Tourism - In Flanders Fields: the Ypres Salient (World War I)

In Flanders Fields: the Ypres Salient

So much blood and tears for a few miles only











From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

"The Ypres Salient is the area around Ypres in Belgium which was the scene of some of the biggest battles in World War I.

In military terms, a salient is a battlefield feature that projects into enemy territory. Therefore, the salient is surrounded by the enemy on three sides, making the troops occupying the salient vulnerable. The enemy's line facing a salient is referred to as a re-entrant (an angle pointing inwards). A deep salient is vulnerable to being "pinched out" across the base, forming a "pocket", in which the defenders of the salient become trapped, isolated and easier to overcome. This gives attackers an overwhelming advantage: defenders can be attacked from all sides with artillery and/or machinegun fire. However, since the defenders are completely surrounded, they cannot easily be re-supplied (with food, ammunition and medical supplies etc) or escape. The "pocket" progressively reduces in size as the defenders are worn down and the attackers advance. The decreasing size of the pocket allows even more concentrated gunfire to be aimed at the defenders. Eventually, the defenders are overwhelmed by this onslaught and the pocket collapses.

The Ypres salient was formed by British, French, Canadian and Belgian defensive efforts against German incursion during the 1914 "Race to the Sea", culminating in the Battle of the Yser and the First Battle of Ypres.

These battles saved the Ypres salient and the corner of Belgium around Veurne from occupation, but also led to the beginning of trench warfare in the salient as both sides "dug in" around the line. The area of the salient is mostly flat, with few rises or hills. Those that did exist became the focus for the 1915 Second Battle of Ypres, which saw the first use of gas and the almost total destruction and evacuation of Ypres, and the 1917 Third Battle of Ypres at Passchendaele.

After the third battle, the Ypres salient was left relatively quiet until the Spring Offensive threatened to overwhelm the entire area. This offensive was stopped at the point the Allies were closest to being forced to abandon the salient. By August 1918, the Fourth Battle of Ypres (part of the Hundred Days Offensive) pushed the German forces out of the salient entirely and they did not return."





The British suffered enormous losses and there are over 250,000 fallen lying in some 600 cemeteries in this region. Soldiers often referred to ‘being in France’, although they were in fact in Belgium, at a place that was dubbed ‘Wipers’ by the servicemen.
The old medieval city, despite almost complete devastation during the four war years, was rebuilt.











We suggest you following program/schedule:

Leaving Dinant at 11:15 for Ypres (Ieper), via Namur and Brussels
13:00                  leave Brussels for Ypres (Ieper)
14:45 - 16:00     we visit the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres
16:00 - 18:00     we set off for a two hours guided battlefield tour of the Ypres Salient
18:00 - 19:30     free time (dinner, ...)
19:45 - 20:15     we attend the Last Post ceremony under the Menin Gate Memorial
                            this daily tribute, in memory of the so many fallen soldiers of the British Empire, has been played by local buglers every evening since 1928

                            
for your info: wreath laying is only on special occasions
20:30                  leave Ypres (Ieper) for Brussels
Arrival Brussels around 22:30.


This "standard" program can be tailor-made (and therefore always "unique"). We will always do our best to adapt the tour and comments to your specific group.
Customized private guided tours by van (for up to 6-7 people) or small coach (for up to 15 people).
Foresee walking shoes and clothing adapted to the weather conditions.



If you are looking for a guide only, check out www.private-tour-guide.be !







Another private guided day tour we offer:

08:30 leave Dinant for Ypres
11:40 lunch in Ypres (3 courses meal)
13:40 leave for our guided WWI Ypres Battlefield Tour, for about 4 hours, with (some of the) following highlights that we will visit:
- Essex Farm Cemetery / Advanced Dressing Station, John McCrae site
- Yorkshire Trench & Dug Out
- Soldatenfriedhof / Langemark

- "The Brooding Soldier" (St. Julien Canadian Memorial) at Vancouver Corner
drive through Zonnebeke
- Tyne Cot Cemetery / Passendale

drive via Passendale and Moorslede
- Hill 62
And/or, depending on the time left, also:
- Hill 60 & Caterpillar crater/ Zillebeke
- Spanbroekmolen, Lone Tree Cemetery & Crater (Pool of Peace) / Wijtschate

17:45 Ypres (Market Place) / free time on your own, allowing you to visit the Menin Gate
18:45 leave for Dinant
Arrive Dinant around 21:00


If you are looking for a guide only, check out www.private-tour-guide.be !




We also offer longer battlefield tours.

WW1 Ypres Salient battlefield guided tour
Day 1: Transfer from Brussels (or elsewhere, subject prior agreement) to Ypres
Free time to visit Ypres
Meals on your own.

Day 2: The Ypres Salient
full day Ypres Salient guided battlefield tour
including Passchendaele's Tyne Cot Cemetery (Passendale), Sanctuary Wood's Hill 62 Museum (incl. trenches), German Cemetery (Langemark), ...
other places (cemetery, ...) as per your special interest (kindly let us know in advance)
Break for lunch in a local friterie (famous for their french fries)
Attend the Last Post Ceremony (Menin Gate) at the end of the day
Dinner on your own.

Day 3: Transfer from Ypres to Brussels (or elsewhere, subject prior agreement)


WW1 Ypres Salient & the Somme battlefields guided tour
Day 1: Transfer from Brussels (or elsewhere, subject prior agreement) to Ypres
Free time to visit Ypres
Meals on your own.

