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Flanders Fields Britain’s Bastion on the Western Front This tour covers the ground around Ypres, the main British battlefront in the First World War. Four major battles were fought here and more than 250,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers perished; roughly one in four of those who died in WW1. Day 1 Local departure by coach, then to Ypres in Belgium for a three-night stay. Day 2 In Flanders Fields Museum; Ypres We start our tour at the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, with new exhibitions for the Passchendaele Centenary in 2017. We take time to see the displays and follow the story of someone who served in WW1 with the new interactive ‘poppy’ bracelets. We then walk down to the Menin Gate and look at the missing of Flanders and see the Ramparts of Ypres, the only surviving original feature of pre-1914 Ypres. After lunch at Hooge we see a preserved British Trench – Yorkshire Trench – and then see where the ‘Last Fighting Tommy’, Harry Patch, fought in 1917, seeing his memorial. At Langemarck we look at the German dead in Flanders and contrast this with a visit to Tyne Cot; the largest British Cemetery in the world, with its visitors’ centre. At Frezenberg we see the Scottish Memorial and end the day at Hill 60, with its evidence of the ‘underground war’ at Ypres and numerous concrete bunkers. B Day 3 Passchendaele; Messines Ridge We begin at the Passchendaele Museum in Zonnebeke, with its new system of recreated trenches, dugouts and shelters which you can walk through. Within the museum, the exhibits include ‘smell boxes’ which replicate the smells of the gasses used in Gas Attacks. After lunch we travel to the Messines Ridge, scene of mine warfare in 1917, and see some of the preserved craters at St. Eloi and Spanbroekmoelen; two of the largest mine craters in Flanders. At Bayernwald we see the German trench system where Hitler fought in 1914. At Messines we visit the smallest British cemeteries in Flanders, before looking at the story of the Christmas Truce and the static front around Ploegsteert – ‘Plugstreet’ to the British – where Winston Churchill served in 1916. We end on Kemmel Hill overlooking Flanders where so many soldiers died in defence of Ypres. B Day 4 Return home. B Included Meals: B=Breakfast For full hotel and itinerary details, visit www.leger.co.uk/tours/bfy 4 days from £329 Includes... • 3 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) Trenches at Zonnebeke Your Hotel You will stay for three nights at the 3-star Novotel in the centre of Ypres, near the Menin Gate and the market place. The hotel has a lift, bar and restaurant. Ploegsteert Memorial WORLD WAR I 1914-1918 Tyne Cot Cemetery Executive Tour Code: 4BFY Apr 21 2017 £329 May 26 2017 £339 Jul 21 2017 £349 Sep 15 2017 £349 Silver Service Tour Code: 4BFYV Mar 24 2017 £389 Apr 14 2017 £389 Oct 26 2017 £379 Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; travel insurance essential, call or see website for details; single room supplement £99. Visit www.leger.co.uk/battlefields/tours for full tour details 15


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