Ypres and Christmas Markets Tour

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1 -
3 Days
World War 1
12 - 300 travellers


History, culture, personal enrichment – just some of the things that young people deserve to experience as they grow up, but fitting all of this in can sometimes be difficult, especially for schools. That is why we have designed a trip that encapsulates all of this but doesn’t break the bank for your students. 

Not as famous as the one in nearby Bruges the pretty market town of Ypres holds an annual Christmas Market.  Visit the old town square to drink hot chocolate, look at the market stalls and be dazzled by the Christmas lights. However, by day you and your students can discover the more difficult history of the Flanders area as experienced during the First World War. 

For four long years, Flanders Fields was the scene that epitomised the horrors of the Great War. Four major battles were fought here and more than 250,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers, of many nations, faiths and cultures, gave their lives. The landscape of the region still has many tales to tell allowing us to help you find out about the stories, tragedy and bravery of the soldiers who fought there. 

Ypres lies at the heart of ‘the Salient’ and during the war the town was under almost constant bombardment, reducing it to ruins. Totally re-built the town is a constant reminder of what war tries to destroy but the human spirit can rebuild. Close to the market is The Menin Gate which marks the route that many soldiers took on their journey to the front line; it is the location of the Ypres Memorial to the Missing. Every evening the Last Post is sounded here in honour of the soldiers of the British Empire who lost their lives in the Salient.

Key Subject Knowledge

  • Medicine and medical evacuation
  • Women and the First World War
  • Diversity and the range of troops that served and where they came from
  • Technology and how it changed over the war
  • The Pals battalions 
  • Daily life in the trenches
  • The relationship between the Home Front and the Western Front
  • Propaganda and communication 
  • Commemoration and legacy


Also available supporting elements of wider Humanities (geography, English, social sciences and citizenship)

  • The battlefield and the physical landscape
  • War poetry and war artists
  • Decision making in the British Armed forces and the relationship between politicians and generals
  • The different faiths that were in the British Forces 

What’s included

Return Channel Crossings
Full services of an executive coach for the duration of your Battlefield Tour
Pick up and drop off from your chosen location
Full Board accommodation – 2 & 3 day trips only
Full Services of an expert Battlefield Guide
Entrance to a museum of your choice
Travel Insurance
Tailormade itinerary
1 free teacher for every 10 paying students
Full administration and booking service
24 hours on call Duty Manager whilst tour is operating

Not included

Inspection visit – available at additional cost
Items not clearly shown as included


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:
Depart from your chosen pick-up point and head to Dover or Folkestone for your crossing. Our first stop is Lijssenthoek CWGC Cemetery, site of a casualty clearing station and now a military cemetery. From here you make your 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 Canadian doctor John McCrae wrote ‘In Flanders Fields’. 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. Heading into Ypres, there is free time to explore the town and shop at the pretty stalls in the Christmas Markets in the town square, before attending the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, that records approximately 52,000 names of the men from around the world that were killed in the area but have no known grave.
Day 2:
The first stop this morning is Hill 60, the site of intense and frequent fighting during the Great War and is still showing many battle scars. Next, on to pay a visit to Hooge Crater Museum, located in a former chapel and the adjacent trench reconstruction. Here you will find out about the men and women that served on or near the front line. Travelling to Langemark German Cemetery which is one of the few German military cemeteries in Belgium, where you will learn of the student soldiers who died nearby in 1914 and the way the war is commemorated in different countries. The final visit today is to Tyne Cot CWGC Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing, which is the largest CWGC Cemetery in the world.

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

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Our sample prices are per student, based on 44 students (+4 staff travelling free of charge) departing November 2022. Please note all prices and tours are subject to availability and prices may vary, depending on your bespoke package, what is included and the number of students and staff travelling.

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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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