Day 2: The Ypres Salient
full day Ypres Salient guided battlefield tour
including Passchendaele's Tyne Cot Cemetery (Passendale), Sanctuary Wood's Hill 62 Museum (incl. trenches), German Cemetery (Langemark), ...
other places (cemetery, ...) as per your special interest (kindly let us know in advance)
Break for lunch in a local friterie (famous for their french fries)
Attend the Last Post Ceremony (Menin Gate) at the end of the day
Dinner on your own.

Day 3: The Somme
We leave Ypres in the morning for a full day tour to the Somme
including Vimy Ridge, Beaumont-Hamel, Thiepval memorial, Lochnagar Crater (La Boisselle), Ulster Tower (Thiepval) ...
other places (cemetery, ...) as per your special interest (kindly let us know in advance)
Sandwich or quick lunch on the Market in Arras, or in Albert.
Return for the night to Ypres

Day 4: Transfer from Ypres to Brussels (or elsewhere, subject prior agreement).


WW1 Ypres Salient & the Somme + WW2 Normandy battlefields guided tour
Day 1: Transfer from Brussels (or elsewhere, subject prior agreement) to Ypres
Free time to visit Ypres
Meals on your own.

Day 2: The Ypres Salient
full day Ypres Salient guided battlefield tour
including Passchendaele's Tyne Cot Cemetery (Passendale), Sanctuary Wood's Hill 62 Museum (incl. trenches), German Cemetery (Langemark), ...
other places (cemetery, ...) as per your special interest (kindly let us know in advance)
Break for lunch in a local friterie (famous for their french fries)
Attend the Last Post Ceremony (Menin Gate) at the end of the day
Dinner on your own.

Day 3: The Somme
We leave Ypres in the morning for a full day tour to the Somme
including Vimy Ridge, Beaumont-Hamel, Thiepval memorial, Lochnagar Crater (La Boisselle), Ulster Tower (Thiepval)...
other places (cemetery, ...) as per your special interest (kindly let us know in advance)
Sandwich or quick lunch on the Market in Arras, or in Albert.
Night in Amiens

Day 4: Transfer from Amiens to Caen
includes visit to Dieppe and passing the Normandy Bridge over the Seine
Free time on your own in Caen
Night in Caen

Day 5: Normandy
full day WW2 Normandy battlefield guided tour
including Pegasus Bridge (Benouville), Arromanches, Longues-sur-mer, Colleville US Cemetary and Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, ...
other places (cemetery, ...) as per your special interest (kindly let us know in advance)
Night in Caen

Day 6: Transfer from Caen to Brussels (or elsewhere, subject prior agreement)




ANZAC




WWI Australian Western Front Battlefields Tour (France & Belgium)

Day 1
Pick-up Brussels Hotel / Airport
Drive to Ypres Hotel (Albion Hotel or Novotel suggested)
Free time for visit to In Flanders Fields Museum on your own, as an introduction (can easily take up to 4-6 hours !)
Attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial

Day 2
Zonnebeke: the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Polygon Wood and the Fifth Division Memorial
Ploegsteert: Interpretation Centre and Toronto Avenue Cemetery
(France)
Fromelles: VC Corner Memorial, Australian Memorial Park and Battle of Fromelles Museum
Bullecourt: Jean and Denise Letaille Museum, Digger Memorial and Australian Memorial Park
Albert Hotel (Ibis suggested) for the night

Day 3
Thiepval Memorial
Pozières: First Australian Division Memorial and The Windmill Site
Péronne / Mont Saint-Quentin: Second Australian Division Memorial
Bellenglise: Fourth Australian Division MemorialLe Hamel: Australian Corps Memorial
Villers-Bretonneux: Franco-Australian Museum, Australian National Memorial
Vignacourt: Maison des Australiens (« House of the Australians ») Thuillier collection

Than
drop off Amiens hotel / train station (to Paris, for example)
or
another night in Albert, before returning to Ypres and Brussels (day 4)

Optional add-on (day 5): a visit to Bruges, before returning to Brussels.

For those joining Amiens from Paris: note that this tour can be reversed, from Amiens to Ypers.



John McCrae




WWI Canadian Western Front Battlefields Tour (France & Belgium)

Day 1
Brussels Hotel/Airport
Brussels - Ypres
Ypres: free time to explore the city & visit the In Flanders Fields Museum on your own
Hotel Ypres

Day 2: Ypres
St George's Memorial Church / Ypres (by foot)
Talbot House Museum / Poperinge
Essex Farm Cemetery / John McCrae
Vancouver Corner / St-Juliaan (The Brooding Soldier)
Mauser Ridge / Kitchener's Wood / Gravenstafel Ridge
Crest Farm Canadian Monument / Passendale
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Hill 62 / Sanctuary Wood Memorial / Mount Sorrel
Pool of Peace / Wijtschate (Heuvelland)
20:00 Last Post

Hotel Ypres

Day 3: The Somme
Neuve-Chapelle Memorial
Sallaumines (Lens) / Hill 70
Vimy Ridge Memorial
Gueudecourt Newfoundland Memorial
Courcelette

Hotel Albert

Day 4
Wimereux / John McCrae
Brussels Hotel/Airport


Optional add-on (day 4): a visit to Bruges, before returning to Brussels on day 5.

For those joining Amiens from Paris: note that this tour can be reversed, from Amiens to Ypers.



All our tours are private tours: only you / your group will be on board.


Contact us for more details!



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