Small-Group Day Trip from Paris: Tour of the Ypres Salient WWI Battlefield in Belgian Flanders
Small-Group Day Trip from Paris: Tour of the Ypres Salient WWI Battlefield in Belgian Flanders information and booking
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Spend a day discovering the fascinating history of the Ypres Salient, a battlefield in the Belgium Flanders region that saw many battles during World War 1. After hotel pickup from Paris, visit several memorials and cemeteries including the St Julien Memorial and the Tyne Cot Cemetery, where you can pay your respects to the thousands of soldiers who defended this corner of Belgium from the German Army. Walk up to the famous battlefield of Hill 60; see the Menin Gate Memorial; and enjoy free time to explore the town of Ypres at your leisure.
Start your day trip to the Ypres Salient with pickup from your hotel in Paris. Relax on a scenic drive through northern France to Belgium, where you’ll visit the famous battlefield of the Ypres Salient, an area that saw many of the biggest battles during World War 1.
Thousands of soldiers from the Commonwealth countries, as well as Germany, France and Belgium, defended the land around the Ypres Salient from the German Army. This battlefield saw numerous deaths during the war, and is now the site of several cemeteries and memorials honoring those who lost their lives there. With your guide, discover these sites including St Julien Memorial, a Canadian memorial sometimes referred to as the 'Brooding Soldier,' and Polygon Wood, the 5th Australian Division Memorial.
Next, discover the Essex Farm Cemetery and bunkers, an area used as a dressing station during WWI and often associated with John McCrae, a Canadian soldier who was stationed here. Learn how he wrote ‘In Flanders Fields,’ the famous poem that resulted in poppies becoming one of the world's most recognized memorial symbols for fallen soldiers.
With your guide, walk up to Hill 60, a famous battlefield on raised land that saw heavy fighting during the war. Unlike other battlefields in the Belgium Flanders region, Hill 60 saw a lot of fighting underground in tunnels created by mines.
Visit the Tyne Cot Cemetery, where many soldiers who died in the Ypres Salient are buried. See the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing, the stone wall that surrounds the cemetery containing the names of missing soldiers from the UK and New Zealand.
On your tour, you’ll also have free time to explore the town of Ypres at your leisure and have lunch (own expense). See the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, which has the names of thousands of missing Commonwealth soldiers inscribed on it, before enjoying a comfortable ride back to Paris.
- Small-group tour
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
What isn't included
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks