There is no better way of bringing history textbooks to life than visiting the battlefields of the Ypres Salient and the Somme. Our balanced programme of visits incorporates museums, preserved trenches and cemeteries to provide a thought-provoking and stimulating school travel experience.
Your tour is based around Ypres, enabling exploration of the Flanders fields as well as the Somme battlefields in France. Almost entirely destroyed during the 1914-1918 War, Ypres has been rebuilt stone by stone to its former glory. The moving Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, In Flanders Fields Museum and many other attractions make Ypres an ideal base for those groups with an interest in the battlefields or poets of the First World War. You will also visit Brussels, a vibrant and exciting city, home to the European Union, and the Somme region of France to make this a thoroughly enriching tour.
You will be based at a hostel in a great location for your group on a full-board basis. Close to the many memorials of Ypres Salient, you will relax in comfort with students in multi-bed rooms and adults in singles. Such hostels include the Peace Village and De Iep, are both a short drive from Ypres.
Travel to Brussels by air, transfer to your accommodation in Ypres. Time to explore the local area.
Enjoy a morning visit to In Flanders Fields Museum, followed by lunch in Ypres and a guided Battlefields tour. In the evening enjoy a Guided Walk of Remembrance at the Peace Village.
Spend your day visiting various memorials and museums close to Ypres – Hooge Crater, Tyne Cot and Talbot House. After an early dinner in the town centre, walk to the Menin Gate to watch the moving Last Post Ceremony.
A day trip to Brussels will allow your students to see more of the country they are visiting. Various landmarks can be visited, such as the Manneken Pis and the Grand Place.
A day in Bruges to include a visit to a chocolate shop, a cruise on the canal and a cycled guided visit of the town in the afternoon.
Enjoy a day at a Theme Park. Entrance to Bellewaerde Park is included – with six themed lands, animals and many rides, your day will be memorable and exciting.
Enjoy a day spent in the Ypres region, with visits to Langemark German Cemetery, Paaschendale Memorial Museum and Hill 60 giving your students a different perspective of WWI.
Check out of your accommodation and transfer to Brussels Airport for your return flight.
Chris House, Teacher of Chemistry, Dubai College, UAE
Dr Maripaz Aguilera, Head of Languages, GEMS World Academy, Switzerland