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Established in August 2011, Spirit of Remembrance ('Spirit') is a unique specialist battlefield and remembrance travel and tour company specifically created from the founders vision to bring together a highly experienced team of professionals with extensive backgrounds in both travel and tourism and military history. All clients funds are also fully financially protected through their membership of the Travel Trust Association.
Nikki Archer-Waring (Managing Director)
Spirit of Remembrance Ltd
Mallards, Wetham Green, Upchurch, Kent ME9 7EY, UK
Tel: 44(0) 1634 233785 M: 44 (0) 7968 509091
Tel: 01709 833 811
Holts Tours (Titan)
Tel: 01293 455 356
Anglia Tours Ltd
Tel: 0137 574 130
Bartletts Battlefileds Journeys
Tel: 01507 523 128
Belgian Battlefields tour operators
Ploegsteert Sector Battlefield Experience
Guided Battlefield Tours (book in advance) with Claude Verhaeghe (Official Battlefield Tour Guide, Gouvernemental Registration.
Tours and guided walks in and around Plugstreet wood covering the Christmas truce of 1914 and bruce bairnsfather's "Old Bill" character.
Visit the sites of the lost mines of Messines and the area of Winston Churchill's service in the sector.
Custom-Built Tours available - you supply a 'want list' and they will plan and organise your tour, inclusive of a souvenir booklet recording the event.
Research to help locate places where relatives fought or died provided on request.
159, rue de Messines - 7782 PLOEGSTEERT- Belgium
Tel: 0032 56 84 41 - Mob: 0032 477 50 01 46
Clip Tours (Tour of Belgium 14-18: on the road to World War)
A team of tourism professionals and ww1 historians offers a 4-day tour of Belgium- Liege, Dinant, Mons, the Yser front, Brussels - to discover the most emblematic and authentic places of the Great War, as well as the most important museums and exhibitions devoted to it.
Av. Henri Conscience 199, 1140 Brussels
Tel : +32 22 15 77 60
E-mail : email@example.com
Brussels Airlines www.brusselsairlines.co.uk
British Airways www.britishairways.com
Bmi (British Midlands) www.flybmi.com
Easy Jet www.easyjet.com
DFDS Seaways www.dfdsseaways.com
P&O Ferries www.poferries.com
During your stay in Belgium, it would be worth seing Waterloo, the place where European alliances get reversed nearly 200 years ago. Ninety nine years before the Kaiser’s troops marched into Wallonia, the region had staged another landmark event in European history, when Napoleon finally fought in Waterloo in June 1815.
In Waterloo, you can appreciate how uncertain the outcome of the battle was. The Allied armies of Great Britain and Prussia were separated by an early French assault, and for some time the French had the upper hand. The fighting raged for nine hours, and claimed the lives of 40,000 men. In a private letter after the event, Wellington wrote: “It was the most desperate business I ever was in; I never took so much trouble about any battle; & never was so nearly beat.” His modesty overlooks the fact that visionary planning, new technology including rockets and shrapnel shells, and exceptional bravery by the British cavalry in particular, signalled the end of the Napoleonic era and the beginning of the British Empire.
If you are planning to visit other battlefields such as Ypres or Passchendaele in Flanders, Mons can be an ideal place to stay as a base.
Best Western Hotel Lido **** (75 rooms).
Saint-James Hotel *** (21 rooms). Saint James Hotel is a contemporary designed hotel housed in an 18th Century residence. Its is located in the center of Mons, 5 minutes away from the Grand Place and has a private parking pending on availability.
Infotel *** (31 rooms). Hotel with historic charm located in the center of Mons (short walking distance from the Grand Place). Infotel Hotel is a haven of quietness and offers quality accommodation.
Dream ****. Discover the DREAM, a 4-star superior hotel, combining the heritage of the past with the comfort of modernity. Private parking for guests DREAM.
For other hotels, you can visit our website belgiumtheplaceto.be
Crowne Plaza Liege ***** (126 rooms).
