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World War I Battlefields in Flanders

By Viator, January 2018

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With many of World War I’s violent battles being fought around Ypres, the Flanders region of north Belgium is home to some of Europe’s most important historic sites of the Great War. Among the 185 WWI military cemeteries, here are a number of the most important battle sites in Flanders.

First Battle of Ypres
The First Battle of Ypres raged from October 19 to November 22, 1914, on the Ypres Salient, and saw Allied forces locked in combat with German soldiers along the Western Front—from Arras in France to Nieuport on the Belgian shores. During the battle, both sides struggled to beat the other to reach the coastline north of their rivals, and the fight spilled over into the Battle of the Yser.
 
Battle of Passchendaele
Also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, the Battle of Passchendaele spanned from July to November 1917. During the fight, Allied soldiers clashed with German Empire forces over control of the high ground to the south and east of the Belgian city of Ypres. Passchendaele itself lies on a ridge just to the east of Ypres—ground that had proved pivotal in the German 4th Army’s rail supply chain.
 
Battle of Messines
From early to mid-June 1917, General Sir Herbert Plumer of the British Second Army led his forces in what was to become known as the Battle of Messines. The goal was to forge German generals to move soldiers from Arras and Aigne to Flanders Fields, and in doing so, relieve beleaguered French forces on the Aisne front.
 
Battle of Lys
The Battle of Lys—otherwise recorded as the Lys Offensive or the Fourth Battle of Ypres—took place from April 7 to April 29, 1918. German forces orchestrated the battle with the aim of pushing back British forces to the shoreline and capturing Ypres once and for all.

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World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Brussels, Brussels, null
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World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Brussels

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 204 Reviews

Follow the trail of World War I soldiers on this poignant full-day tour of the Flanders battlefields from Brussels. Focusing on the tributes that pepper the ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.15
World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Bruges, Bruges, Day Trips
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World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Bruges

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Explore Flanders’ World War I battlefields on a full-day tour from Bruges, following in the footsteps of soldiers from around the world. With an expert guide ...  Read more

Location: Bruges, Belgium
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.12
Australian WW1 battlefield tour in Flanders and the Somme from Bruges or Ypres 2 days, Bruges, Day ... 
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Australian WW1 battlefield tour in Flanders and the Somme from Bruges or Ypres 2 days

The first day you will stand in Fromelles, visit the museum and the Pheasant Wood cemetery, go to VC Corner Cemetery and the Australian Memorial Park. You will ...  Read more

Location: Bruges, Belgium
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $657.10
Small-Group Australian Battlefield Tour in Flanders from Bruges, Bruges, Cultural Tours
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Small-Group Australian Battlefield Tour in Flanders from Bruges

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You will stand in the footsteps of the Australian soldiers in Fromelles, Ploegsteert and Messines. You will see some of the mine craters laid by the 1st ...  Read more

Location: Bruges, Belgium
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $375.48
Viator Exclusive: Private World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Brussels, Brussels, Day ... 
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Viator Exclusive: Private World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Brussels

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To mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I and the 100th anniversary of the battle of Passchendaele (1917), take this profoundly moving ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $196.08
Private New Zealand Battlefield Tour in Flanders from Ghent, Ghent, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private New Zealand Battlefield Tour in Flanders from Ghent

Stand on Messines ridge where the New Zealand Corps launched the attack after the explosion of the 19 mines. You will visit Passendale, Tyne Cot Cemetery, ...  Read more

Location: Ghent, Belgium
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $375.48
Private Full-Day Canadian WW1 Somme Battlefield Tour from Bruges, Bruges, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Full-Day Canadian WW1 Somme Battlefield Tour from Bruges

Stand in the tunnels where Canadian troops stood before the assault on Vimy Ridge and visit the Canadian and German trenches. You will see the scattered ...  Read more

Location: Bruges, Belgium
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $431.81
Private Vimy and Belgium Canadian Battlefield Tour from Bruges, Bruges, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Private Vimy and Belgium Canadian Battlefield Tour from Bruges

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Stand in the tunnels in Vimy, walk in the trenches where Canadian troops stood in April 1917. See the CWGC's largest cemetery in Europe, come to see the ...  Read more

Location: Bruges, Belgium
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $344.19
Canadian Somme and Flanders battlefield tour 2 days starting from Ypres or Bruges, Bruges, Private ... 
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Canadian Somme and Flanders battlefield tour 2 days starting from Ypres or Bruges

The first day you will stand at Tyne Cot Military Cemetery, Passendale, Crest Farm, Essex Farm and at the Menin Gate. The second day you will stand in the ...  Read more

Location: Bruges, Belgium
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $657.10
Full Day Canadian WW1 Somme Battlefield Tour from Ypres, Ypres, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Full Day Canadian WW1 Somme Battlefield Tour from Ypres

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Stand in the tunnels where Canadian troops stood before the assault on Vimy Ridge and visit the Canadian and German trenches. You will see the scattered ...  Read more

Location: Ypres, Belgium
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $408.86

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