About the tour: Battlefields, Breweries & Christmas Markets

Following on from our very popular Beer and Battlefields coach tour, this new Christmas-themed holiday is a mix of battlefields, breweries and Christmas markets. Join us on this unique journey of Remembrance as we visit battlefield sites from both World Wars, including Messines Ridge in West Flanders, and the WW2 battlefields in Belgium. You’ll also hear the story of the Christmas Truce, and be able to raise a glass to our heroes, in a number of local breweries. Plus, you can indulge in the festivities at the Arras and Bruges festive markets.

Tour Includes


  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Convenient local joining points

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

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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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    Following on from our very popular Beer and Battlefields tour, this Christmas-themed tour has a mix of battlefields, breweries and Christmas markets.

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

    We travel down the Messines Ridge looking at the mining operations in 1917 when the largest man-made explosion of the war ripped across the Flanders landscape. We then look at the story of the Christmas Truce in 1914, when both sides came out into No Man’s Land. After lunch at Hooge we travel to Arras to visit a local French brewery before spending time in the large Arras Christmas market held in the main square.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Messines Ridge
    Messines Ridge

    Included Highlights

    • Messines Ridge
    • Arras Memorial
    • Arras Christmas Markets

    Today we look at the Second World War battlefields in Belgium seeing the superb Liberation Museum at Knocke-Heist with its amazing displays of WW2 material and vehicles. We then look at the fighting in this area in 1944, after lunch we go to the Bruges Zot Brewery for an included brewery tour and then spend time in Bruges for the excellent Christmas market.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Bruges
    Bruges

    Included Highlights

    • Bruges

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Single Room Supplement from £119.00 (4 days).

    Accommodation

    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 three nights at the 3-star Hotel des Acacias in Neuville-en-Ferrain. 

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      *Please note joining points 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 nine days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £41.50 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, select option 1, 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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