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Bruges and Battlefields

Prices start from:

£339

per person

2 -
3 Days
World War 1
Belgium
2 - 12 travellers

Overview

Just under an hour’s drive from Calais finds us in Belgium, a beautiful country popular with visitors from the UK and none more so than the city of Bruges.  Linked to the sea by a series of canals and often referred to as “The Venice of the North” its history dates back to the 9th Century. However, the city really flourished in the 14th Century when traders from all over the world gathered in the city, all leaving their mark. Bruges is still relatively untouched by modern times and this medieval city is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Take a step back in time to explore the canals, cobbled streets and squares and perhaps take a short break to enjoy some of the world-famous Belgian beer and chocolates.

Belgium is also further tied to the British people by the Great War and for four long years Flanders Fields was the scene which epitomised the horrors of the Great War. Four major battles were fought here and more than 250,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers gave their lives. 

Ypres lies at the heart of ‘the Salient’ and during the war the town was under almost constant bombardment, reducing it to ruins.  The city is now totally restored and at the heart of the city lies The Menin Gate, which marked the route that many soldiers took on their journey to the front line.  It is the location of the Ypres Memorial to the Missing and every evening the Last Post is sounded here in honour of the soldiers of the British Empire who lost their lives in the Salient.

Join us on this tour for a tale of two cities, both famous but for very different reasons.

What’s included

Full services of our experienced driver/guide, who will collect you in Ashford
Return Channel Crossings with Eurotunnel or P&O Ferries
Full services of a car or minibus (dependant on group size)
Bed and Breakfast accommodation at a hotel in a suitable location
Entrance to a Hooge Crater Museum
Tailormade itinerary
Full administration and booking service
24 hours on call Duty Manager whilst tour is operating

Not included

Meals other than those shown
Items not clearly shown as included
Travel Insurance

Itinerary

Below is a sample itinerary for a 2 day tour, all tours are personalised and once your tour is booked your expert guide will get in touch to start working with you to produce an itinerary for your bespoke tour.
Day 1:
Departing from Ashford we start our journey to Belgium. Our first stop is Lijssenthoek CWGC Cemetery, site of a casualty clearing station and now a military cemetery. From here we make our way to Essex Farm Military Cemetery, the site of a dressing station, and pay our respects to Private Strudwick (age 15) and Private Barrett (a Victoria Cross winner). It was close to here that John McCrae wrote ‘In Flanders Fields’. Next, on to pay a visit to Hooge Crater Museum, located in a former chapel and the adjacent trench reconstruction. At Polygon Wood you look at what happened to Britain’s small but capable regular army in 1914, and to British and Commonwealth soldiers later in the war. The final visit today is to Tyne Cot CWGC Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing, which is the largest in the world. Heading into Ypres, there is free time to explore the town and shop for delicious Belgian chocolates, before attending the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.
Day 2:
Following breakfast this morning, we travel to Bruges, where you will have the full day to explore and experience this UNESCO World Heritage site. Later in the afternoon, we head back to Calais for our return crossing.

All our tours and itineraries are tailormade and put together to match your requirements, please get in touch to discuss your tour.

Pricing options

People

Days

Price per person

2
2
from £1,099 pp
2
3
from £1,399 pp
6
2
from £599 pp
6
3
from £839 pp
8
2
from £479 pp
8
3
from £669 pp
10
2
from £389 pp
10
3
from £569 pp
12
2
from £339 pp
12
3
from £489 pp

Our sample prices are per person, based on the number of passengers shown and are provided to show you what a tour of this type could cost with our company. All prices are subject to availability and prices may vary depending on your bespoke package.

Prices start from:

£339

per person

All our tours and itineraries are bespoke and put together to match your requirements, please get in touch to discuss your tour.

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