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Christmas Markets and Battlefields

Prices start from:

£339

per person

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

Overview

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 location for the stunning Christmas Market that takes place in the city centre 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 and drinks on offer.

Belgium is also further tied to the British people by the Great War and for four long years Flanders Fields was the scene which epitomised the horrors of this war. Four major battles were fought here and more than 250,000 soldiers from Britain and her Empire gave their lives.   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.

What’s included

Full services of our experienced driver/guide, who will collect you in Ashford
Return Channel Crossings with Eurotunnel or P&O Ferries
Full services of a car or minibus
Bed and Breakfast accommodation at a hotel in a suitable location
Tailormade itinerary
Full administration and booking service
24 hours on call Duty Manager whilst tour is operating

Not included

Meals other than those shown
Items not clearly shown as included
Travel Insurance

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 Ashford and head to Dover or Folkestone for your crossing. On arrival in Calais, we head to Belgium and the city of Bruges where you will enjoy free time in the city and visit the Christmas Markets.
Day 2:
After breakfast this morning we will re-join our transport and make our way to the battlefields of Flanders. Our first stop is at Essex Farm Military Cemetery, the site of a dressing station, to 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 John McCrae wrote ‘In Flanders Fields’. Heading into Messines we will visit the Christmas Truce Memorial and learn more about the story of the famous football match. Nearby lies Langemark German Cemetery which is one of the few German military cemeteries in Belgium, where you will learn of the student soldiers who died nearby in 1914 and of the Langemark myth to which the cemetery has given rise. Heading into Ypres we will enjoy a tour of the city, with our guide who will point out some of the key sites, ending a the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing. We end our day in Ypres with free time in this beautiful city before we head 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

People

Days

Price per person

2
2
from £1,099 pp
2
3
from £1,399 pp
6
2
from £599 pp
6
3
from £839 pp
8
2
from £479 pp
8
3
from £669 pp
10
2
from £389 pp
10
3
from £569 pp
12
2
from £339 pp
12
3
from £489 pp

Our sample prices are per person, based on the number of passengers shown and are provided to show you what a tour of this type could cost with our company. All prices are subject to availability and prices may vary depending on your bespoke package.

Prices start from:

£339

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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