Ypres Salient & The Somme
The Ypres Salient is centered around the ancient town of Ypres (Ieper) and is the location of many decisive battles of WW1. This dedicated tour with a specialist battlefield guide will give an in-depth insight into the events and history around Flanders where so much suffering and sacrifice took place. Your centrally located Ypres hotel means you can easily attend the emotional 8pm Last Post ceremony which takes place every evening 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.
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. Visit Lijssenthoek and the cemetery which with just under 10,000 burials, is the second largest Commonwealth cemetery in Belgium. Being some 20km from Ypres and on a railway line, Lijsssenthoek was in a good strategic position to construct medical facilities including 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. 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 to the Memorial Stone to Harry Patch, the 'last Fighting Tommy'. 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. Continue to Polygon Wood at Zonnebeke, the scene of desperate conflict throughout the war and visit the Passchendaele Museum (entrance included). A stop will be made en-route for lunch (not included). Then to Hill 60 to examine the underground war before heading to Irish Peace Park at Messines dedicated to the men of Northern and Southern Ireland who fought side by side in June 1917 when several huge mines were detonated along the German lines. Finally to Spranbroekmolen mine crater and the nearby Lone Tree Cemetery, one of the highest viewpoints across the battlefield
DAY 3 - Travel south to the Somme battlefield including visits to Delville Wood, Contalmaison, La Boiselle and Lochnegaar Crater for a greater insight into the attacks by the British battalions on 1st July 1916. A lunch stop will be made nearby before continuing to the Thiepval Memorial via Blighty Valley, the Ulster Tower and the Hawthorn Crater. Also visit the atmospheric Sunken Lane from where the Lancashire Fusiliers advanced towards the German lines on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. During your weekend in Ypres / Ieper attend the 8pm Last Post ceremony which takes place every evening at the Menin Gate.
DAY 4 - After breakfast, continue on to Calais and the return Channel crossing and the journey home.Back to top