Remembering World War 1 - featuring the Great Pilgrimage 90 Event


About the tour: Remembering World War 1 - featuring the Great Pilgrimage 90 Event


Tour Introduction

Join us on this centenary tour as we commemorate the Last 100 Days of WW1, visiting battlefield sites in France and Belgium such as Ypres, Mons and Loos. We begin our journey in Mons where Britain’s involvement in WW1 began and ended. Seeing St Symphorien Cemetery and Nimy Bridge battlefield, we pay our respects to the brave men who fought and those who lost their lives here. The second day of our tour sees us visit Ypres, where we attend the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate, mark the centenary of the Last 100 Days and witness the 90th Anniversary of the Great Pilgrimage. Finally, we visit the battle sites of Loos, seeing cemeteries and memorials.

Tour Includes


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

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to our mainstay hotel in Belgium or northern France for a four night stay.

Day 2 - Mons & Nimy Bridge

On our first day on the Battlefields we visit Mons, where for the British the war began and ended. At St Symphorien Cemetery we see the ‘First and Last’ casualties of WW1 and the grave of one of the first Victoria Cross winners. We then visit the battlefield at Nimy Bridge where the first Victoria Crosses were awarded to men of the Royal Fusiliers and also visit the spot where the first shots were fired by the British Army. We have an extended lunch period in Mons for free-time in this beautiful Belgian city, and then visit the Mons War Museum.

Included meals: Breakfast

St. Symphorien Cemetery

St. Symphorien Cemetery (4)

Key Visits

  • St. Symphorien Cemetery
  • Nimy Bridge
  • Mons
  • Mons Military Museum

Day 3 - 90th Anniversary of the Great Pilgrimage

On the 8th August 2018 the Royal British Legion will deliver a national level commemorative event at the Menin Gate to mark the centenary of the start of ‘The Last 100 Days’. Today, we will attend the event in Ypres as spectators which will coincide with the 90th Anniversary of the Great Pilgrimage. We will remain in Ypres to attend the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial, held at 8pm each evening.

Included meals: Breakfast

Ypres - 90th Anniversary of the Great Pilgrimage

Ypres - 90th Anniversary of the Great Pilgrimage (4)

Key Visits

  • Menin Gate
  • Ypres - 90th Anniversary of the Great Pilgrimage
  • Last Post Ceremony

Day 4 - Loos, Bethune & Fromelles

On our final battlefield day we travel to the Battlefield of Loos where Rudyard Kipling’s son, Jack, was killed in 1915. Here we visit Dud Corner Cemetery and the Loos Memorial, and examine the story of Kipling’s only son. After lunch period at Bethune, we travel into the ‘forgotten front’ of northern France seeing the Indian Corps Memorial at Neuve-Chapelle and end the day at Fromelles seeing the Australian Memorial Park and VC Corner Cemetery.

Included meals: Breakfast

Fromelles

Fromelles (3)

Key Visits

  • Fromelles
  • Neuve Chapelle
  • Loos Memorial
  • VC Corner Cemetery

Day 5

Return home

Included meals: Breakfast

The order of the itinerary may differ, with the exception of being in Ypres on the 8th August 2018 to view the Royal British Legion Great Pilgrimage 90 event which will remain despite any other changes.

Please note; the option to join the tour from Northern Ireland (Tour ref: 7BRB) will only operate subject to minimum numbers being achieved. Leger Holidays will advise in Spring 2018 whether the minimum number has been reached and whether the Northern Ireland option will operate or not. Should the option not be available then a full refund will be provided.

10% from the basic sale price of this tour will be paid to Royal British Legion Trading Limited which gives its taxable profits to The Royal British Legion (Charity no. 219279) and Poppyscotland (Scottish Charity No. SC014096)


Hotel

You will stay for four nights at a minimum 3-star hotel in Belgium or northern France.
 

Ambassador Hotel Menen

Hotel Ambassador
Hotel Ambassador
Hotel Ambassador

About the hotel

The Best Western Ambassador Hotel is situated within walking distance from the Market Place and the railway station. The hotel is a stylish and calm environment and offers the facilities of a bar, free wi-fi/internet corner and lounge. The hotel is close to the main centre and you can buy chocolates, liquor or tobacco in one of the several shops in Menen. All bedrooms feature telephone, T.V. with BBC channels, tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer and en-suite bathroom.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

Hotel Alize Mouscron

Best Western Plus Hotel Alize Mouscron
Hotel Alize

About the hotel

The Alize Hotel Mouscron is located in the heart of Mouscron. Whilst the Alize does not have a restaurant, it is just a short walk from Mouscron Market Place and its bars and restaurants.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

Novotel Ypres Centrum

Novotel Ypres Centrum
Novotel Ypres Centrum
Novotel Ypres Centrum

About the hotel

The Novotel Ypres Centrum is located in the heart of historic town of Ypres, just a short walk from the Menin Gate. The hotel makes the ideal base for exploring the rich military heritage of the area.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

Hotel Horizon Ath Lessines

Hotel Horizon
Hotel Horizon
Hotel Horizon

About the hotel

Providing modern guest rooms, the Horizon Ath Lessines is situated in the area of Ghislenghien, close to the towns of Ath and Lessines.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

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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