The First World War finally came to an end at eleven o’clock on the morning of November 11th, 1918. Just over a hundred years after the end of the Great War, our commemorative tour explores the poignant battlefields, museums and memorials dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives in Flanders Fields. Added to this we visit the picturesque town of Bruges. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is full of beautiful buildings, churches and canals ready for you to explore.
The Novotel Ypres Centrum hotel provides an ideal base from which to explore the rich military heritage of the area. It’s just a moment’s stroll from the Men in Gate and Grote Markt and all the restaurants. All 122 bedrooms are comfortably furnished with TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and air conditioning.
Day One - We travel to Dover for the short ferry crossing to Calais. It’s then onto the beautiful city of Ypres. Where we will stay in the Novotel Central for 3 Nights.
Day Two - Today, we embark upon a guided tour of the wartime sights surrounding Ypres itself. Our first stop is the largest and most famous of the British and Commonwealth Cemeteries, Tyne Cot, only a short distance away from the hotel. We then continue onto the Welsh memorial that was unveiled in August 2014 to commemorate the services of men and women from Wales. We continue our Flanders tour by visiting Artillery Wood, the memorial ground of Welsh language poet Hedd Wyn who was killed near Ypres, Belgium, during the Battle of Passchendaele in World War I. He was posthumously awarded the bard's chair at the 1917 National Eisteddfod.
Day Three - After breakfast, we make our way to Bruges. The picturesque market squares and stunning, winding canals all set to a backdrop of one of the most beautiful cities you can imagine, to visit on a coach holiday. Lose yourself for a few hours on one of the canal boats as they take you through a real taste of history in this most preserved historic city, and did anybody say Belgian chocolates??
Day Four - After breakfast we depart Ypres and start our way back home. We hope to arrive home mid Evening.