Armistice Day 2017 - Passchendaele Special

About the tour: Armistice Day 2017 - Passchendaele Special

  • Campaign: The Great War (WW1)
  • Campaign Dates Covered: Jul 1914 - Nov 1918

This tour will cover the following key events

  • Third Battle of Ypres - 31 July 1917
    Known as The Battle of Passchendaele, the Third Battle of Passchendaele began in July 1917 and was fought for four long months. The attack was Haig’s attempt to break through Flanders.
  • Armistice - 11 November 1918
    Coming to affect at 11am on the 11th of November 1918, the Armistice which was signed at Compiegne and brought an end to the fighting on the Western Front. It was signed by the Germans and the Allies and stated that the French had won the war over the Germans.

Tour Introduction

Join us in Ypres, Belgium, as we commemorate Armistice Day on this annual tribute to the end of the fighting of World War 1, and to those who gave their lives for us in the Great War and the wars that followed. On this battlefield tour, we also visit the battlefields at Passchendaele and Third Ypres before we attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate on the 11th of November.

Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Regional joining points
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service or Luxuria
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Tour Itinerary

Nov 9

Regional departure by coach, then to our hotel in Belgium or northern France, where we stay for three nights.

Nov 10

We start today looking at the battles of Passchendaele. We will be visiting Passchendaele Village and seeing the memorial in the church, as well as the Canadian Memorial site at Crest Farm. From here we continue onto the Passchendaele New British Cemetery which now contains 2,101 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 1,600 of the graves are unidentified but there are special memorials to seven casualties believed to be buried among them. Then we make our way to Hooge Crater to take lunch and visit the museum which is set in a post-war chapel just across from the Hooge Cemetery. In the afternoon, we see Polygon Wood near to Zonnebeke village. Polygon Wood was totally destroyed and replanted after the war. We then travel to Tyne Cot, the largest British cemetery in the world. Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial was designed by Sir Herbert Baker and John Reginald Truelove and they wished it to appear as a huge well-ordered English churchyard with its yews and cedar tree behind the great flint wall. Tyne Cot Cemetery has more than 11,900 servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated with more than 8,370 of the burials are unidentified, plus 35,000 on the Memorial. Then we make our way to Ypres centre to see the very moving Last Post service which has been performed every evening at 8pm since 1928 by the Belgian people in appreciation of the men that gave their lives in the Great War ‘in defence of Ypres’. The service is held at Menin Gate, which bears the name of 54,896 soldiers who fell in the Ypres Salient before 16 August 1917 and who have no known grave. After the Last Post, we make our way back to the hotel. *Please note the order of your visits may vary due to the number of coaches on this tour.

Included meals: Breakfast

Key Visits

Nov 11

Today is Armistice Day and we have an early start to travel to Ypres to attend the commemorations. You can watch or take part in the veterans parade from near St Martin’s Cathedral through to the main square, or wait at the Menin Gate to see the special Last Post Ceremony at 11.00am. You then have free-time in Ypres; in the afternoon where you can visit the Cloth Hall which was restored after the war due to battle damage and is now the In Flanders Field museum, or join us on a free optional excursion to the Passchendaele Book Fair where you can buy new and old books about WW1 and also memorabilia. We then return to Ypres to attend the special evening Last Post at 20.00hrs before returning to the hotel.

Nov 12

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Specialist Battlefield Guides

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

Please note: On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.

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You will stay for three nights at a minimum 3-star hotel in Belgium or northern France. The hotel will have a bar. 

Novotel Ypres - You can also choose to stay in the 3-star Novotel Ypres, located just a few hundred yards from the Menin Gate and Cloth Hall. Tour Ref 4ABFHV. 



Travel Options

All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from.

Travel Extras

With an overnight stay or the option to meet us at the interchange, our travel extras allow you to create a travel experience to suit your needs...

Join coach at Interchange

Join your tour coach at the interchange.

On most tours if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines.

Excludes tours to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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