The Immortal Salient
5 days from £529pp
Join us on a new tour based at the ever popular Novotel Hotel in central Ypres where we visit some of the lesser known battlefields of Flanders looking at the Allied contribution to Victory in 1918 seeing British, Belgian, French, Portuguese and American cemeteries and memorials.
- 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
- Specialist Battlefield Guide
- Battlefield visits as described
- Local joining points
- Entrances to museums and places of interest (extra cost)
(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 -
Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.
For customers living outside of the UK, if you want to make a booking you will need to provide a UK postcode on our online booking system. If you are not able to provide a relevant UK postcode then you can enter the postcode for London Victoria Coach Station – SW1W 9TP. You should then be able to proceed to complete your booking.
If you do encounter a problem then you can speak to one of our friendly advisors who will be happy to help.
Please Note : After completing your booking, a member of our Customer Service team will be in touch to make sure everything is okay.
Either e-mail our Reservations Department or call on 01709 830 333 and they will check to see whether you can visit a particular cemetery on any of our Battlefield Tours, if we are not able to fit it into our itinerary then you could take some time out of the tour and do this independently by taxi or public transport.
Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in Ypres in Belgium where we stay for four nights.
Day 2 - Bedford House; Palingbeek – The Bluff; Hooglede German Cemetery; In Flanders Fields Museum
We start at Bedford House Cemetery, unique in Flanders as is built around the ruins of an old chateau. Here we look at the commemoration of the dead, and then travel out to the Palingbeek, now a nature reserve but to the British soldiers in WW1 it was known as The Bluff.
Here we see massive mine craters and the scars of war, looking at the ‘war underground’. We then have lunch at the Hooge Crater Café with time to see the museum and trenches. In the afternoon we visit the private memorial to Captain Ewen Brodie, a Scots officer who fell at Ypres in 1914, giving us time to discuss the ‘Old Contemptibles’.
We then continue to Hooglede German Cemetery, one of the least visited German cemeteries in Flanders but with the graves of more than 8,000 men.
We then look at the role of French soldiers, ‘Poilus’, at Potijze and end back in Ypres for a visit to the In Flanders Fields Museum, one of the most important WW1 museums in the world. Here we also have a special presentation by a member of the museum staff.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 3 - Houtholst Belgian Cemetery; Yser Tower; Flanders Fields Cemetery
Today we look at the role of Allies in the fighting for Flanders seeing the massive Belgian Cemetery at Houthoulst Forest.
We then travel to Vladslo to see the Katie Kollwitz statues of the mourning parents, and at Dixmude visit the impressive Yser Tower which is a WW1 museum with stunning views across the battlefields.
We also have time for lunch here before looking at the role of American troops in Belgium in WW1 seeing the US Memorial at Vierstraat, the In Flanders Fields American Cemetery at Waregem, and then seeing the ground where the Doughboys fought in the autumn of 1918.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 4 - Ploesgteert Memorial; Bailleu; Hoogenacke Ridge
On our final day we look at the Battle of the Lys, one of the forgotten battles in Flanders in 1918. When the Germans broke through the Allied lines. We start at the Ploesgteert Memorial, where many men who fell in the battle are commemorated.
We then travel over the Flanders hills, scene of heavy fighting in April 1918, seeing the 34th Division Memorial, and go into Bailleul to visit the cemetery and memorial to the 25th Division, also having lunch here.
In the afternoon we look at the April 1918 sector in French Flanders in the area around the Nieppe Forest where Australians and British Guardsmen fought side by side, and visit the ridge where British Machine guns saved the Channel Ports in April 1918. We end with a look at the Portuguese Expeditionary Force, our oldest Ally who fought for Britain from 1917, seeing the Portuguese Memorial at La Couture and then visiting their cemetery at Neuve Chapelle.
Included meals: Breakfast
Included meals: Breakfast
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.
If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.
No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.
All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.
We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.
We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.
Novotel Ypres Centrum+ View more
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.
- English Speaking Staff
- Guest Lounge
- WiFi Available
- Bath and/or Shower
- Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
Silver Service Coach+ View more
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+ Find out more
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+ Find out more
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.