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New Zealand Memorial | Credit: Keawe Woodmore
Bayernwald Wijtschate Trenches
Bedford House Cemetery | Credit: VisitFlanders
First All Black Captain, Dave Gallaher
Flanders from above, Zonnebeke
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery | Credit: VisitFlanders
Menin Gate, Ypres | Credit: VisitFlanders
Talbot House Every Man's Club | Credit: VisitFlanders
New Zealand Memorial
The Angel, Kemmel
Belgium

WWI Private Tour: Flanders - NZ (Tour code: 12197)

Starts and Ends
in Ypres (Belgium)
Travel Periods
01 Mar 2024 - 31 Oct 2024
Experience
Travel Style
Private Escorted Tours
A 2 day tour Battlefields Tour of the French and Belgian Flanders regions with a focus on important New Zealand WWI memorials.

Highlights

Stay in Ypres, a city rebuilt while respecting its past, in a beautiful family owned and operated 3 star hotel.

2 days with your own Private Battlefields Guide

Carefully selected memorials, cemeteries and museums in remembrance of the Flanders battles

Hear the "Last Post" at the Menin Gate

2 days
From
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per person, twin share
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Overview

A fascinating two day tour looking at WWI in French and Belgian Flanders with your own private Battlefields guide.  Visit some of the most important New Zealand memorials and then experience the most unforgettable sound of "The Last Post" being played at the Menin Gate in Ypres.  Learn more about the legendary Christmas Truce and visit Passchendaele, home to the best WWI Museum in Belgium. Visit Langemark German Cemetery and German second line trenches at Bayernwald. See the grave of Nelly Spindler, the only woman buried at Lijssenthoek Cemetery among 10,000 servicemen.   
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Inclusions

1 night in Ypres at the Albion Hotel - 3*
Transport in private vehicle
Breakfast on Day 2
2 Lunches
Experienced Battlefields Guide
Entrance Fees as per itinerary
Package Upgrades

WWI Private Tour: Flanders - 4 Star - NZ from AUD1,373 per person, twin share.

Day 1 Ypres Messines Nine Elms Cemetery Lijssenthoek Poperinge Ypres

Pick up from your Ypres hotel at 9.00, visit the New Zealand Memorial to the Missing at the Messines Ridge British Cemetary. The memorial lists 827 officers and men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force with no known grave who died in or near Messines in 1917 and 1918.  See the visitor centre and then stop at the statue of the New Zealand solider in the centre of the town, a memorial to all New Zealand soldiers who fought in the battle of Messines Ridge. See the crypt under the church in Messines where Hitler was treated as a wounded soldier, and stand where Samuel Frickelton, a soldier in the New Zealand Military Forces, won his Victoria Cross.

After lunch, visit the Nine Elms Cemetery where David Gallaher, a captain of the "Original All Blacks"  is buried.

Stop at Lijssenthoek, the location of a field hospital from 1915 until 1920, See the visitor centre and the cemetery containing 10,000 burials. See the grave of Nelly Spindler, a staff nurse buried with full military
honours, and the only woman buried in this cemetery. 

Visit Talbot House in Poperinge, “The Every Man’s Club”,a quiet place where soldiers could go to have a cup of tea or relax in the garden. Then, see the old Death Cells in the Town Hall. A sobering reminder of fate faced by many so-called ‘deserters’ during the Great War.

On the road back to Ypres, we'll visit the Chinese Memorial. 

 

In Ypres see the Menin Gate, the main square, the Cloth Hall (entry not included), the Cathedral and enjoy some free time before attending the Last Post at the Menin Gate.

NoteThe Commonwealth War Graves Commission has started a 2 year restoration project of the Menin Gate. The Menin Gate Memorial will not be fully accessible to visitors during renovations. Scaffolding will cover the Memorial and the name panels entirely. The scaffold covering features one of the original pencil sketches of the Menin Gate by Sir Reginald Blomfield. The drawing is believed to date to 1921.

The daily Last Post service at 8pm will still take place but its location will be moved to an alternative location near the Menin Gate, usually on the bridge in front of the Menin Gate.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Information Centre is in the centre of town, just a stone’s throw from the iconic Menin Gate. You can drop in and visit the friendly team who can help you find out more about CWGC’s local sites, undertake research on the CWGC database or answer questions you may have about their work. It is open until 9pm. It is here that you can also take advantage of a digital search application if you are looking for a particular section of the name panels on the Menin Gate.

Overnight stay at the Albion Hotel in a Classic Room.

Lunch
Ypres → Messines → Nine Elms Cemetery → Lijssenthoek → Poperinge → Ypres
The Last Post | Credit: Milo Profi

Day 2 Ypres Bayernwald Kemmel Passendale Polygoon Wood Ypres

Departing after breakfast at 9.00am, we drive to Bayernwald, a set of German second line trenches in the sector of Wijschate. The site consists of two mine galleries, a mine shaft, a trench system and five bunkers. It is accessed via a footpath which passes through the restored network of trenches.

Next, move on to Kemmel and stand at the Spanbroekmolen Crater, also known as the  "Lone Tree Crater" and the "Pool of Peace",  one of the remains of the Battle of Messines. Stop at the American Memorial of Kemmel and visit the Lettenberg Bunkers. Stand at the French Ossuary and the Angel on Kemmel Ridge.

After lunch, driving towards Zonnebeke and Passendale, to visit Tyne Cot Military Cemetery and Memorial. It is the CWGC largest cemetery in Europe. From Tyne Cot, travel to Gravenstafel where Gallaher was
killed during the battle of Passendale. Visit the German Cemetery in Langemark and then on to Polygon Wood see the Memorial dedicated to the 1st Australian Division and the New Zealand Memorial.

If you did not hear the Last Post at the Menin Gate the day before, why not add an additional night (additional cost applies) and attend the Last Post this evening? 

Breakfast, Lunch
Ypres → Bayernwald → Kemmel → Passendale→ Polygoon Wood→ Ypres
Bayernwald Wijtschate Trenches | Credit: VisitFlanders

Accommodation

Albion Hotel

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Ypres / Ieper

A small family owned and operated hotel, rated in the top 20 hotels in Belgium for the best service in 2021. Good sized rooms, a generous breakfast and free WIFI.

Close to the Menin Gate and the In Flanders Fields Museum, plus enjoy the restaurants and chocolate shops all in walking distance from the hotel.

Room Upgrades

Premium Room

The larger premium rooms have all the mod-cons, including box spring mattresses, spacious bathrooms with shower and/or bath, smart tv, air condiitioning , room safe and free WIFI. 

Premium Room

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Optional Extras

Day 1 - Alternative Starting Point: Start tour in Lille

Staying in Lille or travelling in by Eurostar?  
You can start your Flanders 2 day tour in Lille instead.  A supplement applies.

Drop off on day 2 will still be Ypres.

Operates on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

Prices are dynamic based on travel dates. Please proceed to Book Now or Contact Us for details.

Day 1 - Alternative Starting Point: Start tour in Arras

Staying in Arras or taking the train in from Paris?
You can start your Flanders 2 day tour in Arras instead.  A supplement applies.

Drop off on day 2 will still be Ypres.

Operates on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

Prices are dynamic based on travel dates. Please proceed to Book Now or Contact Us for details.

Additional information

If you would like to incorporate a visit to a relative's grave, where it falls within the itinerary area, please advise details as early as possible and no later than 35 days prior to the package departure.  If extra time is needed at a relative's grave, then the rest of the day's itinerary may need to be slightly altered.

For pre/post accommodation, please contact our Sales Team.
The order of visits in this package can be modified depending on availability.

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