The Ypres salient

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YPRES SALIENT (HALF DAY)

Departing from De Panne we drive up to Langemark to visit the German military cemetery. It was also here that the first massive German assault on Ypres was launched in October 1914.The result was devastating for the Germans. From Langemark we drive on to the emotive Canadian memorial The Brooding Soldier. Here the Canadians fought during the 2nd Battle of Ypres, during which the German troops used poison gas.

Via Graventafel Ridge and the New Zealand Memorial we reach Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest CWGC cemetery worldwide. In our approach to Tyne Cot we follow in the footsteps of the Australian battalions that took the ridge on 4th October 1917 (during the 3rd Battle of Ypres, and often referred to as the Battle of Passchendaele). Via Zonnebeke and Polygone Wood we reach the infamous Menin Road. The tour ends at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing. Return to De Panne or start a new itinerary from Ypres.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YPRES SALIENT (FULL DAY) Departing from De Panne we drive up to Langemark to visit the German military cemetery. It was also here that the first massive German assault on Ypres was launched in October 1914.The result was devastating for the Germans. From Langemark we drive on to the emotive Canadian memorial The Brooding Soldier. Here the Canadians fought during the 2nd Battle of Ypres, during which the German troops used poison gas. Via Graventafel Ridge and the New Zealand Memorial we reach Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest CWGC cemetery worldwide. In our approach to Tyne Cot we follow in the footsteps of the Australian battalions that took the ridge on 4th October 1917 (during the 3rd Battle of Ypres, and often referred to as the Battle of Passchendaele). Via Zonnebeke and Polygone Wood we reach the infamous Menin Road. Picnic at the Menin Road Museum (hot soup or soft drink available).

After lunch we continue to Hill 62 to see the Canadian memorial for the battle of Sanctuary Wood and Mount Sorrel. Our next stop is Hill 60 and the Caterpillar Crater. Via St Eloi and Wijtschate we drive to Messines to visit the Island of Ireland Peace Park. Onwards via Kemmel to Ypres to visit the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing. Our last stop – on the way back – will be Essex Farm Cemetery, where we can see the grave of the youngest British KIA and the John McCrae memorial at the Advanced Dressing Station relics.

Lunch at the Menin Road Museum or it is also possible at the In Flanders Fields Museum if a visit to the museum is added to the itinerary. Return to De Panne for dinner.