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 Cemetery of Vladslo then revitalize with a traditional ploughman's lunch. Enrich your historical knowledge at the Flanders’ Field Museum then feel your soul stir during a poignant Last Post Ceremony in Ypres.
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
Greet your guide at the central Brussels meeting point. 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 such as the monument of the "Brooding Soldier" dedicated to the sacrifice of 2,000 Canadian soldiers during the first German gas attack.
Revitalize with a hearty ploughman's lunch in a local restaurant in Ypres before heading to Flanders' Field Museum. Hear fascinating tales of violent warfare and the dank conditions soldiers lived in then enrich your knowledge with the comprehensive exhibitions.
Stop at the somnolent town of Passchendaele and discover how a bloody battlefield underwent a radical transformation into this quaint place. Then 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.'
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.
Very humbling experience to go back and remember.
However my day was memorable for another reason, at the beginning of the tour the guide asked for nationality of guests, he asked for English and then said put your hand up don't be ashamed ...how insulting, I am English and proud, I would never insult anyone based on their race, he should be ashamed to treat a guest in his country like that.
Extremely well organised, very informative tour, from speaking to Loan in Brussels City Tour office to a very skilled bus driver named Abdelhadid, and lastly but by no means least a very knowledgeable, pleasant tour guide named Diederik who we couldn’t praise enough. This tour covered a lot of ground, ending with a very emotional service at Menin Gate in Ypres. We learned a lot thank you all !!!
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and his delivery was very engaging. The transport was comfortable, clean and efficient, the AC proved a valuable asset given the heat wave hitting the countryside on that particular day. The museum visit and lunch at a local restaurant were welcome additions to a very comprehensive visit to the battlefield sites.
Whether you are familiar with the events that took place around Ypres or you are new to the topic, this tour can be both an on site review of what you already know or an introduction to such a fateful event as the one that took place here and still reverberates to the present.
A well managed and comprehensive day visiting the significant sites that present the story of allied participation in WW1.
Our guide was very well informed and communicated with passion and sincerity the complexities that contributed to this tragic time in modern European history.
This was a long but very interesting and worthwhile day during our visit to Belgium. The meet up point and bus transport from Brussels were very easy and convenient. The trip was well planned, and we were able to see quite a lot of sites in a short amount of time. The schedule was well planned for such a long day - we felt we had enough time at each stop to see and learn about it without lingering too long. It was nice to have a bit of free time at lunch and before the last post ceremony. Our guide provided a great overview of the war and the sites as well as the history of the monuments, even pointing out specifics on some of the headstones to illustrate the story. He was very knowledgeable and thorough. Additionally we was very respectful of our time and interests, and his easy going manner and pleasantness greatly contributed to our positive experience. We enjoyed our tour. If you’re interested in WWI history, don’t miss this experience. But do be prepared for a long day (including bringing water, snacks, and using the toilet at every opportunity.