Battlefield Exploration offers a range of battlefield tours, either focusing on specific themes or on specific areas.
> Highlights of the Ypres Salient
> The Messines Ridge Experience
> The Menin Road Experience
> ANZAC Experience
> Canadian Experience
> Irish Experience
> Behind the Front Experience
> 1st Battle of Ypres (1914)
> 2nd Battle of Ypres (1915)
> 3rd Battle of Ypres (1917)
> 4th Battle of Ypres (1918)
The British Imperial Force consisted of many nationalities from all over the world. Yet, the Australian and New Zealand troops probably travelled the longest way to come and fight in Flanders. This tour brings you the story of the ANZACs in the Ypres Salient.
Leaving from the city centre of Ypres, we drive to the Spanbroekmolen crater (Pool of Peace) via Kemmel. A short introduction on the famous Mine Battle of Messines Ridge shows you the importance of the landscape south of Ypres. Next we move on to Messines Ridge Cemetery, where we have a look at one of the New Zealand Memorial to the Missing. Next we follow in the footsteps of the New Zealanders who took Messines on 7th June 1917. The route takes us to the New Zealand Memorial at Messines. From Messines we drive to the Menin Road, where we continue our tour with the Battle of the Menin Road and the Battle of Polygone Wood. At Buttes New Cemetery we have a look at the Memorial to the Australian 5th Memorial and pay our respects to the Zonnebeke Five. There are also some other very interesting graves at the cemetery, as well as another Memorial to the Missing for the New Zealand soldiers. The tour ends with the Battle of Broodseinde. On the 4th October 1917 the ANZACs were able to get hold of 's Graventafel ridge and Tyne Cot on the German "Flandern I Stellung" line. A visit to the Tyne Cot Cemetery visitor centre and the cemetery itself brings alive the horror in which the ANZACs had to gain their territory...
> 4 hour tour: € 45 p.p.
Introduction film at Kemmel Visitor Centre included.
It is also possible to include a visit to the Plugstreet Visitor Centre at an extra cost of € 5 p.p. Please allow about 45 minutes for the visit.
Ideally the tour starts from Ypres at 9 am or 1.30 pm. Other departures are also possible.