Our Christmas Special Tour starts in the historic town of Ypres. We will head off
around Ypres, visiting sites and locations unique to this tour, with a special stop or
two along the way including visits to some impressive sites, such as Tyne Cot
cemetery and Pond Farm in Passchendaele and it’s amazing museum. On arrival
back in Ypres, we will check you in to your hotel, the four star Ariane Hotel in the
centre of town. In the evening there will be time to visit the Ypres Christmas market
before a short walk to attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. Afterwards,
we’ll have a group meal in a very nice restaurant adjacent to the market - a great
opportunity to relax and meet your fellow travellers. This is of course optional - allow
approx €35pp plus drinks.
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A Unique Christmas themed tour
covering Ypres, Arras and the Somme.
We will visit sites not on any of our
other tours and you will have the
opportunity to experience one of the
best Christmas markets in Europe, in
Arras! The first night will be spent in the
4-star Ariane hotel in Ypres, Belgium,
where we will take in the Last Post
ceremony at the Menin Gate. The
second night will be in the IBIS Styles
hotel in the centre of Arras, a short walk
from the market.
In addition to our normal tours, this special
Christmas tour will include:
Two night’s accommodation in a twin bedded
room on a bed and breakfast basis - first night
in the 4-star Ariane Hotel in Ypres and the
second night in the IBIS Styles hotel in Arras,
both a stones throw from the markets
An optional three course meal with wine on the
first evening, in a centrally located restaurant.
Allow around €35pp
We will attend the Last Post ceremony at the
Christmas themed adaptations to our normal
tours, including a visit to the locations of the
famous Christmas truces and the location of
the famed football match!
Please be aware that at this time of year,lanes are likely to be wet!Be prepared to get your vehicle muddy! Also, please note there are minimal driveable ‘green lanes’ in Belgium, so the off-road sections will begin South of Ypres.
•The Battle of Loos•Fromelles•Arras Christmas Market•Football match location
Example Itinerary:A Full Itinerary will be published soon, but as a rough guide:Day 1Independent travel to the agreed meeting point (details confirmed in advance of departure date)12 NoonArrival at meeting point in Ypres. Explanations, questions, discussions and distribution of Tour material12:30 to 17:00 The tour begins. During the day we will travel at a pace to suit all, visiting various sites, memorials and cemeteries17:00Approximate arrival back at Ypres. Check in to hotel.17:00 to 20:00Free time to relax or wander around Ypres20:00Attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate20:30Short walk to a local restaurant (optional)Day 209:30Depart local supermarketDuring the day we will travel at a pace to suit all, visiting various sites, memorials and cemeteries 17:00Arrival in Arras/check in at hotel17:00 onwardsFree time to visit The Ypres Christmas market, eat, drink & explore ArrasDay 309:00Depart Hotel, visiting various sites heading South to the Somme15:00End of Tour and Farewell(Non-contractual Tour example, subject to alteration when necessary – All times are approximate)
Tour cost includes your vehicle, driver and one passenger
•Extra adults are £249 each for the tour•Children aged 11-15 are £99 when sharing a room with parents•Children aged 10 and under are free, when sharing a room with parents
What’s included in the tour?
Hotel room for Hotel based tours - based on two sharing. Extra rooms are
charged at cost, currently around £250 for the two nights
Hotel rooms are twin bedded (can be changed to double room on request,
subject to availability) and include breakfast
An information pack that includes a colour bound booklet containing a series of
photographs pertinent to the Tour as well as additional reading pages
•Museum visits as part of the tour
A memorable Tour using your own vehicle
Loan of a handheld CB radio if required
What's not included:
Food and refreshments
•Ferry or Eurotunnel Crossing
Any extras, bar, restaurants etc at hotel.
Visits to museums and visitor centres outside of the tour