Belgium, Ypres

Ypres is a historic town in the Belgian province of West Flanders.  It is surrounded by the Ypres Salient battlefields, where many cemeteries, memorials and war museums honour the battles that unfolded in this area during World War I.  After being destroyed in the war, many important buildings were carefully reconstructed, including the Gothic style Sint Maartenskathedraal (St Martins Cathedral) and its soaring spire.  Join us as we explore.
The Ypres Best Western Flanders Lodge
The Ypres Hotel prides itself on providing a dedicated personal service ensuring a very welcome stay.  Situated just on the outskirts of Ypres, this chalet style retreat with log cabin decor offers well appointed rooms equipped with all the amenities to ensure a comfortable stay, the hotel amenities also include a winter garden restaurant and a coffee shop.  A great base for exploring the area.
21st – 25th May 2018 4 nights Historic Tour £445pp

Half Board.  Single Supplement £66pp

  • DAY 1 – We travel across the English Channel by ferry and then make our way through France on our way to Ypres and the Best Western Flanders Lodge.  Along the way we will visit Lijssenthoek Cemetery, where nurse Nellie Spindler is buried among 10,000 men, and the town of Poperinge where many soldiers were “Shot at Dawn”.
    DAY 2 – A full day guided tour of the Somme visiting many memorial sites.  Thiepval memorial was constructed in honour of more than 72,000 soldiers whom have no known grave and was unveiled in 1932.  There is also a visitor centre which opened in 2004.
    DAY 3 – A full day guided tour of the Ypres Salient area and a visit to ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum.  There will be an early evening meal today as we will be attending the ‘Last Post’ Ceremony at The Menin Gate.
    DAY 4 – A full day to the medieval city of Bruges, often described as the ‘Venice of the North’.  The city is a Unesco World Heritage Site with many historic buildings to view.  You may want to take a boat trip along the many canals (not included) or take a horse and carriage ride through the city (not included).  Whatever you decide to do, Bruges is a wonderful city to visit.
    DAY 5 – Our last day takes us first to the seaside resort of Ostend for a couple of hours before making our way to Calais and the return ferry.

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