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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 Cemetry of Vladslo then revitalize with a delicious lunch at a nice restaurant. Enrich your historical knowledge at the Flanders’ Field Museum then feel your soul stir during a poignant Last Post ceremony in Ypres. 

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Brussels

See the Menin Gate in Ypres on this WWI Flanders battlefield tour

Depart from your centrally located hotel in Brussels or greet your guide in the city center, depending upon which option you selected. 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 like the Yser Tower (IJzertoren) and the grand Gate of Peace (IJser Gate) then return to the vehicle for the scenic subsequent leg of the journey. 

Stop in the somnolent town of Passchendaele and discover how a bloody battlefield underwent a radical transformation into this quaint place, then revitalize with a hearty ploughman's lunch in a local restaurant. After feasting on local delicacies, 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. Hear fascinating tales of violent warfare and the dank conditions soldiers lived in then enrich your knowledge with the comprehensive exhibitions of the Flanders’ Field Museum. 

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.   

Customer Reviews

Emma S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was excellent! The tour guide, Stefan, was fabulous and really did illuminate our trip.
The itinerary is very well thought out as you visit a German, a Belgian, several Commonwealth cemeteries and you just gain a sense of the sheer loss, the devastation and the tragedy on each side.
Attending the Last Post ceremony at Ypres, on a freezing November night, was probably the highlight a very moving way to end our tour and remember those who died in Flanders Fields.

Tong C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

A compact tour, the guide is knowledgeable. The last post ceremony on the 11th of November is great.

david w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great tour

Kristen K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent tour! Highly Recommend it! Tour Guide was knowledgeable about everything :

John L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our tour guide was well informed and also skilled at putting World War I battles and situations in perspective. For me the highlight of the day was being able to attend the very moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres.

Susan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent!

speefam

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This trip was a bucket list wish. It was a moving emotional tour. Our guide was full of information and very patient with all our questions.

Jared K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fantastic experience. Wonderful guide who shared information about not only WWI and Flanders but about Belgium as a whole. Would highly recommend this trip to others!

micky

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Tour guide was good ,tour was very informative but very tiring

Heather C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was a very interesting and informative day. The tour guide was excellent.

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