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Christmas Markets and Battlefields

Prices start from:

£145

per person

2 -
3 Days
World War 1
Belgium
12 - 300 travellers

Overview

History, culture, personal enrichment – just some of the things that young people deserve to experience as they grow up, but fitting all of this in can sometimes be difficult, especially for schools. That is why we have designed a trip that encapsulates all of this but doesn’t break the bank for your students.

Just under an hour’s drive from Calais finds us in Belgium, a beautiful country popular with visitors from the UK and none more so than the city of Bruges.  Linked to the sea by a series of canals and often referred to as “The Venice of the North” its history dates back to the 9th century and this medieval city is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is the perfect place to explore some of the medieval history of Europe, the impact of the Reformation on the development of some of the artistic world’s key movements. It is also home to one of the most atmospheric Christmas Markets that takes place each year. Soak up the festive atmosphere and visit the many stalls offering the chance to shop for unique Christmas gifts and enjoy sampling the amazing array of delicious local foods on offer.

This trip can be tied into a visit to the historic battlefields of the First World War.  A visit to Flanders Fields is an important way of understanding the horrors of the Great War. Four major battles were fought here and more than 250,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers gave their lives. The pretty market town of Ypres lies at the heart of ‘The Salient’ and during the war the town was under almost constant bombardment, reducing it to ruins.  The city is now totally restored and at the heart of the city lies The Menin Gate, which marked the route that many soldiers took on their journey to the front line.

Join us on this tour for a tale of two cities, both famous but for very different reasons.

Key Subject Knowledge

  • Medieval history
  • Modern European cultural developments
  • Medicine and medical evacuation on the Western front
  • Women and the First World War
  • Diversity and the range of troops that served during the First World War
  • Technology and how it changed over the war
  • Daily life in the trenches
  • The relationship between the Home Front and the Western Front
  • Propaganda and communication
  • Commemoration and legacy

 

Also available supporting elements of wider Humanities (geography, English, social sciences and citizenship)

  • The battlefield and the physical landscape
  • Art history
  • War poetry and war artists
  • Decision making in the British Armed forces and the relationship between politicians and generals
  • The different faiths that were in the British Forces

What’s included

Return Channel Crossings
Full services of an executive coach for the duration of your Battlefield Tour
Pick up and drop off from your chosen location
Bed and breakfast accommodation
Full Services of an expert Battlefield Guide
Entrance to Hooge Crater Museum
Travel Insurance
Tailormade itinerary
1 free teacher for every 10 paying students
Full administration and booking service
24 hours on call Duty Manager whilst tour is operating

Not included

Inspection visit – available at additional cost
Items not clearly shown as included
Packed lunches and dinners – available at an additional charge

Itinerary

Below is a sample itinerary for a 2 day tour, all tours are personalised and once your tour is booked your expert guide will get in touch to start working with you to produce an itinerary for your bespoke tour.
Day 1:
Depart from your chosen pick-up point and head to Dover or Folkestone for your crossing. On arrival in Calais, we head to Belgium and the city of Bruges where the group will enjoy free time in the city and a visit to the Christmas Markets. Later this evening, we depart Bruges and head to Ypres where we will check into our accommodation for an overnight stay.
Day 2:
This morning we start off with a walking tour of Ypres, where our guide will point out some of the key sites, finishing with a visit to the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing. Joining our coach we head to Essex Farm Military Cemetery, the site of a dressing station, and pay our respects at a row of graves of soldiers that were killed on Christmas Day and also to Private Strudwick (age 15). It was close to here that Canadian Doctor John McCrae wrote ‘In Flanders Fields’. Heading into Messines we will visit the Christmas Truce Memorial and learn more about the myths and realities of the infamous football match. Next, we pay a visit to Hooge Crater Museum, located in a former chapel and the adjacent trench reconstruction where we will learn about the different roles of men and women on and close to the battlefields. Then onto Langemark German Cemetery which is one of the few German military cemeteries in Belgium to explore the legacy of the war as remembered by different nations. The final visit today is to Tyne Cot CWGC Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing, which is the largest CWGC Cemetery in the world. After taking time to pay our final respects we will start to make our way back to Calais.

All our tours and itineraries are tailormade and put together to match your requirements, please get in touch to discuss your tour.

Pricing options

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Price per person

48
2
from £145 pp
48
3
from £209 pp

Our sample prices are per student, based on 44 students (+4 staff travelling free of charge) departing November 2022. Please note all prices and tours are subject to availability and prices may vary, depending on your bespoke package, what is included and the number of students and staff travelling.

Prices start from:

£145

per person

All our tours and itineraries are bespoke and put together to match your requirements, please get in touch to discuss your tour.

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