Luxury, heritage, gastronomy, wellness, meetings, events, welcome at the Crowne Plaza Liège. Culinary restaurant based on the traditional French cuisine.1.300 m² are dedicated to sports and wellness. The fitness centre has a swimming pool, a sauna, a hammam, and a jacuzzi. Housed in the former Sélys Hotel, the buildings are classified as a Special Architectural Heritage of the Walloon region.
Hotel Mercure Liege Centre ****
A recently renovated hotel, ideally situated in the heart of Liege, near the shopping district and the renowned carre area.
Ramada Plaza Hotel Liege ****
Situated in a former convent, located along the banks of the River Meuse and only 50 yards from the edge of the Sunday morning flea market. Terrace and garden open during the summer. The restaurant is well-reputed locally.
Visiting the Plugstreet sector battlefields? Tournai turns out to be geographically well put as you can travel short distances from there to the other memorial sites. The town has a rich history and boats a remarkable architecture. A good place to stay as a base for discovering the battlefields and memorial located in Hainaut province.
Hotel Alcantara **** (17 rooms). Set in a splendid 18th century patrician house within easy reach of the centre of Tournai.
Le Panoramique Floreal (46 rooms).
he hotel is on top of a hill 150 metres high, commanding a superb view of the surrounding countryside. The restaurant and terraces offer a splendid way to discover Tournai.
If you are planning to visit the Plugstreet sector battlefields and would like to find an accommodation, Mouscron can be a good base for your stay.
La Demeure du Papillon*** (two rooms of 2 persons).
The house is located in the centre of Mouscron and is decorated with a lot of care in classic style with some modern touches.
The Best Western Hotel ****(58 rooms).
The Best Western Hotel Alize is a luxurious and contemporary hotel, situated close to the Market place (where you can find several bars, restaurants, shops and a Christmas market in December). It is also 15 minutes from Kortrijk, Ypres and Lille. It’s an excellent location for business trip or sight seeing.
7 on 58 rooms are Suites with Jacuzzi, including the Bridal Suite with the double Jacuzzi and separate toilet. A sauna and a fitness room are at your disposal free of charge.
In Best Western Hotel Alizé you will also find a large meeting and banqueting room from 10 to 150 persons. A private car park is available as well as two spaces for coaches in front of the hotel.
The Neufchatel Hotel ***(20 rooms).
Completely renovated from January to August 2012, The Neufchatel Hotel welcomes you again in an elegant, cosy and surprising atmosphere created by the famous interior designer, Manuel Vraux de S. Laranjeiro.
Hotel Orts *** (13 guest rooms and 1 suite).
Trendy 3-star located close to the Stock Exchange and the Grand-Place.
Bed & Brussels
For bed & breakfast opportunities please contact the Bed and Brussels organization.
For other hotels and guest houses in Brussels please visit our website belgiumtheplaceto.be
Hotel des tanneurs **** (32 rooms).
Originally 11 houses built between 1670 and 1716, the hotel now boasts 32 rooms of which no two are the same. The hotel also houses one of Namur's best restaurants, the Espieglerie.
Le chateau de Namur **** (29 rooms).
Located at the summit of the citadel, surrounded by a park, the Château de Namur offers 29 rooms with all comforts and a gastronomic restaurant.
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Castel de Pont a Lesse *** (90 rooms). Outside Dinant
Hosted in the old 'Chateau de Pont à Lesse', the castle blends into a green park of 25 hectares consisting of rock climbing and an Arboretum filed Natura 2000.The charm and authenticity that are the originality of this unique place will delight you as much as its comfort, its gastronomy and its setting in the heart of the valley of fortresses and castles.
Ibis Dinant *** (59 rooms)
situated along the river bank, next to the Casino - 5-10 minutes walk from town centre. Ideal for groups.
For more hotels in Dinant, visit our website belgiumtheplaceto.be
Best Western Melba Hotel (Bastogne)
The Hotel Melba is located between the former Gare du sud train station and the new bedrooms, in 2013. Its owners show a nice adaptability in a worldwide-known town that will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Bulge this year.
Appart'City Arlon - Porte du Luxembourg (Arlon)
Appart'City Arlon is situated in nice area, close to the exhibtion park and from one the bigger shopping centre in Belgium.
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