Tour Dates: 30 September - 3 October 2022

Price Per Person: £599.00

Hotel: Hotel D'Withuis, Dixsmuide   

Limited to 25 spaces

 

WFA National Tour -
Ypres 1918   


                                                  

Tour Itinerary

The tour will start at Ebbsfleet International Station offering superb convenient links from London rail hubs and in addition provides secure parking at a reasonable rate. Transport via an executive standard coach and return channel crossing are also included throughout. The tour is limited to 25 spaces to ensure quality and make this tour feel like a personal pilgrimage as opposed to a large coach group. Personal visits to relatives or people of interest to you are positively encouraged and will be incorporated into the tour itinerary whilst these will be reflected as the group fills up a preliminary itinerary is planned as follows:

Day 1 - Friday 30 September 2022
Pick up in Ebbsfleet & Dover (first pick up around 0900 hours) on route to our hotel we will visit Estaires to discuss the often-overlooked Portuguese Divisions and the German breakthrough here between the 9th-11th April 1918

Day 2 - Saturday 1 October 2022  
“There must be no retirement. With our backs to the wall and believing in the justice of our cause each one must fight on to the end.” Haig’s special order of the day is the backdrop for our study of the Battle of the Lys, including visits to Hazebrouck so stoutly defended by the First Australian Division, the French defence around Kemmel, and the eventual capture of Kemmelberg and the Scherpenberg that mark the high-water mark of the German offensive, consider the before ending in and around Ploegsteert.
The evening will be spent in Ypres where an opportunity to participate in the Last Post Service at the Menin Gate.

Day 3 - Sunday 2 October 2022
A day studying the final advance across Ypres, the main battle lasted for four days starting on 28 September 1918, we begin however at Veerstraat and the actions of the US 27th (New York) and 30th (Old Hickory) Divisions across this ground. We then look at the capture of the Gheluvelt Plateau by the 29th Division, the advance through Polygon Wood to Zonnebeke by the 9th (Scottish) Division under the command of Major General Henry Tudor, the capture of Passchendaele before turning our attention to King Alberts Belgian divisions to the north of the battlefield. 

Day 4 - Monday 10 June 2022 
Travel back after a morning at Zeebrugge to study the raid that took place 23 April 1918, before onward travel to the UK, arriving at Ebbsfleet International for around 1600hrs.