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Gain fascinating insight into Canada’s pivotal role in World War 1 on a comprehensive full-day tour from Brussels to the Canadian Battlefields. Feel emotionally stirred at monuments commemorating the countless victims of the First World War, and explore battlefronts and trenches at Vimy Ridge. Gaze at interminable rows of graves at the Tyne Cot Cemetery, the world’s largest commonwealth graveyard, and pause for reflection at the St Julian Memorial. Witness the Last Post ceremony at the Mein Gate Memorial for a poignant conclusion to this sensitive and enriching tour.

Highlights

  • Visit memorials and cemeteries throughout western Belgium and northern France, where several WWI battles were fought
  • Visit memorials and cemeteries throughout western Belgium and northern France, where several WWI battles were fought
  • Visit the Grange tunnel system at Vimy Ridge, the Pool of Peace and the battle front lines at Hill 62 and Sanctuary Wood
  • Walk through rows and rows of graves at the Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth military cemetery in the world
  • Enjoy comfort and style as you travel by luxury minivan
  • Pay your respects to fallen soldiers during the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: WWI Canadian Battlefields Including Vimy Ridge and Last Post Ceremony in Ypres from Brussels

Canadian See the Canadian National Vimy Memorial on this private tour

Depart from your Brussels hotel in a luxurious, air-conditioned vehicle and listen as your guide sets the historical scene of the tour. Hear of Canada’s important role in WWI before arriving at the poignant Canadian National Vimy Memorial, a soul-stirring sculpture that acknowledges the horror of trench warfare.

Next, pay your respects to fallen Commonwealth soldiers at the Messines Ridge British Cemetery and Irish Peace Park; marvel at the glittering Pool of Peace, a bomb crater filled with water, and absorb the verdant splendor of the countryside from a vertiginous vantage point atop Hill 62. Hear of how the serene surrounding forest was once a bloody battleground, and then continue to Tyne Cot Cemetery, the world’s largest Commonwealth military cemetery.

On arrival, gaze at endless rows of graves that memorialize the 13,000 soldiers buried on site. Take a moment of quiet reflection at the St Julien Memorial and listen to how the sculpture commemorates those killed in an initial gas attack. Visit the Essex Farm Cemetery to see what inspired John McCrae to pen his pivotal poem, ‘In Flanders Fields’, and explore the interesting exhibition of the eponymous museum.

Venture to the quaint town of Ypres to revitalize with a traditional dinner (own expense) and then head to the Menin Gate Memorial to witness the moving Last Post memorial service, which takes place every evening to honor those killed in the war.

After the ceremony, return to your vehicle and relax during the journey back to Brussels.

Customer Reviews

royals1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Jean did a wonderful job! He personalized the tour and was able to find a grave of a family member for us.
The tour allowed us to maximize our limited time and we were able to see everything we hope to do that day.
Jeans knowledge and expertise in ww1 history was first class and our family really enjoyed our tour.

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