We depart late evening (10:30pm from Solihull) on the 29th June for our early morning ferry crossing to France. A visit will be made during the trip to the beautiful Canadian Memorial and Park at Vimy Ridge.
Visit the Ypres Salient from Ploegsteert Memorial to the missing. Drive along the Messines Ridge following the line of the 19 mine explosions to Hill 60. Hellfire Corner to Sanctuary Wood with preserved trenches and Museum, drive along the infamous Menin Road through Gheluvelt immortalised by the heroic stand of the Worcester Regiment. Then to Passchendaele and its impressive museum, Tyne Cot Cemetery (largest British War Cemetery), Langemark German Cemetery, Vancouver Corner – scene of the first gas attack and Essex Farm where the famous First World War poem “In Flanders Fields” was composed by John MaCrae. Spend time in the Town of Ypres with its famous Cloth Hall and Saint George’s Chapel. Witness the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing.
Battlefield Memorial Tours
The trip is based around visits to requested Cemeteries, but as many other places of interest will also be included allowing for time restraints and any traffic problems encountered.
Ypres & Somme (5 days/4 nights)
Thursday 29th June – Tuesday 4th July £495
"As senior citizens, and first time visitors to both France and Belgium War Graves, we were a little apprehensive to undertake the journey! But we needn't have been, as the tour operators were friendly and caring, organised and interested in our personal visits. They were also of great help in finding, and then accompanying us to the family graves. Our personal visits were very poignant, and with the support from the team made it a lasting memory. They made each day exciting and meaningful, taking us to places we wouldn't have imagined we would ever be, and would have no hesitation to travel again with them." R&B Scotland
We drive along the area of the old front line from Newfoundland Park with its preserved trenches and Memorials,Thiepval with its imposing Memorial to the Missing and Blighty, Mash and Sausage Valleys. Visit the huge Lochnager Mine Crater at La Boiselle, exploded at 7.28am on 1st July 1916, heralding the start of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. We travel by many of the infamous locations etched into the memories of the brave soldiers who served in the conflict. This may include the Horseshoe of Woods; Trones, Mametz, Bernefay and High Wood and the village of Pozieres which is linked so strongly with the Australian Forces. The town of Albert with its Basilica and Golden Virgin and perhaps a visit into the well regarded museum and tunnels.