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)
Most visitors to the Ypres Salient battlefield stick to the regions where the actual fighting occurred: the ridges around Ypres. Yet, also the life behind the front was very important and contributed enormously to the history of the Great War. Visiting the sites behind the front really put things in perspective.
From Ypres we drive to Vlamertinghe, the first village that was out of reach for the German artillery for most of the war. At Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery we see some remarkable graves and get familiar with the term "Shot at dawn". At Vlamertinghe Chateau we commemorate of the the most famous war poets: Edmund Blunden. A bit further on we visit the unique headstone of Noel Godfrey Chavasse at Brandhoek New Cemetery. This headstone is the only one in the world that bears two Victoria Crosses. A short time later we arrive at Poperinge, during the war known to the soldiers as 'little Paris'. This was the very centre of the Rest & Recreation area for most of the British troops. The several pubs on the Grand Place still tell the stories of those times. Yet, also the site 'Shot at dawn' reminds us of what Pops must have been like during the war. Passing by Talbot House - that of course can be visited for an extra charge - we drive to Lyssenthoek Cemetery, the second largest CWGC cemetery in Flanders. Here was a military hospital during the war and the many headstones prove that for almost every day of the war, a body can be located within the Ypres Salient...
When adding an extra hour, also a visit to Dozinghem and Mendinghem Cemetery can be added to the tour, as well as a quick look at the chateau of De Lovie, where general Hubert Gough held his GHQ during the 3rd Battle of Ypres.
> 3 hour tour: € 35 p.p.
> 4 hour tour: € 45 p.p.
No entrance fees included in this tour. It is possible to add a visit to Talbot House at an extra charge of € 15 p.p.
Ideally the tour starts from Ypres at either 9 am or 1.30 pm. Other departure places are also possible but might shorten the tour, depending on the time needed to get to the battlefield sites.
Please contact us for a detailed itinerary measured to your personal needs!