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Ypres – Battlefield Tour

The heritage and remembrance of lives lost throughout battle in Belgium is heart stopping.

The significance of the losses that were suffered in the battlefields of the Ypres Salient cannot be over emphasised, the countryside of Belgium is scattered with hundreds of cemeteries & memorials including Tyne Cot; the largest commonwealth forces cemetery in the world.

For students studying WW1, WW2 and even The Battle of the Somme – a tour to the city of Ypres will more than likely bring a tear to their eye; emphasising the impact these battles had and the huge loss of life that occurred. 

Throughout your residential, you will visit battlefields of the Western Front where in tact trenches can be seen, cemeteries from both allied forces & Nazi forces and view many memorials – particularly Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres, here you can witness the Last Post Ceremony, which takes place at 8pm every evening.

Number of Nights

1 – 4

Key Stage range

KS2 – KS5

Gatsby Benchmarks

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 8

Subject Areas

  • History
  • Travel & Tourism
  • French
  • Classics
  • Geography

Price Includes

  • Executive Coach Travel
  • Accommodation in a local Hostel
  • Ferry Crossings and Channel Crossings
  • Breakfasts & Dinners
  • Memorial visits such as Menin Gate, Vimy Ridge, and Tyne Cot Cemetery
What to Expect

Heres some of the key parts of your tour you can expect if you book a tour to Ypres, Belgium with Diamond Adventures …

  • Private executive coach travel - fitted with toilets, air-con, seat belts and media systems as standard
  • Visits to famous WWII War Memorials such as Menin Gate, Vimy Ridge, and Tyne Cot Cemetery
  • Breakfast & Dinner at accommodation and local restaurants
  • Optional day excursions to Belgium cities such Brussles, Bruges & Antwerp or French city of Lille
  • View & take part in the 'Last Post Ceremony'
  • Tour guides available to point of key areas of interest and explain in detail about locations we visit throughout the tour
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Example Itinerary

Day 1Travel to Belgium

06.00

Coach pick up from school & depart for ferry

07.00

Ferry crossing to Southampton or Portsmouth

08.00

Coach travel from mainland ferry port to Eurotunnel

12.00

Train crossing to Calais via Eurotunnel

13:00

Coach travel from Calais to Ypres

14:30

Arrive at Hostel, check in. Self guided walk around Ypres.

18.00

Dinner at a selected restaurant in Ypres

Day 2 & 3 (& 4 if longer duration booked)Time at Belgium

08.30

Breakfast at Hostel

10.00

Activities throughout the day: Museum visits, memorial & cemetery visits, city excursions and much more

19.00

Dinner at a selected restaurant in Ypres

Day 4 or 5Belgium return to The Isle of Wight

08.30

Breakfast at Hostel

10:00

Load luggage, depart for Calais 

13:30

Train crossing to Folkestone via Eurotunnel

14:30

Coach travel from Folkestone to mainland ferry port

18:00

Ferry crossing to East Cowes or Fishbourne

19:00

Coach travel from Island ferry port to school

19:30

Anticipated arrival time back at school

FAQs

How many nights are we able to include in our visit to Ypres?

Your trip is completely bespoke and we tailor your visit to Belgium to meet your requirements. The world, well Belgium is your oyster when it comes to this tour – we usually use Ypres as our base due to the historical significance the town holds however we can organise multi-site tours. For example if you wanted to stay in Ypres for 2 nights and Brussels for 2 nights; this is completely within our remit, just make an enquiry and one of our helpful team will be more than happy to assist. 

Are we able to use the coach throughout our stay?

The coach will be available for your arrival & departure days and any pre-agreed excursions & transfers. If you desire to use the coach throughout your stay. We highly recommend pre-arranging this as coach drivers are restricted by European Driving Laws and require legal rest periods. Drivers may accept additional use of the coach, although this is at the discretion of the coach company and may be subject to further charges.

Are we able to choose which hotel we stay in?

We’ve tried and tested hotels & hostels in Ypres and are confident the accommodation provider we use if the most cost-effective and convenient for school groups. We’re more than happy to welcome any suggestions which we can look into for you.

To cross the channel, will we go via Dover-Calais Ferries or Eurotunnel?

We aim to use the most cost effective route possible, within the availability and suitability of scheduled services. Commonly, the ferries to Calais & Dunkirk tend to be the cheapest option; this allows your driver to have their required break and also gives your group chance to stretch their legs, use the facilities and have a bite to eat.