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Read the poetry of Wilfrid Owen at his gravesite
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Lay a wreath at the Menin Gate Ceremony
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Visit the trenches at Beaumont Hamel
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Take tea at the Toc H behind-the-lines rest area
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Visit the village of Louvencourt for the poetry of Vera Brittain

Belgium & France: English Poets of WWI

As the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of WWI, journey with us to some of the most important towns and sites of the Western Front. From our bases in Arras and Ieper (Ypres) we will discover Artois and Flanders through the eyes and words of poets such as Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg, and Vera Brittain.

An expert guide will take us right into the trenches of Beaumont Hamel. We’ll stand in the dugout used by Sassoon and look through a real WWI periscope as we read Robert Graves’s poem “Through the Periscope.” In Ors, we’ll visit the grave of Wilfred Owen and the forester’s house where he spent his last night before being killed shortly before the war’s end. Our guide will take us even deeper in, going behind the lines to the casualty clearing stations and the Talbot House, which offered food and beds to tired soldiers.

In Ypres, we will take part in the Menin Gate ceremony, which has been performed every night for nearly 90 years in honour of missing British and Commonwealth soldiers. There will also be time to enjoy the distinctive architecture of Artois and Flanders, such as the sprawling Grand’ Place of Arras and Ypres’ magnificent Cloth Hall.

Through seminars, presentations, and extensive time in the field, this Travel Pursuit will immerse you into the everyday lived experience of soldiers, nurses, ambulance drivers, and others. It is a unique way to put the massive scope of WWI on a human scale.

Readings: Poems by Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg, Vera Brittain, Rupert Brooke, and others
Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations

France | 7 days
Literary Adventures

Dates:
May 19-26, 2018
Cost:
Approx. US$4220 (Incl. US$225 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
10 - 16 participants

Includes:
Accommodation in double occupancy, based on hotels listed or similar, meals as indicated in the itinerary, all activities as indicated in the itinerary, all entrance fees, readings, fully escorted by Melanie Blake and accompanied by Julian Whippy. Taxes and gratuities of US$200 are included.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in Paris, train to Lille, drive to Ypres. Attend the Menin Gate ceremony.
Day 2: Poetry discussion, visit village of Vlamertinghe
Day 3: Zonnebeke Museum, Essex Farm, village of Lijssenthoek
Day 4: Drive to Arras, poetry discussionm village of Poperinge and Toc H
Day 5: Beaumont Hamel, Thiepval's Memorial to the Missing
Day 6: Final poetry discussion, visit key Wilfred Owen Sites
Day 7: Villages of Louvencourt and Contay
Day 8: Train from Arras to Paris, depart
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Your Tour Leaders

Julian Whippy is our accompanying military historian. He has a military background, having served with the Royal Anglian Regiment as a member of the Territorial Army. A badged member and validator within the Guild of Battlefield Guides, Julian lectures on military history.

Melanie Blake is a writer and editor who developed a deep interest in fiction from Asia during a three-year stint in India. She has canoed, kayaked, sailed, trekked and cycled down or along rivers ranging from the Hudson to the Dordogne to the Indus.

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Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations

France | 7 days
Literary Adventures

Dates:
May 19-26, 2018
Cost:
Approx. US$4220 (Incl. US$225 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
10 - 16 participants

Includes:
Accommodation in double occupancy, based on hotels listed or similar, meals as indicated in the itinerary, all activities as indicated in the itinerary, all entrance fees, readings, fully escorted by Melanie Blake and accompanied by Julian Whippy. Taxes and gratuities of US$200 are included.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"What in our lives is burnt / In the fire of this?" - Isaac Rosenberg

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