2018 Armistice Remembrance Day in Ypres

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2018 Armistice Remembrance Day in Ypres 

(Four day tour)

 

Ypres; there is no more sacred a place to be to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice and the end of the Great War than the beautiful town of Ypres. You will have the chance to attend the commemorative events that are held in the town on the 11th November. Armistice Battlefield TourJoin in the Poppy Parade and walk through the crowds to the Grote Markt to witness the special Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. In the afternoon you can attend the ‘Great War Remembered Concert’ in the stunning Saint Martin’s Cathedral. Whatever you choose to do, it will be an experience you will never forget.

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Itinerary

Day One: Depart by coach from your chosen UK collection point and proceed to the Eurotunnel Terminal at Folkstone where we catch our train to Calais. From Calais we will drive you to your hotel where the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day Two: After a leisurely breakfast your coach will take you to Ypres where, if you wish, you will be able to take part in the commemoration events.Armistice Battlefield Tour These include the ‘Poppy Parade’ walking through the town from Saint Martin’s Cathedral to the Menin Gate for a special Last Post Remembrance Ceremony which takes place at 11:00am.

TArmistice Day Group Tourshroughout the rest of the day you can enjoy this wonderful town that acquires a very special atmosphere over this Armistice period. You may choose to visit the In Flanders Field Museum, housed in the Cloth Hall, walk along the Ramparts, visit St George’s Chapel, taste samples in the chocolate shops, or just enjoy a meal in one of the many excellent restaurants in the Grote Markt with a Belgium beer.

Each year, there are two Great War Remembered Concerts held in Saint Martin’s Cathedral; one in the afternoon and another later in the evening. Tickets to this unique event will be available through the Last Post Association. Details have yet to be released for the 2018 concerts but information on the 2017 concerts can be found by clicking here.

There is also the chance to attend the production of ‘Journey’s End’ which plays over the Armistice period at 16:00 daily. The performance takes place at the Kruitmagazijn (Gunpowder Strore) in Ypres. Tickets go on sale December 2017. More details about the play can be found here.

At 8:00pm the traditional Last Post Ceremony is sounded under the Menin Gate when the many bands in attendance strike up once again.

Your coach will be then be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

 Day Three:  We explore the battlefields of Ypres looking at the key sites. World War 1 Group ToursWe visit the largest British War Cemetery in the world, Tyne Cot with 11,965 graves before moving on to look at Third Ypres, Passchendaele and the Canadian Memorial at Crest Farm.

We will visit Vancouver Corner and the Brooding Soldier memorial to the 1st Canadian Division. This area was the scene of the first gas attacks in 1915 which culminated in the start of the Second Battle of Ypres. Then we travel on to see an example of a German Cemetery at Langemark.

Armistice Day Group ToursWe will take you to Polygon Wood, Hill 60 and Ploegsteert (Plugstreet) where we discuss the Christmas Truce that took place here in 1914 before moving on to see the Ploegsteert Memorial..

It any of our guests has a special request to visit a family member’s grave or memorial we will do our best to make this happen.

Day Four: Battlefield TourUpon leaving your hotel we will continue with some ‘behind the lines’ touring with visits to Essex Farm Cemetery with its Advanced Dressing Station and Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery and visitor centre, the second largest CWGC cemetery in Belgium after Tyne Cot Cemetery.

Armistice Battlefield TourWe will then move on to Poperinge where you will have some free time to explore and acquire some lunch. You could see the haunting Death Cells located in the Town Hall where soldiers condemned to execution were kept.

You may wish to visit the famous Talbot House; known as the ‘Every man’s club’, it provided rest and recreation to all soldiers coming in, regardless of their rank. Certainly not your normal museum as you’ll have the chance to play the piano, visit the chapel or have a cup of tea!

We will then travel back to the Eurotunnel terminal at Calais and our train back to the UK.

 

Armistice Battlefield TourThe Great War Remembered Concert at Saint Martin’s Cathedral

Remembrance Day ToursRifleman Tours group waiting for Poppy Parade to begin 

Included In Your Tour

 

Battlefield visits as described in itinerary

Battlefield Guide and tour manager

3* or 4* accommodation with continental breakfast

Information pack

Return Eurotunnel crossing

Executive coach or minibus travel including complimentary hot and cold drinks, bottled water and light snacks during the tour

Dates

10 – 13 November 2018 

Cost

Albion Hotel (FULL)

– £515 per person

 

Best Western Flanders Lodge

– £475* per person

 

Holiday Inn Lille – Ouest Englos

£375* per person

 

*Price is based on two people sharing

Single supplement total – £144

Major credit cards accepted

Hotel Accommodation

You will be staying in a hotel that is rated at least 3 star on a bed and breakfast basis.

Hotel One is the Albion Hotel offering a high level of comfort and the convenience of staying in the heart of Ypres.

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Hotel Two is the Best Western Flanders Lodge just on the outskirts of Ypres (20 minute walk from the Menin Gate). The hotel has a Winter Garden restaurant, cosy bar and terrace, coffee shop and complimentary Wi-Fi. This chalet style retreat with log cabin décor offers well-appointed rooms equipped with all the amenities to ensure a comfortable stay.Battlefield Tours

 

Hotel Three is the 4* Holiday Inn Lille – Ouest Englos. Set in Englos, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 miles of Lille Grand Square but a bit further from Ypres. Hotel features include a restaurant, fitness centre, games room and a bar/lounge area.Battlefield Tours Each room is fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a minibar.

“A truly memorable tour; I will remember the trip for a long time. Also a special thanks to the rest of the group that made it so much fun.”

“A memorable and marvellous battlefield tour made special by everyone being so friendly.”

“The whole thing was just perfect: the bands, bagpipes, atmosphere, concert and company.”

“We will always remember this tour – the pomp and ceremony of the Armistice celebrations, the emotion and poignancy of the wreath-laying and the warmth and comradeship of the group as a whole. Once again, thank you for a truly wonderful experience.”

“Unforgettable experience, wonderful time at the concert.”

For full testimonials click here

For many people a trip to the battlefields is a personal pilgrimage and the chance to visit a long lost relative’s grave or see their name on a memorial. If you would like to stop at a memorial or specific cemetery to pay your respects we will do everything we can to include this in the tour.