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School WW1 Battlefield Tour to Ypres and the Somme

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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 (Based on 3 days/2 nights)

Day 1/3

Morning

Morning

Travel from UK
Afternoon

Afternoon

Passchendaele Museum - Trench Experience and Tyne Cot Cemetery
Evening

Evening

Evening meal and ten pin bowling

Day 2/3

Afternoon

Afternoon

1916 Somme Museum in Albert

Lochnagar Crater, Newfoundland Park, Thiepval Memorial, Vimy Ridge

Evening

Evening

Evening meal and Last Post Ceremony

Day 3/3

Afternoon

Afternoon

In Flanders Fields Museum and Essex Farm
Evening

Evening

Travel back to England

What's included?

  • tick icon2 nights' half-board accommodation
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  • tick iconFree staff place ratio 1:8
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  • tick iconReturn executive coach travel
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  • tick iconVAT at current rates to tour operators

Educational activities and visits

Essex Farm

Essex Farm

John McCrae's 'In Flanders Fields' remains, to this day, one of the most memorable war… Read more

Hill 62 Museum/Sanctuary Wood

Hill 62 Museum/Sanctuary Wood

Sanctuary Wood and its trench museum show an authentic and vivid portrayal of what is was… Read more

In Flanders Fields Museum

In Flanders Fields Museum

This interactive museum mixes artefacts with documentary film, audio-visual presentations… Read more

Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

The museum commemorates the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, in which there were 500,000… Read more

Newfoundland Memorial Park, Beaumont-Hamel

Newfoundland Memorial Park, Beaumont-Hamel

On the first day of the battle of the Somme, eight hundred men of the Royal Newfoundland… Read more

Somme 1916 Museum

Somme 1916 Museum

From the ninth to the sixteenth centuries, the people of Albert, like many in the region,… Read more

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

The slaughter on the Somme wiped out a generation, and continues to cast a shadow on Bri… Read more

Tyne Cot British Cemetery

Tyne Cot British Cemetery

Within a kilometre of the farthest point in Belgium reached by the Allied forces lies the… Read more

Vimy Ridge

Vimy Ridge

In April 1917, Canadian soldiers wrested control of the escarpment here in a brief but… Read more

Accommodation

Hotel Menin Gate
Munchenhof Hotel
Poppies d'Albert
Hotel Menin Gate
This former textile factory provides a brilliant base for groups visiting the battlefields and is located 100m away from the Market Square in Ypres town centre.

Students will be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms, and staff in twins or singles (supplement may apply). All rooms are en-suite, and with a group size of 35 or more, you will have sole occupancy of the premises.

Breakfast is served on site, and evening meals are taken at a nice restaurant in the town centre just two minutes' walk away. Packed lunches are available on request.

Facilities include a recreational room with TV, pool table, pinball machines, table football, free WiFi throughout, a large garden, and a staff room with minibar and digital TV.
Munchenhof Hotel
This school group hotel consists of 2 purpose-built annexes. Facilities include a bowling alley, free WiFi in the reception area, pool tables, table tennis, TV lounge, football pitch, table football and a basketball court.

All bedrooms are en-suite. The hotel has a self-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and evening meals. There is a swipe card system to gain entry to floors, rooms and lifts for extra security.
Poppies d'Albert

Poppies d'Albert is a purpose built hotel, catering exclusively for school groups. It is located in the historic town of Albert, in the very heart of the battlefields of the Somme.

Students are accommodated in multi-bedded rooms all of which have an en-suite shower, toilet and washbasin. Breakfast is served at the hotel, and the evening meal in a local restaurant.

Each floor has a games room with a pool table and a drinks machine. There is also a staff lounge on each floor with computers, free internet access and a minibar. A room is available for group activities. Next to the hotel are a football pitch and a swimming pool, both of which can be used by the hotel's guests.

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