1917, Total War in Flanders

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Picture by F. Hurley - source: AWM (E01220). Five Australians, members of a field artillery brigade, passing along a duckboard track over mud and water among gaunt bare tree trunks in the Ypres Salient.Centenary First World War: 1917 – 2017:
day program for groups (15 people or more)

More than a hundred years ago, all hell broke loose in the Westhoek. The First World War left nothing but ruins of the beautiful mediaeval town of Ypres. The quiet landscape around the glorious Cloth Hall was transformed into a battlefield were nothing was left standing. Until today, in and around Ypres the traces of senseless violence are to be found. The many initiatives around the centenary bring everything under the attention again. This day program for groups immerses you in the war history of a hundred years ago, back to 1917, the bloodiest year in the Great War, with the Third Battle of Ypres.  In the afternoon, a guide takes you on a battlefield tour to have a look at the remnants still visible in the landscape today. The day starts with a visit to the In Flanders Fields Museum and includes the temporary exhibition on 1917.

  • In Flanders Fields Museum10.30 a.m.: Coffee (2 cups) in an Ypres restaurant
  • 11.00 a.m.: Visit to In Flanders Fields Museum + temporary exhibition '1917, Total War in Flanders'
  • 12.30 p.m.: Light bread meal in an Ypres restaurant: Large sandwich with cheese, salad and local beer or soft drink
  • 13.30 p.m.: Choice between:
    • Short walk with specific attention to the First World War theme across the centre of Ypres with one or two guides (two guides for groups of 30 people or more) Or
    • Workshop 'Coming World Remember me'
  • 14.00 p.m.: Battlefield Tour with guide (own coach required)
    Theme Battlefield Tour Centenary 1917: from Mine Battle to Third Battle of Ypres, the battle near Passchendaele.  1917 was a year with tremendous loss of lives on both sides, by direct attacks and by underground warfare, by explosions of depth mines along the complete southern Ypres Salient.  A tour to the sad history of 1917 with a stop at Passchendaele, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Hill 60 and the big Caterpillar crater, the Pool of Peace at Wijtschate and back to Ypres via Mesen.  Stop for coffee and local pastry speciality underway.
  • 18.00 p.m.: Evening meal in an Ypres restaurant
    • Soup
    • Flemish Stew made with local beer, salad and fries
  • Menin Gate20.00 p.m.: Attending the Last Post Ceremony
     

Price: € 42,00/pp
Including:
Coffee (€ 2, 50/pp), ticket museum + exhibition ((€ 7, 00/pp), lunch with one drink (€ 9, 50/pp), coffee and local pastry (€ 7, 00/pp), evening meal without drinks (€ 16, 00/pp)
With workshop Coming World Remember Me ( + €5, 00 pp): € 47, 00/pp

Booking:                   
Ypres Tourist Information Office
Grote Markt 34
8900 Ypres
T. +32 (0)57 23 92 20
dagtrips@ieper.be
www.toerisme-ieper.be

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Day program for groups ‘Passchendaele 1917 - Landscape at War’
(15 people or more)

Memorial Park100 years ago the landscape of Passchendaele was the scene of the bloodiest battle in Flanders. During the Third Battle of Ypres, also known as the Battle of Passchendaele, nearly half a million casualties fell on this soil for an advance of the front of hardly 8 kilometres. The idyllic green changed into a surreal lunar landscape in this total devastation. Passchendaele became notorious as ‘Passion-Dale’ (valley of suffering) and is the symbol of total warfare to day. The thread throughout this tour is the war scenery. How the devastated landscape plays a crucial part in changing tactics, assault methods and logistics. Also the physical and psychological impact on the ordinary soldier is dealt with. We follow the trails who still refer today to this turbulent past. 
 

  • 09.00: coffee (free refill) in a Zonnebeke restaurant
  • 09.30: guided visit Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, Passchendaele Memorial Park and temporary exhibition ‘Passchendaele 1917 - Landscape at War’
  • 12.15: light bread meal in a Zonnebeke restaurant: traditional bread with Passendale cheese, ham, Zonnebeke pork sausage jerky and mixed salad (no drinks included)
  • 13.15: battlefield tour with guide (own coach required) - theme battlefield tour 'centenary 1917' about the crucial role played by the devastated landscape during the Battle of Passchendaele, with stop for coffee and local pastry speciality on the way. Visit to Polygon Wood and bunkers, CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery, Crest Farm and Passchendaele church.
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery - Zonnebeke18.00: evening meal in a Zonnebeke restaurant (no drinks included):
    • Fresh soup of the day
    • Chicken breast filet with mushroom sauce, croquettes and mixed salad
  • 20.00: optional: attending The Last Post in Ypres

Price: €44,50/person 
up to 25 persons: €270 guide fee
>25 persons: €360 guide fee
Attention: This day program is available for groups starting from 15 people. The prices are for groups up to 50 people. The Tourist Office of Zonnebeke can send you the correct price for larger groups.

Reservation:
Tourist Office Zonnebeke
Berten Pilstraat 5/A
B-8980 Zonnebeke
T. 0032 (0)51 77 04 41
reservaties@zonnebeke.be
www.toerismezonnebeke.be 

 

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