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The Battlefields of Flanders

(Tour code: YFB6)Experience a moving World War I tour in Flanders

Visit some of Europe's most 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 trenches, see the Last Post ceremony and explore battle sites pivotal to the war.

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

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Last Post, Menin Gate
Day 1

London to Ypres

We leave St Pancras after meeting at our dedicated departure office, taking the Eurostar to Lille. Here we board a coach for the journey to Ypres, stopping en route at Plugsteert, where Winston Churchill fought in 1916. In Ypres we check in to the 3-Star Novotel Ypres Centrum where we enjoy dinner. On selected departures, this evening we will enjoy a talk.

  • Dinner
  • The Last Post ceremony
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. Our final visit is to the town of Poperinge, a gateway to the battlefields for British reinforcements. Here we visit Talbot House, the 'everyman's club' set up by army chaplains to offer rest and recreation to soldiers of the front line and a chance to escape the conflict with a tea and some music, if only for a moment. On select dates, our Guest Speaker will accompany us to Talbot House.

  • 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.

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

Hooge Crater, Passchendaele and Tyne Cot

Our first stop today is the Hooge Crater Museum, which has some superb collections of military artefacts. 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. Tonight we make our way to the Menin Gate for the Last Post Ceremony.

  • 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, a superb section of preserved German trenches where Hitler served in 1914/15 and won the Iron Cross, and the Pool of Peace, for quiet reflection at the end of our tour. We continue by coach to Lille and board the Eurostar to London.

  • Breakfast
  • Bayernwald Trenches

Guest Speaker

Kenneth Prideaux-Brune has visited Talbot House a great many times over almost 60 years, initially accompanied by Philip 'Tubby' Clayton, an Army Chaplain and one of the house's founders. For 10 years, he served at the director of Toc H, the charity which grew out of Talbot House, and is currently President of the Friends of Talbot House.

Please note

If requesting a twin room, please note the room layout of the Novotel Hotel will be a double bed and a sofa bed.

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