Focused Itinerary: How WWI Changed Literature, The Western Front

How the outbreak of war inspired some of the most moving pieces of literature

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Whilst WWI brought four years of brutality and global change, it also brought a shift in literature. Among the first to document the war in writing were the soldiers themselves. Poets like Rupert Brooke captured the idealism of war, whilst others such as Wilfred Owen exposed the cruel reality of it. And of course John McCrae’s ‘In Flanders Fields’ became one of the most poignant reminders of WWI.

This itinerary focuses on How WWI Changed Literature, where you’ll visit significant sights that bring the words out of the page and give context to various pieces of literature. Developed on the back of our all-encompassing school history trips to the Western Front, we also offer itineraries focusing on WWI Medicine & Surgery.

Accommodation

Popular places to stay in The Western Front

  • Located a short distance from Ypres Market Square
  • Adjoining properties that can be used as single units for small groups or both for large groups
  • Sole occupancy available (minimum 40 guests)
  • Games room
  • Wi-Fi
  • Large breakfast and evening rooms (capacity 135)
  • Games room with pool table, table football and pinball machines
  • 2 computers with free internet access
  • Private courtyard
  • Wi-Fi
  • Use the large breakfast room for an evening activity
  • Play a game of pool or pinball in the games room
  • Make use of the computers
  • Relax outside in the private courtyard
  • Explore Ypres Market Square on foot
  • Located on the doorstep of the Menin Gate Memorial
  • Sole occupancy available (subject to availability)
  • Multi, quad, triple, twin and single bed rooms
  • En-suite facilities
  • Table tennis and pool table
  • Wi-Fi
  • Table tennis and pool table
  • 2 computers with free internet access
  • Teachers’ lounge with cable TV and minibar
  • Projector and screen available on request
  • Wi-Fi
  • Play a game of table tennis or pool
  • Make use of the computers
  • Arrange a study evening using the projector and screen
  • Relax in the teachers’ lounge

Excursions in The Western Front

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Curriculum Information

All secondary school students

Additional Information

Your journey doesn’t have to end here! See what else we can offer to help you get the most out of your tour. From expert History Tour Guides to dedicated Tour Managers, we’ll go above and beyond to support you and your students.

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What our customers say

Excellent package which enlightened the students while keeping them safe.

Mr Mike Dickins

Abbey Gate College

As always very enjoyable, well planned and perfectly suited to our needs.

Mr Matt Kearle

Reading School

Excellent organisation and good combination of visits – it really encouraged our students to think and reflect.

Ms Catherine Moffat

Southgate School

FAQs about this tour

Find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

  • Do you DBS (formerly CRB) check your drivers?

    As part of our coach audits, we request that all UK coach drivers are DBS checked by their employer prior to driving on one of our tours. We can request confirmation of your specific driver’s compliance if deemed necessary.

  • Is all of your accommodation audited in advance?

    Yes, all of our accommodation is audited prior to us offering it to a group. The criterion of these audits is governed by the School Travel Forum (STF). It is important to remember that each country is governed by their own standards and laws and these may differ from UK law. However, we require our accommodation to meet our standards as a minimum. We work with the hotels and agents to endeavour to ensure that our standards are met.

  • What does our insurance cover us for?

    Our insurance providers offer comprehensive cover to our groups for the duration of their tour and is tailored specifically for schools, with specialist insurance policies for individual tour types. As with any insurance cover, it is vital that you read through the terms and conditions and that you declare any relevant information as requested. Please see our insurance page for further information and to see what is covered. For groups opting to take their own insurance, we highly recommend that you read all inclusions and exclusions prior to departure.

  • What safety support do you have in place for clients choosing to tour with you?

    At Rayburn Tours we are proud of our continual commitment to safety. Clients who tour with us can be assured that we have the following support services and systems in place: Safety Management System, Generic Risk Management, Crisis Management System, ATOL Licensed, ABTA Bonded, insurance, 24-hour emergency contact system, hotel audits, coach audits and activity audits.

    In addition, we are a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), giving you the reassurance that all of our trips meet, or indeed exceed, the safety standards required by your school and Local Authority.

Focused Itinerary: How WWI Changed Literature, The Western Front

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