“In Flanders Fields where poppies blow”
100 years ago the assassination of an Austrian Archduke heralded the start of a conflict which would result in over a million British & Commonwealth fatalities over a four year period. A large proportion of the British army was active in Flanders with a significant number stationed around the Ypres salient.
Ypres was so devastated by 1918 that the market square had to be rebuilt brick by brick to the original designs. The result is stunning! The market square hosts the award winning Flanders Field museum located in the beautiful Cloth Hall, a World Heritage Site where the latest technology brings to life the horrors of war. Wear the interactive poppy bracelet to listen in English to personal stories of a war that changed the world forever.
After your visit why not sample a croquet monsieur, a ham and cheese toasty with delicious Belgian chips and soak up the atmosphere in one of the many cafes dotted around the square. On a really hot day choose an ice cream from the huge variety on display at Il Gusto D’Italie opposite the museum.
Feeling refreshed and relaxed take a short stroll to the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing.
The Menin Gate commemorates all the soldiers of the Commonwealth who went missing from the Ypres area before July 1917. There are a staggering 54000 names etched on to the memorial. Every evening at 8pm the Last Post is played by the local fire brigade in tribute to the sacrifices of the army.
A battlefield tour is a must. There were three separate battles around Ypres resulting in 850000 casualties. Visit Zillebeke regarded as the beginning of the first battle of Ypres by historians; see the “Aristocrats” cemetery so called because of the number buried here who were listed in Burke’s Peerage.
A short distance away is the famous Hill 62, scene of ferocious fighting in the second battle of Ypres. The Sanctuary Wood Museum , located on this site is where original trenches and dugouts have been preserved giving the visitor a unique insight into the hardship of life in the front line.
Carry on to the Tyne Cot Cemetery erected after the third battle of Ypres, the largest Commonwealth military cemetery in the world containing nearly 12000 buried service men. Stand there in hushed silence and be awe inspired by the neat rows of white headstones. Look up and see the cross of sacrifice; wander across to the walled memorial to the missing and examine the roll of honour. You can’t fail to be impressed.
“ Loved and were loved, and now we lie on Flanders fields”
Any visit to Flanders must include a trip to Bruges a historic city with picturesque cobbled streets leading into market squares lined with old churches and soaring towers surrounded by leafy canals.
Bruges is home to many fabulous shops but as a last treat go chocoholic shopping. Belgian chocolate is world renowned. Two of the best retailers are the “Old Chocolate House” and the “Chocolate Line”. Indulge.
World War 1 Centenary Battlefield Tours depart in July and August from as little as £299.95 staying at the 4* Altia Hotel on the Franco Belgian border.
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London is one of the most historic and diverse city’s in the world and offers the visitor a huge amount of sights, attractions and things to do!
Whilst many of the attractions are world class and well worth a visit they can sometimes be expensive, especially for families. However you don’t need to miss out and you can still enjoy a fantastic visit to London without spending the earth. Apart from the obvious sights you can see there are lots of free attractions, famous markets and open spaces to enjoy.
With a little pre-planning and armed with a map you can quite easily plan a walking tour of some of the major sights without using tubes, buses or taxis! If you start in Westminster you can immediately tick off Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Within a few short steps you can see Downing Street, Horseguards Parade and Admiralty Arch before arriving at Trafalgar Square and Nelsons Column. You then have a choice – you can either head to the bright lights of Picaddilly Circus and the West End or you can take a stroll through Green Park towards Buckingham Palace. If you choose to see Buckingham Palace on the way back you can take a route back via The Mall. All of this can quite easily be achieved in less than a couple of hours, depending on your pace and how much you want to stop and see along the way. Even with kids in tow its quite easy and they can let off steam in the Park while you grab a coffee!
If you don’t mind spending a little extra to get even more out of your day then head back to Westminster and hop on board a Thames sightseeing cruise from Westminster Pier up to Tower Pier. This 25 minute (approx) cruise is the perfect way to see even more of the capital from the comfort of cruiser with the added benefit of commentary along the way. When you arrive at Tower Pier you get the chance to see some more of London’s iconic sights including the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Take a stroll over Tower Bridge to the South Bank and head down by the waterside for views of the floating museum HMS Belfast, along with shops, bars, restaurants and even outdoor entertainment areas.
