Day 1 - London to Ypres
We leave St Pancras by Eurostar to Lille. Here we board
a coach for the journey to Ypres, where we check in to the 3-star
Novotel Ypres Centrum. After dinner your Tour Manager will lead the
group on a short walk to the Menin Gate to witness the Last Post
Day 2-3 - Behind the Lines and "In Flanders Fields"
This morning we board a coach for a tour of the area behind the
front line of fighting in WW1. Our first stop is Essex Farm
Cemetery, where Colonel John McCrae wrote "In Flanders Fields" -
one of the most famous poems from the First World War. Our tour
continues to Lijssenthoek cemetery, site of a former Military
hospital and the second largest British Military cemetery in
Belgium. Our final visit is to the town of Poperinge, a gateway to
the battlefields for reinforcements arriving from Great Britain.
Here we visit Talbot House, an "everyman's club" where officers and
other soldiers of all ranks could relax together away from the
horrors of the front. We return to Ypres by train from Poperinge.
On Day 3 we visit the "In Flanders Fields" Museum,
in the Cloth Hall. The remainder of the day is free.
Days 2-3 - Breakfast
Days 4-5 - Hooge Crater, Passchendaele and Tyne Cot
Our full-day coach excursion today takes us to some of the
region's best-known WW1 sights, museums and memorials. Our first
stop is the Hooge Crater Museum, which has some superb collections,
including military artefacts, displays and First World War
uniforms. We then visit the Passchendaele Memorial Museum, which is
focussed on the events of the Third Battle of Ypres, one of the
bloodiest battles of WW1. Within the basement of the museum are
full-scale replica dugouts, chambers and trenches which provide a
realistic impression of how life was for those on the front line.
Finally we visit Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest commonwealth
cemetery in Belgium. This evening we dine in a local restaurant. On
Day 5 we travel by coach to Lille, pausing en
route to visit the Bayernwald Trenches. The open-air museum
encompasses a complete network of original, re-dug German WW1
trenches. We continue by coach to Lille and board the
Eurostar to London.
Day 4 - Breakfast, dinner
Day 5 - Breakfast
Where shown, these meals are included in the price of
Please note that whilst every departure of The Battlefields of
Flanders will feature the same excursions, the order of the
itinerary may differ from that given above.