- Private day trip to World War I Flanders battlefields from Brussels, a Viator Exclusive
- Mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I with this highly educational and in-depth tour of battlefields and memorials
- Visit Vladslo and Tyne Cot cemeteries, where thousands of soldiers are laid to rest
- See the sites of major battles and memorials to Canadian and Australian forces
- Attend the poignant Last Post ceremony, a tribute to those who died defending the city of Ypres
- Enjoy comfort and style as you travel by luxury minivan
- Don't miss this engrossing experience that can't be booked anywhere else!
What You Can Expect
Your first stop on this exclusive tour will be the Vladslo German War Cemetery, where more than 25,000 soldiers are buried. Walk among the somber rows of markers and see the heart-rending sculptures of 'Grieving Parents' by Käthe Kollwitz, whose youngest son is buried in the cemetery.
Continue to the town of Diksmuide, where Belgians opened the floodgates of the Yser River to stop the Germans' advance during the war, and see the 'Trench of Death,' where many Belgian soldiers lost their lives. In the village of St-Julien, visit a monument to Canadian forces, including those who perished in the first poison gas attack in 1915.
Your next stop is Passchendaele, where a particularly bloody battle took place. Take a break to recharge with a meal of bread and cheese at the town's Old Cheese Factory. Then visit Tyne Cot cemetery, the largest Commonwealth military cemetery in the world, where a memorial contains the names of some 35,000 soldiers who remain missing.
Stop briefly at Polygon Wood to see a monument to Australian soldiers before heading to Essex Farm field hospital, where doctor John McCrae wrote his famous poem 'In Flanders Fields.' In the nearby city of Ypres, you can visit the In Flanders Fields Museum to learn more about WWI (own expense).
You'll see additional monuments to Canadian and Australian soldiers after driving along Hellfire Corner to Hill 62 and Hill 60. Then, enjoy some free time to have dinner in Ypres (own expense) before rejoining your guide at 8pm for the Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate, a daily tribute to soldiers who died defending the city.
You can ask your guide about adjusting this itinerary to suit your interests, though the overall duration of and distance covered on your tour should remain about the same. Your guide can even help you locate the grave of a relative in the military cemeteries. This kind of personal touch makes this tour a truly special experience.
After the Last Post ceremony, travel directly back to Brussels, where your 12.5-hour tour of some of Belgium's most significant World War I sites concludes. It's an incredible experience that's sure to stay with you -- and it can't be booked anywhere else!
Jean, the guide was simply terrific.
A very insightful and somber day - it is incredible to still see landscape affected by events of 100 years ago. Our guide customized a bit for us and we visited the site of McCrae's poem as well as the "In Flanders Fields Museum" in Ypres. The Irish, Canadian, and Tyne Cot memorials were very powerful.
This trip was excellent, our guide was very informative and certainly knew his history of the area. We saw and learnt so many things about Flanders in general. The whole day was a great experience.