From 1914 to 1918 the north east corner of France and most of Belgium became the battlefield on which the ‘Great War’ was fought. A million soldiers from over 50 countries were killed, wounded or went missing in action over this period, and entire cities and villages were destroyed. It became known as 'The Great War' as they could never imagine such a massive military conflict ever happening again...

Over 4 days this tour covers some of the more significant sites in and around Ypres and the Somme, and will be led by Eugenie Brooks. Eugenie’s father was a WW2 fighter pilot flying Spitfires and Hurricanes, her grandfather served with the Rifle Brigade throughout the Great War, in which two of her great uncles were killed, so military history has been a keen interest of hers from a young age.

She has been a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides for about 7 years since she retired from the Metropolitan Police, were she was in the traffic division for 10 years as a motorcyclist, and became the first female supervisor on the Special Escort Group of Royalty Protection. She still enjoys riding motorbikes and currently rides a sparkly purple BMW R1200GS (see pic) upon which she has led many tours around Ypres, the Somme and Normandy.

As we are billeted in central Ypres for two nights you will be able attend the incredibly moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial, which takes place at 8pm precisely every night. It is difficult to take in, but inscribed on the walls there are 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.

From here we will move south to the Somme, staying in a lovely hotel in Cambrai for one night, enabling us to visit many sites all up and down the ‘Western Front’ over this long weekend, including:

  • Lijssenthoek Cemetery
  • Brandhoek New Military Cemetery
  • Hooge Crater Museum & preserved trenches
  • Menin Gate & Last Post Ceremony
  • Essex Farm Cemetery
  • Vancouver Corner
  • Langemark German Cemetery
  • Passchendaele memorial Museum
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery 
  • Sheffield Memorial Park
  • Newfoundland Memorial Park
  • Ulster Tower
  • Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme
  • Deborah the WW1 tank
  • Lochnager Mine Crater
  • Delville Wood Cemetery
  • Welsh Dragon Memorial


Whether you’re going because you want to learn more about the most significant event of the early 20th century, or are on a mission to track down some family history (which Eugenie will be happy to help with) this is an absorbing tour.

For more details on this tour please send an email to '' or just call us on 0800 774 7149.

E2403 - France & Belgium

17th May 2024 to

20th May 2024

Ypres & The Somme

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 quality hotels
  • Two three course evening meals
  • Hooge Crater Museum entry
  • Escorted by Guild of Battlefield Guides rider
  • 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