Passchendaele Anniversary – 31st July 2017

5 days from £379pp.


Messines Ridge Crater

Visit: Messines Ridge Crater, Battlefields

Langemarck German Cemetery

Visit: Langemarck German Cemetery, Battlefields

The 3rd Battle of Ypres, popularly known as the Battle of Passchendaele, began on 31 July 1917 and raged through the next four months as summer turned to winter and the landscape of Flanders turned into a moonscape of shell holes filled with mud, muck and slime. Sadly too, it was the scene of over 300,000 British Army casualties. July 2017 marks the centenary of the start of this iconic battle which, along with The Somme, has come for many to symbolise The Great War.

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

    We spend three days following an in-depth study of the Third Battle of Ypres visiting sites connected to it, including Pilkem Ridge to follow the Welsh Division, Langemarck German Cemetery, Tyne Cot, the Passchendaele Museum, Polygon Wood, Hooge Crater, and the In Flanders Fields Museum. On the 31st July, the actual anniversary of the start of the battle, a ticket-only event will take place in the afternoon at the Tyne Cot Cemetery. Due to the limited space at the cemetery this will be a ticketed event with a public ballot* being held for those wishing to obtain tickets. For those applicants who are successful in obtaining a ticket in the ballot, we will have a special itinerary to include the ceremony at Tyne Cot. We will have a separate itinerary for those passengers who are not successful in obtaining a ticket to the Tyne Cot ceremony in the ballot. On the anniversary day, 31st July, we will be ‘on the ground’ in the Passchendaele area, visiting some of the major sites and towns. Should any large screens be in place broadcasting the ceremony from Tyne Cot we will be in a position to be able to view these.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Includes

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

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Battlefield visits as described

    Optional Excursions & Visits

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

    Notes

    *The ballot for tickets to attend the large scale commemorative event on 31st July 2017 at the Tyne Cot Cemetery closed at midnight Friday 24th February 2017 and no further applications will be accepted.

    Single Room Supplement from £135.00 (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.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for four nights at a minimum 3-star standard hotel in Belgium or northern France. Full details of your hotel will be advised with your travel documents.

    Belgium

    Best Western Ambassador Hotel Menen

    Best Western Ambassador Hotel Menen

    France

    Mercure Lille Airport

    Mercure Lille Airport

    France

    Des Acacias Lille Tourcoing

    Des Acacias Lille Tourcoing

    Best Western Ambassador Hotel Menen


    The Best Western Ambassador Hotel is situated within walking distance from the Market Place and the railway station. The hotel is a stylish and calm environment and offers the facilities of a bar, free Wi-Fi/Internet corner and lounge. The hotel is close to the main centre and you can buy chocolates, liquor or tobacco in one of the several shops in Menen. All bedrooms feature Telephone, T.V with BBC channels, Tea and Coffee making facilities, hairdryer and en-suite bathroom.

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

    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
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Des Acacias Lille Tourcoing


    The Des Acacias Lille Tourcoing hotel is set in a leafy area near to the towns of Halluin, Roncq and Tourcoing to name a few. The hotels facilities include a bar, a restaurant, lounge, fitness room and Wi-Fi/Internet corner. All bedrooms feature a flat screen T.V with BBC channels, Tea and Coffee making facilities, Telephone, hairdryer and en-suite bathroom.

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

    Belgium

    Best Western Plus Hotel Alize Mouscron

    Best Western Plus Hotel Alize Mouscron

    Belgium

    Ibis Kortrijk Centrum

    Ibis Kortrijk Centrum

    Belgium

    Mercure Roeselare

    Mercure Roeselare

    Best Western Plus Hotel Alize Mouscron


    The Best Western Plus Hôtel Alize Mouscron is conveniently located in the heart of Mouscron. Whilst the Alize does not have a restaurant, the hotel is within walking distance of Mouscron Market Place and its bars and restaurants. The hotel has become a firm favourite with Leger clients and is ideally based for exploring the Battlefields of Flanders and Ypres. All bedrooms feature modern furnishings, large flat screen T.V.’s with English channels, Tea and Coffee making facilities and free wifi. Guests enjoy a full breakfast buffet in a stylish dining setting. Other hotel amenities include a fitness room and sauna.

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

    Ibis Kortrijk Centrum


    Ibis Kortrijk Centrum is located in the city centre of Kortrijk and is next to the train station and within walking distance of local attractions such as Saint-Martins church, the Belfrey and the Grand Place which is full of bars and restaurants for you to explore. The hotels facilities include Wi-Fi/Internet access, lounge and bar. All bedrooms feature a modern décor, hardwood floor, Internet access, flat screen T.V with all major channels and en-suite bathroom.

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

    Mercure Roeselare


    Mercure Roeselare is a four-star hotel located in the centre of West-Flanders. The hotel offers a large variety of facilities including a restaurant, bar and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature modern furnishings, Wi-Fi/Internet access, T.V, Tea and Coffee making facilities, Hairdryer, Telephone and en-suite bathroom.

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

    Ibis Kortrijk Centrum


    Ibis Kortrijk Centrum is located in the city centre of Kortrijk and is next to the train station and within walking distance of local attractions such as Saint-Martins church, the Belfrey and the Grand Place which is full of bars and restaurants for you to explore. The hotels facilities include Wi-Fi/Internet access, lounge and bar. All bedrooms feature a modern décor, hardwood floor, Internet access, flat screen T.V with all major channels and en-suite bathroom.

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

    Mercure Roeselare


    Mercure Roeselare is a four-star hotel located in the centre of West-Flanders. The hotel offers a large variety of facilities including a restaurant, bar and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature modern furnishings, Wi-Fi/Internet access, T.V, Tea and Coffee making facilities, Hairdryer, Telephone and en-suite bathroom.

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

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