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BATTLEFIELDS 2017

New FOR 2017 Irish Peace Tower, Messines Messines Centenary Tour 2017 The Battle of Messines in June 1917 witnessed the largest man-made explosion in history until the atomic bomb when nineteen mines exploded under the Messines Ridge as part of the British attack on this high ground near Ypres. Join us on this special tour to be on the ground exactly a century later. Jun 5 Local departure by coach, then to Belgium for a four-night stay. Jun 6 Ypres & Messines Ridge We start our tour in Ypres with a visit to the In Flanders Fields Museum before having lunch at Hooge Crater, with time to visit the museum. In the afternoon we travel down the Messines Ridge looking at where the mines were blown in 1917 visiting St. Eloi, Wytschaete and Spanbroekmolen as well as Messines itself and the Ploegsteert area. B Jun 7 Commemorations On the 7th June 2017 we attend any special commemorations, which may be in the early morning. We will also visit Messines battlefield sites during this day before attending a special Last Post at the Menin Gate that evening. B Jun 8 Flanders On our final day in Flanders we look at life behind the lines and travel to Poperinghe where we visit Talbot House, going in the hop-loft chapel and seeing the museum. We have lunchtime in the town, then visit the Death Cells and graves of those executed here by firing squad before seeing Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery with its visitors centre. We continue with our behind the lines theme and visit Bailleul, used extensively by British troops in June 1917, seeing the memorial to 25th Division and Bailleuil Communal Cemetery. B Jun 9 Return home. B Included Meals: B=Breakfast For full hotel and itinerary details, visit www.leger.co.uk/tours/bmc 5 days from £359 Includes... • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast • Specialist Battlefield Guide • Battlefield visits as described Plus... • Local joining points (see page 55 for your nearest) • Entrance to museums and places of interest (extra cost) Tunnellers Memorial Executive Tour Code: 5BMC Jun 5 2017 £359 Silver Service Tour Code: 5BMCV Jun 5 2017 £439 Silver Service & Novotel Ypres Tour Code: 5BMCHV Jun 5 2017 £469 Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; travel insurance essential, call or see website for details; single room supplement £109, £129 (Novotel Ypres). Your Hotel British Graves at Messines You will stay for four nights at a minimum 3-star hotel in Belgium, such as the Mercure in Roeselare or the Best Western Plus in Alize or the Best Western Horizon in Ghislenghien. 5BMCHV Novotel Ypres You can also choose to stay at the 3-star Novotel in the centre of Ypres, Menin Gate near the Menin Gate. 10 Call one of our helpful travel advisers now on 01709 385 615 WORLD WAR I 1914-1918


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