WW1 Tour: Ypres & Somme
- 5-day trip about the First World War
- 16 to 20 May 2020
- 4 to 8 November 2020
- Price: €599 per person based on a double or triple room
- Surcharge single room is €110 in total
- Pick up points: The Netherlands: Utrecht & Breda or Belgium: Lokeren
- We request a deposit of €100 per person upon registration
The First World War was a global conflict, in which more than 10 million soldiers were killed in 4 years of fighting. For the British, this war is always seen as "the Great War". In this 5-day tour we will visit the British part of the Western front with the main focus being the battle for the city of Ypres and the fighting on the Somme. Operations involving more than 30 countries on the British side only. An international conflict in a world arena and an almost static front from the Swiss border to the Channel coast. Trench war, exhaustion, massive artillery, gas attacks, mine warfare, tanks, machine gun and endless mud and hardships was the image of 4 years of inexorable battle between the European superpowers. The war in which the Netherlands remained neutral, but it was a run-up to the turbulent twentieth century that followed. The end of the First World War and the Treaty of Versailles was the direct reason for the start of the Second World War, 20 years later. During this tour of the First World War, we will visit the battlefields and trenches of this war in Belgium, led by a specialist battlefield guide and we will commemorate the more than 10 million victims.
- Transport by luxury bus from Kras Touringcars. Boarding in the Netherlands: Utrecht Lunetten and Breda Prinsenbeek or in Belgium: McDonalds Lokeren.
- 4x overnight stay in hotels in Ypres and Albert.
- 4x extensive breakfast buffet, 4x lunch and 4x dinner.
- Entrance fees to all the museums.
- An expert battlefield tour guide during the whole tour who will give information, explanation, commentary and background about the First World War British sector on the Western front, provided by guide Ton Broers.
- Tours to all characteristic places in Ypres and Somme.
- An extensive excursion guide, to be received on the bus.
- Tourist tax.
Today we will focus on our bus trip to the city of Ypres in Belgium, with an explanation of the start of the First World War during the three-hour bus ride. In Ypres we will stop at the German cemetery Langemarc to discuss the first battle for Ypres that took place in 1914. We will spend the rest of the day in the city of Ypres with a visit to the "In Flanders Fields Museum" in the famous Cloth Hall. This is followed by a city walk and in the evening we will attend the last post ceremony at the Menin Gate.
This day is entirely devoted to the battle of Ypres, that the British fought over for 4 years. The city of Ypres eventually becomes part of England. Although the city has little strategic value, the moral value will be invaluable to the British. Today we will visit the city of Poperingen with its Death Cells and Talbot house. Soldiers could stay in this house for three years for a rare moment of peace and relaxation. The next stop is at Essex Farm where Major John McCrae had written his famous poem about the 1st World War. We will also visit the Canadian monument Brooding Soldier where the German armed forces use massive gas as a means of combat for the first time. In the Hooge Crater museum follows an extensive explanation of warfare in the trenches, viewed from both the British and German side. This is followed by a visit to Hill 60, a heavily fought hill in the Mesen height. We close at the largest British cemetery in Europe, Tyne Cot. More than 10,000 British soldiers are buried here and there is a memorial wall for the nearly 35,000 missing soldiers.
In the morning we will move from Ypres in Belgium to the city of Albert in France. During our bus ride we follow the British-German front line from 1914-1918 as much as possible. Our first visit will be in Mesen where we will visit a monument of brotherhood and the New Zealand monument. We drive via Neuve Chapelle to the town of Loos and the Dud Corner Cemetery for the story of "My Boy Jack", the son of the famous British writer Rudyard Kipling. Then we drive to the impressive monument for Canadian soldiers at Vimy Ridge. The battle of Vimy took place from 9 to 12 April 1917, with Canadian and British troops fighting against the German forces on the western front during the First World War. Finally we will arrive in the French town of Albert, in the middle of the famous battlefield on the Somme. Here we will also spend the night in a hotel twice.
Day four is entirely devoted to the most famous British operation from the 1st World War, the battle of the Somme. On the first day of the British offensive on the Somme (July 1, 1916), more than 20,000 British casualties will fall. We start with a visit to the museum in the tunnels under the Albert church, the Museum des Abris Somme 1916. After this we will take an impressive walk through the Newfoundland Memorial parc. We visit the famous café "le Tommy" where you also have the opportunity to walk through the "Gates of Hell". Here you can see a private collection and there is also a replica of the trenches that look similar as during the First World War. In the afternoon we will visit the tank monument in Pozieres and finally a visit to the Thiepval Memorial Tower. This is a war memorial located near the French village of Thiepval and commemorates 72,191 missing soldiers from the First World War in the Somme.
On the last day we will visit the South African memorial park and the Welsh dragon in Mametz. We will end our day on the Somme with a visit to Cantigny, where the first major American offensive took place in May 1918. The USA will officially support the Allied side in 1917. The arrival of the Americans make the tide turn towards the Allies and on November 11, 1918 at 11:00 in the morning, the truce will be signed by all parties on a train in the French town of Compiègne. After this impressive 5-day tour about the history of the First World War in Ypres and the Somme, we will return back to our drop off points in Lokeren, Breda and Utrecht.
TRAVEL SUM AND SURCHARGES
- The total price for this WW1 tour is €599 per person based on a double or triple room.
- Surcharge single room is €110 in total.
- Travel and / or cancellation insurance is on your own account.
- The minimum number of participants for this tour is 25 people and a maximum of 40.
- We request a deposit of €100 per person upon registration.