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“Excellent Tour of the Northern Salient”

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Cavells Ypres Guided Tours
Ranked #10 of 14 Tours in Ieper (Ypres)
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Owner description: The tours we offer are as follows North Salient Tour Our most popular tour giving a fascinating overview of the terrible fighting in the Ypres Salient from 1914 through to 1918.Visiting Essex Farm (John McCrae "In Flanders Fields" poem site and advanced dressing station bunkers), Langemark German cemetery, the brooding soldier memorial at Vancouver corner and the story of the first 1915 gas attack, the worlds largest CWGC cemetery Tyne Cot and the battle of Paschendale, preserved trenches and more.Retrace the footsteps of soldiers, from a generation now passed, into the heart of the battlefields of the Ypres Salient where men from all over the world fought and died in the most horrific conditions.South Salient Tour.The names of the South Salient Battlefields have come to represent all aspects of the fighting in the Ypres Salient. From the closeness of the trenches at Hill 60 and the tranquil but awe inspiring Caterpillar crater, the mine warfare and the massive explosions on the Messine ridge on 7th June 1917, the Christmas truce of 1914 and the preserved German Trenches at Bayernwald, all contrasted now with the Ploegsteert Memorial and the beautiful Bedford House Cemetary.This tour offers our guests the opportunity to visit these areas of the Salient where some of the most fierce fighting took place with devastating results.Ypres City Walk.Join our principal guide on a gentle walk through the beautiful city of Ypres. Starting at the Menin Gate , the tour takes time to explain the history of this iconic monument and the stories behind some of the names carved into its walls. Then as we walk through the streets of Ypres , learn of the terrible price paid by the civilian population , the story of the "Ypres Express" and its devastating effects, the actions of the resistance in Ypres during World War Two , the cathedral vault casualties of 1915, the beautiful St Georges church and the story of the children of the Eton Memorial School , then concluding with a visit to the fascinating Ypres Reservoir cemetery.Join us for all this and more and unlock the hidden history of this iconic city. Cavells Private Guided Battlefield Tours specialise in tours for the smaller groups (max of four from the same party) .This small group policy offers our guests a more intimate experience and gives us the flexibility to tailor tours to our guests needs. Tours can be customised to reflect our guests nationality and where possible visits to specific cemeteries upon request.Please contact us for your individual requirements.
Reviewed August 8, 2013

My wife and I only had a short time to spend in Ypres, but Roger was able to accommodate us.
He took us on the 4 hour of the Northern Salient, and what an impressive tour it was!
Roger is extremely knowledgeable and a superb communicator, complete with a folder full of visual aids. We learned a lot. No question, however facile, was too much trouble for Roger.We cannot recommend this tour highly enough.
Joy and Trevor, York.

Thank Trevor J
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

We had a very happy stay with Roger and Muriel. From their B and B it was an easy walk to the Menin Gate, the Cloth Hall and the railway station and Roger took us on a most interesting tour of the battlefields that involved our father in the 16th Battalion AIF. This personalised tour was great and we felt close to the past and the events of that terrible time. We would unhesitatingly recommend both the B&B and Roger as tour guide.

Thank Kathleen F
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Louise Halsey
I arrived at the Ieper by rail from Brussels after travelling for around 36 hours from Australia .Roger met me at the station and from there I was hosted very generously by Roger and his wife Muriel both assisted in sorting out a few problems I had which I greatly appreciated and would have found very difficult such as collecting wreaths to be laid at the ANZAC dawn service and phoning various people.
I also engaged Roger for a half days tour of the South Salient where I found his knowledge extensive and he undertook the tour at the pace that was just right and took me to the places I wanted to see ,plus providing the balance of an ideal bar sitting in the sun tasting Belgium beer talking to some wonderful locals. That experience could only have come about for me having Roger as guide .

Thank Louise H
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Roger is a good bloke, for a Pom, and we enjoyed his 4 hour tour, and the accumulated knowledge he had. He knew which sites were more applicable to our nationality, and also readily admitted when he wasn't sure and said he'd do some research on that issue.
Thanks Roger.

Thank Jones499
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

We found Roger's Ypres town Tour, very informative and interesting. He took us to the famous places in the town but also to lesser known places where he had an anecdote to tell. We had lots of opportunity to ask questions , and he carried a file of pictures and information which was very helpful as well. We can heartily recommend a Tour with Roger!

Thank Vanessa T
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