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History school trip to Ypres & WWI battlefields, Belgium

Bring a real life context to WW1 with a visit to the battlefields and memorials of Ypres and participate in the moving Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate to pay tribute to fallen soldiers with no known grave. 

  • Key stage 2 – 16+
  • Year round

Visit WWI battlefields on a school trip to Ypres and the Somme

One of our most popular history school trips is a tour of the historically significant WW1 battlefields and memorials around Ypres. Following the hundredth anniversary of the end of WW1, it is as important as ever for history students to understand the impact of significance of the Great War and there is no better way to bring the subject to life than a trip to Ypres. The highlight of this tour is to attend the Last Post Ceremony, a moving tribute to the missing soldiers who fell in Ypres and have no known grave. We can also arrange, in advance, for your school to lay a wreath as part of the Last Post ceremony – contact us for more details.

This bespoke tour can be organised as a short trip, or combined with the Somme battlefields in France for a more in-depth exploration of the Western Front. Due to its proximity to Northern France, Ypres can also be included on our French language programme, based at our own school centre on the French Opal Coast.

We can tailor your itinerary to your unique learning requirements, please contact us for a bespoke quote.

 

 

Sample Ypres and Somme history trip itinerary

This is just an example of one of our history tours, please contact one of our specialists to create a bespoke itinerary for your learning objectives.

Day 1

Depart school for Eurotunnel crossing to Calais

Shopping stop to Hypermarket Auchan

Visit to Dunkerque and Atlantik Wall, Ostend

Arrive in Ypres and check-in

Dinner            

Day 2 - Somme

Market Day – Grand Place, Arras France

Afternoon visit to Thiepval Memorial and Visitor Centre

Beaumont-Hamel

Vimy Ridge

Parc Mémorial Canadien

Return to Ypres for dinner

Day 3 - Ypres 

(Ploegsteert) Plugstreet 14-18 Experience

Passchendale Canadian Memorial

Tyne Cot Cemetary and Langemark German Cemetery

Early dinner in time to attend Last Post Ceremony, Menin Gate

Day 4

Depart from hotel

Shopping and lunch in Bruges

Travel to Calais for Eurotunnel back to UK

We recommend the Menin Gate school centres for our groups as they are well located in Ypres and are experienced in for looking after our school parties. We have a long-standing relationship with the hotels who will do their best to sort out all your particular requirements like special diets, disabled facilities or single rooms. Depending on your group’s requirements we recommend Menin Gate accommodation such as:

Old School Haringe is a former primary school can accommodate a single group of up to 45 which means you won’t have to share with anyone else. All student rooms have en-suite facilities and the centre includes a games room with a billiard table, football table, computers and board games plus a mini bar for the adults.

 

The Poppies centres are ideally located in the historic centre of Ypres. The historic Poppies 1 was rebuilt after WWI in 1925 and served as a pension for British soldiers in World War II to become a hotel restaurant in 1952. While the more modern Poppies 2 has been renovated to accommodate groups of up to 57 students in ensuite single or bunk rooms. The two properties can be connected to accommodate large groups.

 

Our Ypres WW1 battlefields school trips include:

  • Board and lodging as specified in your itinerary
  • A detailed itinerary with pre-booked excursions
  • Your choice of return travel; coach travel, with ferry crossing, applicable tolls and taxes included, or return flights and overseas transfers
  • Free teacher to student ratio approx 1:8 (coach trips) / approx 1:10 (air groups)
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Assistance with inspection visits

Extras to budget for:

  • School to airport transfers and meals en route (if required)
  • Supplements for small parties, single rooms and additional adults
  • Local tourist taxes which can only be paid in cash to the hotel
  • Entrances other than those specified in your itinerary
  • Hotel damage deposits

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