Day 1: Travel by coach from your local pick-up point to Dover and short ferry crossing to Calais, continue travel to Ostend Belgium.
Day 2: Excursion to Somme Battlefield sites.
Day 3: Excursion to Ypres and surrounding points of interest.
Day 4 : Excursion to Menin Gate Ypres for Remembrance Services.
Day 5: Depart Ostend after breakfast making a stop at Pidou Wine Market in Calais before boarding return ferry to Dover. Arrive in UK and make return journey to your local drop-off point.
No one can fail to be moved by a visit to Ypres (Ieper in Flemish or “Wipers” to the troops). Walking around this pretty medieval city, it is hard to imagine the incredible highs and lows it has endured. Extreme wealth in the Middle Ages and then, less than one hundred years ago, reduced to rubble during World War I. It is a fitting reminder of people’s resilience and their ability to bounce back.
The sheer beauty of its rebuilt medieval splendour. It is top of the list of places recommended for people to visit; in particular, the great cemetery at Passchendaele and The Menin Gate, where the poignant Last Post ceremony is held every night.
The Battle of the Somme in France, was fought in the First World War by armies of the British and French against the German army. It took place from 1 July to 18 November 1916, located on both sides of the upper parts of the River Somme. The battle was intended to produce a victory for the British and French armies and was the largest battle on the Western Front. The battle exceeded more than one million men wounded or killed, making this one of the bloodiest battles in history.
Dates & Prices
2021 Departure Dates:
Albert Hotel Ostend Mon 8th Nov 5 days £269
Royal Astrid Hotel Ostend Mon 8th Nov 5 days £289