Leger Holidays Battlefield Tours

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Beer & Battlefields

4 & 5 Day Tours from £419.00

Join us for a fascinating experience on a new battlefield tour designed by our popular guide Marc Hope. We combine many battlefield sites from both WW1 and WW2 with visits to a selection of the best breweries, many of which were affected by the conflicts a

Itinerary

4-Day Tour

  • Day 1 – Local departure by coach, then to Ypres for a three-night stay. Your guide will discuss some beer recommendations en-route, together with running through the itinerary.
  • Day 2 – Today we look at life behind the front and discuss the famous estaminets where soldiers got to drink the local beer themselves during the war. In Poperinghe we visit Talbot House and their Behind the Lines museum. We also look at the subject of those ‘Shot at Dawn’ and visit the Death Cells. Lunchtime in Poperinghe followed by a visit to the Hop Museum to look at the whole history of this in the Flanders region, and enjoy a tasting of a Hommelbier. We then move on to see the St. Bernardus Brewery at Watou near Poperinghe, a village where soldiers were billeted in WW1 Breakfast
  • Day 3 – We travel up to Dixmude to see where the Belgium Army was fighting during the Great War and see the fascinating Trenches of Death which snaked along the Yser Canal: a place where two armies opposed each other over a short stretch of water. We then visit the De Plukker Brewery near Poperinghe. After lunch at Hooge Crater Café, with time to explore the museum, we visit the small Van Eecke Brewery at Boesinge, which was on the front line in WW1, and then go into Ypres and visit the Kasematten Brewery in the Ramparts close to where the Wipers Times was published in 1916. A fascinating end to a unique tour. Breakfast
  • Day 4 – Return home Breakfast

5-Day Tour

  • Day 1 – Local departure by coach, then to Ypres for a four-night stay. Your guide will discuss some beer recommendations en-route, together with running through the itinerary.
  • Day 2 – Today we look at life behind the front and discuss the famous estaminets where soldiers got to drink the local beer themselves during the war. In Poperinghe we visit Talbot House and their Behind the Lines museum. We also look at the subject of those ‘Shot at Dawn’ and visit the Death Cells. Lunchtime in Poperinghe followed by a visit to the Hop Museum to look at the whole history of this in the Flanders region, and enjoy a tasting of a Hommelbier. We then move on to see the St. Bernardus Brewery at Watou near Poperinghe, a village where soldiers were billeted in WW1 Breakfast
  • Day 3 – We travel up to Dixmude to see where the Belgium Army was fighting during the Great War and see the fascinating Trenches of Death which snaked along the Yser Canal: a place where two armies opposed each other over a short stretch of water. We then visit the De Plukker Brewery near Poperinghe. After lunch at Hooge Crater Café, with time to explore the museum, we visit the small Van Eecke Brewery at Boesinge, which was on the front line in WW1, and then go into Ypres and visit the Kasematten Brewery in the Ramparts close to where the Wipers Times was published in 1916. A fascinating end to a unique tour. Breakfast
  • Day 4 – We spend today looking at the Battle of Flanders in 1940 and the Retreat to Dunkirk following the fortunes of the British Expeditionary Force, including the Wormhoudt Massacre site. After lunch at St. Omer we visit the Brasserie Thiriez in Esquelbecq, a French brewery frequented in the ‘phoney war’ by British Troops. Breakfast
  • Day 5 – Return home. Breakfast

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