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  1. Belgium
  2. Brussels
  3. Essex Farm Cemetery

Brussels: The Great War in Flanders Fields Remembrance Tour

Product ID: 100860
Embark on a tour for history fans and visit memorials and burial grounds related to the Great War in Belgium. In France, you'll visit the Vimy Memorial and the trench site. Learn about the sacrifices made by Commonwealth soldiers.
About this activity
Duration: 13 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English, French
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Passchendaele battlefield
  • See one of the largest Commonwealth cemetery
  • Attend the moving Last Post ceremony in Ypres
  • Take a moment for commeoration at the statue of the Brooding Soldier
Itinerary
  • Brussels

  • 2 hours

  • Passendale

  • Essex Farm Cemetery

  • 1 hour

  • Vimy

  • Canadian National Vimy Memorial

  • Neuville-Saint-Vaast

  • 1.5 hours

  • Ypres

  • Free time

  • Menin Gate

  • 1.5 hours

  • Brussels

7 hours

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
Full description
This visit starts at a German cemetery, from where you will move onto the WW1 trenches and Essex Farm Cemetery, where John McCrae wrote the famous poem "In Flanders Fields", after a friend’s burial on the site.

At The Brooding Soldier, a statue towering over Langemark in permanent honor of the Canadian resistance during the German gas attack of 1915, you will take a moment for commemoration and photos. After lunch, you will continue to the Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world, and Hill 60 or Hill 62. In France, visit of Vimy Memorial and the trench site.

As the highlight of the tour, you'll attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, a daily tribute to all of Britain’s missing soldiers and officers.
Includes
  • Professional and multilingual guide
  • Roundtrip by coach
  • Bread meal in Ypres
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

82 Rue Marché aux Herbes, 1000 Brussels

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
• Tour may be subject to cancelation if the minimum participant number is not met
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.2 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4 / 5
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A really moving experience

We were lucky to be on the tour with our guide steffen. He has a great knowledge of the history of WW1 plus the politics that led up to the conflict. Its a sobberong experiance made even more meaningful with the way he handles the subject. Would recommend this tour to anyone interested in this subject.

June 14, 2019

Magnificent & Moving

This must be one of the best tours I have ever been on. My interest in history was met by a tour guide who was not only knowledgeable but passionate about WWI. The tour started as soon as we left Brussels with explanations of the war fronts using a map and only ended after The Last Post. It is a very long day and it is not a cheap tour but if you are interested in this period of history do not miss this one! Dietrich was a truly excellent guide full of relevant information and good advice. The meal wasn't great but that was the least of my worries.

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September 25, 2017

Great guide but too rushed

Our guide Dimitri was awesome, very knowledgeable but the tour itinerary needs modified. Spent 75% of the time on the bus. We made several stops at different monuments but barely had enough time to take in the moment. We only had an hour for the meuseum in Yipers but needed a minimum of 2 to even see half of the displays. They just tried to pack too much in to one day. Go for quality, not quantity. The laying of the wreaths at the Aussie memorial was very disappointing. I envisioned something like the changing of the guards at D.C. but this was not moving at all. Which is a shame because those lost souls deserve something much better. The monument is beautiful but the ceremony was a flop. The worse thing about the day was our bus driver, As soon as we dropped off our guide the driver spent the next 2 hours from Burgges to Brussels talking on his cell phone while driving in very heavy traffic. Very unsafe and very unprofessional!!!!

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September 25, 2017

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BRUSSELS CITY TOURS

Product ID: 100860