Door 2 Tour

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Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

Battlefields Of France & Flanders By Rail

Europe
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TTRAPFBAT

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Eurostar

During the anniversary of the end of the First World War, pay your own tribute to those who sacrificed so much.

During the anniversary of the end of the First World War, pay your own tribute to those who sacrificed so much.

PRICE FROM ? £509 per person
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What's Included

  • ​Standard-class return rail travel by Eurostar
  • 3 nights in a 3-star hotel
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • All excursions included
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager
  • Overseas transfers and local transportation
  • Stay in the centre of Ypres close to Menin Gate
  • ​The Somme and Vimy Ridge
  • Poperinge, Ypres Salient, Tyne Cot Cemetery, In Flanders Fields Museum and the Last Post Ceremony​

Not Included

Itinerary

  • Day 1 UK/Ypres
  • You'll board the Eurostar in St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International today, and alight in Lille just 90 minutes later. On arrival, we'll transfer you by coach to your base, the Belgian town of Ypres. Your hotel is located close to the beautiful Market Square and the Menin Gate in the centre of town. This memorial bears the names of 54,389 men who fell in the Ypres Salient before 16th August 1917 and have no known grave. Since 1928, the Last Post has been played each day at 8pm by buglers under the gate in tribute to those who lost their lives. After time to settle in, head to the hotel's restaurant, where dinner is included this evening.​
  • Day 2 The Somme & Vimy Ridge
  • Today you'll head to poignant battlefield sites on a full-day excursion. We will begin with a haunting visit to the Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park, which is on the site of the Somme battlefield. Your guided tour here will recount the disastrous attack of 1st July 1916. This was the first day of the Battle of the Somme and the bloodiest in the history of the British Army. Named after the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, the park is a memorial to all the Newfoundlanders who fought in the First World War. It also acts as a tribute to the many soldiers from other regiments who fought and died on this spot. We'll then continue to the Thiepval Anglo-French Memorial, which bears the names of some 73,000 British and South African soldiers missing or who fell at the Somme. Designed in the shape of an arch, it represents the alliance between Britain and France during the battle. Your tour concludes at the Vimy Ridge, a vital part of the German defence system, which was captured by Canadian forces in April 1917. You'll see preserved front-line trenches, tunnels dug by the allies and the cratered landscape of the battlefield. The Canadian National Vimy Memorial also stands here, bearing the names of the Canadians killed in action in France but whose bodies were never found.​
  • Day 3 Poperinge, Ypres Salient, Tyne Cot Cemetery, In Flanders Fields Museum and the Last Port Ceremony
  • You're going to spend another full day recounting the historic moments of the First World War, beginning in the town of Poperinge. This lay just behind the front lines and soldiers had access to shops, pubs, cinemas and theatres here. We will visit Talbot House, known as TOC H, in army signallers' code. This was a club where British soldiers could meet and relax regardless of rank, and we can enjoy a cup of tea here. We travel to the infamous Ypres Salient next, where a number of battles took place, and we’ll also visit Tyne Cot Cemetery. The world's largest Commonwealth military cemetery is the final resting place of 11,961 servicemen and you can pay your respects at this moving site. This afternoon we're back in Ypres, which was devastated during some of the worst fighting of the First World War but is now beautifully restored. Your final call today is at the In Flanders Fields Museum, where multi-sensory exhibits focus on the consequences of war. This evening you can join the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, a simple and dignified tribute to those who fell in defence of this town.​
  • Day 4 Ypres/UK
  • After a leisurely morning, we'll transfer you to Lille, where the Eurostar will take you back to the UK.​
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Accommodation

    • Novotel Ypres Centrum
    • The 3-star Novotel Ypres Centrum is centrally located in Leper.

      Hotel facilities include a restuarant and a bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, mini-bar, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.
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Optional Excursions

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Further Information

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