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The Somme - 100 Years

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DATE:                                     10 -13 November 2018

DEPARTURE:                        DUBLIN (other airports available)

TOUR ESCORTED BY:         Stephen Carvell

PRICE:                                    £595 pp sharing

                                                £745 single


10 November 2018

Depart Dublin at 7am. Arrival in Brussels at 10.30 am.

From Brussels you’ll drive to Mons to see where the Irish lieutenant Maurice Dease earned the first VC of the Great War. You’ll also be visiting the impressive St Symphorien military cemetery, where both German and British (including the first and last English casualty of WW1, Maurice Dease, private Price and many others) have been buried.

Lunch has been pre-arranged at the Grand Place of Mons. After lunch you’ll drive to your hotel in Kortrijk. Afternoon and evening at leisure.    Dinner and overnight stay at Parkhotel Kortrijk.


11 November 2018

Departure from the hotel at 8.30 am. Morning at leisure in Ypres. Here you will visit either the In Flanders Fields Museum followed by some free time. At 11 am there will be the special Last Post Ceremony, including the Poppy Parade prior to the ceremony.

Lunch has been prearranged in Ypres.

From Ypres we drive via the Locre area (where the Irish troops were encamped and where headquarters for the corps and divisions could be found) to Kemmel to see the remains of the concrete shelters of the Lettenberg and watch the introduction film on Zero Hour. We will also visit the temporary exhibition ‘Irish blood on Flemish soil’ in the Heuvelland Visitor Centre. From Kemmel we continue to the Spanbroekmolen Crater – known as the Pool of Peace – to see where the Irish troops attacked the German lines on 7th June 1917. We will also look at the two memorials for the Irish divisions along the Kemmel – Wijtschate road. Next onwards to Messines to visit the local museum on the Mine Battle of Messines Ridge and the Island of Ireland Peace Park. From Messines we will also make a small detour to Plugstreet to see the site of the 1914 Christmas Truce. Our last visit will be Hill 60, one of the few sites in the Ypres area that have been left untouched since 1919. We also find the best preserved mine crater there: the Caterpillar Crater.

Back in Kortrijk by 6.30 pm. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at Parkhotel Kortrijk.


12 November 2018

Depart from your accommodation in Ypres at 8.30 am. We’ll drive along the motorways to the Newfoundland Memorial Park at Beaumont-Hamel. The story of the Newfoundland Regiment being annihilated on the 1st of July is even more remarkable because you can still see the actual trenches from where they attacked. Onwards to Thiepval to visit the Ulster Tower and the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing with the very interesting Visitor Cemetery. From Thiepval we drive to Albert for lunch.

After lunch we continue to the Lochnagar Crater, one of the most impressive remains of the underground war. From La Boiselle we drive through Fricourt (where you can see the German military cemetery) to Devonshire Trench Cemetery at Mametz. Next onwards to Longueval to visit the South African Memorial and Museum at Delville Wood. From Longueval we continue along High Wood to Pozières to see the memorial to the 1st Australian Division, the Australian Memorial Park and the Tank Memorial. Driving along the Canadian Memorial of Courcelette and the battlefield of the Butte de Warlencourt. Next back to Kortrijk.

Back in Kortrijk by 6.30 pm. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at Parkhotel Kortrijk.


13 November 2018

Departure from the hotel at 8.30 am. From Kortrijk we drive to Poperinge to hear the story of the soldiers’ life behind the lines. We will visit the Shot At Dawn site and hear the story of famous place like La Poupée and Talbot House. Next onwards to Essex Farm Cemetery, where the Canadians set up their advanced dressing stations and medical posts when the battle started on 22nd April 1915. We visit the John McCrae Memorial and learn about the reason for writing his famous poem. Next, we move on to Steenstraete and Bikschoote for a view of the territory where the Germans released the gas. Via Carrefour des Roses, a French memorial site, we drive to the Francis Ledwige Memorial and the poet’s grave at Artillery Wood Cemetery. Next onwards to Langemark to see the German military cemetery.

For lunch we drive to Polygon Wood. At the Dreve, the tavern owned by amateur archaeologist Johan Vandewalle, we will not only be able to get a delicious Tommie Tucker meal, but also see the private exhibition on the underground warfare. It is also home to the Brothers-In-Arms Memorial Project.

Via Zonnebeke and 's Graventafel Ridge we drive up to Tyne Cot Cemetery. From Tyne Cot, we follow in the footsteps of the Canadians that cleared the village of Passchendaele, with enormous losses...

From Passchendaele you’ll drive to Brussels International Airport. Arrival at the airport by 4 pm.


4* Parkhotel Kortrijk

This luxurious and trendy hotel is located a stone's throw away from the Shopping centre K and within walking distance of the Market Square in Kortrijk, opposite to the Central Station. Free WIFI is available throughout the hotel.

All rooms are decorated in a contemporary design with warm tones to create a relaxed atmosphere. Stay in one of the standard rooms, or opt for a prestige room for extra space and comfort.

The new wellness area located in the south wing offers a place to retreat. It includes an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath and a fitness centre. At a surcharge the Wellness avenue includes a rain shower, steam footbath, infrared sauna, salt crystal sauna, snooze room, ice cold shower, herbal sauna, eucalyptus steam room and therapy baths. Also available are pampering massages, soothing facial cares, body cares, manicures and pedicures.

In the trendy restaurant guests can enjoy the classic French cuisine. The new Bar Jules serves local drinks, cocktails, wines and different world cuisine dishes. Every morning a royal breakfast buffet is served for all guests


Price includes:-

·       direct flights from Dublin to Brussels

·       3 Nights at the 4* Park Hotel Kortrijk

·       professional private guide

·       transportation with luxury coach

·       all entrance fees

·       breakfast and lunch each day


Price excludes:-

·       drinks

·       wreath of poppies for the Last Post Ceremony: € 25 per wreath

·       personal insurance/expenses


If you have a relative that you know died or is commemorated at the Somme, please let us know in advance of travel  and we will do our best to help you locate the grave or memorial when you are there


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