A history school trip to Ypres and the Somme will give your students the opportunity to experience the living conditions in the trenches for themselves!

By putting themselves in the soldiers’ shoes in the battlefields of the Ypres Salient and the Somme, they’ll better understand the destructive power, waste and futility of war.

The events of the 1916 Battle of the Somme will be brought to life for them as you follow the Circuit of Remembrance, taking part in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. Other highlights include the interactive In Flanders Fields museum, and the British Dugout Experience and German trench system at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917.

Suggested Itinerary (3 days, 2 nights)

Day Morning Summary Afternoon Summary Evening Summary
1

Travel from UK

Passchendaele Museum - Trench Experience and Tyne Cot Cemetery

Evening meal and ten pin bowling

2

1916 Somme Museum in Albert

Lochnagar Crater, Newfoundland Park, Thiepval Memorial, Vimy Ridge

Evening meal and Last Post Ceremony

3

In Flanders Fields Museum and Essex Farm

Travel back to England

3 days, 2 nights Price from £266 pp
  • 2 nights' half-board accommodation
  • Access to the Vamoos app to download all tour-related travel documents
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance including I.P.T.
  • Detailed information pack
  • Free itinerary planning service
  • Free staff place ratio 1:8
  • Motorway tolls and taxes
  • Return executive coach travel
  • Return ferry or Eurotunnel crossings
  • VAT at current rates to tour operators

Accommodation

Educational Activities

Essex Farm

Essex Farm

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John McCrae's 'In Flanders Fields' remains, to this day, one of the most memorable war poems ever written. It is… Read More

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In Flanders Fields Museum

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This interactive museum mixes artefacts with documentary film, audio-visual presentations and contemporary artwork to vividly portray the horror and brutality… Read More

Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

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The museum commemorates the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, in which there were 500,000 casualties in 100 days in which… Read More

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Newfoundland Memorial Park, Beaumont-Hamel

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On the first day of the battle of the Somme, eight hundred men of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment went over… Read More

Somme 1916 Museum

Somme 1916 Museum

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From the ninth to the sixteenth centuries, the people of Albert, like many in the region, got used to hiding… Read More

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

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The slaughter on the Somme wiped out a generation, and continues to cast a shadow on Britain’s popular consciousness. This… Read More

Tyne Cot British Cemetery

Tyne Cot British Cemetery

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Within a kilometre of the farthest point in Belgium reached by the Allied forces lies the largest cemetery for Commonwealth… Read More

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Vimy Ridge

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In April 1917, Canadian soldiers wrested control of the escarpment here in a brief but bloody battle. A striking monument,… Read More

Hooge Crater Museum

Hooge Crater Museum

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On the site where some of the fiercest battles were fought is the 'Hooge Crater' Museum 1914-1918, one of the… Read More

Cultural Activities

Bellewaerde Park

Bellewaerde Park

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Bellewaerde Park is Belgium’s oldest theme park. Built around an ancient castle, this theme park is located only 75 minutes… Read More

Leonidas Chocolate Shop

Leonidas Chocolate Shop

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Hans and Stephanie are always happy to welcome you to their chocolate shop! Situated in the Grote Markt main square… Read More

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