4-Day/3-Night School Trip to Flanders and The Somme from £379 per pupil
Our 4 day programme takes you to some of the most significant battlefield sites of the Somme and Flanders regions. Shorter or longer tours can be arranged with the opportunity to create a programme around your school’s own aims and ambitions.
Travel by Executive Coach and Ferry or Eurotunnel to Northern France. En route to your base for this three night tour, you will break at Vimy Ridge to view the towering stone monument built to commemorate the struggles of the Canadian soldiers who fought for this vital piece of high ground. As well as the Visitor Centre devoted to the battle, the Memorial Park also features some well preserved trench-lines which can be walked along with craters and shell holes still clearly visible nearly a Century after the hostilities ended.
Having absorbed the Ridge and its surroundings, you will continue into the Somme region to arrive at your residential centre in time for dinner, there will be an opportunity for your school group to explore the surrounding town afterwards.
Day Two – The Somme
Following breakfast you will spend the morning at the Historial de la Grand Guerre, one of the foremost educational exhibitions devoted to the Great War. A picnic lunch will be provided by the Museum before your group is joined on your coach by an expert Tour Guide to lead you around the Circuit of Remembrance. This route links Peronne – occupied by the Germans for much of the conflict – to the town of Albert which was where large numbers of British forces were stationed. The tour will also taking in the Ulster Tower, the impressive Thiepval Monument and Visitor Centre, the Lochnagar Crater and several other important sites remembering the role of the Commonwealth Nations during the hostilities. These include the Newfoundland Memorial at Beaumont Hamel, where the pupils will be able to weave their way through the networks of beautifully preserved trenches.
After this full day exploring the battlefield sites of the Somme, your group will return to your residential centre in time for dinner and the chance to discuss the impact of the day’s activities. Other ‘lighter’ entertainment can be organised in the evening if desired.
Day Three – In A Flanders Field
After breakfast, we will board the coach to take the short journey across the Belgian border into Flanders. Our primary destination will be the town of Ypres, where the reconstructed Cloth Hall – completely destroyed during the War – is the venue for the ‘In Flanders Field Museum’ with its excellent interactive and educational exhibits. Here pupils can register a few personal details on a poppy wristband and then hear wartime stories based on their profile. As well as exhibits of uniforms, recruitment posters and trench warfare, this museum really excels in revealing alternative aspects of life, with an emphasis on the affect of war on the local Belgian communities, many of the population forced to leave the country as refugees, and the rebuilding exercise that took place in the years after.
After pausing for a packed lunch picnic, your coach tour will continue around the surrounding Belgian countryside, taking in several important sites including Sanctuary Wood, with its network of reconstructed trenches and relics, the Passchendaele Memorial Museum and the Tyne Cot Cemetery – the largest of all the Commonwealth War Grave Cemeteries providing the last resting place of nearly 12000 soldiers.
You will return to Ypres to take dinner in a town centre restaurant and will then take the short walk to the Menin Gate to take part in the moving Last Post ceremony. This daily rite began in 1927 and is attended by several hundreds of visitors and locals alike standing in respectful silence every evening at 8pm, without fail.
You will board your coach after breakfast on the last morning for the journey home. Your first stop en route will be the attractive town of Arras where you will visit the Wellington Quarry – a a relatively new attraction telling the story of subterranean life for the thousands of British soldiers who lived in former underground quarries which were adapted for strategic purposes in 1916.
After a pause to eat the pack lunch provided, there may be the opportunity for a brief shopping trip in a typical French Hypermarket before making the return crossing back to ‘Blighty’ and a late night arrival back at your school gates.
£379 per pupil based upon 44 pupils travelling with 5 Teachers free of charge
The price quoted for the fully-inclusive programme above includes:
* Outward and return coach/ferry/Eurotunnel transfers
* Three nights full board (from dinner on day 1 to packed lunch on day 4) accommodation
* Entrance fees as per agreed itinerary * Tenpin Bowling is offered at a supplement
* Help with provision of Risk Assessments
* Tour planning guidance
* Comprehensive Leaders’ Information Packs for travel
* 24/7 Emergency support contact throughout your visit
* Fully Protected Travel Arrangements – Travel Regulation Insolvency Protection Insurance provided by Towergate. For more details please click here.
* Alternative activities available. Some premium attractions will attract an additional charge. Additional optional evening activities are offered at a supplement.
Please note the programme and quote price may vary due to coach driving hours regulations and the type and timing of the Channel Crossing