- Day trip to Belgian World War I battlefields in Flanders from Ghent
- Visit various WWI monuments, memorials and battlefields with your knowledgeable and passionate guide
- See the moving sculptures of 'Grieving Parents' at the Vladslo German War Cemetery
- Visit the Tyne Cot cemetery, where a memorial bears the names of some 35,000 Commonwealth soldiers still missing
- Explore the In Flanders' Fields museum in Ypres with an audio guide to learn more about WWI
- Witness the poignant Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres
- Lunch at the Old Cheese Factory in Passendale is included
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
A must do for all history buffs! Not only is this tour incredibly informative, but the memorials you see and the guide's stories make it profoundly moving as well.
What You Can Expect
Continue to the small town of Diksmuide to see the Trench of Death, where many Belgian soldiers lost their lives. Admire the Gate of Peace and Yser Tower (IJzertoren) before leaving town.
Pass the Canadian war memorial in St-Julien on your way to Passendale (Passchendaele), where your guide will tell you about the major WWI battle that took place here. Recharge with a lunch of freshly baked bread and cheese at the town's Old Cheese Factory.
Just outside Passendale, visit Tyne Cot cemetery, the largest cemetery for Commonwealth soldiers in the world. Observing the seemingly endless rows of grave markers and the memorial with the names of some 35,000 soldiers still missing gives you a sense of the enormous cost of war.
Your next stop is the Essex Farm field hospital where doctor and poet John McCrae is said to have written the famous war poem 'In Flanders Fields." In nearby Ypres, visit the In Flanders Fields Museum and take an audio tour to learn more about WWI and those who lost their lives fighting it.
After leaving the museum, pass Hellfire Corner, which endured continual firing by the Germans during the war, and Hill 60, home to a series of strategically significant tunnels. Take a break for dinner (own expense) in Ypres before attending the riveting Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing. This nightly tribute to those who died defending Ypres features buglers playing "Reveille' and a moment of silence.
Following the ceremony, board your coach for the drive back to Ghent. Your 11-hour day tour of some of the most historically significant World War I sites ends in Ghent's Old Town at around 9pm.
Overall the tour was an informative and moving experience. It covered a lot of ground, from battlefields to cemeteries, museums and trenches. And it was topped off with the emotional Last Post ceremony. It brought to life the contribution of the thousands who died and suffered in the First World War. Tours like these go a long way in preserving our collective memory of war, and the devastation it causes. Our tour guide was knowledgable and a great guy to spend a day with. We were very pleased with the day.
Interesting and informative tour about a tragic time in history