Tour Dates: 4-8 June 2017

Price Per Person: £720:00 (£120:00 Single Supplement) 

Hotel Accommodation: (Bed and Breakfast Basis)
Hotel Withuis, Dixsmuide 
Walking Messines 2017

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Sunday 4 June 2017

 Picking up at Ebbsfleet International Rail Station and Dover Eastern Docks we take the Dover-Calais Ferry to France. On arrival we make our way to Dixsmuide via Ljissethoek CWGC and visitors centre.     

Day 2 - Monday 5 June 2017 

Starting on the Bluff we will follow the advance of the 47th London Division in the nothern sector of the battlefield, starting at Spoilbank Cemetery we walk to Hill 60 passing the numerous isolated cemeteries, bunkers and craters. Using first hand accounts and official archives we chart their advance over shell torn ground that is today tranquil parkland. 

The afternoon focuses on the 41st Division in and around St Eloi, from Bus House CWGC we walk through the village, visiting its memorials and crater before continuing on to Palingbeek and ending at oak Dump CWGC - Evening free in Ypres with attendance at the Last Post Ceremony     

Day 3 - Tuesday 6 June 2017 

Our morning walk will follow the Irish soldier in and around Wytchaete, starting at Lone Tree CWGC we follow in the footsteps of the 36th Ulster Division passing Spanbroekmolen Crater its nearby cemetery and then from Peckham Crater onto the Wytchaete Road lined by memorial markers to both the 36th and 16th Irish Division. From thier divisional memorial we end in the main square at the village. Lunch in Kemmel with the chance to visitied the isolated grave of Major Willy Redmond.

The afternoon is a study of the New Zealand advance into and through Messines, starting in the rear areas of South Midland Farm we approach the divisional start line in front of Stinking Farm, we then climb the ridge, passing the New Zealand Memorial Park and the Irish Peace Tower before reaching the village church. We end with a visit to the museum visitors centre in Messines itself.         

Day 4 - Wednesday 7 June 2017

Today we will attend any official ceremonies in the morning at Messines. The afternoon will focus on the Australian actions in Ploegsteert Wood starting in the village we walk around and through the wood passing Prowse Point, Braithwaites Barricade before ending up on Hill 63 after passing the Ploegsteert Memorial.   

Day 5 -Thursday 8 June 2017 

A morning at Leisure in Ypres before heading to Calais and onward travel to the UK