Beer & Battlefields

About the tour: Beer & Battlefields

  • Campaign: The Great War (WW1)
  • Campaign Dates Covered: Oct 1914 - Sep 1918

This tour will cover the following key events

  • First Battle of Ypres - 31 October 1914
    One of the first fights to breakout between the Germans and the Britians during WW1, the First Battle of Ypres was fought in 1914. It saw a battle that lasted for 34 days, as the Germans faught to get to the English Channel, and the beginning of trench warfare on the Western Front.
  • Second Battle of Ypres - 22 April 1915
    The second battle of Ypres involved four battles which were faught in the northern part of the Ypres Salient. The first battle saw the Germans launch an attack on the French on the Allied Front with poisonous gas, this battle was the first time that this weapon was used.
  • Battle of Messines - 7 June 1917
    Arguably one of the most successful operations of WW1 on the Western Front, the Battle of Messines saw nineteen mines being detonated underneath the German mines, in a bid to secure Messines Ridge.
  • 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.
  • Battle of the Lys - 9 April 1918
    Also known as the Spring Offensive and the Fouth Battle of Ypres, the Battle of the Lys was the Germans final attempt to break the Allied lines around Ypres. They did this as an attempt to defeat the Allies before the American troops arrived to aid th British and French soliders alreasdy fighting on the Western Front.
  • Fourth Battle of Ypres - 26 September 1918
    Also known as the Spring Offensive and the Battle of the Lys, the Fourth Battle of Ypres was the Germans final attempt to break the Allied lines around Ypres. They did this as an attempt to defeat the Allies before the American troops arrived to aid th British and French soliders alreasdy fighting on the Western Front.

Tour Introduction

Designed by our popular battlefield guide Marc Hope, we have a fascinating experience waiting for you. We have combined some of the most well-known battlefield sites for both World War 1 and World War 2, with visits to the breweries, whose beers were drunk by the troops. In Poperinghe we look at the subject of those ‘Shot at Dawn’ and see the Hop Museum. In Dixmude we see the Trenches of Death, before we head to the Belgium town of Ypres. Between visiting these sites, we visit some of the best local breweries, where we enjoy guided tours and a sampling of the beers! We also offer a five day tour, which give guests an insight into the Retreat to Dunkirk and the Battle of Flanders.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to Ypres for a four-night stay. Your guide will discuss some beer recommendations en-route, together with running through the itinerary.

Day 2 - Poperinghe; Hop Museum & Kasematten Brewery

Today we look at life behind the front and discuss the famous estaminets where soldiers got to drink the local beer themselves during the war. In Poperinghe we visit Talbot House and their Behind the Lines Museum. We also look at the subject of those ‘Shot at Dawn’ and visit the Death Cells. Lunchtime in Poperinghe followed by a visit to the Hop Museum to look at the whole history of this in the Flanders region and enjoy a tasting. We then go into Ypres and visit the Kasematten Brewery in the ramparts close to where the Wipers Times was published in 1916.

Included meals: Breakfast

Hop Museum

Hop Museum (3)

Key Visits

  • Poperinghe
  • Talbot House
  • Hop Museum
  • Kasematten Brewery

Day 3 - Bierkasteel Van Honsebrouck, Brasserie Thiriez, Hooge & Trenches of Death

This morning we start at the Bierkasteel Van Honsebrouck at Kortrijk, and after lunch at Hooge Crater Café, with time to explore the museum and trenches. We then make the short journey to Diksmuide to see where the Belgium Army was fighting during the Great War and see the fascinating Trenches of Death which snaked along the Yser Canal: a place where two armies opposed each other over a short stretch of water. We end the day with a visit to the Brasserie Thiriez in Esquelbecq, a French brewery frequented in the ‘phoney war’ by British Troops.

Included meals: Breakfast

Trenches of Death

Trenches of Death (3)

Key Visits

  • Hooge Museum
  • Dixmude
  • Trenches of Death
  • Bierkasteel Van Honsebrouck
  • Brasserie Thiriez French Brewery

Day 4 - Retreat To Dunkirk; Deca Brewery

We spend today looking at the Battle of Flanders in 1940 and the Retreat to Dunkirk following the fortunes of the British Expeditionary Force, including the Wormhoudt Massacre site. After lunch at St. Omer we visit the Deca Brewery in Vleteren close to the Belgian front line.

Included meals: Breakfast

St. Omer

St. Omer (2)

Key Visits

  • Deca Brewery
  • Wormhoudt Massacre Site
  • St. Omer

Day 5

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

With each brewery visit you will get a guided tour of the brewery plus a chance to sample the beers and also have an opportunity to buy products from each brewery’s shop. Each visit takes around 1.5 to 2 hours.

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 four nights at the 3-star Novotel Ypres. This excellent hotel is located in the heart of historic town of Ypres, only a couple of minutes-walk from the Menin Gate Memorial, where the 'Last Post' is sounded every evening. The hotel is a firm favourite within Leger’s Battlefields programme and makes the ideal base for exploring the rich military heritage of the area. The hotel has a small bar area and restaurant.


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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