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Battlefields of World War One: Armistice Weekend

4 days from £279*
Departing: November 2018
* Price shown: 09 November 2018 from -
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Remember the fallen on this unforgettable weekend break

The battlefields of the Ypres Salient in Belgium saw the most intensive fighting of the entire First World War, and the surrounding landscape has become a permanent record of the tragedy and bravery that became everyday occurrences in the course of the conflict. Join us here, to honour the fallen on the Centenary of the signing of the Armistice, to explore the historic sites of the Somme and Ypres Salient, and to take up an unmissable opportunity to see R.C. Sherriff's acclaimed WW1 play 'Journey's End' performed live in Ypres.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Entry to the Historial de la Grande Guerre museum
  • Entry to the In Flanders Field Museum
  • Visits to the Somme, Ypres Salient and the Menin Gate
  • Three nights' bed and continental breakfast accommodation at a three-star standard hotel in the Lille area
  • Coach travel throughout
  • Return Channel crossings
  • The services of a knowledgeable Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Your Itinerary

Day One: Join our coach and cross the Channel

Leaving the local area in the early morning we travel to Dover or Folkestone for our Channel crossing to Calais. Once on the Continent, we'll continue to our hotel, arriving by early evening.

Day Two: Visit the Ypres Salient and the Menin Gate

We'll cross the border into Belgium, today, heading to Ypres to see the sights of the Ypres Salient, visit the largest war-grave cemetery in the world at Tyne Cot, and explore the fascinating permanent exhibitions of the In Flanders Field Museum.

You'll also have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see R.C. Sherriff's 'Journey's End' performed, in English, in the intimate surroundings of the Kruitmagazijn (the Ypres gunpowder warehouse). The play, which follows the comings and goings in a British officers' dugout over four days in March 1918, offers a unique insight into the experiences of British infantrymen, and has received enthusiastic five-star reviews from the Daily Telegraph.

Alternatively, visit Poperinge, which was one of just two Belgian towns to escape Belgian occupation in during the war, and Essex Farm, where the survivors of the first gas attack of the war were treated and where John McCrae wrote "In Flanders Fields".

After time for an early dinner in Ypres (payable locally), you'll head for the Menin Gate to hear the haunting sound of The Last Post, which has been played every evening since July 1928 under the arches of this memorial to the thousands of British and Commonwealth soldiers whose bodies were never identified or never found at all.

Day Three: Explore the battlefields of the Somme

Today's tour begins with a visit to the Historial de la Grande Guerre museum, which charts the origins, conflicts and consequences of the Great War. After stopping in Albert to see the town's resorted basilica with its golden tower-top statue of Mary, we'll cross the old front-line to Lochnagar Crater, which remains a powerful symbol of the violent first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Other stops will include Thiepval, where you will see the Thiepval Memorial and Ulster Tower, and Beaumont-Hamel where the preserved trenches, memorials and cemeteries remain as memorials of the Newfoundland soldiers who died there.

We'll return to the hotel in the early evening.

Day Four: Call at Vimy Ridge en route home

You'll be heading home today, travelling first to Calais and then across the Channel to the UK. On the way to the coast we'll stop at Vimy Ridge, where you can see just how close and extensive the trenches and tunnels of the two front lines were.

You should arrive back at your original UK pick-up point by the mid-to-late evening.
Departure county Pick-up points
Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire Luton
Berkshire
Berkshire Bracknell, Reading
Bristol
Bristol Bristol
Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire High Wycombe
Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire Huntingdon, Peterborough, St Neots
Cheshire
Cheshire Chester, Runcorn, Sandbach, Warrington, Wilmslow
Clwyd
Clwyd Mold, Rhyl
Derbyshire
Derbyshire Derby
Devon
Devon Barnstaple, Bideford, Exeter, Honiton, Newton Abbot, Plymouth
Dorset
Dorset Blandford Forum, Bournemouth, Bridport, Dorchester, Poole, Shaftesbury
County Durham
County Durham Darlington, Stockton On Tees
Dyfed
Dyfed Carmarthen
East Sussex
East Sussex Brighton
East Riding Of Yorkshire
East Riding Of Yorkshire Hull
Essex
Essex Brentwood, Chalkwell, Chelmsford, Colchester, Hadleigh, Harlow, Southend On Sea, Thurrock
Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire Cirencester, Gloucester, Stroud
Greater London
Greater London Ealing
Hampshire
Hampshire Basingstoke, Portsmouth, Totton And Eling
Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire Letchworth, South Mimms Services A1 M, St Albans
Kent
Kent Dartford, Maidstone
Lancashire
Lancashire Bolton, Lancaster, Manchester
Leicestershire
Leicestershire Coalville, Hinckley, Leicester, Loughborough
Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire Gainsborough, Grimsby, Lincoln, Scunthorpe
Merseyside
Merseyside Liverpool, Southport
Mid Glamorgan
Mid Glamorgan Swansea
Middlesex
Middlesex Harrow
North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire Middlesbrough, York
Norfolk
Norfolk Norwich
Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire Watford
Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire Nottingham, Sutton In Ashfield
Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire Abingdon, Didcot, Oxford
South Glamorgan
South Glamorgan Cardiff
South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire Doncaster
Shropshire
Shropshire Telford
Somerset
Somerset Bath, Bridgwater, Taunton
Staffordshire
Staffordshire Burton Upon Trent, Cannock, Lichfield, Stafford, Stoke On Trent
Suffolk
Suffolk Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Newmarket, Stowmarket, Sudbury
Surrey
Surrey Camberley, Cobham, Croydon, Epsom, Farnham, Guildford, Reigate, Staines, Sutton, Walton On Thames
Tyne & Wear
Tyne & Wear Newcastle Upon Tyne
West Midlands
West Midlands Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Solihull, Stourbridge, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall
West Sussex
West Sussex Bognor Regis, Worthing
West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire Bradford, Huddersfield
Warwickshire
Warwickshire Nuneaton
West Glamorgan
West Glamorgan Port Talbot
Wiltshire
Wiltshire Chippenham, Salisbury, Swindon, Trowbridge
Worcestershire
Worcestershire Evesham, Redditch, Worcester
Date Price From
09 November 2018
09 November 2018 £279

Lille Area Hotel 

You will be staying in a hotel in the Lille area, such as the Kyriad, Novotel or Campanile. All hotels offer comfortable accommodation in rooms with private facilities.

Further Information

Itinerary changes

We reserve the right to reverse days two and three in order and visit Ypres on 10th November and the Somme on 11th November. There may be Armistice events taking place that could affect access to some areas. We will endeavour to complete the planned itinerary but may need to make some last-minute alterations to ensure the smooth running of this tour.

Due to the extensive itinerary, we regret that we are not able to accommodate individual requests for visits.

Appropriate footwear

We strongly recommend that comfortable walking shoes be worn during the excursions on this holiday.

Coach seating arrangements

Your seats on the main coach will be allocated for you in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible. Your Tour Manager or driver will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)

Joining your holiday

Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.

Meal arrangements

Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.

Triple rooms

The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Channel crossings

Where possible, we will cross the Channel by ferry at the beginning and end of your holiday. However, we reserve the right to substitute crossings by Eurotunnel when necessary.

Foreign Office travel advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.