A trip to the trenches, battlefields and memorials of Ypres deepens understanding of the sacrifices of WWI
- Original trench layout at Hill 62 and Sanctuary Wood
- The moving Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate
- Unidentified graves at Tyne Cot Military Cemetery
- The interactive In Flanders Fields Museum
- Travel by British touring coach
- Return Channel crossing
- Accommodation, full board
- 1 teacher place for every 8 students
- Excursion entrance fees not included
Suggested itinerary for School groups
Ypres was one of the key battlegrounds during World War One, its position integral to the German advance on France. Known as a salient because it was exposed to the enemy on three sides, the town was extremely vulnerable and much of it was destroyed. Although the Germans never got the upper hand and were eventually forced to retreat, trench warfare developed, leading to several years of uncomfortable stalemate.
A school trip to Ypres is a moving experience for everyone involved, the cemeteries, museums and battlefields really bringing home the hardships endured by troops, and the sacrifices that had to be made.
Every evening at the Menin Gate war memorial in Ypres, a lone bugler plays the Last Post to a silent audience. The solemn ceremony is a poignant reminder of the many lives lost during the Great War, and many school trips choose to lay a wreath here in recognition.
Even today farmers ploughing their fields in the land around Ypres are unearthing fragments of the war. Many of them are collected in the Hill 62 and Sanctuary Wood Museum, an absorbing portrait of the battles for the town, made up of thousands of historical artefacts such as gas masks and weaponry.
The Yorkshire Trench, dug in 1915, has been superbly-reconstructed. Students can wander the trench system, noting how the narrow walls and proximity to the German line would have made life extremely difficult for soldiers living here for years at a time and already struggling to survive against sickness, disease and the cold weather.
Nowhere is the tragic loss of life during the war more apparent than the sprawling Tyne Cot Cemetery. The largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world, students can wander through over 11,000 gravestones, the majority of them still unnamed.
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- Typically £523 per student.Based on a 4 night tour for 30 students, travelling January 2018
- Typically £188 per student.Based on a 3 night tour for 35 students, travelling March 2018
- Typically £345 per student.Based on a 3 night tour for 35 students, travelling June 2018