Combine your Battlefields Tour with a Ypres and Somme Tour.
School & College Tours to Ypres
History on the ground: take a walk in the footsteps of soldiers in the trenches
Put theory into vivid context with a trip centred on Ypres, which played such a strategic role in the battle of the Western Front. The town has been totally rebuilt with the Cloth Hall now a museum tracing the terrible events of the Great War.
Visit the battlefields to investigate the challenging conditions men faced and the complexities of trench warfare. Tour the cemeteries to appreciate the sheer scale of sacrifice, where many of the troops were barely older than your students. At the end of the day attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, a solemn occasion where students can reflect on the 55,000 British soldiers who died with no known grave.
Top 5 Ypres Excursions
- Vimy Ridge - The Canadian Memorial on the site of Hill 145. The taking of the Ridge was a major turning point for the Allied forces.
- Menin Gate - The War Memorial with the names of 54,896 missing soldiers engraved on the walls.
- Tyne Cot - The largest cemetery in the region. The white tombstones are arranged around the 'Cross of Sacrifice'.
- Hill 62 & Sanctuary Wood - A small part of the wood has been preserved for visitors to see an authentic section of the trenches.
- Langemarck Cemetery - The only German Cemetery in the Salient. An Oak panel at the entrance lists the names of all those 'missing in action'.
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