Nestled among quiet and reflective Flanders fields, the Belgian town of Ypres is a living memorial to the devastating conflict of World War I.

With an Anglia Tours history school trip to Ypres, students of all ages can gain an unprecedented understanding of the real, human cost of war. Learning not just about the fateful battles between German and Allied forces, which saw the town virtually wiped out in the space of just four years. But also about the individual experiences of the soldiers who nicknamed the town ‘Wipers’.

Fully guided and with some itineraries endorsed by the Pearson Edexcel exam board, every experience with Anglia Tours is unique.

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Whatever the focus of your curriculum, Anglia Tours can build a bespoke Ypres school tour itinerary to match it.

Every excursion is specifically chosen to enhance the teaching process. Dusting off the facts from the history books, and bringing them to life through immersive, emotional, first-hand experiences.

For instance, those studying WJEC Eduquas historical changes in health and medicine can visit the reconstructed Bayernwald Trenches to see what conditions and hygiene were like for troops.

Meanwhile, you could take your students on a unique trip this Christmas to relive the famous Christmas Truce (link to https://angliatours.co.uk/tours/christmas-truce/) of 1914. Along with a re-enactment of the meeting at No Man’s Land, they will have the opportunity to discuss and debate why this never happened again.

Or, if you’re seeking a war in literature school trip, there’s a dedicated tour for that too. Students can explore the now-peaceful pastures that inspired Wilfred Owen and his contemporaries, and comprehend the themes of your core prose, drama, and poetry texts in stimulating new ways.

Although it has been over a century since the Great War ended, many families still hold intimate knowledge of where their loved ones and ancestors were stationed.

So if you would like to follow a particular unit across Flanders fields, trace the route taken by former pupils from your school or visit the grave of a student’s relative, we would be delighted to support you. During any 2-4 day school trip to Ypres, our experts can design your tour around where specific units were stationed or fought – offering a spine-tingling experience that your students will never forget.

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