Are you looking for a school trip that brings to life the advancements in medicine during WW1?

This school trips to the WW1 battlefields around Ypres focuses on the journey of a WW1 soldier. On the first day, your group will travel to Ypres to learn about what he would have experienced on the frontline. And you will visit the graves of soldiers, both Commonwealth and German, to learn how many fell and now rest on those frontlines.

On day 2, your students will learn about the Battle of Arras, with visits to Vimy Ridge to see the trenches and Wellington Quarry to enjoy a guided tour of the tunnels there. The day will end poignantly with your group invited to attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.

On day 3, you will follow a soldier’s evacuation route from the frontline to an advanced dressing station, on to a casualty clearing station and then back to the UK.

By following this journey, your students will experience how conditions on the Western Front revolutionised medicine and surgery and how these advancements are still important in modern-day medicine.

Suggested Itinerary (3 days, 2 nights)

Day Morning Summary Afternoon Summary Evening Summary
1

Coach departs from school

Ferry crossing

Arrive in Calais

Drive to Zonnebeke

Visit the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 for the British Dugout and German Trench Experience

Visit Tyne Cot British Cemetery

Visit Langemark German Cemetery

Check in to accommodation

Evening meal

2

Breakfast at accommodation

Drive to Arras

Stop at Vimy Ridge to visit the monument and the trenches

Visit to Notre Dame de Lorette French Cemetery and Memorial

Visit to Wellington Quarry for a guided tour of the tunnels

Evening meal at accommodation

Visit to the Menin Gate for the Last Post Ceremony

3

Breakfast at accommodation

Visit to the Hooge Crater Museum where your group can visit the medical evacuation exhibition

Visit to the advanced dressing station at Essex Farm

Visit to Brandhoek Cemetery, field ambulance post

Group to visit the death cells and shooting post in Poperinge followed by Lijssenthoek cemetery, former casualty clearing station

Drive the route from Lijssenthoek to Hazebrock and then across to St Omer past Wallon-Cappel, which is the original trainline that brought supplies to and soldiers to the frontline and took the injured back to the UK

Arrive in Calais

Ferry crossing

Arrive in Dover

Return to school

3 days, 2 nights Price from £250 pp
  • 2 night's half-board hostel accommodation with students in multibedded rooms and staff in twins/singles
  • Access to the Vamoos app to download all tour-related travel documents
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance including I.P.T.
  • Visits as per the itinerary
  • Free itinerary planning service
  • Free staff place ratio 1:8
  • Detailed information pack
  • 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

Museum

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

Last Post Ceremony, Menin Gate

Last Post Ceremony, Menin Gate

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Every evening since 1928 the Last Post has sounded at the Menin Gate at 20:00 in homage to the fallen… 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

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

memorial

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

Wellington Quarry

Wellington Quarry

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Beneath the streets of Arras lie impressive chalk quarries which date back to the Middle Ages. In 1914, Arras was… Read More

Cultural Activities

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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