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Ypres & Flanders

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Discover some of the most significant battlefields

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.

Highlights
  • Ypres
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery
  • Hill 62
  • Bayernwald German Trenches
  • Hyde Park Corner Memorial & Cemetery
  • Messines Ridge British Cemetery
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    3 nights' accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis
  • 2 half day battlefields tours
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Ypres & Flanders Tour Details

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Day 1 Ypres, Belgium
Ypres, Belgium

To Ypres

Take the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels before changing for the local service to Ypres, travelling via Ghent.

Day 2 Tyne Cot Cemetery
Tyne Cot Cemetery

Ypres North Salient Battlefields Tour

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.

Day 3 Bayernwald Trenches
Bayernwald Trenches

Ypres South Salient Battlefields Tour

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.

Day 4 Returning to the UK
Returning to the UK

Return to the UK by rail

 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.

Please note

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.

Departure Times

All departures on this tour depart on Eurostar after 12pm, allowing morning travel into London from most of the UK.

What’s included
  • Return rail from the UK in standard class
  • 3 nights' accommodation in a 3-star hotel on a bed & breakfast basis in Ypres
  • 2 half day Battlefields Tours with transfers

Optional Extras

  • Rail Upgrade
  • Hotel Upgrades
  • We can also arrange bespoke, private Battlefields and cemetary visits in the Flanders / Somme area, should you have a particular place you would like to visit. Call for details.

This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Mark Brennan
Mark
Sally Hauser
Sally
Laura Strawinski
Laura
Ypres & Flanders

Discover some of the most significant battlefields

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