Day One (Outward): Local pick-up
to Dover. Ferry to Calais. Onward travel to your accommodation in/near Ypres (B&B for two nights). Check-in & evening free. (Note: This itinerary can be adapted for groups wishing to travel via P&O North Sea Ferries sailing overnight from Hull. Please ask our staff for details).
Day Two (Ypres Salient, 1914-16):
Follow the war in Flanders from the end of mobility to the creation of the Salient & the stalemate of trench warfare. Visits to:
Hooge: Importance of the high ground & the advantages this offered to the Germans.
Gheluvelt: Significance of the First Battle of Ypres & the formation of the Ypres Salient.
Langemark German Cemetery: The BEF in 1914 & decimation of the student battalions.
Pilckem Ridge: The first gas attack in April, 1915; an attempt to break the deadlock.
Lunch-time in Ypres: Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Grote Markt.
Essex Farm Cemetery & Dug-outs: The role of medics in WWI & casualty evacuation.
The Menin Road & Hellfire Corner: A major route to the Front Line; logistics & supplies.
Passchendaele Museum: Dug-out experience; recreated British & German trenches.
Free time in Ypres in the early evening before attending the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate at 8.00 pm to remember the fallen. Return to accommodation.
Day Three (Passchendaele, 1917): Haig's Flanders Offensive epitomised the policy of attrition adopted by the Allies in 1917. Visits to: