Our battlefield tours

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

Battlefield tour - Highlights of the Ypres Salient

When visiting the battlefield of the Ypres Salient for the first time, or when you have only little knowledge on the history of the First World War, this is the perfect introduction. Ideally the tour is combined with a visit to the In Flanders Fields Museum.

THE TOUR
First stop on the tour is Essex Farm Cemetery where we visit the grave of the youngest KIA in the Ypres Salient. Next to the cemetery we can see the John McCrae Memorial, on the spot where the Canadian doctor wrote his famous poem 'In Flanders Fields'. Next we drive along Pilckem Ridge towards Langemark. It is on this part of the battlefield that the Germans released their first poison gas attack. But it is also here that the infamous 3rd Battle of Ypres - the Road to Passchendaele - was begun. We follow in the footsteps of Harry Patch, the last remaining Tommy. At Langemark we visit the German military cemetery, commonly known as The Students' Cemetery. Here the first German attack on the Ypres Salient was made in 1914. The First Battle of Ypres was responsible for creating the infamous Salient. From Langemark we drive to 's Graventafel Ridge, where the Canadians firmly 'closed the gap' in april 1915 and where the ANZACs continued on the Road to Passchendaele in 1917. A visit to Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth military cemetery on the European continent, is always very moving. The Visitor Centre tells us all we need to know about the Third Battle of Ypres and more specifically the Road to Passchendaele of the Canadians. On the cemetery itself we hear the stories of forgotten heroes and VC winners. Via Polygon Wood and the Menin Road back to Ypres.

When an extra hour is added to the tour, we will continue to Hill 62 and the Mount Sorrel Memorial or Hill 60 and the Caterpillar Crater. 

TARIFF

> 3 hour tour: € 40 p.p.

> 4 hour tour: € 45 p.p.


No entrance fees included in this tour.


When booking for 4 or more people, you get a € 5 discount per person.


DEPARTURE

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.

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Please contact us for a detailed itinerary measured to your personal needs!