Ypres and Somme Battlefields History

School tours

A trip to the battlefields and memorials of Ypres and the Somme deepens understanding of the sacrifices of WWI

Highlights

  • The moving Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate
  • The interactive In Flanders Fields Museum
  • The imposing Thiepval Memorial
  • The enormous Lochnagar Crater
Typically £345 per student.
Based on a 3 night tour for 35 students, travelling June 2018

What's included: 

  • Travel by British touring coach
  • Return Channel crossing
  • Accommodation, full board
  • Insurance
  • 1 teacher place for every 8 students
  • Excursion entrance fees not included

Suggested itinerary for School groups

Day 1

Depart school in your coach
Channel crossing to Calais - journey time from Calais to Ypres about 1.5 hours without excursion stops
Visit Poperinge and the Yorkshire Trench and Dugout
Arrive at your Ypres Salient accommodation - evening meal included

Day 2

Breakfast and packed lunch included
Visit WWI battlefield sites including the In Flanders Fields Museum, Essex Farm Cemetery, Hooge Crater, Hill 60 and 62 and Sanctuary Wood
Visit the Tyne Cot military cemetery and the German cemetery at Langemark
Attend the Last Post Ceremony - evening meal included

Day 3

Breakfast and packed lunch included
Depart for the Somme, stopping at Vimy - guided tour of the tunnels subject to availability
Visit WWI battlefield sites of the Somme, including Thiepval Memorial, Lochnagar Crater, Beaumont Hamel, the Ulster Tower, Delville Wood and Pozieres
Arrive at your Somme accommodation - evening meal included

Day 4

Breakfast and packed lunch included
Visit the 1916 Museum in Albert, with option to handle WWI memorabilia and try on army uniform
Depart for Calais and Channel crossing
Arrive school
Laura Burton | Travelbound

By exploring the trenches, tunnels, battlefield sites and museums of the Ypres Salient and the Somme, students really start to understand the events of the Great War. 2014 marks the centenary of WWI

Laura Burton
Travelbound WWI Battlefields Tour Co-ordinator
Typically £345 per student.
Based on a 3 night tour for 35 students, travelling June 2018

The theatre of operations around the Ypres Salient saw some of the fiercest fighting of World War One. New military technologies such as machine-guns, poison gas and tanks were being developed, and used to lethal effect. On the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 19,000 British soldiers were killed, the majority of them during the first hour.

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guided battlefield tour to Ypres and Somme gives a vivid and sobering impression of the sheer scale of the war, its origins, and its disastrous effects on the lives of soldiers and civilians.

Trench warfare was only supposed to be a temporary measure but soon became a permanent fixture of the battlefield. The Yorkshire Trench is a reconstructed trench system through which students can walk, illustrating the abominable conditions suffered by soldiers for years on end, and often crouching only a few metres away from their enemy.

At the Menin Gate war memorial in Ypres, crowds gather every evening to hear a bugler sound out the poignant notes of the Last Post. This moving, solemn ceremony pays tribute to those lost during the conflict, and many school groups will lay a wreath here.

Wartime life as seen from the perspectives of not just soldiers, but nurses, children, refugees and others, is depicted at the In Flanders Fields Museum. Educational resources, interactive learning, and workshops are available in the museum – an invaluable visit for history tours to Ypres and Somme.

Many interesting historical artefacts such as gas masks and battlefield rations are on display at the popular Passchendaele Museum. Nearby lies Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest British military cemetery in the world and final resting place for nearly 12,000 soldiers, among them many holders of the Victoria Cross for valour in the face of the enemy.

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Our top excursions were Newfoundland Park, the In Flanders Fields Museum and Talbot House. The students found Lochnagar Crater the most inspirational.

Oldfield School, Bath

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Typically £345 per student.
Based on a 3 night tour for 35 students, travelling June 2018