Ypres Salient: Messines, Ypres and Passchendaele
During the tour that we suggest you will see trenches, bunkers, craters, dugouts from both sides Allied and German.
We focus on the importance of the landscape and find out about the strategic places on both sides.
Start at your hotel in Ypres at 9.00 am.
We drive first to the South of Ypres and visit some sites from Messines Ridge where the Anzacs fought side by side.
We follow the route of the soldiers when they liberated Messines and visit the visitor center in Messines.
We visit German and British trench system, British dugouts and craters who are the result of the mines explosions during the battle of Messines ridge.
We see the site where Christmas Truce took place at Ploegsteert.
Visit of Hill 60, site who is still untouched after WWI.
It will be now time for lunch at Hooge and visit the museum.
At Essex farm we visit a dugout, used as triage for the wounded, where Jon McCray wrote his famous poem: In Flanders Fields.
We visit the German cemetery in Langemark and see the new Poppy memorial.
We see the front line of the 31st July and discover the place where Harry Patch was wounded.
We visit Passchendaele and understand the difficulty to get to the higher ground, every country of the Commenwealth lost during de 100 days of this terrible battle a high number of their boys.
We visit the biggest Commonwealth cemetery of the world: Tyne Cot and realize the importance of the lost generation. We finish at the Menin Gate. Every night at 8.00pm the Last Post commemorates all those who lost their lifes in the Ypres Salient and who don’t have a known grave.
You can take part at the ceremony on your own.
En route we visit a farm and find out about the amount of shells still discover every year and the result for the local population.
Included lunch, entrée fees, accommodation in central Ypres.
On request it is possible to visit a grave of a relative or see the places where he was involved during WW1. In such a case we need the name and service number of the soldier.