World War I Battlefields Tour Of Flanders From Brussels

Overview

Your visit first takes you to a very moving German Cemetery, from where we drive to a section of the WW1 trenches. You visit the Monument of the Brooding Soldier, which commemorates the sacrifice of 2,000 Canadian soldiers during the first German gas attack. After a set lunch in Ypres your guide takes you to the outstanding Flanders Fields museum. You will hear the touching stories behind four years of trench war. Next, our coach takes you to Passchendaele and the Tyne Cot Cemetery which is the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world. You will also visit Essex Farm Cemetery. This was the dressing station where Dr. John McCrae wrote the famous poem In Flanders Fields Time for an evening snack. At 8 pm you can attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, a daily tribute to all Commenwealth soldiers and officers that were missing after battle.The tour offers ample opportunity for reflection and to take pictures

Highlights

  • Includes free admission to top local attractions
  • Led by a local guide
  • Step back in time on a history tour

Details about this tour

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: In Flanders Fields Museum, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders Province
The In Flanders' Fields Museum is a museum in Ypres, Belgium, dedicated to the study of the First World War. It occupies the second floor of the Cloth Hall on the market square in the city centre. The building was largely destroyed by artillery during the war, but was afterwards reconstructed.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Pass By: Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West Flanders Province
Zonnebeke is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the villages of Beselare, Gheluvelt, Passendale, Zandvoorde and Zonnebeke proper.
Pass By: Vladslo German War Cemetery, Diksmuide, West Flanders Province
ladslo German war cemetery is about three kilometres north east of Vladslo, near Diksmuide, Belgium. Established during World War I, the cemetery holds 3,233 wartime burials.
Pass By: Hill 60, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders Province
Hill 60 is a World War I battlefield memorial site and park in the Zwarteleen area of Zillebeke south of Ypres, Belgium.
Stop At: Essex Farm Cemetery, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders Province
This was the dressing station where Dr. John McCrae wrote the famous poem "in Flanders Fields".
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Passchendaele Prints & Battlefield Tours, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders Province
Near the town of Ieper in Belgium is Passchendaele and Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in the world. It is now the resting place of more than 11,900 servicemen of the British Empire from the First World War.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Last Post ceremony, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders Province
A daily tribute to all commonwealth soldiers and officers that were missing after battle.
Duration: 30 minutes

Inclusions

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch at the Old Cheese Factory
  • Entry/Admission - In Flanders Fields Museum

Exclusions

  • Hotel pick up & drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Poppy (1 euro) at In Flanders' Fields Museum

Additional Info

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Reviews

  • Christina
    30-Jul-2019

    Stefan was an excellent tour guide to the major sites associated with WWI in Flanders. This trip is a must see when visiting Belgium.

  • Kevin S
    03-Jul-2019

    Dieter, our guide, was very knowledgeable and open to any questions about the battlefields—true professional!

  • William C
    17-Apr-2019

    Easy to book and organisation of the tour was excellent. Guide was very knowledgable and passionate about the subject. Would sincerely recommend it to anyone with an interest in the area and World War 1. Although I knew a fair bit about the topic, this visit really brought it alive and supplied me with extra information and has allowed me to view Flanders Field with fresh eyes. A big thank you to all concerned.

  • Helen K
    22-Oct-2018

    Although this was a long day, we visited a variety of cemeteries, monuments and areas relevant to WWI. Our guide was well organized and knowledgeable about Flanders and the war sites, ending with the Menin Gate for the evening ceremony. With good weather we could appreciate the details of the Belgian landscape. A good tour for anyone looking to visit WWI battle sites in Belgium.

  • Amanda M
    24-Jul-2018

    I couldn't recommend this tour highly enough.

  • Peter H
    05-Apr-2018

    Despite a late start due to problems with a coach the tour was excellent. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and the other travellers were good company. The weather was good which helped. It was a most interesting and moving experience. We visited the Flemish memorial, a German cemetery, Essex Farm Forward Dressing Station where the famous In Flanders fields.. poem was written, the West Yorkshire Trench found during the construction of an industrial estate, had an excellent lunch provided as part of the tour ion a very nice hotel in Ypres - visited the excellent Flanders Field museum in the Cloth Hall at Ypres though an hour was not long enough to take in everything on to the huge Tyne Cot cemetery - beautifully manicured as one expects with Commonwealth War Graves - past the Brooding Canadian soldier and Black Watch memorial statues and then to Hill 60. Here craters and shell-holes remain visible after over a century and there is the massive crater left by the huge explosion felt across the English Channel. The tour ended with the last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate - I did not expect such huge crowds of people - particularly school parties - but on the whole they behaved well and were silent for the superbly played last Post and moving wreath laying mainly by school children.

    It was a long day from 9.30 am until 10 pm when we arrived back in Brussels but worth every penny and something i will never forget.

  • Graham T
    15-Jan-2018

    Fantastic day out worth every penny and a great tour guide.

  • Dawn S
    10-Dec-2017

    This tour was amazing!

  • Jillian M
    06-Dec-2017

    This tour was a wonderful experience that I will never forget. The history of our WW1 soldiers was a emotional journey
    to where they are now laid to rest. A long day but worth every minute.

  • chintikki
    13-Nov-2017

    I took this tour on 11/11/17 and arrived at the Brussels City Tour office at 8.30Am for a 9AM departure. The office was very busy with a lot of people who were taking several different tours leaving at the same time, but the ladies in the office managed the situation very well. The bus is very spacious and comfortable which is great as you spend a decent amount of time on it while travelling from one sight to another. Our first stop was in Brugge to pick up some other passengers and our tour guide Dierkmierk I hope that is how to spell his name. Out tour guide was spectacular he was informative and engaging with everyone. The first stop of the tour was the Vladslo German cemetery where the statue of the grieving parents can be found. Unfortunately, we were not able to visit Yser Tower as the surrounding area was flooded due to the weather, however we did make a stop at the Yorkshire Trench and Dug out, and also at the Welsh National Memorial Park in Langemark as there were several Welsh passengers. We then drove to Ypres and had a ploughmans lunch bread/meat/egg/salad at a restaurant in the Grote Markt which is included in the tour price although you pay for your drinks separately. After lunch we walked 2 minutes to the In Flanders Field museum where we had almost an hour to walk around before meeting up at the exit of the museum to travel to Essex Farm Cemetery where the memorial to John McCrae writer of the poem In Flanders Fields can be found. Following this we travelled to Tyne Cot Commonwealth Cemetery where we had to park the bus and board a shuttle due to the amount of people that were there for Armistice Day. Unfortunately, this meant that we lost a lot of time and daylight and could not visit Hill 60, but we did get to spend a good amount of time in Tyne Cot reflecting on the emotional day so far. Around 5.30PM we travelled back to Ypres where we stopped at the Menin Gate and our tour guide gave us more information about the memorial and also what to expect for the Last Post Ceremony. We then had about an hour of free time in the Grote Market before attending the extended Armistice Day Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. Finally, we boarded the bus and arrived back in Brussels around 10.30PM. Overall, I highly recommend this tour for anyone who has an academic or personal interest/connection to WWI. The top benefit of the tour is that you get to see a lot of sights in one day trip that would be almost impossible to see if you did the trip by yourself as many of the places are far away from each other and difficult to get to. The inclusion of a sit-down lunch and also a very informative tour guide was an added bonus to the whole trip.

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