Sample Five Day Tour - History (Ypres)
Depart school at 07:00 on executive coach. Coffee making, DVD and toilet facilities on board. Shuttle crossing to France and a chance to visit:
Bruges for an afternoon visit.
Onward transfer to the hotel and evening meal. Talk on fire procedure.
Breakfast and departure for a day studying the Ypres Salient. Our first visit will be to Poperinge and a visit to the Talbot House Museum. The students will see a ‘Life Behind the Lines’ exhibition in the Concert Hall, the garden, the Slessorium and the ‘Concert Party’.
There will be an opportunity to go to the Essex Farm Cemetery and former dressing station before our next scheduled visit to Sanctuary Wood (Hill 62) Museum.
Transfer to a German Cemetery
Evening meal and then the Last Post Ceremony at 20:00. There will be an opportunity to walk around this area before returning to the hotel.
We will then head for the Musée des Abris in Albert where the group will complete a questionnaire on the Somme battlefields.
Travelling north, the group will view the vast Lochnagar crater at La Boisselle. This was an explosion in the opening moments of the Battle of the Somme and needed hundreds of metres of tunnels dug beneath the fields to be detonated.
Onwards, past Ulster Tower, to the Franco-British Memorial atThiepval and the visitor centre.
Next, there will be a visit to the Accrington Pals Memorial at Serre and also Sunken Lane. This is the only area of the Somme battlefield to have been preserved by the British.
Finally, we will head for Beaumont-Hamel and the Newfoundland Park, with its two opposing trench systems. There will then be a guided visit here.
Time permitting, we may stop at the Memorial at Delville Wood before heading back to our hotel and our evening meal.
Evening meal at our accommodation at the hotel. Bowling.
Breakfast and onward journey to Arras, where the group will have a guided tour of the underground tunnels beneath the town.
Departure for Vimy Ridge.
There may be an opportunity to visit a hypermarket before the shuttle crossing and arrival back at school.
Unlike so many tour operators, our prices are fully inclusive. Our travel programmes include ALL of the features outlined below:
- Shuttle crossing to the Continent
- Executive coach travel during the tour with toilet and video on board
- Accommodation in specified hotel
- The services of at least one Tour Director throughout the visit, who will travel with the group, lead excursions, provide lessons and some activities and organise meals
- All meals
- One free member of staff per 10 pupils
- Risk assessments on venues and accommodation
- Choice of leisure activities
- ALL ENTRANCE FEES