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This tour was a wonderful experience that I will never forget. The history of our WW1 soldiers was a emotional journey
to where they are now laid to rest. A long day but worth every minute.
I took this tour on 11/11/17 and arrived at the Brussels City Tour office at 8.30Am for a 9AM departure. The office was very busy with a lot of people who were taking several different tours leaving at the same time, but the ladies in the office managed the situation very well. The bus is very spacious and comfortable which is great as you spend a decent amount of time on it while travelling from one sight to another. Our first stop was in Brugge to pick up some other passengers and our tour guide Dierkmierk I hope that is how to spell his name. Out tour guide was spectacular he was informative and engaging with everyone. The first stop of the tour was the Vladslo German cemetery where the statue of the grieving parents can be found. Unfortunately, we were not able to visit Yser Tower as the surrounding area was flooded due to the weather, however we did make a stop at the Yorkshire Trench and Dug out, and also at the Welsh National Memorial Park in Langemark as there were several Welsh passengers. We then drove to Ypres and had a ploughmans lunch bread/meat/egg/salad at a restaurant in the Grote Markt which is included in the tour price although you pay for your drinks separately. After lunch we walked 2 minutes to the In Flanders Field museum where we had almost an hour to walk around before meeting up at the exit of the museum to travel to Essex Farm Cemetery where the memorial to John McCrae writer of the poem In Flanders Fields can be found. Following this we travelled to Tyne Cot Commonwealth Cemetery where we had to park the bus and board a shuttle due to the amount of people that were there for Armistice Day. Unfortunately, this meant that we lost a lot of time and daylight and could not visit Hill 60, but we did get to spend a good amount of time in Tyne Cot reflecting on the emotional day so far. Around 5.30PM we travelled back to Ypres where we stopped at the Menin Gate and our tour guide gave us more information about the memorial and also what to expect for the Last Post Ceremony. We then had about an hour of free time in the Grote Market before attending the extended Armistice Day Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. Finally, we boarded the bus and arrived back in Brussels around 10.30PM. Overall, I highly recommend this tour for anyone who has an academic or personal interest/connection to WWI. The top benefit of the tour is that you get to see a lot of sights in one day trip that would be almost impossible to see if you did the trip by yourself as many of the places are far away from each other and difficult to get to. The inclusion of a sit-down lunch and also a very informative tour guide was an added bonus to the whole trip.
Great tour with a very informative guide. A long day but well worth it
Amazing tour, the guide was extremely informative about the history. If you’re academic, love history this is a great tour. Keep in mind that they cram a lot in his tour so you’re always on the go. So you definitely get your money’s worth.
I learnt so mFinishing off at the Mening Gate was really moving. A lot packed into a day.
Great tour, when I booked I though it was a bit expensive, but now I think it was very good value. The guide was brilliant providing not only lots of detail on sites visited, but provided lots of historic context around the causes of WW1, etc. Coach and cafe for lunch was excellent. Very sombre tour, but very worthwhile
This tour packs a lot in and is exceptionally informative. It would take two or three days to tour Flanders Fields, but this tour gave us the highlights in a long but rewarding day. The museum in Ypres is an excellent resource that helps put everything you see in person in context. One meal was included, which was nice. The tour guide was a true expert, and he adjusted the itinerary a bit when he learned how many New Zealanders, Australians and Canadians we had in our group. I don't think you could get a better deal for the money.
This WW1 Battlefields Tour was one of the most amazing, informative, and emotional tours I have ever done. Stefan if I recall his name was a very informed and passionate tour guide, and entwined a lot of emotion into his role, which left many ion our group with lumps in our throats.
This was an incredibly moving and information filled experience. The guide was knowledgeable. The war graves, museum and battle sites visited were all well worth it. It was a long day. However it included a lovely lunch and was not physically arduous.
Quit a god trip but the guide should learn European History and having drinks water on the coach would be nice
Great tour with a good mix of historical facts and personal accounts of individuals directly involved with the conflict. The time at the museum in Ypres is much too short to experience it to its fullest but the visit does add to the experience. In terms of logistics, use the facilities before boarding the bus and don't drink too much liquid in the morning. The first break with access to facilities was lunch and that didn't occur until around 2pm. Bring a rain jacket if there is rain in the forecast since you spend much of the tour outside.
We had a wonderful tour. Our tour guide had a great grasp on the history of this time period and you could see his passion for sharing his knowledge with all of us. He spoke superb English and kept things very organized. The day was very full. We started out with a two hour drive through the scenic country side, stopped at several large cemeteries and battle fields, then walked through Ypres to a quaint restaurant where we had a delicious lunch. After lunch we walked to a museum in Ypres where admission was included and given time to tour the excellent exhibits regarding WW1 in Flanders. Following the museum we visited several more enormous cemeteries and monuments before coming back to Ypres for the very moving Last Post ceremony which is conducted daily at the Menin Gate. All in all a marvelous and very educational day.
This was an excellent and worthwhile tour . Our guide Deidrick spelling ? Was amazing. His knowledge of world war 1 events extensive and truly added to the tour . There is absolutely no way without such a knowledgeable guide that we would have gained such an understanding and appreciation of this time in history . It is a long day but worth it . I highly recommend this tour .
Amazing Experience . Our guide Stephan was excellent . Truly a once in a lifetime experience .
A very long day from Brussels, but you are picked up and dropped off in central Brussels. Seeing the war cemeteries is very humbling. The ceremony at the Menin gate should not be missed. Get there early to get a good view.
A very memorable tour that broadened my understanding of the Great War immensely. The Last Post ceremony was moving and that alone would have made the tour worthwhile. The best day tour I have ever been on.
Really enjoyed the trip, lots of places visited and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. It was a very busy schedule and certainly a full day.
Anyone with a connection to WWI, either family or just through your country, will appreciate this tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. It really is a powerful feeling to visit the graves of so many young men, and see the areas where they fought. I would highly recommend anyone visiting Belgium to experience this tour.
Excellent tour with extremely knowledgeable and personable guide. 5 stars.
The tour office is just behind the historic King's Palace on the spectacular Grande Place.
10/10 must do while you are in Belgium. Our guide Stefan was able to bring emotion and personal experience together along with history to illustrate the terrifying reality of WW1 and all of it's horrors. Go out of your way to attend this tour, you will not regret it.
Very moving and educating. A lot depends on your guide. Lots of time of the bus so be prepared.
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