In Flanders Fields 1918 Peace at Last

The First World War finally came to an end at eleven o’clock on the morning of November 11th 1918. One hundred years after the end of the Great War, our commemorative tour explores the poignant battlefield sites, museums and memorials dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives in Flanders Fields.
Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel today and relax with a welcome drink.

Day 2 Tyne Cot, Passchendaele, Poperinge & Lijssenthoek 55km/34 mile round trip Ypres - 94km/58 mile round trip Roeselare
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.

Day 3 Ypres Driver’s Day Off Ypres - 74km/46 mile round trip Roeselare
Today we visit the excellent ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum, located in the 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.

Day 4 Departure
After our breakfast this morning, we depart our hotel and begin our journey home.
Belgian War Events 2018



Flanders Field Museum 21st April – 15th Dec 2018

EXHIBITION: THE GERMAN SPRING OFFENSIVE & FINAL OFFENSIVE

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Memorial Museum Passchendaele 21st April - Dec 2018

EXHIBITION: THE FINAL OFFENSIVE / THE YANKS ARE COMING
This temporary exhibition sheds light on the story of the last year of the war and the final offensive in which the Americans played an important role. The main focus is on the Flanders Army Group, in which British, French, US, and Belgian troops fought together to liberate Belgium. The exhibition includes material on the Belgians who liberated Zonnebeke and Passchendaele and on the significance of the fresh US troops. The exhibition starts with an opening weekend on 21st and 22nd April 2018, with numerous themed activities such as battlefield tours and the annual Living History event.

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Zeebrugge – Ostend 30th June 2018

WATERFRONT
Because of their strategic location by the North Sea, opposite free England and between France and the Netherlands, many coastal communities were targeted during the First World War. On June 30th 2018, a human wall will be established from the shipping channel in Zeebrugge to the shipping channel in Ostend, which covers a distance of 26.9 km. The human chain will run through five areas: Zeebrugge, Blankenberge, De Haan, Bredene and Ostend. The Waterfront will focus on the future, hope, reconciliation, forgiveness and a new start for humanity.

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Zonnebeke & Passchendaele
28th September 2018

MEMORIAL SERVICE KARABINIERSGRENADIERS
The 28th of September will mark the 100th year to the day since the multitude of allied forces began the attack that ended World War I. The Belgian Karabiniers Grenadiers captured the ruins of the village of Passchendaele. A commemoration of the Eucharist and other ceremonies will be followed by a reception.

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Crest Farm Memorial / Passchendaele Church 10th November 2018

PASSCHENDAELE CEREMONY
This memorial event will commemorate the end of the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917 with a ceremony at Crest Farm Memorial and a torchlit procession to the Passchendaele church. There is an outdoor reception followed by a themed concert in the Passchendaele church.

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Menin Gate 11th November 2018

ARMISTICE REMEMBRANCE
The Armistice is commemorated each year in Ypres with an extensive programme of events. Highlights include the Special Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate at 11 am and the “The Great War Remembered” concert in St Martin’s Cathedral at 4.30 pm.
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Mercure Roeselare

Roeselare, Belgium
AAAA Great Touring Location
This 4 star hotel is located just outside the pleasant Belgian town of Roeselare, only a short drive from Bruges, Ghent and Ypres. The hotel has a large restaurant and bar area with floor to ceiling windows. Each of the 87 stylish bedrooms is equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Coach parking is on-site and is free of charge.

Novotel Ieper Centrum

Ypres, Flanders
AAA+ Central Location
This 3 star hotel 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 122 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. Coach parking is off-site, approx. 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel, and is free of charge.

Novotel Ieper Centrum

Ypres
3 Nights Bed & Breakfast
January 2018 – March 2019
Twin from £139pp to £225pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £85

Inclusions
• Return short sea crossing
• Welcome glass of sparkling wine or orange juice on arrival


Mercure Roeselare

Roeselare
3 Nights Half Board
January - December 2018
Twin from £215pp to £234pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £84

Inclusions
• Return short sea crossing
• Porterage
• Welcome glass of sparkling wine or orange juice on arrival
• 3 course buffet menu, min. 2 choices per course
• Tea/coffee after dinner
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