WW1 Commemorative Tour
4 days from £239 per person*
*based on sharing on a twin/double basis and a minimum of 40 paying passengers
On 1 July, 1916, sixteen British Army divisions and five French divisions launched an attack on the entrenched German positions in the Somme. By sunset on that day, the British had suffered 60,000 casualties. Over the next few months, the number of British casualties suffered on the Somme would exceed 400,000. We have suggested two tours relating to the First World War, but the second tour focuses on the Battle of the Somme and the 2016 centenary of ‘The Big Push’ and tremendous sacrifice of the Allied Forces during the summer of 1916 along with the centenary of the Battles of Vimy Ridge and Arras in 1917. Remember that you can choose to mix and match ideas in each itinerary based on your specific interests.
After crossing the channel, we make our way to our hotel in the heart of Ypres.
Our excursion today is to the famous town of Ypres and the surrounding battlefields. This morning, we enjoy a walking tour of Ypres to give us an intriguing insight into the renewal of the town after the war. This tour finishes at the excellent In Flanders Fields Museum, commemorating the history of the Great War using modern technology. Our afternoon is spent visiting the world’s largest British and Commonwealth cemetery, Tyne Cot, with almost 12,000 soldiers commemorated, many of whom are unidentified. We then travel the short distance to the Memorial Museum of Passchendaele explaining the history of the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, with its blend of exhibits and trench reconstruction. We return to our hotel in the late afternoon.
This morning, we make our way southwards to the marvellous French town of Arras, also largely destroyed during the Great War. Our tour includes a visit to the beautiful central square and the Musée Des Beaux Arts before allowing you free time for lunch in one of the many cafés in the centre, close to the reconstructed town hall. Our afternoon visit is to the atmospheric Wellington Quarry, created in memorial to the thousands of British and Commonwealth soldiers who lived, fought and died in these tunnels during the 1917 Battle of Arras. Modern technology permits visitors to gain a real picture of the life of the ordinary soldier. After our visit, we make our way back to our hotel.
After our breakfast this morning, we depart our hotel for our journey home.
Novotel Ypres Centrum
This 3 star hotel provides an ideal base from which to explore the rich military heritage of the area, and is just a moment’s stroll from the Menin Gate and Grote Markt. All 122 bedrooms are comfortably furnished with hairdryer, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, air conditioning and minibar. The hotel also offers a brasserie, restaurant, bar, terrace and fitness centre.
• Executive Touring Coach
• Return Short Channel Crossings
• 3 nights accommodation
• Glass of sparkling wine on arrival
• Hot/Cold Buffet Breakfast each morning
• 10% discount on food/drink direct with the hotel
• Free use of gym and hammam
• Excursions and admissions as stated in itinerary
What’s not included
• Single Supplement
• Travel insurance
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
For further details please contact one of the team on 01225 764205 or firstname.lastname@example.org