Messines Centenary Tour 2017

About the tour: Messines Centenary Tour 2017

  • Campaign: The Great War (WW1)
  • Campaign Dates Covered: June 1917

This tour will cover the following key events

  • 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.

Tour Introduction

The World War 1 Battle of Messines in June 1917, witnessed the largest man-made explosion in history, until the atomic bomb, when nineteen mines exploded under the Messines Ridge as part of the British attack on this high ground near Ypres. Join us on this special tour to be on the ground exactly a century later, as we join the special commemorations of this significant event. Also spending time in Ypres and Flanders, we see battlefield sites, pay our respects at cemeteries and visit museums.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service
  • Convenient regional joining points
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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.
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  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

Jun 5

Local departure by coach, then to Belgium for a four-night stay.

Jun 6 - Ypres & Messines Ridge

We start our tour in Ypres with a visit to the In Flanders Fields Museum before having lunch at Hooge Crater, with time to visit the museum. In the afternoon we travel down the Messines Ridge looking at where the mines were blown in 1917 visiting St. Eloi, Wytschaete and Spanbroekmolen as well as Messines itself and the Ploegsteert area.

Included meals: Breakfast


YPRES, Last Post menin gate (5)

Key Visits

  • YPRES, Last Post menin gate
  • Messines Ridge, Ypres
  • Ploegsteert Memorial
  • Hooge Crater
  • St.Eloi Crater
  • Spanbroekmoelen Crater
  • In Flanders Fields

Jun 7 - Commemorations

On the 7th June 2017 we attend any special commemorations, which may be in the early morning. We will also visit Messines battlefield sites during this day. We will also attend a special Last Post at the Menin Gate that evening.

Included meals: Breakfast

Menin Gate

Menin Gate (3)

Key Visits

  • Menin Gate
  • Last Post Ceremony
  • Messines Commemorations

Jun 8 - Flanders

On our final day in Flanders we look at life behind the lines and travel to Poperinghe where we visit Talbot House, going in the hop-loft chapel and seeing the museum. We have lunchtime in the town, then visit the Death Cells and graves of those executed here by firing squad before seeing Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery with its visitors centre. We continue with our behind the lines theme and visit Bailleul, used extensively by British troops in June 1917, seeing the memorial to 25th Division and Bailleuil Communal Cemetery.

Included meals: Breakfast


Poperinghe (4)

Key Visits

  • Poperinghe
  • Talbot House
  • Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
  • Bailleul

Jun 9

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 four nights at a minimum 3-star hotel in Belgium, such as the Mercure in Roeselare or the Alize Mouscron or the Horizon Ath Lessines in Ghislenghien.

You can also choose to stay at the 3-star Novotel in the centre of Ypres, near the Menin Gate.

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...

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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Call our friendly advisors on: 01709 385 624