Day 1 - Friday 12th October 2018 - Journey to Ypres, sightseeing of Ypres
We will meet with our Tour Guide at the school and leave early to travel to Folkestone for the Eurotunnel to France. We recommend that students take a packed lunch with them for the journey. We will arrive in Calais and will drive directly to Poperinge to visit the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. After we will drive to Ypres and visit the Bayernwald German trench system to learn about the development of Trench warfare and find out the problems that occurred during the fighting. We will then visit the Memorial Museum at Passchendaele which tells the story of the war in Ypres Salient and particularly the Battle of Passchendaele 1917. After visit Langemark cemetery one of only four First World War German cemeteries in the Flanders region and drive past Vancouver Corner to see the Brooding soldier memorial where some 2000 casualties were incurred. We will then visit the Tyne Cot cemetery (the largest British Commonwealth War Cemetery in the world) at Passchendaele. We will then go to our hotel in Ypres to check in and have our evening meal. After dinner we will go to the Menin Gate memorial to attend the Last Post ceremony, which takes place every evening at 2000h.
Evening meal included on Day 1.
Day 2 - Saturday 13th October 2018 - The Somme and Journey Home
After breakfast we will set off for the drive to the Somme. We could start with a visit to Sunken Lane and Redan Ridge before visiting the battlefield and visitor centre at Newfoundland Park. We will then visit the Ulster Memorial Tower which commemorates the heavy losses suffered by 36th Division on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Afterwards we will explore the Lochnagar Crater which is the largest crater ever made by man and is now a unique memorial to all those who suffered in the Great War. It is dedicated to peace, fellowship and reconciliation between all nations who fought on the Western Front. We will drive to Thiepval to see the impressive ‘Memorial to the Missing’ designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. We can spend some time in the excellent new visitor centre. We will then start our journey home by driving to Calais to take the Eurotunnel to Folkestone. We will then return to school.
Breakfast and packed lunch included on day 2.