The Immortal Salient


5 days from £529pp

NEW About the tour: The Immortal Salient


Tour Introduction

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.

Tour Includes


  • 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)
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

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

Captain Ewen Brodie Memorial

Captain Ewen Brodie Memorial (4)

Key Visits

  • Hooge Museum
  • Bedford House
  • Palingbeek
  • Hooglede German Cemetery
  • Potijze
  • Captain Ewen Brodie Memorial

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

American Memorial

American Memorial (3)

Key Visits

  • Yser Musuem
  • Houthoulst
  • Waregem
  • American Memorial

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

Neuve Chapelle

Neuve Chapelle (4)

Key Visits

  • Neuve Chapelle
  • Ploegsteert Memorial
  • Bailleul

Day 5

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 four nights at the 3-star Novotel Ypres, situated in the centre of the town and only a few hundred metres from the Menin Gate.

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

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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