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The Battlefields of Flanders

(Tour code: YFB5)Experience a moving World War I tour in Flanders

Visit some of Europe's most fascinating and moving memorials and museums on this exceptional World War I themed tour to Flanders. Accompanied by an experienced, specialist Battlefields Guide you'll visit some of the largest and most poignant Commonwealth cemeteries, explore original and recreated trenches, witness the moving Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate and explore Talbot House, the Hooge Crater Museum and Bayernwald Trenches.

Tour Highlights
  • Ypres and The Last Post
  • Essex Farm and Lissenthoek Cemeteries
  • Poperinge
  • ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum
  • Passchendaele and Tyne Cot
  • Bayernwald Trenches
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Last Post, Menin Gate
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 ceremony.

Includes:
  • Dinner
  • The Last Post ceremony
Lijssenthoek
Day 2

Behind the Lines

This morning we board a coach for a tour of the area behind the front line of fighting in WWI. 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, the 'everyman's club'.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Excursions
'In Flanders Fields' Museum
Day 3

‘In Flanders Fields’

Today we visit the 'In Flanders Field' Museum, at the Cloth Hall. The remainder of your day is free for you to explore at your own pace.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • In The Flanders Field Museum
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Days 4

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 WWI. Finally we visit Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Hooge Crater Museum
  • Passchendaele Museum
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery
Eurostar to London
Day 5

Bayernwald Trenches and return to London

We travel by coach to Lille, pausing en route to visit the Bayernwald Trenches. We continue by coach to Lille and board the Eurostar to London.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Bayernwald Trenches
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