Tour Dates: 6/9 October 2017

Price Per Person: £500:00 per person
£100:00 Deposit (£90:00 Single Supplement) 

Hotel: Hotel De Withuis, Dixsmuide   


WFA Chairman's Tour -
Ypres Centenary


Tour Itinerary

The tour will start at Ebbsfleet International Station offering superb convenient links from London rail hubs and in addition provides secure parking at a reasonable rate. Transport via an executive standard coach and return channel crossing are also included throughout. The tour is limited to 25 spaces to ensure quality and make this tour feel like a personal pilgrimage as opposed to a large coach group. Personal visits to relatives or people of interest to you are positively encouraged and will be incorporated into the tour itinerary whilst these will be reflected as the group fills up a preliminary itinerary is planned as follows:

Day 1 - Friday 6 October 2017

Pick up in Ebbsfleet & Dover (first pick up around 10:30 hours) and onward transfer to Ypres, stop on the Bluff on route to study the tactical and operation development of both the BEF and German army post Messines and onto the Hotel in Dixsmuide, welcome drink and lecture by Jack Sheldon on the German Army in 1917 on the Western Front.   

Day 2 - Saturday 7 October 2017 

A full day on the Ypres Battlefield stride the Menin Road with morning visits to Zillebeke Lake, Hellfire Corner, Birr Corssroads, Railway Wood and Hooge. After time for lunch in a local cafe we spend the afternoon continuing up the Menin Road to study Clapham Junction, Polygon Wood the Zonnebeke Railway Line and ending at the Tynecot Memorial before returning to Dixsmuide.   

Day 3 - Sunday 8 October 2017

Continuing our study of the Ypres Salient we start today crossing the Canal at Boezinghe, we then climb the very gradual Pilkem Ridge via Artillery Wood CWGC to study the advance of the Guards Division, 38th Welsh Division and 29th Division eventually reaching Langemark, its memorials and the German Cemetery. After lunch in Ypres we move from New Irish Farm to St Julian, make a visit to a private museum at Pond Farm, onto the Gravenstafel Ridge, Polcapelle and end with a study of the Canadian advance into Passchendaele village, bring the battle to a muddy, watery close. The evening is spent in Ypres including attendance at the Last Post Ceremony where the Association will participate and lay a wreath.        

Day 4 - Monday 9 October 2017

We head back to the Salient for a short walk around the town including St Georgies Chapel, Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, the Ramparts and the Menin Gate in daylight before heading back to Calais and onward travel to the UK, arriving at Ebbsfleet International for around 1600hrs