Ypres and Battlefields

Language & Cultural Tour in Belgium

2018 marks the 100th anniversary ‘The War To End All Wars’, sadly we now know this not to be true. Ardmore Educational Travel invites you to join us in Northern France in a spirit of remembrance for those lost in The First World War.

This tour offers a fascinating and sobering insight into WW1 and the lives of the soldiers who fought there.  Offering a “gateway” into this devastating era and featuring topics from the history curriculum, it includes not only the well-known and often visited cemeteries and monuments, but also off-the-beaten track sights as well.  For your students to gain the most from your excursions you will be accompanied by a professional and experienced, local guide.

From listening to the “Last Post” at the Menin Gate to a visit to the uplifting Talbot House (a respite from the horrors of the trenches), this itinerary will fully engage your students and provide a compelling background to their studies at school.

At this destination

  • Cultural visits
  • School Integration
  • Language Lessons
  • Homestay accommodation
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Hostel accommodation

Must see sights

  • Ypres Menin Gate Memorial
  • Tyne Cot War Graves Cemetery
  • Messines Ridge British Cemetery
  • Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing, Belgium
  • The Somme, Delville & Mametz Woods, Battle Grounds
  • Fricourt German War Cemetery

Travel advice

For Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice, please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Sample itinerary

Day 1

Travel day from School to Belgium, onward journey to Flanders Field Museum. Free time in Ypres if time. Check into hostel for evening meal.

Day 2

Full day Battlefields tour with guide (Ypres North)
Morning: Essex Farm Cemetery, John McCrae Site; drive pas Carrefour des Roses Memorial, Francis Ledwidge Memorial, National Welsh memorial Park, Harry Patch Memorial Stone, Langemark German Cemetery, Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial.
Afternoon: Hooge Crater Museum – walk to the wood nearby to view craters and trench site. En route to Passchendale Memorial Museum, stop at Polygon Wood, Buttes New British Cemetery.
Evening meal at hostel
“Last Post” at Menin Gate

Day 3 

Full day tour
Morning: Guided tour of Ypres including Hill 60 (featured in the history curriculum); Bayernwald German Trenches, Pool of Peace and a few stops in Messines such as the island of Ireland Peace Park, the New Zealand Memorial Park, the Messines Ridge Cemetery, the Visitor Centre in Messines the Messines church and crypt
Afternoon: Tour behind the Front Line; Lijssenthoek Cemetery and vistor centre; execution post and death cells in Poperinge and Talbot House – a beacon the darkness and respite house for soldiers fighting in teh trenches.
Evening: Worjshop “Into the Trenches”

Day 4

Return to the UK