Commemorating The Centenary Of Ww1 Armistice
- Duration: 4 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TCRU2202
- Travel Type: Coach
In 2018, the centenary of Armistice Day, marking the end of fighting in WW1, will be commemorated. The Ypres Salient, centered around the ancient town of Ypres, is the scene of some of the biggest battles of WW1. Your dedicated specialist battlefield guide will give an in-depth insight into the events and history around Flanders where so much sacrifice took place. Your centrally located Ypres hotel means you can attend the daily 8pm Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate. Please note that this break requires a reasonable amount of walking and is not suitable for clients with walking difficulties.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
- Centrally located hotel
- Hotel for 3 nights with breakfast
- Welcome buffet dinner in the hotel with tea and coffee
- Fully escorted throughout by specialist guide
- Entrance to the Hooge Crater Museum
- 2 full excursion days
DAY 1 - From your chosen joining point your feeder vehicle will take you to the designated interchange point where your holiday begins. After joining your holiday coach, you will travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. A moving visit will be made to Lijssenthoek, which with just under 10,000 burials, is the second largest Commonwealth cemetery. Being some 20km from Ypres and on a railway line, Lijsssenthoek was in a good strategic position to set up a medical centre and casualty clearing stations and today, the visitor centre offers in-depth information on casualty care. Continue to your centrally located Ypres hotel where a welcome buffet dinner awaits. Dinner, bed & breakfast.
DAY 2 - Your guided tour today will take you to Essex Farm Cemetery which features a memorial to Major John McCrae who is believed to have composed his famous poem 'In Flanders Fields' here. Continue via Pilkhem Ridge and then onto the Memorial Stone to Harry Patch, the 'last Fighting Tommy' who died at the age of 111 in 2009. Visit Langemarck German Cemetery and then onto Tyne Cot with time to reflect at the largest Commonwealth military cemetery in the world with views from the visitor centre over the battlefields towards Ypres. With a convenient stop for lunch mid-day you will also see Polygon Wood at Zonnebeke, the scene of desperate conflict throughout the war. End the day at Hooge Crater Museum (entrance included). The crater, caused by a British mine in 1916, in symbolic form lies at the entrance to Hooge Crater Cemetery with its nearly 6,000 war graves including many Australians. Bed & breakfast.
DAY 3 - Today's visits include the Ploegsteet (Plug Street) Memorial to the Missing on which the names of 11,000 men are engraved. Continue to the Irish Peace Park at Messines dedicated to the men of Northern and Southern Ireland who fought side by side; a short walk to the New Zealand Memorial and then onto Hill 60, an invaluable vantage point to view the wider battlefield. Free time in Ypres this afternoon to visit the In Flanders Field Museum (entrance not included), memorials and sites within the city including the Menin Gate, ramparts and reservoir cemetery. Attend the 8pm Last Post ceremony which takes place every evening at the Menin Gate. Bed & breakfast.
DAY 4 - After breakfast, continue on to Calais and the return Channel crossing and the journey home.Back to top