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They Called It Passchendaele


5 days from £489pp

About the tour: They Called It Passchendaele

  • Campaign: The Great War (WW1)
  • Campaign Dates Covered: June - Nov 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.
  • Opening of the 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.
  • Fighting at Langemarck - 16 August 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.
  • End of the Battle of Passchendaele - 10 November 1917
    After months of bloody combat, the battle came to an end in the villge of Passchendaele and saw victory for the British and Canadian troops.

Tour Introduction

This new centenary tour allows you to look at this World War 1 campaign in some depth. In the year 1917, Flanders was dominated by the great offensives of the Battle of Messines and the Battle of Passchendaele. During the battle of Messines mines were detonated under the Messines Ridge and the Battle of Passchendaele saw men fight in terrible conditions in the mud and the rain. The battle of Passchendaele has become one of the most iconic battles of WW1 and on its 100th anniversary we will reflect on the great sacrifices that were made.

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Tour Includes


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

Day 1

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

Day 2 - Messines & Ploegsteert

Today we look at the Battle of Messines in June 1917 when British and Commonwealth tunnellers exploded nineteen mines under positions along the Messines Ridge. We start at Hill 60 where the two northernmost mines were blown, seeing the impressive Caterpillar Crater. At St. Eloi we visit the crater formed by the largest mine blown in June 1917 and at Wytschaete visit the Tunnellers Memorial. At Spanbroekmolen mine crater we examine the story of the Ulster troops who attacked here, visiting the Lone Tree Crater Cemetery. After lunch at Hooge Crater we travel along the Messines Ridge to Messines itself, seeing the visitors centre, and visiting the New Zealand Memorial seeing German front line bunkers. We remember the contribution of Irish soldiers at the Irish Peace Tower and visit the southern area of the battlefield around Ploegsteert ('Plugstreet') including the Ploegsteert Memorial.

Included meals: Breakfast

Ploegsteert Memorial

Ploegsteert Memorial (4)

Key Visits

  • Ploegsteert Memorial
  • Hill 60
  • Hooge Crater
  • St.Eloi Crater
  • Spanbroekmoelen Crater
  • New Zealand Memorial Park
  • Irish Peace Tower

Day 3 - Pilkem Ridge & Tyne Cot

Following Messines, the Third Battle of Ypres began on 31st July 1917 and we begin at Buffs Road Cemetery where the offensive began just outside Ypres. We then travel to the PIlkem Ridge to look at the story of war poets Francis Ledwidge and Hedd Wynn, also seeing the Welsh Memorial. At Langemarck we see the memorial to Harry Patch, the ‘Last Fighting Tommy’ and at Poelcapelle examine the use of tanks during Third Ypres, seeing the tank memorial. After lunch we visit the superb Passchendaele Memorial Museum at Zonnebeke, exploring their reconstructed trench system. At Tyne Cot we visit the largest British military cemetery in the world and end on the Frezenberg Ridge to see the memorial to Scottish troops.

Included meals: Breakfast

Tyne Cot

Tyne Cot (6)

Key Visits

  • Tyne Cot
  • Pilkem Ridge
  • Passchendaele War Musuem
  • Harry Patch Memorial
  • Buffs Road Cemetery
  • Pilkem Ridge Welsh Memorial
  • Poelcapelle
  • Frezenberg Ridge

Day 4 - Passchendaele & Poperinghe

The Third Battle of Ypres ended with the capture of Passchendaele and today we start at the Canadian memorial at Crest Farm before going into the village itself to see the memorial in the church. We then take time to visit the Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres and after lunch look at life behind the lines at Ypres in 1917, see Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery and its visitors' centre, before going to Talbot House in Poperinghe and its museum. We then look at the story of men ‘Shot at Dawn’ at the Death Cells, and at Brandhoek visit the grave of medical officer Noel Chavasse VC & Bar, also seeing his memorial. We end the day in Ypres for the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Included meals: Breakfast

Menin Gate

Menin Gate (5)

Key Visits

  • Menin Gate
  • Passchendaele
  • Ypres
  • In Flanders Fields Museum
  • Poperinghe
  • Talbot House
  • Crest Farm
  • Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

Day 5

We leave the hotel after breakfast and travel to the Channel port. You will leave your tour coach behind as you join your transfer vehicle for your return journey to your original departure point.

Included meals: Breakfast

Entrance fees to museums & places of interest (extra cost)


Pre-Tour Reading

A selection of related books for pre or post tour reading.

  • Barton, Peter - Passchendaele (Constable 2007)
  • Coombes, Rose - Before Endeavours Fade (After The Battle – many editions)
  • Lloyd, Nick - Passchendaele: A New History (2017)
  • MacDonald, Lyn - They Called It Passchendaele (many editions)
  • Reed, Paul - Walking Ypres (Pen & Sword new edition 2017)
  • Van Emden, Richard - The Road to Passchendaele (Pen & Sword 2017)

Passenger Information

The Tour


This tour will look at the famous Great War battlefields of Messines and Passchendaele, where the great battles of 1917 – a century ago – were fought.Occasionally it is possible, depending on time, for us to visit a cemetery or memorial outside the main tour itinerary. However, clients will appreciate there are more than 170 British military cemeteries in Flanders and we are not in a position to visit them all. Such visits are at the discretion of your Specialist Guide/Drivers. It is advisable you speak them as soon as possible on the first day of your tour.

Foreign Currency


The ‘They Called It Passchendaele’ tour takes place in Belgium and therefore you will only need the Euro. You are advised to get Euros – in cash – in advance of your tour, as all banks in Belgium do not provide currency exchange services.

Lunch Stops


Although lunch is not included in your tour price, we now offer a very reasonable optional lunch covering most of your needs that can be booked while on tour.

What to Bring


The weather in Belgium can be changeable, and it is advisable to bring sensible clothes and always pack a jumper and waterproofs. Good, stout shoes are essential – remember this was once a battlefield and most of the time we are in rural Belgium! Walking boots are ideal. In warm weather always bring a hat and sun cream, and it is advisable to have a supply of water.

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. 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. All the comfortably furnished bedrooms are en-suite with television, telephone and air-conditioning. The hotel has a small bar area and restaurant.




Novotel Ypres Centrum

Novotel Ypres Centrum
Novotel Ypres Centrum
Novotel Ypres Centrum

About the hotel

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. All the comfortably furnished bedrooms are en-suite with T.V., telephone and air-conditioning. The hotel has a small bar area and restaurant.

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

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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