School Remembrance Tours

 

WW1 Battlefield Tours

Our World War One battlefield school tours cover the events that took place in the regions of the Ypres Salient (Belgium) and the Somme (France).

Pupils will walk in the footsteps of the troops and visit the many historical sites and monuments. They will also see evidence left over from the Great War in the form of preserved trenches, mine craters and of course the many cemeteries.WW1 Battlefield Tours

The pupils will be accompanied at all times by a battlefield guide who will bring the battlefields to life with explanations of the events that took place, along with true life anecdotes, ensuring that the pupils have an enjoyable and memorable time and above all else, installing in them the true meaning as to why and how we remember the fallen.

 

The Tours

 

Three Day Ypres Tour

(all inclusive – breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal)

The Ypres Salient is known for the major battles that took place here over a four year period of the Great War. First Ypres saw the end of the battles known as ‘The Race to the Sea’. Group Military ToursSecond Ypres experienced the first use of Poisonous Gas and Third Ypres, or The Battle of Passchendaele as it is better known, is infamous for the appalling conditions in which the troops fought and the amount of casualties inflicted on both sides.

Visits include: Tyne Cot Cemetery, Langemark German Cemetery, Vancouver Corner, Hill 60, Spanbroekmolen Mine Crater Memorial (The Pool of Peace), Plugstreet and the Christmas Truce Site, The Menin Gate including wreath laying at Last Post Ceremony.

Three Day Somme Tour

(all inclusive – breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal)

The opening day of the Battle of the Somme records the worst day in British military history with the army suffering almost 55,000 casualties. WW1 Battlefield ToursThis battle shows the true horror of war and shows the sacrifices made by thousands of men serving their country. The battle was to last for 148 days with many set piece battles in an attempt to break through the German lines.

Visits include: Delville Wood, Welsh Dragon Memorial at Mametz Wood, Lochnagar Crater, Newfoundland Park, The Sunken Lane at Beaumont Hamel, Ulster Tower, Thiepval Memorial where a wreath laying ceremony will take place to the missing of the Somme.

Four Day Somme and Ypres Tour

(all inclusive – breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal)

The perfect tour of remembrance combines visits to the battlefields of Ypres and the Somme and gives a sound study of the two battles.

 

Itineraries

Itineraries can be tailored to suit your requirements. You may wish to visit certain memorials or cemeteries or follow the actions of a local regiment. This can all be catered for.

 

Prices

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Please note that tours conducted between 15 November and 15 February receive a reduced accommodation rate.

 

Accommodation

The Peace Village Hostel – Situated in Messines, this is the ideal accommodation for school parties and a superb base from which visit the battlefields of the Western Front.WW1 Battlefield Tours

The hostel excels in tranquility, space and offers great facilities. It is capable of accommodating both medium and large sized groups in its 43 studios. Each studio has its own living and sleeping area as well as en-suite facilities.WW1 Battlefield Tours

Outdoor facilities include a football, basketball and volleyball pitch. Also available are hockey, ping pong, a large chess game and an extensive range of games. The bar and restaurant have a great terrace overlooking the landscape with over 150 outdoor seats. The hostel is surrounded by a large green area, ideal for playing or relaxing with lots of areas for youngsters to hang out.

Testimonials

Cleveland Army Cadet force recently undertook a battlefield tour, taking 26 Adults and 48 Cadets of the Somme and the Ypres Salient. After a lot of internet searching the tour company we decided on was Rifleman Tours. This was a great move. From the outset, the organisation was spot on, they took care of all the travel arrangements, channel crossing, hotel booking and feeding. The tour itself, our guide Tony, he was extremely knowledgeable and sympathetic and everyone in the group warmed to Tony very quickly, he also pick up people’s names which gave the tour a more personal touch. Going around the battlefield, Tony made the whole experience both interesting and at times moving. Tony also found time to deviate from the itinerary so one or two people could pay their own personal respects to people who had fallen. If any organisation are thinking of this type of battlefield tour, and have large groups of children (ours was aged 14-17 years) I would highly recommend Rifleman Tours. Once again thank you for an excellent tour, all at Cleveland Army Cadet Force

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Following a tour for Cheltenham College, the teachers sent Tony two books as a ‘thank you’ – Public Schools and the Great War, The Generation Lost by Anthony Seldon and David Walsh and Six Weeks, the short and gallant life of the British Officer in the First World War by John Lewis-Stempel.

The inscription in the front cover read:

We’re pretty sure you know a lot more about Cheltenham College than Anthony Seldon does! Thank you so much for a superb, tailored battlefield tour. I’ve rarely heard the children so loud and genuinely warm in their final farewells. We all enjoyed your company and expertise immensely.

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Other comments written were:

Thank you for such a memorable trip.

Thank you so much Tony for your kindness and expertise.

Thanks for all your expert knowledge, I learnt so much.

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