WWI - Belgian Flanders Battlefield Tour - Ypers Salient Day Trip from Paris
Come and join us
for a day of remembrance. During that day you will discover this part of the
Western Front where hundreds of thousands of soldiers fought between 1914 and
1918. We will explore this area where a dramatic period of history took place,
where the armies of many nations served. "In the salient, Ypres has become
particularly associated with commonwealth forces who were here continuously
from October 1914 to the end of the war [...] By the time the last shells fell
on Ypres in October 1918, the Salient had claimed 185,000 Commonwealth lives".
You will discover
the Ypres Salient and its major sites (memorials, cemeteries and traces of battles)
: John McRae's Essex Farm site; Langemark (German cemetery); Vancouver Corner
(Canadian Memorial); Tyne Cot cemetery (Passchendaele); Polygon Wood (5th Australian
You'll walk the moonscape of the Hill 60 battlefield and see literally dozens
of memorials to British, Australian and Canadian regiments. You'll also spend
time in Ypres itself, with the opportunity to visit St. George's Chapel and
the Menin Gate.
THIS TOUR WILL NOT BE CONDUCTED FROM NOVEMBER 2012 THROUGH END OF MARCH 2013Season: From April 4th 2013 to November 7th 2013
Scheduled days: Thursdays
Departures: From 6:30 am
Duration: Approximately 12 hours
Pick up point: From your accommodation in Paris
Return point: To your accommodation in Paris
| Feedback on 10/8/2012 from Kathryn and David|
We both loved this tour. Bert our tour guide was very knowledgable and informative about the areas that we visited. I didnt know much of the area before we went there, but our guide helped me to understand more about the western front and the effect of war in the area. Ypres was a very moving place and its very hard to immagine what happened in such an open space of land. Overall would definatley recommend this tour to any one who wants to not go straight to the main Australian sights, and to get a true understanding on the western front. Thankyou again to Bert.
| Feedback on 8/23/2012 from Robert|
An excellent day tour with an extremely knowlegable driver/guide. It is a tight schedule and must have tiring for our guide, however very worthwhile for us. Have recommended this tour to others.
|Management response :|
Thank you Robert for your feedback and support. This trip surely is a must do. Paul
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Essex Farm "It is said that the location
of Essex Farm Advanced Dressing Station (ADS) is to be the place
where in May 1915 the Canadian Army Doctor Major John McCrae composed
his famous poem 'In Flanders Fields'. That's also where Rifleman
Valentine Joe Strudwick is buried. His grave can be found at Plot
I. Row U. Grave 8. He was aged 15 when he died on 14th January 1916.
He is one of the youngest British casualties of the Great War."
Polygon Wood "This name
can be found on each Australian monument. Prior to the war, teh
wood was used as training ground for the Belgian army. It was captured
at a high price on 26 September 1917. Next to the wood is Polygon
Cemetery. In 2007, five Australian soldiers were reburied here,
two of which were identified by DNA. A unique place with a special
Tyne Cot Cemetery - Passchendaele "With his
12.000 headstones Tyne Cot Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth
military cemetery in the world - It is also the most important reminder
of the bloody battle of Passchendaele. During the British offensive
of 1917 tens of thousands of soldiers died here in a period of one
hundred days for a gain of barely eight kilometres. Originally "Tyne
Cot" was a bunker on the German Flander I line. On 4 October 1917,
Australian soldiers captured the position and used the bunker as
an advanced dressing station."
Hill 60 "The name reveals all: this hill
is 60 metres above sea level. Hill 60 is one of the last pieces
of authentic battlefield ground that can be seen in the salient.
Huge mine craters, bunkers and shell holes are still everywhere
around. You can also find a Memorial to the 1st Australian Tunnelling
Menin Gate Memorial "The Menin Gate holds
the names of almost 55.000 soldiers who went missing and do not
have a known grave. Each year thousand of visitors come to honour
them. At the inauguration in 1927 Field-Marshal Plumer spoke the
historic words: "He is not missing, he is here""
extract from the "Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917"
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