WW1 Tour to Ypres

Armistice Day 2016

Belgium FIRST WORLD WAR 1914 - 1918

Ever since 1928, the 54,896 brave soldiers of the British Commonwealth who were tragically registered as 'missing in action' during WW1, have been commemorated by The Last Post being sounded under the Menin Gate.

Every single day, regardless of the weather, the Ypres buglers, who are members of the local fire brigade, perform their ode to the fallen.

No battlefield of the Great War saw more intensive fighting than the Ypres Salient in Belgium. Down the Menin Road, on Messines Ridge and at Passchendaele, nearly every regiment in the British Army passed this way. Many thousands never returned. We will also visit sites associated with the various campaigns in the Ypres area and have a chance to pay our respects by laying wreaths at some of the cemeteries, including Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and the Memorial to the Missing.

Ypres itself was reduced to rubble during the war but it has been reborn and is one of the prettiest towns in Belgium. There will be time to shop in the wonderful Grote Markt and sample the local beer and chocolate.

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  • Overview

    Tour price: £549.00 per person

    Single supplement: £55

    Dates: Thu 10-Sun 13 November 2016

    Tour to include:

    3 nights accommodation at the Mecure Lille Aeroport Hotel

    Breakfast daily

    Lunch and Dinner on Day 3 (or similar)

    All coaching as per itinerary

    Services of an RBL guide throughout

     

    To book please call Arena Travel on 01473 660 800

  • Highlights
    • Wreath laying ceremony at the Menin Gate
    • Witness The Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate
    • Visit Tyne Cot War Cemetery on Passchendaele Ridge, the largest Commonwealth War Cemetery in the world
    • Visit the In Flanders Field Museum
    • Learn about the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Itinerary

     

    DAY 1:

    Early morning departure from central London and drive to Dover for ferry crossing to Calais. Then drive on to Lille stopping at the Houchin British Cemetery en-route. On arrival,

    check in to the Mercure Lille Aeroport.

    DAY 2:

    Early departure after breakfast and drive to Ypres for the Service of Remembrance at St Georges Church (if available). You will then

    take part in a wreath laying ceremony at Menin Gate before having lunch in Ypres. You will

    then have the afternoon at leisure before enjoying dinner in a local restaurant. Finally, you

    will attend the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate before returning to the hotel late evening.

    (B/L/D)

    DAY 3:

    Today will be dedicated to personal cemetery visits or alternatively you may choose to have a full day at leisure to explore.

    DAY 4:

    After breakfast you will check out and depart the hotel and drive to Calais making stops en-route for visits including Memorial Museum Passchendaele and Tyne Cot Cemetery. In the early evening you will catch the ferry to Dover for mid evening arrival at central London.

    (B)

     

    (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

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TRAVEL NOTES:

Contact Arena Travel on 01473 660 800 or email  info@remembrancetravel.org.uk for more information.