Discover some of the most significant battlefields fought upon during the Great War, as well as experiencing what life was really like in the trenches.
Take the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels before changing for the local service to Ypres, travelling via Ghent.
Today you have a leisurely morning in which to discover Ypres, best known for being the centre of intense fighting between the Germans and the Allied forces in World War I. To commemorate this, the city has a number of monuments that record the tragic events of the Great War, including the Menin Gate and the poignant 'In Flanders Fields' Museum.
Although Ypres feels like an ancient city, its buildings are not original. Everything you can see in the city has been lovingly and painstakingly restored after the complete destruction caused by four years of warfare. This afternoon join a local, specialist guide for an exploration of several poignant battlegrounds and memorial sites. Included are, Essex Farm, a former dressing station where Colonel John McCrae wrote "In Flanders Fields" - one of the most famous poems from the First World War, Pilckem Ridge, site of a devastating gas attack during the second battle of Ypres in 1915, Langemark cemetery, the last resting place of 44,000 German soldiers. You will also see Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world and Hill 62, the site of some of the most intense fighting of WWI, amongst others.
Again today begins with some free time ahead of your afternoon exploration of Ypres' South Salient Battlefields. Begin at the site of the Battle of Messines where in 1917, in preparation for a major assault on the Germans, 22 underground mine shafts where dug - many by experienced engineers who had worked on London's underground system. As well as other important burial grounds and areas of interest, you'll continue to the well-preserved German Bayernwald trenches, which may be of particular interest as Hitler was stationed here from 1914 to 1915 as a company runner, and the location of the 1914 Christmas truce, where soldiers from both sides came together on no man's land for a game of football.
After checking out of your hotel this morning, begin the journey home by rail catching the train firstly to Ghent then Brussels, where you'll board the return Eurostar to London.
The itinerary above is just a suggestion and you are free to make adjustments to suit your exact requirements. Please call 01904 734 358 to speak to one of our Tailor-Made Holiday Specialists about tailoring your holiday with GRJ independent.
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The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
For the class of travel used on your chosen tour, please refer to the 'What's Included' section of the tour page.
Thalys is a brand co-owned by German, Dutch, French and Belgian state railways, and runs rail services linking Paris and Brussels with Amsterdam or Cologne. The trains are similar in design to French TGVs and can reach up to 190mph (305km/h) when travelling on dedicated high speed lines.
Comfort 1 (First Class) passengers benefit from spacious seating and are usually served complimentary light refreshments once underway. Both Comfort 1 and Comfort 2 (Standard Class) passengers have access to the Thalys Bar, which serves a selection of snacks, meals and hot and cold drinks during most journeys.
This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
Please call one of our Tour Advisors on 01904 734 358 to discuss upgrading your rail travel to First Class and/or upgrading your hotel to a 5-star option.
Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.
We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.
Estimated costs of return rail travel in the UK can be found on our add-ons page.
For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.