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WW1: Flanders & The Somme


​Follow in the footsteps of Irish soldiers

This remarkable 4-day trail of remembrance is guided by a professional historian. You will visit key WW1 sites & experience a truly historic era in our world’s history.

From € 697 pps

Availability

Below you will find a list of available dates for this holiday.  Prices are per person and based on two people sharing.

Available Dates

  • 25 Mar 2018 - 28 Mar 2018
    € 697
    01 Apr 2018 - 04 Apr 2018
    € 697
    09 May 2018 - 12 May 2018
    € 697
    11 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
    € 697
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Itinerary

Cork departure also available departing 10 Jun 2018. Click here for more 

Day 1 - Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 & Menin Gate Memorial

Fly from Dublin to Brussels. Meet your Tour Manager on arrival and transfer by executive coach to Ypres. Visit the world renowned Memorial Museum Passchendaele devoted to the 1917 Battle of Passchendaele (also known as the Third Battle of Ypres). It displays relics of the Great War including an extensive collection of impressive photos & in carefully replicated trenches visitors can imagine themselves in WW1. Continue to your hotel for check-in. 

This evening hear the Last Post performed at the Menin Gate Memorial. This is one of the most visited memorials on the Western front and stands in commemoration to the 54,896 missing soldiers who lost their lives during battles in the area. Every evening at 8pm the noise of traffic ceases and a stillness descends over the memorial as the emotive “Last Post” is sounded in honour of these lost soldiers. Return to your hotel for overnight. 

 

Day 2 - The Somme Battlefields

Breakfast at your hotel. Depart for the battlefield sites of the Somme. First visit the site where Father Francis Gleeson preformed The Last General Absolution of the Munster Fusiliers at Rue du Bois & Le Touret Memorial commemorating over 13,400 soldiers who were killed in this sector. You will then visit Loughnagar Crater, blown along with 16 others on the morning of 01 July 1916 as a two-minute precursor to the start of the Battle of the Somme offensive. The crater measured 300ft across and 90ft deep while debris from the explosion rose some 4,000ft into the air. Continue to the 16th Irish Division Memorial at Guillemont marking some of the bloodiest fighting of the whole Somme campaign.

Next visit The Ulster Tower, a memorial to the men of the 36th Ulster Division. Inside the tower is a small chapel with a number of paintings and plaques from the various towns and boroughs of Northern Ireland while at the entrance to the tower is a plaque commemorating the names of the nine men of the division who won the Victoria Cross during the Somme.

Continue to Thiepval Memorial. Standing in an isolated windswept position on the Somme, Thiepval is the largest and one of the most emotive "Memorials to the Missing" from any war. Then visit Newfoundland Park Memorial. Here you will remember the opening day of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel where 733 of 801 men, of the 1st Newfoundland Regiment, were killed or wounded. Finally stop at Pozieres Memorial before returning to your hotel for overnight. 

 

Day 3 - Flanders Battlefields

Breakfast at your hotel. Today visit the battlefield sites of Flanders including the Francis Ledwidge Memorial to the renowned Irish poet in Artillery Wood Cemetery. Continue to Langemarc German cemetery, the only German cemetery in the Salient. Visit John Condon's Grave in Poelcappelle cemetery. Private John Condon of the Royal Irish Regiment, who at 14 is thought to be the youngest battle casualty of WW1 commemorated by the Commission.

Continue to Tyne Cott cemetery, the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world, the sheer number of graves making it difficult to take in. Inside the cemetery two mourning angels kneel on top of dome-covered pavilions at either end of the memorial wall, highlighting the harrowing nature of the conflict in the surrounding area of Passchendaele. Next on the itinerary is the Island of Ireland Peace Park & the Irish Round Tower at its centre. This memorial is of particular significance as it was the first time Irish Catholic and Protestant soldiers united together to fight side by side against a common enemy.

Continue to the 16th Irish Division Memorial at Wytschaete, commemorating the 16th Division's capture of Wytschaete on 07 June 1917, the opening day of the Battle of Messines. Your final stop today is Willie Redmond's Grave in Locre. Willie Redmond was the brother of John Redmond, leader of the Irish parliamentary party. Return to your hotel for overnight. 

 

Day 4 - In Flanders Museum & Departure

Breakfast at your hotel and check-out. Today visit the award winning In Flanders Field Museum. Free time to explore Ypres before returning by executive coach to Brussels for your return flight to Dublin. 

 

WW1 Flanders & The Somme Map

 

 Note: The order of itinerary is subject to change depending on your day of arrival. If you arrive on a Sunday you will visit Tyne Cott cemetery on Day 1 and Passchendaele Museum on Day 3.

