About this tour


During World War I the battles around Ypres and the Somme alone cost the lives of millions of young men from all around the globe. Many of them had flocked to join up in the early months of the war and could not have imagined what awaited them as the grim realities of the Western Front unfolded.

Our Battlefields Experience allows you to walk in the very footsteps of the men - and women - who fought and died there.  We will immerse you in the sights, sounds and stories of the Great War to bring you a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

• Put yourselves in the minds of those who served on the battlefields around Ypres and the Somme

• Remember those who served on both sides in the sombre cemeteries of the Western Front

• Visit the mighty monuments to the missing at Thiepval and the Menin Gate

• Hear stories of bravery, tragedy, luck and suffering in the very places they happened.

• Be moved by the Last Post as it is played at the Menin Gate Ceremony 

An experience that can truly change the way that you think.

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Itinerary, Rates and Schedule

Day 1: Departure

  • Depart Edinburgh 10am
  • Overnight journey from Hull to Zeebrugge
  • Cabins, dinner and breakfast on board

Day 2: Ypres Salient, South

  • Visits to: Spanbroekmolen Mine or the Pool of Peace, Messines and Church, Sanctuary Wood Museum Hill 62, Hooge Crater Museum, Hill 60, Black Watch Corner Memorial
  • Arrive at accommodation in Belgium 

Day 3: France and the Somme Battlefields

  • Visits to: Newfoundland Memorial Park, Ulster Tower, Thiepval, Dartmoor Cemetery (previously Becordel-Becourt Military Cemetery), Lochnagar Crater, Vimy Ridge
  • Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony, Ieper - Ypres

Day 4: Ypres Salient, North

  • Visits to: Essex Farm Cemetery, St. Julien Memorial Vancouver Corner, Poelcapelle (now Poelkapelle), Tyne Cot, Langemark
  • Travel to Zeebrugge
  • Overnight journey from Zeebrugge to Hull
  • Cabins, dinner and breakfast on board

Day 5: Return

  • Arrive Hull approx 9am
  • Arrive Edinburgh approx 3pm


  • A trained, experienced Mercat Tours International guide
  • All transport to and from departure point
  • All accommodation 
  • Dinner, breakfast and packed lunch options
  • Free entry to all museums and sites on the itinerary 

Tour Rates

Our scheduled Battlefields Experience runs from Monday to Friday on the following dates: 


11 - 15 September 2017
02 - 6 October 2017

19 - 23 March 2018
24 - 28th September 2018

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What our customers think

"A very interesting and moving experience leaving us all with much to think about and remember."

The variety of the visits and the personal stories made it even more memorable. the supporting materials of appropriate videos, songs and information booklets made us realise that much thought and preparation and enthusiasm had gone into the planning and execution of our Battlefields experience. Thank you very much.

Mrs Shiela Allan, The WWI Battlefield Experience,

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