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In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields

Marking the 100th year since the end of the First World War, this commemorative tour focuses on Flanders Fields

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The First World War finally came to an end at eleven o’clock on the morning of November 11th 1918. Our tour commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of the Great War’s end and explores the poignant battlefield sites, museums and memorials dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives in Flanders Fields.

Day 1

We depart Kent and stop en route to our hotel in De Panne, Belgium. This quiet and friendly town, attractively situated in a sandy valley, is reported to have the most beautiful sand dunes on the North Sea coast of West Flanders. De Panne was originally a fishing village, very popular with artists, which quickly developed into a modern holiday centre. It is much favoured by the French, and has many attractions and leisure activities. The town and its surroundings became famous during the First World War as being the only unoccupied part of Belgium and the residence of King Albert and Queen Elizabeth. After our lunch break here we depart and make way to our hotel and relax with a welcome drink. The hotel is centrally located so you can explore the city for dinner.

Day 2

This morning, we embark upon a 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. A short distance away, we will then visit the Memorial Museum of Passchendaele and learn about the history of the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. After our visit, we enjoy free time for lunch in the town of Poperinge, originally a rest area for weary troops and also home to the moving exhibition in Talbot House. We then travel to the Lijssenthoek Cemetery, originally a base hospital but now a visitor centre.

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Day 3

Today we visit the excellent 'In Flanders Fields' Museum, located in Ypres' Cloth Hall. This moving museum now makes use of the latest technology in its portrayal of the history of the Great War. In 2018 the museum will feature a new exhibition on the Final Offensive. Our afternoon is then free for us to explore the town at leisure. This evening, we make our way to the Menin Gate, a memorial bearing the names of 54,389 soldiers who have no known grave. Here we join the enormously poignant 'Last Post' Ceremony, which takes place at 8.00 pm every evening as a solemn act of remembrance.

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Day 4

After our breakfast this morning, we depart our hotel and begin our journey home with a short lunch stop in Saint Omer.

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B=Breakfast Included

What's Included:

 

  • Return Eurotunnel crossing

  • Welcome glass of sparkling wine or orange juice on arrival

  • Hot/cold buffet breakfast

  • Free use of gym and hammam

  • Free time in Ypres, Poperinge, De Panne and Saint Omer

  • Entrance into the Passchendaele Memorial Museum and In Flanders Field Museum

  • Visits to Tyne Cot & Lijssenthoek Cemeteries

 

Your Hotel

The 3 star Novotel Ieper Centrum provides an ideal base from which to explore the rich military heritage of the area, and is just a moment’s stroll from the Menin Gate and Grote Markt. All bedrooms are comfortably furnished with TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, air conditioning and minibar. The hotel has a brasserie bar, restaurant, terrace and fitness centre.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ashford Park Street Bus Stop A, Ashford
Canterbury St George's Lane, between bus station and Fenwicks
Canterbury
Deal South Street, Deal
Dover Market Square, Dover
Folkestone Bus Station Bay D, Folkestone
Hawkinge Haven Drive, bus stop outside Lidl, Hawkinge
Herne Bay Bus garage High Street, Herne Bay
Hythe North Bound Red Lion Square next to pub, Hythe
M2 Medway North Bound M2 Medway Services, North Bound
Maidstone Bus stop outside Vinters Road Car Park,
Sittingbourne Road, Maidstone
Sandgate Outside Royal Norfolk Pub, Sandgate
Stop 24 Stop 24 Services Junction 11, M20
Walmer Thompson Bell pub, Walmer
Whitstable Bus layby outside Tesco Extra, Whitstable

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Buzzlines Travel
3a-3b Defiant Close, Terlingham Forum, Hawkinge, Kent, CT18 7SU
01303 261 870

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Monday – Wednesday, Friday
09:00hrs – 17:30hrs

Thursday
09:30hrs – 17:30hrs

Saturday
10:00hrs – 14:00hrs