From 1914 to1918 Flanders Fields was a major battle area in the First World War.

A million soldiers from over 50 countries were killed, wounded or went missing in action over this period. Entire cities and villages were destroyed.

2018 marks100 years since the end of World War One, a sobering moment in British history. For three months Allied forces persevered in trench warfare in the battle of Ypres and Passchendale despite massive losses and Gas attacks.

The war poet Siegfried Sassoon who witnessed the conflict at first hand described it thus:

You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you'll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go.

Our 2018 Flanders tour is very much a follow-up to our successful Somme tour in 2017. At Sanctuary Wood  you will see the  original trenches where soldiers from both sides fought at close quarters. At Essex Farm, John McCrae wrote his renowned poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. We will visit the Tyne Cot Cemetery (the biggest Commonwealth Military Cemetery in the world). where 12.000 men lay at rest against the backdrop of a wall inscribed with the names of 35,000 men who are still "missing". In Poperinge we will visit the courtyard where those who were too frightened to go "over the top" where charged with cowardice and summarily executed. Further up the road we visit the authentic Talbot House Toc H establishment where soldiers were given Rest and Recuperation...

Back at Ypres the local roads are closed each night and at 8pm precisely, you will attend the incredibly moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial. Look up at the names of 55.000 military casualties whose memory lives on in this simple celebration of Remembrance as the bugle echoes with the resonance of the Last Post.

Alastair's grandfather Fred Hilton was Missing in Action for four days having been gassed at Passchendaele. He survived having made it back by some miracle to the Allied trenches. Although he lived into his nineties he rarely spoke about his horrific experiences.

That is Alastair's rationale for putting this tour together - no doubt you will have your own valid reasons for wanting to come along.

We spend three nights in a quality four star Hotel close to the town centre with parking included. Whether you’re going for a short break or on a mission to track down some family history this is an absorbing tour.

The Flanders conflict was 100 years ago but the legacy lives on in the historical sites that we will visit.

Come with us and see for yourself...


For further information on this tour ask for our Fact sheet via our Contact Page CLICK HERE


E1801 - France & Belgium

13th April 2018 to

16th April 2018

In Flanders Fields *** CLOSED ***

White ArrowHIGHLIGHTS...
  • Ideal for a first trip into Europe
  • Low mileage tour
  • Quality hotel accommodation
  • Witness the Last Post Ceremony
  • Search for your family history in the First World War
  • Dover/Calais ferry outward/return
  • Three nights accommodation in four star town centre Ypres Hotel
  • Three course evening meal upon arrival
  • Escorted by MCi Tour Manager
  • Full email tour pack, route plans, ride out routes & GPS co-ordinates
White ArrowEXTRAS...
  • Alternative ferry crossings or Eurotunnel
  • Entry fees to museums and attractions
White ArrowPRICE per person...
1 person, 1 bike, single room
1 person, 1 bike, shared room
2 people, 1 bike, shared room
Deposit payable at time of booking:
£125 per person