Our award-winning battlefield tours are designed to take you on a journey of discovery to the battlefields of the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and much further afield.
If there is one place that you can discuss the fighting throughout the four years of the First World War that place is Ypres or Ieper to give it its Flemish name.
Join one of our team of battlefield historians on a tour of the Ypres Salient, follow the action and see how the battle developed.
In the morning we visit the battlefields associated with the forming of the Ypres Salient during the First Battle of Ypres in 1914.
We begin at the 7th Division Memorial at Broodseinde, before heading to Zandvoorde to discuss the actions of the Household Cavalry and Royal Welch Fusiliers. Its then to Gheluvelt where we discuss the actions of the Worcestershire Regiment and South Wales Borderers, before going to Glencorse Wood, Nonne Boschen Wood, and Black Watch Corner where the depleted British Regiments faced the famous Prussian Guard.
In the afternoon we concentrate on the 1915 Second Battle of Ypres when gas was used for the first time in any quantity on the Western Front. We begin at the French Memorial at Pilckem, visit the Canadian Brooding Soldier at Vancouver Corner near Sint Juliaan, Mouse Trap Farm and Kitchener's Wood, before ending the day with a visit to Langemarck German Military Cemetery.
Our day's touring complete, we return to your tour hotel where you are free to enjoy your evening.
On day two we visit the battlefields associated with the Battle of Messines, the precursor battle for General Haig's big push in 1917.
We begin at Spanbroekmolen crater where we discuss the detonation of the mines, before following in the footsteps of the 16th (Irish) Division and 36th (Ulster) Division as the fought side-by-side to capture the village of Wijschaete (White Sheet). Time permitting, we also visit the preserved German trenches at Bayernwald.
In the afternoon, we follow in the footsteps of the New Zealand Division as they capture the town of Messines, Mesen as it is called today, including Lance Corporal Samuel Frickleton who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 7 June 1917. We follow this looking at the attack by the Australian Divisions as they capture the area between the town of Messines and Ploegsteert Wood at the southern end of the assault. This includes looking at the actions of Captain Robert Cuthbert Grieve and Private John Carroll, both of whom were awarded the Victoria Cross for their actions on 7 June 1917.
Our day's touring complete, we head back to your tour hotel where you are free to enjoy your evening.
Day three is devoted to following in the footsteps of the British and Commonwealth forces during the Third Battle of Ypres. We begin by following the Guards Division and 38th (Welsh) Division as they attacked along the Pilckem Ridge on 31 July 1917. Then examine the attack of the 16th (Irish) Division and 36th (Ulster) Division in the Battle of Langemarck in August 1917, before following in the footsteps of the ANZACs in the Battle of the Menin Road and at Polygon Wood.
We then visit the excellent Passchendaele 1917 museum in Zonnebeke, before continuing to follow the ANZACs as they assault the Broodseinde Ridge. It is then on over the ridge towards Passchendaele, where the ANZACs handed over the attack to the Canadians for the final onslaught into the village that became synonymous with the horrors of the First World War.
We end the day, and our tour, with a visit to Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial, the largest CWGC Cemetery in the world.
Our tour complete, we head back to your tour hotel where we bid you farewell.
Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.
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A supplement of £205.00 GBP applies where single occupancy is required.
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