Undoubtedly, the highlight of this extended five day tour will be to stand in Ypres during the parade and Last Post ceremony 100 years to the day of the Armistice. The tour will mark the 1918 Centenary by visiting sites from key events of the final year of the war. We will also visit Mons, the town where the British Army saw its first action in 1914 and where its war ended in 1918; here we will also see the graves of the reputed first and last Commonwealth soldiers killed in the war.
It is not possible to provide a final itinerary for this tour as we do not yet have the details of arrangements for the Armistice Centenary commemorations and events; the details of other Centenary events have not been available until a few weeks before they take place. However, our current intentions are described below.
Day 1; 9th November
On day one we will travel to Folkestone and take a Eurotunnel crossing to Calais. En route to our hotel we will visit Lijssenthoek Cemetery. Lijssenthoek was a major base area and the site of Casualty Clearing Stations. Dinner is provided in the evening in the hotel and is included in the tour price.
Day 2; 10th November
During the morning of day two, we will visit sites around the town of Ypres. Sites will include Tyne Cot, the largest British Military Cemetery in the world, the village of Passchendaele and the Menin Gate. We will also stop at Hooge, one of the most notorious places on the Western Front which saw fighting during every year of the war. After lunch we will visit the In Flanders Field Museum. We will stay in Ypres for dinner and attend the Last Post Ceremony in the evening.
Day 3; 11th November
We will spend the morning of day three in Ypres. Undoubtedly, the highlight of this extended five day tour will be to stand in Ypres during the parade and the Last Post Ceremony 100 years to the minute of the Armistice. After lunch we will stop at Gheluvelt. The village of Gheluvelt was a focus of fighting in 1914, but was also the starting point for the final Allied campaign in Flanders. We will then follow the final advance of Allied troops and stop at sites such as the massive Menin German cemetery and the American Flanders Field Cemetery and monument. In the evening, we will offer the opportunity to have dinner in the nearby town of Kortrijk.
Day 4; 12th November
On day 4 we will make an excursion to Mons, the town where the British Army saw its first action in 1914 and where its war ended in 1918. Here we will also see the graves of the reputed first and last Commonwealth soldiers killed in the war. Dinner is provided in the evening in the hotel and is included in the tour price.
Day 5; 13th November
On day five, we complete our tour by spending the morning at Talbot House, the highly atmospheric restored place of rest and recreation for British soldiers. We then drive to Calais and take a return crossing to Folkestone
9- 13 November 2018
£635 per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room. There is a single room supplement of £100.
The price of your tour includes:
· Dinner on days 1 and 4
· all travel from the pick-up point
· hotel accommodation and buffet breakfast
· all entrance fees
· all excursions
· the services of a full time guide and a tour manager who are available throughout the day and evening
· an evening presentation (where appropriate)
· an information pack
· tea and coffee
· bottled water each day
There are no additional charges for entry to museums or any of our excursions.
We donate 10% of all profits from Guided Battlefield Tours to Pula Children’s Trust, a charity which gives aid to children in need.
A donation of £1 will be made to The British Legion from each booking
For this tour you will stay at the 4 star Hotel Altia, Neuville-en-Ferrain ; you can see this hotel at :