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To commemorate over a century since World War I began and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the battle of Passchendaele (1917), take a poignant private tour of the Flanders battlefields from Brussels. During this Viator Exclusive tour, venture to a selection of cemeteries to see moving collections of graves that memorialize fallen soldiers. See where McCrae was inspired to write his influential poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ and witness a moving tribute to the deceased at a Last Post Ceremony in Ypres. Enjoy the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour, the itinerary of which can be tailored according to your interests, and appreciate the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Brussels hotel.

Highlights

  • Private day trip to World War I Flanders battlefields from Brussels, a Viator Exclusive
  • Mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I with this highly educational and in-depth tour of battlefields and memorials
  • Visit the German "Student Cemetery" and Tyne Cot cemetery, where thousands of soldiers are laid to rest
  • See the sites of major battles and memorials to Canadian and Australian forces
  • Attend the poignant Last Post ceremony, a tribute to those who died defending the city of Ypres
  • Enjoy comfort and style as you travel by luxury minivan
  • Don't miss this engrossing experience that can't be booked anywhere else!

What You Can Expect

Viator Exclusive: Private World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Brussels

See the sites of major battles and memorials on this private tour from Brussels!

Depart from your centrally located Brussels hotel in a climate-controlled private vehicle and listen as your guide sets the historical scene for this Viator Exclusive tour. Hear fascinating facts and figures about one of the world’s most destructive wars as you travel through Ghent towards Flanders Fields.

Stop first in the town of Diksmuide to see the destructive ‘Trench of Death.’ Before arriving there, you will cross first the famous Railway Dike and stop at Our Ladies' Corner, so that you can realize how important the flooding, organized by the Belgian Army, was. In St. Julien, the monument to the Canadian Forces venerates the victims of the first Gas attack in 1915. Continue your visit at Essex Farm, where John Mc Crae wrote his renown poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. Then visit the Tyne Cot cemetery (the biggest Commonwealth Military Cemetery in the world). Here 13.000 men lay at rest, and there is also the wall of 35.000 names of men who are still "missing". The terrible battles, known as the 3rd battle of Ypres or of Passchendaele, have made so many victims from both sides. You can visit the Memorial Museum Passendaele 1917 (not included), and make a small visit to Polygone Wood and cemetery (some 2000 headstones).

Via Wijtschate, you will arrive at the famous Pool of Peace, the biggest mine crater filled of water in Flanders. Continue to Messines - with the monument for the Christmas Truce, and drive down the hill to have a fantastic view on both the Irish tower and the New-Zealand memorial, built where once the German trenches were. You will make a stop at the Irish peace park and your visit there will end in Ploegsteert, with stops at the Memorial to the Missing, the Commemoration Plaque for Winston Churchill and in the fields where the "Christmas Truce" took place in 1914.

Back at Ypres at around 6:15pm, you will have some free time for dinner (not included) and at 8pm precisely, you will attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial, where 55.000 names of missing military men are mentioned. After the end o the ceremony, your guide will drive you back to Brussels, where you will arrive at approximately 9:30pm.

Customer Reviews

LYN S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and showed a great flexibility. I would highly recommend it.

Susan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fantastic day, promptly collected from our Hotel by Jean and driven for the day in luxury vehicle
Watched excellent video on the way, full day, very educational and informative, comprehensive
We were a group of 4 New Zealanders so got to see the ANZAC and NZ heroes resting places.
Worth doing some reading before you go about the various battlegrounds but our host was brilliant.
Flanders Museum excellent too. Menin Gate Last Post very moving despite it being a cold October evening.

Paul Michael P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Jean, the guide was simply terrific.

MINNBOY

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

A very insightful and somber day - it is incredible to still see landscape affected by events of 100 years ago. Our guide customized a bit for us and we visited the site of McCrae's poem as well as the "In Flanders Fields Museum" in Ypres. The Irish, Canadian, and Tyne Cot memorials were very powerful.

Martin G

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

Excellent and emotional tour. A must see for all Canadians visiting Europe, especially with 100 year anniversary approaching in 2017. A suggestion: ask the quide to slow down a bit - quality over quantity

Juanita J

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

This trip was excellent, our guide was very informative and certainly knew his history of the area. We saw and learnt so many things about Flanders in general. The whole day was a great experience.

Margaret L P

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better June 2016

Jean was a nice man, but was totally unprepared as far as taking Americans on a WWI tour. It would have been nice if he'd prepared a historical overview of WWI, including the eastern and western fronts, explaining how the was was started. There was no overview. His presentations were wandering and not focused. He seemed to have the information, but presented it in a disjointed way. We cut the tour short because it was so poor and we weren't learning anything. Also, at the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, we had to pay our own entrance fees: Really??? Are you kidding??? We paid almost 900 for a private tour of Flanders and had to pay entrance fees to one of the museums??? On the positive side, Jean was better at explaining today's Belgium - it's culture and economy. Overall, this Brussels tour was a waste of time.

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