Price Includes

  • Return flights from Dublin to Brussels or Amsterdam including taxes & charges
  • Professional historian tour manager & executive coach transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation in the superior Novotel Ieper Centrum Flanders Fields hotel located in the heart of Ypres with breakfast
  • Full day guided visit to the Flanders Battlefields including Francis Ledwidge Memorial & Artillery Wood Cemetery, Langemarc German cemetery, visit John Condon's Grave in Poelcappelle cemetery, Tyne Cott cemetery, the Island of Ireland Peace Park, the 16th Irish Division Memorial at Wytschaete and Willie Redmond's Grave in Locre
  • Full day guided visit to the Somme Battlefields including the site where Father Francis Gleeson preformed The Last General Absolution of the Munster Fusiliers & Le Touret Memorial, the 16th Irish Division Memorial at Guillemont, Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, the 36th Ulster Divisions Ulster Tower, Thiepval Memorial and Pozieres Memorial
  • Visit to the world renowned Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917
  • Visit to the interactive In Flanders Field Museum in Ypres
  • Attendance at the emotive Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial
  • Free time for sightseeing and shopping of your own choice

 

 

Booking Remarks 
  1. Price based on 2 sharing including all airport taxes & charges 
  2. Single room supplement €129pp. If you are travelling alone and are willing to share a twin room with another group member of the same sex, we will do our best to accommodate this request although it cannot be guaranteed
  3. Non refundable / non transferable deposit of €250pp required at time of booking
  4. Balance due 10 weeks before departure (2% charge on balance payments made by credit card)
  5. Price includes 1 standard piece of hand luggage. Checked-in luggage is available to purchase prior to travel - prices may vary
  6. Optional insurance available from €19pp (terms & conditions apply)
  7. Cork departure also available departing 10 Jun 2018. Click here for more 
  8. City taxes may apply, payable locally at your hotel
  9. Flights, taxes, prices & itinerary subject to change
  10. Booking terms & conditions apply 

Flight Details

Flight Times depend on departure date:


Airline

From / To

Flt. No.

Depart / Land

Approx. Flt. Time

TBA

Dublin / Brussels

TBA

06:40 / 09:25

1h 40m

TBA

Brussels / Dublin

TBA

19:45 / 20:30

1h 40m

 All flight times are local and subject to change

 OR


Airline

From / To

Flt. No.

Depart / Land

Approx. Flt. Time

TBA

Dublin / Brussels

TBA

06:30 / 09:20

1h 40m

TBA

Brussels / Dublin

TBA

18:35 / 19:20

1h 40m

 All flight times are local and subject to change

 

Cork departure also available. Click here for more

 

Local Time

GMT is never adjusted backwards or forwards. Ireland is on GMT between mid-autumn & the beginning of spring. Daylight saving time (BST) is GMT+1.


GTM+2 

BST+1

 

Weather in Ypres


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347913161817 1511 74

Average

Rainfall

mm

584547486164675863717266

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Customer Comments

“It was great to go on a trip where everything is organised for you and you just have to turn up. Iain McHenry was our tour manager and all I can say is that he was the most organised, knowledgeable and interesting person to have on a guided tour. Hotel was in a perfect location in the lovely town of Ypres staff were very friendly and helpful and room was great. Carl was our driver and was very courteous and friendly and it was great to get a tea of coffee from him during our trip. I found the tour very moving and it really brought home to us the huge number of men who lost their lives.” Eithne, Wicklow

“It was an excellent tour and I would highly recommend it to others. Iain did a fantastic job and was extremely knowledgeable.” Tom, Westmeath

“The undoubted reason for such a successful trip was Iain McHenry - his knowledge, enthusiasm, and helpfulness were exceptional, and his little anecdotes so enjoyable - only sorry we didn't write them down!” Paddy, Wexford

"Fantastic trip. I would highly recommend this tour. Iain McHenry was a superb guide. Everything was excellent." Bill, Ireland

"Iain is a brilliant guide. Full of knowledge but fun too!" Sheena, Dublin

"This was a tour of special interest to me. A visit to my grandfather's grave - mission accomplished." Netta, Ireland

"The hotel in the town centre, the itinerary was varied & extensive, the guide was hugely informative with humourist wit … in other words everything was excellent." Timmy, Dublin

"The trip was everything I expected, and the friendliness of everyone else in the group added to the experience." Maria, Ireland

"Tour was excellent in every way." Liam, Dublin

"Our guide was Iain McHenry and he was simply amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves." Sean, Dublin

 "VIP tours are one thing but GTI tours are on an entirely higher level.  I will never forget this journey." Sharon, Dublin

"Normally would not fill in a survey but this trip deserved one. Ian and Carl were brilliant tour guides. Hotel was in a perfect location. All excursions were well organised. Would recommend to all. Even the packed lunches were tasty! 10/10 to all the staff of GTI." Darren, Dublin

“Couldn’t have been better. We really enjoyed the whole 4 days. Our tour guide was fantastic. He cared. Everything was explained so very well and we got to so many well-known sites.” Adeline, Waterford

 "Our guide was superb. A real expert, helpful and pleasant. Our driver Carl was brilliant and his coffee excellent!" Mary, Cork

 "From the moment we met Iain and Carl our tour was excellent. They were both courteous and helpful and we fascinated with Iain's knowledge of his subject and his patience when dealing with questions. Carl was on hand with umbrellas when the rain came and their care and help to all of us on board was way beyond what was expected of them. We really appreciated it and have recommended your company and staff many times since we came home. Thank you." Peggy, Cork

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