Armistice Weekend 2018
- Duration: 4 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TEDW6960
- Travel Type: Coach
The Armistice Day is celebrated on November 11 annually. It is a day to commemorate the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany for the cessation of hostilities on the West Front. The day, which overlaps with Remembrance Day, is celebrated annually. The day was specifically dedicated by King George V on 7 November 1919 as a day of remembrance for members of the armed forces who were killed during World War I. The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem In Flanders Fields. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red color an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.
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Ideally located in a converted medieval building in the centre of Bruges En-suite bedrooms Hairdryer Air conditioning Satellite television Free Wi-Fi Restaurant Bar open 24/7 for drinks and snacks Lift. www.accorhotels.com
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Following our Channel crossing we travel to our hotel.
Today we have a full day guided tour of the Ypres Salient. We begin at Frezenberg: with an introduction and overview over the Salient. We then travel to Artillery Wood and the grave of Hedd Wyn before arriving at the new Welsh Memorial where we take a short lunch stop. In the afternoon we begin our tour at the Langemarck German Cemetery before continuing to the Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest British cemetery on the Western Front. We finish the day at the interesting new Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917.
Today we travel to the Somme where we begin our guided tour at Newfoundland Park and the Ulster Tower before a light lunch stop (price not included). We then continue to the impressive Thiepval Memorial, where a gigantic stone monument carries the names of 75,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers of no known grave. We continue to the Lochnagar Crater before finishing at the Welsh Memorial at Mametz Wood.
We visit The Canadian National Memorial at Vimy Ridge, a memorial to all Canadians who served their country in battle during the Great War bearing the inscribed names of 11,168 missing Canadians, killed in action in France. We continue to Calais and complete the journey home.
A full programme of commemorative events will be taking place in Ypres on 11th November. Please be advised that the running of the guided tours may change due to the Armistice Day services. While we have carefully planned our programme to be as relaxing and informative as possible the tour does require a certain level of physical ability in order to walk reasonable distances and sometimes over uneven ground.
Executive coach travel
Short sea ferry / shuttle crossing
3 nights bed and continental breakfast
2 days fully guided tours with an expert historian
Entry to the Memorial Museum
Entry fees not included unless otherwise stated
Single room supplement £78