Podge’s Belgian Beer Tours

Tour 94 / Beer & Battlefields Armistice Tour

Tuesday 30 October – Sunday 4 November 2018

We are pleased to announce this new Beer and battlefields Tour focusing on the centenary of the end of the Great War. We will be staying in the comfortable and centrally based Novotel In Flanders Fields in Ypres. We are planning a day around First World War sites in Mons connected to the opening and closing of the Great War and where the Allied armies ended up on 11 November 2018 when the armistice ended the war at 11.00hrs. We will have a look at the poignant First and Last Shots memorial on each side of the same road in Mons, the 1914 and 1918 burials at the beautiful St Symphorien Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and fit in a brewery or two in this great area for Belgian beer. We aim to include the newly opened Mons Memorial Museum

We will also be visiting the 600,000 statue art installation by Coming World Remember Me in the Palingbeek, south of Ypres and within the Great War Salient. Our Beer & Battlefields 2017 Passchenedale Tour included a session for our travellers to make on of the statues themselves which contributed towards this installation which commemorates deaths in the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Now you will get the chance to see the complete piece and the personalised dog-tags. This installation was completed in Spring 2018 and is on show until 11 November 2018.

Canadian soldiers at rest in the Grand Place, Mons on 11 November 1918

Canadian soldiers at rest in the Grand Place, Mons on 11 November 1918, George Metcalf Archival Collection, Canadian War Museum collections.

Coming World Remember Me 600,00 memorial statue art installation

Coming World Remember Me 600,00 memorial statue art installation.

For this Tour we will take the coach on the 09.20hr Eurotunnel crossing from Folklestone to Calais and return on the 19.50hr from Calais to Folkestone for the return leg. This Tour is still being built so keep an eye on this web page for updates. If you want to join us on this Tour to secure a place you will need to send a deposit of £140 per person. Please send Podge an email or call him on +44 (0)1245 354677 to find out how to pay the deposit or if you have any questions about this Tour.

Tour Price: £885 per person based on sharing in a twin or double room

Single Supplement: £225

If you are travelling alone and want to share a room with another traveller please contact Podge as we are regularly able to pair up travellers in twin rooms to avoid the need for payments of Single Supplements.

Included in the cost of this Tour are:

Hotel accommodation and breakfasts;

Hotel city taxes;

Luxury coach travel on a 49 seater coach with toilet;

All brewery visits, tours and brewery beer tastings;

Entrance fees to attractions, museums and historical sites;

All items marked with an asterisk above and on the individual detailed tour itinerary when issued;

Copies of Podge’s City Bar Guides and Maps for the town where we stay or spend some time;

Still and sparkling water on the coach;

Pick up from Ipswich (at bus shelter outside Crown House, Crown Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3HS (opposite NCP Car Park), Colchester (Southway Chapel St South Layby) or Chelmsford (The Woolpack, Mildmay Road). Arrangements can be made for different joining points on the way to Folkestone or even on the other side of the channel.

Travellers are responsible for the costs of all food and drink apart from items marked with an asterisk on the detailed itinerary plus all passport and insurance costs.

All itinerary times are local and approximate.

Personal insurance is not included in the Tour price but is strongly advised, as is carrying the European Health Insurance Card available online, by phone or via the Post Office.

If you have any questions or would like to be added to the interested list please send Podge an email or call him on +44 (0)1245 354677.

All Tours are subject to our Terms and Conditions.

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