Tour code: 2200FLANDERS
Discover the poignant history of World War I on a moving full-day tour to the Flanders battlefields from Brussels. Visit the impressive monuments that commemorate the lives of fallen soldiers and admire the natural splendor of the Belgian countryside as you travel. Listen to fascinating commentary from an expert guide as you see graves that immortalize those killed in the world’s first major conflict; reflect in the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves and the German Military Cemetry of Vladslo then revitalize with a delicious lunch at a nice restaurant. Enrich your historical knowledge at the Flanders’ Field Museum then feel your soul stir during a poignant Last Post ceremony in Ypres. 

Highlights

  • Full-day Flanders’ WWI battlefields tour from Brussels with an expert guide
  • See the poignant Käthe Kollwitz sculptures called Grieving Parents at the German Military Cemetery of Vladslo
  • Stop for a typical Belgian lunch of cheese and bread in Passchendaele’s legendary Old Cheese Factory
  • Visit quietly dignified memorials to fallen WWI soldiers like Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery
  • Enjoy an audio-guided tour around In Flanders’ Fields Museum near Essex Farm Field Hospital
  • Spend time in Ypres and attend the Last Post Ceremony in the evening

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What You Can Expect

World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Brussels

See the Menin Gate in Ypres on this WWI Flanders battlefield tour

Depart from your centrally located hotel in Brussels or greet your guide in the city center, depending upon which option you selected. Climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and admire the scenic surroundings as your travel towards the town of Vladslo. Disembark and explore the German Military Cemetery of Vladslo, a poignantly peaceful area that features the famous sculpture by Käthe Kollwitz, Grieving Parents.  

Next, venture to the small city of Diksmuide and see a stretch of the Western Front that symbolizes Belgium’s courage and heroism during the conflict. See impressive monuments like the Yser Tower (IJzertoren) and the grand Gate of Peace (IJser Gate) then return to the vehicle for the scenic subsequent leg of the journey. 

Stop in the somnolent town of Passchendaele and discover how a bloody battlefield underwent a radical transformation into this quaint place, then revitalize with a hearty ploughman's lunch in a local restaurant. After feasting on local delicacies, head to the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery to reflect upon the 35,000 graves that immortalize the memory of fallen soldiers. 

Next, travel to Essex Farm Field Hospital and see the bunkers that inspired John McCrae to write his influential poem, In Flanders’ Field. Hear fascinating tales of violent warfare and the dank conditions soldiers lived in then enrich your knowledge with the comprehensive exhibitions of the Flanders’ Field Museum. 

Venture to Hill 60 to see some strategic tunnels then disembark at the picturesque town of Ypres to enjoy some independent exploration and dinner (own expense). Reconvene with your guide at a pre-arranged time to witness to soul-stirring Last Post Ceremony at Ypres’ Menin Gate. Absorb the saddening simplicity of the service then return to your vehicle for the drive back to Brussels.   

Customer Reviews

Stacy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was an informative tour. The guide was great and knew the subject. The bus was comfortable. Lunch was tasty and it was nice to visit with other folks on the tour. It was a long tour, but we really got a great overview of WWI in Flanders. We would recommend it!

Carol O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was an excellent tour and turned out to be one of the highlights of our 2 weeks in Belgium. One highlight of the tour was actually being able to go into the trenches. We were surprised that they are still there. The history and the cemeteries were very moving. The most moving experience of all was that Last Post at Ypres. This was a major reason that we went on this tour, and it was extremely powerful. The horrors of World War I seem to be eclipsed by the horrors of World War II. As an American I felt bad that it took us so long to become involved in this war. Our tour guide was also excellent.

Isabel W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A well designed, well paced tour, with a very informative helpful guide and excellent driver. Well chosen place for lunch, just opposite the Flanders Field Museum. Highly recommended

Catherine p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour with a small group made the tour along with the extremely interesting commentary the trip met all that we were hoping to see

Jill G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent! Johan was a very knowledgeable guide, and even though it was a long day the time flew by. Very interesting and very emotional experience. Highly recommended tour.

Bridget S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This is an excellent tour which covers most of the important scenes of WWI in Flanders fields.Top marks to Johan who is a first-rate guide.

Tonie M Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour, a very long day if you take it from Brussels. We were very hungry by the time lunch arrived. Guide is very informative. Some hiccups with the return journey, resulting in 2 women being left at Brussels central station without knowing how to get back to their hotelthankfully another person on the tour helped them out. We didn't have too far to walk but a bit annoying.

Carol Ann R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was a fantastic tour. The guide had a wealth of knowledge. We would recommend this tour to anyone with interested in the battlefields.

gael n

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

excellent tour, especially if you are an aussie or canadian and there is a frequent refererence to the young men who died a long way from home

Kaye M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fabulous day out - more like a pilgrimage though. The knowledgeable guide took us through what life was like for a WW1 solidier - and made it all real. The Menin gate ceremony was everything I had heard about. Fabulous day

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