Tour One ... Three days in the
Leave Edinburgh late
morning, bound for the ferry terminal at Hull. Possible pick-ups en
route. Check-in just before five. Comfortable cabins, cold beer, good
food and good company. The ship sails at seven.
Wake at Zeebrugge.
We’re off the ferry and on the road by 8:30. Spend the morning at Vimy
Ridge and search out the hidden cemetery at Roeux on the way into
Arras. Check-in at the Mercure
and lunch, then a tour of the city,
including a visit to the subterranean cellars and passageways. Free
time in the evening. There’s lots to see and do.
Start early for the
Somme. Morning coffee in the Royale
at Albert, followed by a tour of
the underground trench museum. Then it’s off to the battlefields -
Beaumont Hamel, Newfoundland Park, Thiepval, Longueval, La Boisselle
and Contalmaison. Lunch at Le Tommy
in Pozières, then later back
to Albert for a pint at the 3 Pigeons
before we hit the road. Another
free evening in Arras, and a chance to seek out (or avoid) all the
friends you made the previous night.
Early start for Ypres.
We’ll visit the restored German trenches at Bayernwald on the way up,
then head for Essex Farm, where John McCrae wrote ‘In Flanders Fields’.
They named the magnificent museum in the Cloth Hall after his poem.
We’ll see the museum, too, and finish with a visit to the Menin
Gate. There’ll be time for lunch at Le
Miroir and a chance to do some
shopping. Belgian chocolate, perhaps? We’ll leave for Zeebrugge just
after four. We sail at seven.
Arrive Hull at eight in
the morning. Leisurely drive north - dropping folk off along the way.
Back in central Edinburgh shortly after one.
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