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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 a Last Post Ceremony in Ypres. 

Highlights

  • 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
  • Enjoy a light Belgian lunch of cheese and bread in Paschendaele’s famous Old Cheese Factory
  • 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

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What You Can Expect

World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Bruges

Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery

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 Cemtrery, a significant burial site of thousands of soliders. Admire the poingnant sculpture  of Grieving Parents, by Käthe Kollwitz, then reboard 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 impressive Gate of Peace and Yser Tower, and then depart the city in search of Passchendaele, a brutal battlefield that transformed in a tranquil and traditional town. Appease your appetite with a hearty ploughman's lunch in a local restaurant.

Sated, head to the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery to feel emotionally stirred at he 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

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. Venture to your final destination, Ypres, to enjoy some leisurely free time and then reconvene with your guide to witness the moving last Post Ceremony at Ypres Menin Gate. 

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. 

Customer Reviews

Paul D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Dietrich was a truly excellent guide full of relevant information without giving bias in any way. We were always armed with the appropriate facts and details prior to arriving at our stops. We saw cemeteries for both the Germans and the Allies. Canadians, British, Australians and New Zealanders were all commemorated in a variety of ways-be it monuments, cemeteries or memorials. We saw original bunkers and trenches, as well as a wonderful modern museum at Ypres.
Dietrich explained about battles-how and why they were fought and whether they were successful or catastrophic in outcome. He included the terrain and other relevant information about the land in local areas. He never sounded bored or monotone, despite probably doing the same tour many times by now. He was passionate about the history and linked everything up for us in a logical way.
Lunch was included and plenty of time to organise our own dinner before the Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate. A long, but very informative and emotional day for all who embarked on this pilgrimage.

Peter W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

An excellent tour of the World War One battlefields.
We were collected from the Crown Plaza Hotel in Bruges and taken to meet our tour bus coming from Brussels.
Our tour guide was Johann and he was very knowledgeable regarding the history of the various battlefields that we visited.We were so lucky to have him as our guide and I would recommend him to anyone considering this tour.

Linda H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

So much history and interesting sights packed into one day. Very educational and emotional but still a lot of fun! Worth wile day!

Miriam O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour couldn and #39;t have been better. pick up was on time. Our guide was extremely helpful and informative. It was a long day but the tour was well worth doing although extremely sad.

Jacquelyn F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

There was so much to see and do! We definitely could have spent more time at some of the sites; however, it is understandable that we couldn and #39;t spend more time or else we wouldn and #39;t have seen all the sites we did see. The guide was really good and knowledgable

kim t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Brilliant tour very eye opening to us who didn't really understand the war. Our guide was very knowledgeable but did drag on a bit sometimes making it a bit hard to follow. Had no idea there were so many cemeteries around the area, very emotional ending at the Menin Gate for the Last Post service, just brilliant.

barvic

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Absolutely fantastic day, excellent guide.
I would recommend this tour to all Australians.
The day was topped off by the Last Post Ceremony in Ypres - fabulous and very moving.

Mark M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Johanne did a great job very knowledgeable and always took time
to answer Questions. He was very Passionate it was an eye opening tour

Valerei L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A very informative and moving tour. Stephan was our guide. He described events so vividly and we really enjoyed listening to him. I would recommend the tour!

ALEX A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

VERY GOOD!

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