Honour soldiers of The Great War with Saga Holidays

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Family history search included in Road of Remembrance tour Sail on Saga Sapphire to Gallipoli on ANZAC Day

Honour soldiers of The Great War with Saga Holidays

August 4, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Great Britain entering World War One. The ‘war to end all wars’ will be commemorated across the world and Saga has arranged anniversary tours for passengers to salute the fallen. They include a bespoke seven-night Folkestone-Flanders-France tour and an ocean cruise to Gallipoli.

Road of Remembrance escorted tour

Folkestone is the starting point for this unique escorted tour. The town will be at the centre of national commemorations on August 4 when His Royal Highness Prince Harry officially unveils the Commemorative Arch. Saga passengers will be able to view the new memorial and visit the Road of Remembrance, once called Slope Road, where millions of soldiers marched down to the harbour before sailing to the Western Front.

Travel on to Ypres, in Flanders, and at 8pm passengers will attend the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, the British Monument to the Missing. Visits will also include Belgium’s largest military cemetery, Tyne Cot, and the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917.

In France, there will be a tour of the Wellington Quarry in Arras, where on the eve of battle on April 8, 1917, more than 20,000 allied soldiers prepared to launch a surprise attack. Later stop at British, French and German cemeteries and join a tour of the magnificent memorial to the Canadians at Vimy Ridge.

In The Somme and Amiens, tour key sites including the soaring Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, where 72,000 names are inscribed. Travel on to Albert and view the Somme 1916 museum.

After a busy schedule spend a leisurely day in historic Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage city which was spared from destruction during both World Wars.

Road of Remembrance includes membership to the Step Short organisation (stepshort.co.uk). Members of the charity will search records to help passengers discover what role a relative played in The Great War. During the tour passengers will be presented with research findings and if relevant information is found, there will be an opportunity to make an independent visit to an ancestors' final resting place or memorial.                        

Seven nights from £699, with one night at 3Q Burlington Hotel, Folkestone; three nights at Holiday Inn, Lille and three nights in Martin’s Brugge Hotel. Price includes all breakfasts and five dinners, tour manager, return coach from Folkestone, porterage and travel insurance. Departures from Sept to Oct 2014 and April to Oct 2015.

For details call free on 0800 056 6099 or visit saga.co.uk/france     

Gallipoli Remembered

On April 25, 1915, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed in Anzac Cove, Turkey.  For eight months it was the base for army troops during the Battle of Gallipoli where thousands of lives were lost on both sides.

A century later, on April 25, 2015, Saga Sapphire will be anchored off the cove and a commemorative service on board will mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign.

There will also be visits to the Gallipoli battlefield and the Greek island of Lemnos, near the entrance of the Dardanelles, which acted as the muster point for the landings.

The World War One theme continues with musical acts ‘to entertain the troops’, from tea dances to singers evoking the wartime era, plus fundraising activities for the Royal British Legion. Passengers will also be invited to join the ship’s War Literature Club.

The 31-night all-inclusive cruise departs from Southampton on April 5, 2015 visiting El Ferrol, Cartagena and Palma, Spain; Tunis, Tunisia; Piraeus, Syros, Thessaloniki and Lemnos, Greece; Canakkale, Istanbul, Anzac Cove, Turkey; Iraklion, Crete; Valletta, Malta and Gibraltar.

Price from £4528, includes VIP door-to-door chauffeur service, all meals, all drinks (house-branded spirits), entertainment, 24-hour room service, travel insurance and cancellation cover.

For details call free on 0800 056 8986 or visit saga.co.uk/cruises


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