Re-trace the events of the Great War
Join us to uncover the tragic events of the First World War, how the action developed and led finally, painfully, to victory. A century on from the Armistice, this coach break visits some of the most poignant sites with our knowledgeable guide, taking you back through history on a captivating journey.
Leaving the local area in the early morning we travel to Dover for our Channel crossing to Calais. From here, we continue to the hotel where we should arrive by early evening.
Day One: Join our coach and cross the channel
Today you'll explore the sights of Ypres Salient and visit Poperinge. Here Talbot House, with its authentic interior and original works of art, is a living museum that captures the ambiance of this part of the Great War.
Day Two: Explore the Ypres Salient and Poperinge
Next you'll follow the route the troops and convoys used to Ypres, stopping (time permitting) at sights such as Essex Farm, where the poem "In Flanders Fields" was written, and the dressing station where survivors of the first gas attack came in. Your journey continues up to Langemarck, past the imposing statue of the Brooding Soldier, to visit Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest cemetery for Commonwealth Forces in the world, and the In Flanders Fields Museum, for a further insight into the horror and human cost of the First World War.
After time for an early dinner in Ypres (payable locally), you will head for the Menin Gate, which marks the entry to the route out to the Ypres Salient, and is now dedicated to the memory of British and Commonwealth Soldiers. Hear the haunting sound of The Last Post, played every evening since July 1928 under the arches of the Gate, before you return to your hotel.
Today you explore the area of the Somme. Visit the Historial de la Grande Guerre museum for an insight into the conflict, origins and consequences of the war, then head to Albert, with its golden statue of Mary on top of the Basilica, and then cross the old front-line to Lochnagar Crater, a symbol of the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
Day Three: Visit the historic sights of the Somme
Our next stop will be Thiepval, where you will see the Thiepval Memorial and Ulster Tower. See the preserved trenches, memorials and cemeteries dedicated to the Newfoundland forces in Beaumont Hamel, where so many from this one community died, before returning to the hotel in the early evening.
You'll be heading home today, travelling first to Calais and then across the Channel to the UK. But, en route, you'll visit Vimy Ridge, where you can see just how close and extensive the trenches and tunnels were, and the French Cemetery Notre Dame de Llorette.
Day Four: Call at Vimy Ridge en route home
You should arrive back in the local area by the mid-to-late evening.