Ypres

DESCRIPTION

Ypres is located in the province of West Flanders, just over the border from France. It is a quaint town, steeped in wartime history, as well as some beautiful architecture. Ypres is best known as the site of three major battles of the First World War, the most famous being the Battle of Passchendaele from July—November 1917. There are many memorials and cemeteries to comemorate the fallen which draw thousands of visitors each year.

Visiting this location offers an insight into WW1 and the lives of the soldiers who fought and gave their lives. Offering a “gateway” into its devastating history and featuring topics from the history curriculum, it includes not only the well-known and often visited cemeteries and monuments, but also the off-the-beaten track sights as well. To gain the most from your excursions you will be accompanied by a professional and experienced local guide.

From listening to the “Last Post” at the Menin Gate to a visit to the uplifting Talbot House (a respite from the horrors of the trenches), this destination offers a compelling background and engaging experience.

The Hooge Crater museum is located in the former school and chapel of the Bellewaerde estate, and offers unique displays in life like scenes. The theatre shows scenes from the 1917 Battle of Passchendaele. There is a medical room displaying two authentic ambulances and medical and surgical equipment.

The trenches offer a unique and unforgettable experience, with the opportunity to see both British and German trenches, along with many artefacts and the view that German soldiers has over the Ypres Salient. Nearby you can also visit the Hooge Cemetery and the crater forest on Bellewaerde Ridge.

SAMPLE ITINERARY
DESTINATION: YPRES

DAY 1
Arrive in Ypres by ferry and coach

Day 2
Visit Flanders Field Museum
Walking tour of Ypres and free time exploring

DAY 3
Full day Battlefields tour with guide
Essex Farm Cemetery, Langemark German Cemetery, Hooge Crater Museum, Buttes New, British Cemetery, Passchendaele Memorial Museum

Day 4
Guided tour to German Trenches, Pool of Peace, Ireland
Peace Park, New Zealand Memorial Park, Messines Ridge Cemetery, church and crypt
Visit Talbot House, tour behind the front line, Poperinge execution post and death cells

Day 5
Depart Ypres for journey home

Prices from £380 per student

Price based on a 5-day trip for 40 students and 4 group leaders. All trips are subject to availability.

AVAILABLE AT THIS DESTINATION

  • Cultural Excursions
  • Hotel/Hostel Accommodation

TRAVEL

  • Coach transfer from the school to the crossing and either a ferry or Eurotunnel crossing.
  • Coach for the duration of the trip.

ACCOMMODATION

  • Hostel/hotel accommodation is available with B&B, half board or full board options.

SUPPORT WE OFFER

  • Your own personal Tours Manager to help tailor your bespoke itinerary.
  • We can help promote trip to parents, delivering a presentation and a Q&A session if
    requested.
  • Local knowledge and insight from your Tours Manager on your chosen destination.
  • A login to our travel app which contains all aspects of your personal trip as well as a location
    map and weather forecasts.
  • Safety assured accommodation, transport and excursions.
  • An in-country Local Organiser to assist you on your trip.
  • 24-hour emergency support while you are away on your trip.
  • Qualified language teacher to deliver lessons tailored to the ability of the students.
  • Full travel insurance.
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