hotel in Belgium, such as the Mercure in Roeselare or the Alize Mouscron or the Horizon Ath Lessines in Ghislenghien.

    You can also choose to stay at the 3-star Novotel in the centre of Ypres, near the Menin Gate.

    Find your nearest pickup point

    You can join your coach at your nearest joining point – we’ve hundreds to choose from throughout England, Scotland and Wales. To find your nearest pick up, search using your postcode below.

      *Please note pickups are subject to availability.

      Travel Extras

      Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

      You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £39.50 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) 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 seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

      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 Ferries.

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