For £122 per person, take a 3-night break in Ypres, Belgium, and discover the poignant past of a city forever linked with the First World War, as well the present-day charm of its flower markets, chocolate shops and medieval squares. This offer from Great Escapes saves over a third on the regular price, and includes:
Valid seven days a week from 1 February-8 April. A supplement of £26 per car applies on 15-16 February; 29-30 March; 5-6 April.
Travel with friends or family and save even more -- it's £110 per person based on four sharing a car. Up to two children under 16 travel and stay for free when sharing with parents.
The 3-star Novotel Ieper Centrum is in the heart of the town, close to the Market Square and the Menin Gate -- a memorial to lost soldiers, where the Last Post ceremony has taken place each night since 1928. It's also a short walk from the In Flanders Fields Museum, set in the historical Cloth Hall building. The Independent describes the museum as "dramatic", "technically advanced" and "very moving".
The hotels has a bar and a brasserie, a fitness centre and a hammam. Rooms have a mini bar, satellite TV and tea- and coffee-making facilities.
Ypres is in the southwest corner of Belgium, just over an hour by car from Calais ferry terminal. Once on the front line, the region is home to battlefields and memorials that tell the story of the war. The city itself was once completely destroyed, but the medieval architecture has been carefully restored, with a centre including 17th-century ramparts, restaurants, terrace bars and confectioners.
Book by 12pm on 30 January.