Armistice Remembrance Day in Ypres (4-day tour)
Armistice Remembrance Day in Ypres
(Four day tour)
Be part of the Armistice Day Ceremonies on the 11th November (accommodation in the centre of Ypres). There is a special commemoration held at the Menin Gate which is relayed to the main square via video link. Join in the Poppy Parade from the main square and attend the ‘Great War Remembered’ concert at Saint Martin’s Cathedral. You can complete this day of remembrance by attending the special Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate at 8.00pm that evening.
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. Upon arrival we proceed to Ypres and book into the Albion Hotel, centrally located close to the Grote Markt and the Menin Gate. The rest of the day is at your leisure when you are free to explore this historic city and enjoy a meal and one of the famous Belgium beers before taking in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate and the atmosphere generated by this special time in Ypres.
Day Two: After a leisurely breakfast we walk through the town to Saint Martin’s Cathedral where, those who wish, can join in the Poppy Parade. Your own, or medals of a relative, can be worn with pride as you walk with the parade through the Grote Markt and up to the Menin Gate where we take part in the 11:00 am Commemorative Last Post Ceremony. At the end of the ceremony you are free to enjoy this special day and explore this beautiful town at your leisure or stroll back to the hotel (the luxury of actually staying in Ypres) until the ‘Great War Remembered’ concert begins in the afternoon at Saint Martin’s Cathedral (ticket included in the price subject to availability). At 8:00 pm the Last Post Ceremony is sounded under the Menin Gate when the many bands in attendance strike up once again.
Day Three: We will visit Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth Cemetery in the World, before touring this battlefield. Then a visit to the Canadian Memorial at Passchendaele which sits on the German strongpoint of Crest Farm and gives commanding views across the slopes leading up to the town. We also visit Essex Farm where Canadian Medical Officer John McCrae wrote the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. More visits will follow finishing with a late lunch at the Hooge Crater Café and Museum (lunch and museum entrance fee included in price). We will then return to Ypres where the rest of the afternoon and evening will be at your leisure.
Day Four: The morning can be spent at your leisure in this historic and beautiful town. Visit the In Flanders Field Museum in the Cloth Hall, walk along the Ramparts or just visit the local chocolate shops. Later that morning we will travel back to the Eurotunnel terminal at Calais and our train back to the UK.
10 – 13 November 2021
£525* per person
*Price is based on two people sharing
Total single supplement – £135
Major credit cards accepted
Included In Your Tour
Battlefield visits as described in itinerary
Battlefield Guide and tour manager
3 star accommodation with continental breakfast based in the centre of Ypres
Entrance ticket to the Great War Remembered Concert at St Martin’s Cathedral, plus souvenir programme (subject to availability – Note concert cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19)
Lunch on tour day three
Entrance to ALL museums and places of interests visited on tour day three
Return Eurotunnel crossing
Executive coach or minibus travel including complimentary hot and cold drinks, bottled water and light snacks during the tour
You will be staying at the 3 star Albion Hotel, a family-run hotel in the centre of Ypres (a huge benefit for any trip but especially at Armistice) and 350 metres from the Grote Markt and Menin Gate.
The Albion features free high-speed Wi-Fi, an intimate bar, a library and multilingual staff.All of the rooms at the Albion have a flat-screen TV, work desk and tea and coffee making facilities. Each bathroom features a shower or bath and a hairdryer.
“The 11th of the 11th is a day we will never forget, Tony and Allison are so organised, we were in a great position at the Menin Gate to see everything. The pipers, the bands, the last post, the falling poppies it was quite something, a wonderful moving tribute to the fallen. We thought the trip would be good but it surpassed that, it was great.”
“The highlights of the tour are being able to take part in the Poppy Parade and the wonderful concert in the Cathedral it is worth making the journey for that alone.”
“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.”