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Battlefields of Ypres & the Somme

(Tour code: YAB5)A moving tour of Flanders and Northern France

Discover the Western Front of the First World War on this moving tour to Ypres and the Somme. We discover the many landmarks, memorials and museums dedicated to those who sacrificed their lives in the conflict.

Tour Highlights
  • Ypres
  • Essex Farm and Tyne Cot Cemeteries
  • Poperinge and Talbot House
  • 'In Flanders Fields' Museum
  • Arras
  • Amiens
  • Museum of the Great War
  • The Somme battlefields
  • Compiègne Armistice Carriage
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3-4* Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Menin Gate Last Post
Day 1

To Ypres

We depart St Pancras International by Eurostar to Lille, and transfer to Ypres for three nights at the Novotel Ypres Centrum. This evening, we walk to the Menin Gate where we will witness the moving Last Post Ceremony.

  • Dinner
  • Menin Gate
Poperinge, Talbot House
Day 2

‘In Flanders Fields’

Today we take a coach excursion to the Western Front. We visit Essex Farm Cemetery, where John McCrae wrote 'In Flanders Fields', and Brandhoek Cemetery. Later we head to Poperinge to visit Talbot House 'everyman's club', the tour continues to Lijssenthoek, the site of a military hospital.

  • Breakfast
  • Western Front
  • Essex Farm Cemetery
  • Brandhoek Cemetery
  • Poperinge Talbot House
Langemark German Cemetery
Day 3

Memories of Ypres

We discover more of Ypres' First World War landmarks on our excursions today. We contrast Tyne Cot, with the stark Langemark German Cemetery. Later we return to Ypres and visit the 'In Flanders Fields' Museum in the Cloth Hall.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Langemark German Cemetery
  • 'In Flanders Fields' Museum
Amiens Cathedral
Day 4

Arras and Amiens

Today we visit Ploegsteert, where Winston Churchill served as an officer, before arriving in Arras. We enjoy free time here before discovering the Wellington Caves, an underground network of tunnels that were used to convey thousands of Allied troops to the front line. We continue to Amiens for a three night stay at the Mercure Amiens Cathédrale.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Wellington Caves
Peronne Museum Of The Great War
Day 5


After a leisurely morning today we visit the Museum of the Great War in Péronne, which shows what life was like for soldiers on the front line as well as for the civilians on the home front.

  • Breakfast
  • Peronne Museum Of The Great War
Lochnagar Crater
Day 6

The Somme battlefields

Today we visit the key sites of the Somme battlefields including Thiepval Memorial and Beaumont-Hamel, and the memorials to all who fell here. We also visit the 300ft wide Lochnagar Crater, and Delville Wood cemetery and visitor centre

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lochnagar Crater
  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Beaumont-Hamel
St Pancras International
Day 7

Compiègne and London

Our journey home takes us via Compiègne, where on 11th November 1918 the Armistice marking a ceasefire was signed in a railway carriage. We visit the recreated carriage and its museum, before transferring by coach to Lille. Here we connect with the Eurostar to London.

  • Breakfast
  • Excursion
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Lynne Broadley
James Eaton
Kathryn Cambridge
Julie Longfield

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