• Tour battlefields and cemeteries of France and Belgium
• Holiday price includes personal genealogy search
With the anniversary of The Great War fast approaching Saga arranged a commemorative journey to salute the fallen. The seven-night Remembrance tour also includes a unique genealogy service for those who want to explore their family’s military connections to the Great War.
Road of Remembrance is a themed holiday which offers guided tours in France and Belgium with commentaries on battle strategies, politics and social conditions, plus personal stories from
Folkestone is the starting point – the town which will be one of the focal points of next year’s commemorations. Visit Slope Road, now called the Road of Remembrance, where millions of soldiers marched to the harbour.
Stay overnight in Folkestone and visit the Battle of Britain Museum before travelling to Ypres, the city that was completely destroyed during years of fierce fighting. Ypres has been rebuilt to its former glory and at 8pm, attend the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, the British Monument to the Missing.
Travel to Arras, where on the eve of battle on April 8, 1917, its quarries held more than 20, 000 allied soldiers who were waiting to launch a surprise attack on the German lines. Later stop at French and German cemeteries and join a tour of Vimy Ridge.
In The Somme and Amiens, tour key sites including the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, where 72,000 names are inscribed. Travel on to Albert and view the Somme 1916 museum.
In Flanders’ Fields, visit Belgium’s largest military cemetery, Tyne Cot, and the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917.
Spend a leisurely day in historic Bruges and enjoy a guided walking tour through this UNESCO World Heritage city which was spared from destruction during both World Wars.
Road of Remembrance includes membership to the Step Short organisation www.stepshort.co.uk. Members of this charitable organisation will search records to help passengers discover what role their relative played in The Great War.
During the holiday, passengers will be presented with the research findings and if information is found, there will be an opportunity to make an independent visit an ancestors' final resting place or memorial.
Carl Catterall, of Saga Holidays, said: “We hope by offering our passengers the chance to explore their family’s military history through Step Short will bring about some fascinating stories and information.
“Whether it is details of a relative’s regiment, where they fought or perhaps where they made the final sacrifice, this information will add another dimension to their journey with Saga.”
Price: Seven nights from £699, includes one night in a 3Q Folkestone Hotel, three nights at the Holiday Inn, Lille, and three nights in the Martin’s Brugge hotel. All breakfasts and five dinners, tour manager, return coach from Folkestone, porterage and travel insurance. Departures from April to July and September to October 2014.
For details call free on 0800 056 6099 or visit saga.co.uk/france
Road of Remembrance is just one of several holidays and cruises to destinations linked to the Great War.
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