To do what’s been suggested above including the Westminster walk would easily fill a day and by the end of it you would have quite substantial list of ‘I’ve seen that’ plus you would not have had to shell out huge amounts of cash!
Enjoy FREE ADMISSION!
If you have seen the sights before or fancy delving a little deeper then London has some great museums to visit – offering FREE ADMISSION! Some of the most well known include:
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM – Offering a vast array of exceptional and stunning objects and displays.
SCIENCE MUSEUM – Interactive fun to keep the whole family entertained for hours.
BRITISH MUSEUM – One of the most popular museums around housing some of the greatest treasures in history.
NATIONAL GALLERY – Great for art lovers with a fantastic collection of paintings.
MUSEUM OF LONDON – Charts the history of our famous capital from prehistoric times.
If shopping is your thing but you fancy something a little different than the High Street chains then head to one of London’s famous and atmospheric markets – here’s just a selection to tempt you!
PORTOBELLO ROAD – Houses the largest antiques market in the world with over 1000 dealers.
COLUMBIA ROAD FLOWER MARKET – Open Sundays only this East End market is a riot of colour!
BOROUGH MARKET – Oldest and largest food market in the capital with foods from around the globe. Closed Sundays
CAMDEN LOCK – Bustling market offering a variety of goods including fashion, crafts, antiques and various food outlets.
Don’t forget the former market of Covent Garden which is now a place for chic shops, bars, restaurants along with regular street entertainers doing their thing. A great place to spend a few hours and enjoy the atmosphere!
Finally if the weather is set fair then head to one of the many green spaces available in London. Offering a variety of facilities, large open spaces and peace and tranquility some of the best known are Hyde Park, Green Park, Greenwich Park, Regents Park and Richmond Park.
So you can see you don’t have to fork out huge amounts to see some of the most famous sights in the world and enjoy a fantastic visit to London whatever your interest.
What’s more you don’t have to spend lot’s to get there either! Travelstyle offer great value 2 day London Freedom Weekends for an amazing £79.95 per person. Departing throughout the year you can look forward to return coach travel, overnight dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at a selected hotel within an easy drive of London and plenty of free time to enjoy the capital.
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To find out more about these or any of our range of London breaks, including West End Shows, just follow the links to our website or if you prefer give one of our friendly Holiday Advisers a call on 0844 682 7000
The Isle of Wight is a perfect holiday or short break destination for anybody of any age! Lying off the south coast of England it has something for everybody, from children to senior citizens, the Isle of Wight offers much to do in the hotspots such as Shanklin, Sandown, Ventnor, Yarmouth and Godshill.
The small village of Godshill is truly beautiful with Chocolate Box Cottages and quaint cosy tea rooms. The Model Village is the perfect place for you to take a relaxing stroll round on a warm summers afternoon, perfect for the over 55s who just want a quiet and slow paced visit without all the business noise, hustle and bustle. It’s extremely peaceful! Godshill has some of the oldest architecture on the Isle of Wight offering a typical quintessential English scene. The beautiful medieval church of All Saints gave Godshill it’s name. If you fancy a drink then be sure to stop off at the Godshill Cider Company for a nice cold glass of Cider, Ginger Beer, Beer or Liquors all of which are home-made in Godshill. If you fancy a refreshing cup of tea then there is the Old Smithy, the former Blacksmith Forge and Cottage that has a welcoming tea room and a lovely gift shop.
If you love animals then there the Isle of Wight Zoo in Sandown that’s well worth a visit, perfect if you like big cats, lemurs, chimps, wallabies plus much more. You can meet Zena the white tiger, a rare white version of the Indian tiger. You can also take the opportunity to adopt an animal – perfect for any animal lover!
Sandown and Yaverland beaches are the perfect place to top up your tan or cool off in the sea after a hot day or if you like a little more activity then you can take in a round of golf and tee off at the Shanklin and Sandown Golf Club.
