Ypres, Somme & Vimy Ridge (4 Days)

Ypres Salient, 1914-18: By the end of 1914, as mobile warfare gave way to stalemate, the small Belgian town of Ypres found itself at the heart of a salient surrounded by German-held ridges and constantly threatened by artillery fire on three sides. The enemy remained at the gates for almost four years. That most notorious of battles; Passchendaele, was fought here amidst the Flanders mud.

Meanwhile, attention shifted south in 1916 to the Somme. The offensive launched on 1st July of that year was marked by bitter tragedy and hard-learned lessons exacerbated by the losses sustained by the Pals’ battalions composed of men who had volunteered together and, in too many cases, died together on the battlefields of Picardy.

In contrast, the successful and meticulously-planned Canadian assault on Vimy Ridge dealt a severe blow to German morale, whilst for Canadians this victory has come to signal the birth of a nation.

 

Day One: Outward TravelYpres Battlefield Tour: Essex_Farm_Flowers
06.00 hours (approx): Local pick-up & travel to Dover
for cross-Channel ferry to Calais. Onward travel &
check-in at accommodation in/near Ypres
Evening meal arrangements as chosen by the group

 

Day Two: Ypres
09.00 hours: Depart after breakfast to visit:
Hooge: Importance of the high ground & orientation
Gheluvelt: First battle of Ypres; formation of the Salient
Langemark German Cemetery: BEF & student battalions
Pilckem Ridge: Stalemate & gas warfare
Lunchtime in Ypres
Essex Farm Cemetery & Dug-Outs: Medics in WWIMenin_Gate
The Menin Road & Hellfire Corner: Supplies & logistics
Passchendaele Memorial Museum: Trenches &  dug-outs
Passchendaele Ridge: Attrition & tactics
Tyne Cot Cemetery & Visitor Centre: Remembrance
Free time in Ypres
20.00: Last Post at the Menin Gate: Remembrance
Return to accommodation
Evening meal arrangements as chosen by the group

 

Day Three: The Somme
09.00 hours: Depart after breakfast to visit:
Newfoundland Park: Preserved battlefield
The Ulster Tower: Experience of trench warfareUlster_Tower_Trench_in_Thiepval_Wood
Thiepval Memorial to the Missing: Remembrance
Lunchtime in Albert
Ovillers & “Mash” Valley: Defences on the Somme
Pozières: Australian 1st Division Memorial
La Boisselle & Lochnagar Crater: Tyneside Scottish & Irish
Mansel Copse & Devonshire Cemetery: Noel Hodgson
Return to accommodation
Evening meal arrangements as chosen by the group

 

Day Four: Arras, Vimy & Return
09.00 hours: Depart after breakfast to visit:
Arras Memorial to the Missing: Remembrance
Ypres, Somme, Arras & Vimy Battlefield Tour: Vimy Ridge MemorialVimy Reconstructed Trenches: Mine warfare
Grange Tunnel (Apr-Nov: subject to weather & availability)
Vimy Memorial & Visitor Centre: Canadians in WWI
Depart for Calais & cross-Channel ferry to UK
Disembark in Dover & return to drop-off point

 

Pick-up & drop-off times are dependent upon the group’s proximity to Dover. This is a suggested itinerary & can be amended to suit the requirements of the group.

 

Ypres, Somme & Vimy Ridge: Useful Links

Click on the links below for information about the museums near Ypres:

Passchendaele Museum In Flanders Fields Museum Itinerary via Hull
Key Sites

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