Ulster Tower Centenary

About the tour: Ulster Tower Centenary

Tour Introduction

November 2021 marks the centenary of the opening of the Ulster Tower Memorial on the Somme battlefields, a memorial commemorating the service and sacrifice of men from Northern Ireland at the Somme and the wider First World War. Travel with us to attend the commemoration service and visit some of the key battlefield sites.

Tour Includes

  • 3 nights’ accommodation with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Return flights from Belfast
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Tour Itinerary

18 November

Depart from your local airport in Belfast, and fly to selected UK airports where we join our tour coach. From here we travel across to France via Dover and the Cross-Channel ferry. We then continue to our hotel for three nights.

19 November - Irish Regiments in Flanders

Today we travel to Flanders and look at the role of Irish Regiments here in the fighting during the Great War. On the Messines Ridge we visit the Island of Ireland Peace Tower, look at the battlefield where the 16th (Irish) and 36th (Ulster) Divisions fought side-by-side in June 1917, seeing the Spanbroekmolen mine crater, the Lone Tree Cemetery and the nearby memorials at Wytschaete. After lunch we visit the battlefield at Hill 60, and then look at the Third Battle of Ypres seeing the areas where Irish Regiments fought and visiting the vast Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial, the largest British War Cemetery in the World. In the evening we have free time in Ypres, prior to attending The Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, which is sounded at 8pm each evening.

Included meals: Breakfast

Irish Regiments in Flanders

Irish Regiments in Flanders (2)

Key Visits

  • Irish Regiments in Flanders

20 November - Centenary Commemoration of the Ulster Tower

Today is the Centenary Commemoration of the Ulster Tower, and we attend the ceremony and events here, with time to visit Thiepval Wood. Later we look at the fighting on the Somme, seeing the Pozières Memorial to the Missing, the battlefield at Guillemont and ending at the impressive Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.

Included meals: Breakfast

Ulster Tower

Centenary Commemoration of the Ulster Tower (2)

Key Visits

  • Centenary Commemoration of the Ulster Tower

21 November

We depart our hotel for the ferry at Calais, and return to your UK airport to take a flight back to Northern Ireland.

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 three nights at a minimum 3-star hotel in Belgium or Northern France.

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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