Ypres was reduced to rubble by constant bombardments during the Great War. Now restored to its former grandeur, it contains numerous poignant sites and monuments linked to the war.
A stone’s throw away from Ypres is the small village of Passchendaele, where the Battle of Passchendaele, one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War took place. Today the memory of the battle is kept alive through an informative Memorial Museum. During your visit of the museum you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time, with images, films and historical artefacts that explain how 500,000 soldiers lost their lives in 100 days. A highlight of the museum is an underground dugout tunnel that showcases how the British were forced to live underground like moles. You’ll also have the opportunity to 'walk the trenches' and see the difference in design between those used by the French, British and German forces.
Afterwards, a stop will be made at Tyne Cott Cemetery, the resting place of 11,954 soldiers of the Commonwealth forces.
Continue to Menin Gate, a famous British War memorial of the First World War. It is by far the most important evidence in Ypres of the British presence, and has the names of 54,896 missing soldiers engraved on its walls.
You’ll then make a short visit inside St George’s Memorial Church, which stands as a memorial to the thousands who died in the 3 battles of the Ypres Salient.
Round off your tour with some free time in Ypres to explore the pretty town and perhaps indulge in a spot of lunch.
This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and requires approximately 1½ hours of walking, as well as some steps to negotiate. Lunch is not included.