Armistice Day in Ypres Group Tour: Fri 10th to Sun 12th November (3 Days)
Day One (Fri 10th November) Outward: Local pick-up
to Dover. Ferry to Calais. Onward travel to your accommodation in Diksmuide or Lille (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 (Sat 11th November) Remembrance: Depart after breakfast. The programme of events will include:
Introduction to the Ypres Salient: The high ground at Hooge.
Special morning Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
Lunch-time in Ypres.
Afternoon battlefield tour of the Ypres Salient.Suggested itinerary to include Langemark German Cemetery (role of the British Expeditionary Force, formation of the Salient & the fate of the German student battalions); Pilckem Ridge (first use of gas); Essex Farm (medics & casualty evacuation); the Menin Road & Helffire Corner (logistics).
Requested personal cemetery visits.
Free time in Ypres in the early evening before attending the evening Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate at 8.00 pm.
Return to hotel & evening free.
Day Three (Sun 12th November) Return: Depart after breakfast for visits related to Haig's Passchendaele Offensive:
Passchendaele Museum , Zonnebeke: Dug-out Experience & reconstructed trenches
Tyne Cot Cemetery: Largest British War Cemetery with almost 12,000 casualties.
Depart for Calais & ferry crossing to Dover. Return to your local drop-off point. A hypermarket visit can be included en-route.