Messines Centenary Tour 2017

5 days from £449pp.


Irish Peace Tower, Messiness

Visit: Irish Peace Tower, Messiness, Battlefields

Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

Visit: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Battlefields

Menin Gate

Visit: Menin Gate, Battlefields

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.

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

    Ypres

    Ypres

    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
    Menin Gate

    Menin Gate

    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
    Poperinghe

    Poperinghe

    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

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Includes

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

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Battlefield visits as described

    Optional Excursions & Visits

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

    Notes


    Single Room Supplement from £109.00 (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

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

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

    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 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.

    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. port are not allocated.
    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.
    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.
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