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DAY 1 - Arrive in Dover for a morning P&O Ferries crossing to Calais, France (other crossings available on request). Following disembarkation you'll continue your journey through Northern France and into Belgium with an optional visit to the Atlantic Wall Museum near Ostend. This open-air museum is a unique historical site of modern fortification. The around sixty German constructions from both World Wars, underground trenches, bunkers and remains of the German coastal batteries of Aachen (built in 1915) and Saltzwedel neu (from 1941), observation points and gun sites are among the best preserved along the Atlantic coast and are the showpiece of the museum (Open on weekdays: from 2pm to 5pm and weekends from 10.30am to 6pm). From Ostend we head inland to Ypres (Ieper) where you will have the chance to visit the In Flanders Field Museum. In Flanders Fields is the gateway to the First World War in Flanders and the Great War. The completely new exhibition with poignant video projections, unique sound bytes and state-of-the-art multimedia applications immerse you in the front line and is an excellent introduction to this tour. Your Hotel, Novotel Ieper Centrum Flanders Fields Hotel, is centrally located in Ypres and this will be your base for the next 3 nights.
DAY 2 - Departing the hotel after a leisurely breakfast today your routing takes you through the Battlefields of Flanders.. This was the main British battlefront in World War I where more than 250,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers died. Starting at the preserved trenches at Sanctuary Wood and Hill 62 museum before moving on to Tyne Cot Cemetery. Then in the afternoon, head to the Messines Ridge sector and the nearby Irish Peace Tower, which commemorates the role of Irish troops from both North and South. At Ploegsteert you can learn the story of the Christmas Truce and see the Ploegsteert Memorial, then end the day at the ‘Last Post Ceremony’ in Ypres. Each night, at 8pm, the Last Post is played at the Menin Gate, which commemorates approximately 55,000 men who were never found. Overnight at the Novotel Centru, Ypres
DAY 3 - Breakfast followed by the day at leisure to explore more of the WW1 sites in the Ypres region
DAY 4 - Check out after breakfast and depart for the journey to Arras, home to the Carriere Wellington, a superb museum in the underground tunnels under Arras that were occupied by the Allies in WW1. It's then on to Vimy Ridge Canadian War Memorial overlooking the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge. On the opening day of the Battle of Arras, 9 April 1917, the four divisions of the Canadian Corps, fighting side by side for the first time, scored a huge tactical victory in the capture of the 60 metre high Vimy Ridge. After the war, the highest point of the ridge was chosen as the site of the great memorial to all Canadians who served their country in battle during the First World War, and particularly to the 60,000 who gave their lives in France. It also bears the names of 11,000 Canadian servicemen who died in France - many of them in the fight for Vimy Ridge - who have no known grave. Other optional visits tioday can include: La Coupole, launch site for the V2 rockets and the Blockhaus at eperlecques, the the biggest bunker in the north of France, This bunker was used for producing liquid oxygen and to launch V2 rockets to England. Allied bombardments disabled the complex. Currently the complex is a museum. Visitors are guided through the complex with a PA system.
Late afternoon return to Calais late afternoon for your ferry crossing back to the UK.