Delve into the poignant history of World War I on a full-day tour of the Flanders Battlefields from Bruges. Follow in the footsteps of soldiers with an accomplished historical guide and visit moving memorials that immortalize soldiers lost in battles. Gaze at endless rows of graves at the German Military Cemetery; revitalize with a traditional Belgian lunch at a local restaurant; and visit Flanders’ Field Museum to see exhibitions that speak eloquently of the area’s turbulent past. Conclude your emotionally stirring tour by experiencing the Last Post Ceremony in Ypres.
Day trip to Flanders’ WWI battlefields from Bruges with an expert guide
See the sobering Käthe Kollwitz sculptures, Grieving Parents, at the German Military Cemetery of Vladslo
Pay your respects to fallen WWI soldiers at Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery
Explore In Flanders’ Field Museum at leisure, listening to audio-guided commentary
Attend the Last Post Ceremony in Ypres with your guide
Depart from a central Bruges location in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and travel towards the traditional town of Vladslo to visit the Germany Military Cemetery, a significant burial site of thousands of soldiers. Admire the poignant sculpture of Grieving Parents, by Käthe Kollwitz, then re-board your coach to venture to the small city of Diksmuide.
Disembark at the foreboding Trench of Death, a stretch of the Western Front upon which many soldiers met their end. Admire the statue of the 'Brooding Soldier' which commemorates the sacrifice of 2,000 Canadian soldiers during the first German gas attack.
Appease your appetite with a hearty plowman's lunch in a local restaurant in Ypres.
Peruse the varied exhibitions of the Flanders’ Field Museum to observe artifacts that speak eloquently of the battlefield’s history; hear the story of the war on an audio guided tour before ascending Hill 60 to see tunnels that played a pivotal role in the war.
Depart to the city in search of Passchendaele, a brutal battlefield that transformed into a tranquil and traditional town. Then head to the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery to feel emotionally stirred at the sight of 35,000 solemn headstones. Learn about the global significance of this memorial site then travel to Essex Farm Field Hospital to see the iconic bunkers in which John McCrae wrote his influential poem, 'In Flanders Fields.'
Finally, venture to your last destination, the moving Last Post Ceremony at Ypres Menin Gate, and observe the simplicity of the daily tribute that remembers the courage of fallen soldiers. After the ceremony, return to your vehicle and relax during the journey back to Bruges, where the tour concludes.
Excellent historical and informational trip, Our guide was extremely personable and had great local knowledge. Tour Organizers could do a better job with precisely where to meet, or even provide a big sign with the tour name on it, but other than that all was great, and fully recommended.
Very informative Tour Guide, and places we visited were very interesting. Attending the Last Post ceremony at the Menes Gate was a great way to end the day.
We joined the tour at Bruge, we were told to be there for departure at 10.15 and the bus didn’t arrive till 10.40pm. Accurate information what type of bus, name, and the time of pickup would have alleviated our anxiety as from Bruge it is not evident were to meet the tour in a sea of buses and we had to contact the office when it had not arrived on time.
It was a great tour and brought home the horror of the WW1 Flanders battlefields. The tragic loss of so many young people on both sides of the conflict was explained. When you see something like this, it makes you wonder how this could have happened, yet some 20 years later it was being repeated. The German cementery, with the statues of the grieving parents, the Tyncot cemetery
, and the last post at Menin Gate were an experience not to be forgotten.
Absolutely fascinating and informative tour that covers all the important sites
, Jul 2019
My teenage son and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour . Our guide Johann provided excellent in depth historical background, context and an endless array of facts, points of interest and lively commentary between and at each of the sites. The tour itself felt very thorough and complete, with so many fascinating stops including battle sites, trenches, German and allied cemeteries, Ypres and the emotional Last Post ceremony (get there early for a good view!) Johann kept it all very authentic and contextual , deftly brought the sites to life and has an amazing breadth of knowledge. We learned so much and highly recommend this tour to anyone interested not just in WW1 but also the historical events that led up to it.
We really enjoyed our day tour of Flanders and Ypres. Our guide was very helpful and informative. A word of warning - the majority of the day was spent driving from site to site. Having done a similar tour 10+ years ago it's a shame there wasn't an opportunity to visit any of the trenches (that you drive past en route). We both felt this would have been more insightful in place of one of the 3 cemeteries that were visited.
The bus was on time to pick us up from Bruges.
The guide Jan (John) was very informative and helpful. He accommodated everyone on the tour.
The driver was amazing as the roads are very narrow and in a lot places were undergoing roadworks.
Would definitely recommend