A trip to the battlefields and memorials of Ypres and the Somme deepens understanding of the sacrifices of WWI
- 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
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.
A 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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- Typically £295 per student.Based on a 2 night tour for 35 students, travelling May 2018
- Typically £523 per student.Based on a 4 night tour for 30 students, travelling January 2018
- Typically £295 per student.Based on a 2 night tour for 35 students, travelling April 2018