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We depart by executive coach from our pick up points and travel to Folkestone for our Eurotunnel crossing to Calais. On arrival in Calais we meet our professional battlefield guide who will accompany us for the duration of the tour. We continue to Poperinge or 'Pops' as the British soldiers called it, used by the British Army as a gateway to the battlefields of the northern Ypres Salient. Here we visit Talbot House, established by the Reverend ‘Tubby’ Clayton in December 1915 as an ‘Everyman’s Club’ for soldiers and officers of the British Army. We continue to the centrally located 4* Best Western Plus Alize Hotel in Mouscron. A set three course welcome dinner without drinks is served in our hotel this evening, and the remaining two nights are on bed and breakfast basis.
Our battlefield guide takes us to see some of the sights and monuments that formed part of the infamous Ypres Salient in Belgium. We visit the Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing before looking at the site of the Christmas Truce of 1914. We travel along the Messines Ridge, the area of the largest mining operation of the War and then to the crypt of Messines church which was used as a dressing station during the War. We look at the reconstructed German trenches at Croonaert Wood before visiting the famous Hooge Crater Museum which houses a collection of arms and equipment from the War. We visit the Worcestershire Regiment Memorial and the Passchendaele Museum which keeps the memory alive of the 500,000 causalities of Passchendaele through images and films. From there we look at Tyne Cot British and Commonwealth Cemetery and Memorial, the largest of its type in the world. This evening we attend the deeply moving ‘Last Post’ Ceremony under the Menin Gate which bears the names of almost 55,000 men whose bodies were never found.
Today we visit the battlefields of the Somme, the scene of one of the most significant battles of the War. After seeing the largest British Mine Crater at La Boiselle, we visit the Pozières British Cemetery for Allied casualties of the 1918 Battles of the Somme. We then spend time at the South African Memorial at Delville Wood, and Devonshire Trench British Cemetery. After free time for lunch in Albert, we visit the largest British Memorial in the world at Thiepval and Authuile Wood Cemetery. We then continue to the preserved trenches at Newfoundland Park and the Sunken Road at Beaumont Hamel before we see the Redan Ridge No.2 cemetery. The cemetery was named from The Redan, a group of British front-line trenches of 1916. Our visit to the Somme concludes at Sheffield Park, a memorial to the men of the many ‘pals’ battalions who fought in the area of Serre.
This morning we travel to the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge. We then return to Calais for our return Eurotunnel crossing to Folkestone, and onwards coach travel back to our original pick up points.
NB: Please note we reserve the right to alter the above itinerary if required for operational reasons. Given the historic nature of the places visited, a certain degree of walking will be involved, and this holiday may not be suitable for those with mobility problems. Price based on twin share. Minimum numbers required. Normal booking conditions apply.
Central 4* hotel
One dinner included
All excursions & guided tours included
Specialist battlefield guide throughout
Return Eurotunnel crossings
Executive coach throughout
Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing
Site of the Christmas Truce of 1914
German trenches at Croonaert Wood
Hooge Crater Museum
Worcestershire Regiment Memorial
The Passchendaele Museum
Tyne Cot British & Commonwealth cemetery & Memorial
‘Last Post’ Ceremony under the Menin Gate
Mine Crater at La Boiselle
Pozières British Cemetery
South African Memorial at Delville Wood
Devonshire Trench British Cemetery
Authuile Wood Cemetery
Trenches at Newfoundland Park
The Sunken Road at Beaumont Hamel
Redan Ridge No.2 Cemetery
Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge
We stay three nights at the 4* Best Western Plus Alize Hotel (www.hotelalize.be/en) in Mouscron. Facilities at the hotel include a bar, gymnasium and sauna, and all rooms are en suite and feature television, telephone, hairdryer, and tea & coffee making facilities. A set three course welcome dinner without drinks is served in our hotel on the first evening, and the remaining two nights are on bed and breakfast basis.
Single room supplement £89
Entrance fees to places visited as part of the itinerary
All excursions & guided tours included