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WW1 Tour

This tour complements our existing Normandy Beaches Tour. It is the ideal tour for novices and the experienced motorcyclist alike. It is also a very pillion friendly tour.  Our tour guides have a keen interest in military history and we feel that the historic sites, motorcycling on the continent and fantastic food in the evening are a winning combination.

For this tour we will be based for three nights in one hotel, located 12 miles from  Leper (Ypres or Wipers as it was known to the British Tommy). Ypres is now known as 'the city of peace' – it was one of the first places where chemical warfare was used – Mustard gas also known as Yperite – taken from the name of the city. 

Ypres is a great place to stay with much to see and lots of restaurants. Highlights include the Cloth Hall, Menin Gate, medieval quarter.

 

Day 1 – Dover – Cambrai – Vimy Ridge – Ypres (160 miles approx)

Arrive at Dover for the short crossing to Calais. You will be met by your  guide who will accompany you throughout the trip.

For newcomers to touring we will guide you through the booking in procedure and will help you secure your motorcycle when on the ferry. The crossing takes approx 90 minutes.

On departure we will head out on the motorway for approx 90 miles to our first stop – Cambrai. The Battle of Cambrai was the scene of the first ever major tank battle; 381 British tanks punctured through the Hindenburg Line in 1917. The German counter attack that followed was one of the first to use 'Stormtrooper' tactics. In 1998 a tank from the Great War was unearthed on Flesquières ridge in northern France. The tank was later identified as the British Mark IV Deborah D51, which took part in the 1917 Battle of Cambrai. The site is now a designated World War 1 memorial.

From Flesquieres we will head across country to the Canadian memorial at Vimy Ridge. We will get the chance to explore the trenches before heading North East towards Ypres and our hotel.

 

Day 2 – Ypres - Ypres Salient - Flanders  (80 miles approx)

Day 2 sees us visit the areas around Ypres and Flanders.  In the morning we will visit the Tyne Cot Cemetery (the largest British Cemetery in the world); from there we will head to the Sanctuary Wood Museum and Hill 62.  At Sanctuary Wood we can explore the extensive trench system. Before lunch we will visit the Messines Ridge and Irish Peace Tower before visiting the Hooge Crater Museum.  The Hooge Crater was the result of a massive explosion - a 190ft tunnel was dug by the Royal Engineers under the German lines and the resulting explosion created a 120ft wide x 20ft deep crater.

After lunch we will visit various other museums and memorials in the area including the Ploegsteert, Hyde Park Corner/Royal Berkshire Cemetery, Christmas Truce Memorial and Yorkshire Trench. 

In the evening we will go the Menin Gate Memorial - From 11 November, 1929 the ‘Last Post’ has been sounded at the Menin Gate  memorial every night and in all weathers. The only exception  to this was during the four years of the German occupation of Ypres from  20 May 1940 to 6 September 1944. During this period the  ceremony was continued  in England at Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey. On  the very evening that Polish forces liberated Ypres in the 2nd World War,  the ceremony was resumed  at the Menin Gate, in spite of the heavy fighting still going on in other  parts of the town.

 

Day 3 – Ypres - The Somme - Ypre