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Battlefields, Beers & Christmas Markets


4 days from £419pp

About the tour: Battlefields, Beers & Christmas Markets


Tour Introduction

Following the popularity of our 'Beer & Battlefields' coach tour, we have now added to our collection of perfect beginner tours for passengers wanting to head out on a battlefield tour, whilst also wanting to enjoy a little more of the local area. We have created our brand new tour to combine, history, breweries and the local Christmas markets of Belgium. On this unique tour you will experience a journey of remembrance as we visit battlefield sites of both World War 1 & World War 2, including an in depth look at the Christmas Truce. We also visit a number of festive markets in the local cities of Arras & Bruges and why not raise a glass to those who bravely fought for us in these wars, as we visit local breweries, where we sample the beers.

Tour Includes


  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service
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(Deposits from £50pp)

Once you have booked your battlefield tour either online, or by telephone (01709 385 624), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can -

  1. Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  2. Send payments via online banking.
  3. Send payments via cheque.
  4. Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in Belgium, where we stay for three nights.

Day 2 - Messines Ridge & Arras

We travel down the Messines Ridge looking at the mining operations in 1917 when the largest man-made explosion of the war ripped across the Flanders landscape. We then look at the story of the Christmas Truce in 1914, when both sides came out into No Man’s Land. After lunch at Hooge we travel to Arras to visit a local French brewery before spending time in the large Arras Christmas market held in the main square.

Included meals: Breakfast

Christmas Truce, 1914

Christmas Truce, 1914 (3)

Key Visits

  • Messines Ridge
  • Christmas Truce
  • Arras Brewery
  • Arras Christmas Market

Day 3 - Bruges

Today we look at the Second World War battlefields in Belgium seeing the superb Liberation Museum at Knocke-Heist with its amazing displays of WW2 material and vehicles. We then look at the fighting in this area in 1944, after lunch we go to the Bruges Zot Brewery for an included brewery tour and then spend time in Bruges for the excellent Christmas market.

Included meals: Breakfast

Bruges

Bruges (2)

Key Visits

  • Bruges Christmas Markets
  • Bruges Zot Brewery
  • Liberation Museum

Day 4

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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Hotel

You will stay for three nights at the 4-star Best Western Plus Hotel Alize Mouscron, which is conveniently located in the heart of Mouscron. Whilst the Alize does not have a restaurant, the hotel is within walking distance of Mouscron Market Place and its bars and restaurants. The hotel has become a firm favourite with Leger guests. All bedrooms feature modern furnishings, large flat screen T.V.s with English channels, and free wi-fi. Guests enjoy a full breakfast buffet in a stylish dining setting.

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.

Silver Service Coach

Silver Service, refreshments
Silver Service, lounge
Silver Service, entertainment

Silver Service Features

  • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
  • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
  • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
  • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
  • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
  • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
  • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
  • Onboard toilet

Silver Service Seating Plan

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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...

Stay overnight near Dover

Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £38 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

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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