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WWI Remembered - The Somme

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21 April 2022

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

Arrival at Brussels International Airport (Zaventem) at about 10.30 am. The guide will meet the group in the arrivals hall at the airport.

From Brussels you’ll drive to Ypres. Group lunch in Ypres. Rustic ham & cheese sandwich served with tea & coffee or a soft drink.

After lunch we’ll continue to the De Dreve, owned by Johan Vandewalle, the amateur archaeologist who exhumed the Zonnebeke Five, at the edge of Polygon Wood. Nearby we’ll visit the Brothers-In-Arms Memorial Park. This memorial park aims at commemorating all the pairs of brothers who served and died in the First World War. It also wants to make people reflect on the family tragedies that were started by the Great War. Dinner and overnight stay at Parkhotel Kortrijk. Overnight in the new Regina hotel in the centre of Ypres (Ieper).

22 April 2022

Ypres & the Mine Battle of Messines Ridge

The morning is free 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 Ypres by around 5.30pm. Evening at your leisure.

23 April 2022

The Battle of the Somme

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. Back in Ypres by around 5.30pm. Evening free.

24 April 2022

Ypres Salient & Departure

After breakfast 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.

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ACCOMMODATION

THE NEW REGINA YPRES

Right in the heart of historic and cozy Ypres is the brand new hotel / restaurant 'The New Regina'.  On the corner of the Grote Markt, with a view of the Cloth Hall and the In Flanders Fields Museum and only 300m steps from the Menin Gate, you will enjoy a great stay, a delicious cuisine and an excellent service in a beautifully renovated setting.

 

COST

£595.00 pp (based on 2 people sharing)   

£150 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

 

Included in this price: 

  • direct flights from Dublin to Brussels
  • 3 Nights at the Regina Ypres
  • professional private guide
  • transportation with luxury coach
  • all entrance fees
  • breakfast and lunch each day

 

Not Included:

  • drinks
  • wreath of poppies for the Last Post Ceremony: € 25 per wreath
  • personal insurance
  • personal expenses

 

 This group will operate depending on minimum numbers.  As the itinerary includes flights it is important that you complete a booking form with the correct name on your passport.  All passports must be valid for at least 6 months after date of travel.

Insurance is not included but you can receive a quote form us if you wish to purchase travel insurance.  A copy of your insurance must be presented before you travel.  You should purchaseinsurancea t thetimeof booking in the event of cancellation.

 

A non-refundable deposit of £250pp must be made with the fully completed booking form.

 

Further payments as follows:-                                                                                                                                          

30 November 2021                                                                                                     £150

25 February 2022                                                                                                       £195

 

Single supplement must be paid by 25 February 2022 (if applicable)

 

 

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