Bespoke tour to the Ypres Salient
The Ypres salient was one of the key areas on the western front during the First World War, with three major battles taking place there throughout the war. Home to some of the best preserved and most explored battlefields in Europe, the landscape holds the secrets of the bitter fighting and the personal stories from this bloody and arduous war. The Flanders fields battlefields are well looked after by the local authorities and tourist boards, especially in this time of the centenary commemorations. New and inventive ways of exploring the battlefields and honouring the memories of the fallen are constantly being developed, making a visit to the area an even more enriching and interactive experience year on year. Museums and war graves are dotted throughout the region to enhance the understanding of the part the salient played in the war, and of course Ypres is home to the Menin Gate and the Last Post Ceremony, a must see event when visiting the area. One of the best opportunities that exploring Flanders Fields offers is the chance to track down the grave or memorial site of a relative, something that can be easily researched and included in your desired itinerary, making it a more personal pilgrimage.
Our Tailor-made tours
Our tailor-made tours aim to offer a high quality experience that suits you. Visit historic and cultural sites of your choice in as much luxury as you desire, and we’ll pay impeccable attention to detail at every step of the way. Whether it’s a short city break complete with museums and galleries or exploring the world’s most famous battlefields, we will do everything in our power to ensure you have the immersive experience you are looking for.
Accommodation can be provided in a range of hotels, from the small and traditional 2* to large 4* hotels or even in bed & breakfast accommodation. Whatever suits your budget.
You may wish to make this a self drive tour or depending on the size of the group, transport will be provided in a people carrier or small minibus. For larger groups an executive coach will be provided.
An expert, local, english speaking guide can accompany you throughout or for part of your tour. Alternatively we can provide an expert guide from the UK.
What to see:
- Battlefields of Ypres Salient, including Passchendaele, Messines etc
- Menin Gate and Last Post Ceremony
- CWGC - various sites including Tyne Cot, Poperinge and Polygon Wood
- focus on a particular nation or regiment e.g. Anzac's, Tunnelers etc
- In Flanders Field Museum
- Passchendaele Memorial Museum
- Hooge Crater Museum
- if you would like to visit a particular war grae or memorial, please let us know and we will include it in you itinerary.
- and many more sites...
For the battlefields we would reccomend to base yourself in Ypres itself, however if you would to extend your tour past the battlefields why inot spend some time in one of Flanders piteresque medieval towns, such as Gent or Antwerp?
Day 1: Travel to the area . Check in to your comfortable, centrally-located, hotel for 3 nights on a bed & breakfast basis.
Days 2 & 3: Tour the Ypres Salient with your guide. Attend the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate on one of the evenings, and visit the In Flanders Fields Museum.
Day 4: Check out of your hotel and return to UK by the means of your choice.