One hundred years ago, the regions of Flanders and Picardy were witness to many of the tragic events of the Great War. Major battles were fought and the scale of military casualties from the German and Allied armies amounted to several hundred thousand dead. We’ll visit some of the museums, battlefields, memorials and war cemeteries of the Western Front where we hear stories of great human sacrifice and bravery. Join us on this journey of remembrance, where we pay homage to the soldiers and civilians who gave their lives during World War One.
Our journey to BelgiumWe catch the ferry from Dover to Calais and journey to our hotel in Ghislenghien, where we arrive in time for dinner.
Ypres, In Flanders Fields Museum & Cemeteries TourWe start our day in Ypres, scene of some of the most intense battles of the war, where we visit the impressive In Flanders Fields Museum, a remarkable human account of the First World War. We spend the afternoon in the company of a specialist guide as we make a poignant visit to some of the war graves, both of Allied and German forces, which cover the landscape around Ypres. These include the Essex Farm Cemetery, the Langemark German War Cemetery, Tyne Cot (resting place of almost 12,000 soldiers of the Commonwealth Forces and the largest Commonwealth military cemetery in the world) and the St Charles de Potyze French Cemetery.
Péronne, Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum & Somme Battlefields TourWe head over the border to the town of Péronne, home to the Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum, a fascinating museum that shows visitors what it was like not only for soldiers on the front line but also the impact of the war on the occupied civilian populations. We then head out on our Somme Battlefields Tour with a specialist guide, calling at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park with its well-preserved trenches, Lochnagar Crater at La Boisselle - the largest British mine crater on the Western Front - and finally the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, bearing the names of over 72,000 officers and men from the United Kingdom and South Africa.
HomewardsWe leave the hotel after breakfast and head back to Calais to catch our return ferry home.
The Best Western Hotel Horizon is a brand-new hotel in Ghislenghien, a small Belgian town situated between Brussels and Lille, conveniently located for our excursions. The hotel offers spacious en-suite rooms over three floors plus a bar, restaurant, a small fitness room and outdoor terrace.Single Supplement £75