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  • Ramparts
  • In Flanders Fields Museum
  • Cloth Hall -  Poppy Appeal

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Themed day trip Centenary 1917-2017

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.

10.30 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 (3/06 - 31/12/2017)
1917 Total War in Flanders
This thematic exhibition in the Royal Hall of the In Flanders Fields Museum gives the visitor a general introduction to the Mine Battle of Messines and the Third Battle of Ypres. There is an important place in the exhibition for the work of the Australian war photographers Frank Hurley & Hubert Wilkins and the re-worked contemporary photos of Ian Alderman

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)
Workshop Coming World Remember me (for more information: http://www.comingworldrememberme.be/)

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
Flemish Stew made with local beer, salad and fries

20.00 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
00 32 57 239 230

Conditions: bookings for this full day programm should be made one month prior to the visit at the latest, all payments (advance and balance) have to be transfered to the tourist office before the visit