Another picturesque resort is Shanklin which has the usual seaside attractions down near the beach plus a beautiful Old Village which is home to some of the oldest buildings on the island including a beautiful thatched pub steeped in history. Eglantine Cottage where renowned poet John Keats resided back in 1819 was only one of two lodging houses on the island at that time – how things have changed!
Ryde is a great place to visit, where you can enjoy the Isle of Wight Steam Railway which also hosts some great events throughout the year.
The Isle of Wight Monastery which was once home to the Benedictine Monks hosts a variety of exhibitions that caters for everyone’s tastes. Rosemary’s Vineyard could be your next stop where you can try the locally produced wine.
Ventnor with its very green park and bandstand is the perfect place to sit and maybe enjoy a refreshing ice cream. Ventnor Botanic Gardens is the place to be for any plant lover with a host of specimens on display from all over the world.
Yarmouth is home to Chessell Pottery Barns where you can decorate pottery made on site and in addition, it also houses the largest selection of Emma Bridgewater pottery. The café has won best island cream tea in 2010, 2011 & 2012 and everything is baked using local ingredients and their own strawberry jam. You will also find Yarmouth Castle which has magnificent views of the Solent and was the last of Henry VIII’s coastal defences and was actually completed after his death in 1547.
As you can see for such a small island the Isle of Wight packs a lot in and offers the perfect holiday destination for all ages whatever your interests. Travelstyle offer a huge selection of short breaks and holidays to the Isle of Wight throughout the year at amazing value for money prices. All holidays include return coach travel, ferry crossings, dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation and included excursions.
To find out more visit the Travelstyle website or if you prefer just give one of our friendly Holiday Advisers a call on 0844 682 7000
Then look no further than a Travelstyle Pricebuster Tour! These are our lowest priced breaks offering stunning value for money and range from 2 day weekends through to traditional 7 day summer holidays.
Choice of 2, 4, 5 and 7 Days away!
By leaving the choice of destination and hotel to us we guarantee you a fantastic break for an exceptionally good price!
Our 2 day Pricebuster Tours depart most Saturdays throughout the year (depending on your departure town) and include overnight dinner, bed & breakfast accommodation in a selected hotel, coach travel throughout plus an interesting itinerary. These weekends are priced at an amazingly low £49.95 per person!
For those who wish to make a long weekend of it then the 4 day Pricebuster Tour is a perfect choice for you. Departing selected Fridays throughout the year and priced at only £99.95 per person, these extended weekend breaks include three nights dinner, bed & breakfast accommodation in our selected hotel, return coach travel and at least one free coach excursion!
5 day Pricebuster Tours are available most Mondays throughout the year (depending on departure town) and include four nights dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in our selected hotel, return coach travel and again at least one free coach excursion. These breaks start at an astonishing £99.95 and cost no more than £129.95 in July and August!
Finally during the summer months (May – Sep) we are able to offer a traditional week away. Available departing every Sunday between 25th May and 14th September 2014 (depending on departure region), these tours offer six nights dinner, bed & breakfast accommodation at our selected hotel, return coach travel and at least one free coach excursion. These amazingly cheap coach holidays are only £199.95 per person throughout the whole of the summer season!
Amazingly cheap coach holidays…
The concept of these cheap coach holidays is very simple – we want to fill any empty seats that may remain on our coach tours so we have come up with a range of Pricebuster Tours, our lowest priced holidays, which allows us to pass on incredible savings to you. You simply choose the departure date from those that we advertise and then we will allocate your tour and hotel just prior to departure. You will be notified of your exact destination/hotel and departure time approximately 3 days prior to departure.
So if you fancy the idea of 2, 4, 5 or 7 days away at an amazingly low price and enjoy a little mystery in your life then these cheap coach holidays are the perfect choice for you!
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Just search ‘Pricebuster’ on our website search facility to find a range of our lowest priced coach holidays. Alternatively give our friendly Holiday Advisers a call on 0844 682 7000.