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From Bruges: Great War Flanders Fields Minibus Tour w/Lunch

1. From Bruges: Great War Flanders Fields Minibus Tour w/Lunch

Enjoy a trip of historical discovery on this full-day minibus tour that takes you through West Flanders, from Bruges to the Belgian town of Ypres. The city, nicknamed Wipers, was rebuilt according to a medieval blueprint after being completely razed to the ground in the early 1900s. It was also here that the Germans invaded Belgium during World War I; a strategic move to attack France from the north. You will see the remaining artifacts and places of the city as you discover restored trenches, stroll among war graves in Passchendale and Polygon Wood, clamber over craters and bunkers on the preserved battlefield, and visit key war memorials.  Behold the impressive sight of the imposing Menin Gate Memorial to the missing soldiers, complete with 55,000 names, erected on the spot where the soldiers left the city for the battlefront. As your day continues you will also see the iconic poppy fields of Flanders as you ride through the countryside in an air-conditioned mini coach, perfect for relaxing and taking in the picturesque scenery. It is possible to visit an ancestor's grave if requested ahead, and it is also possible to extend the tour for the Last Post Ceremony under the Menin Gate Memorial with transport back to your hotel in Bruges.  This must be requested in advance as well and will incur a fee of €15 to be paid on the day of the tour.

Battlefields of Flanders Private Full-Day Trip from Brussels

2. Battlefields of Flanders Private Full-Day Trip from Brussels

See the battlefields of Flanders from World War I on a private, full-day trip from Brussels that will entertain and inform you. Listen as your guide explains the historical significance of the battlefields, cities, memorials, and cemeteries that you visit. In the morning, transfer from Brussels to Ypres, a Flemish city where the German and allied armies fought between 1914 and 1918. On this trip, you will visit some of the remarkable places and battlefields from the Great War. Take a tour by coach and on foot of Ypres and its surroundings. Some of the biggest military cemeteries of European history are situated here. See the Tyne Cot Cemetery in Zonnebeke, where more than 12,000 soldiers from the Commonwealth are buried and commemorated, and the German cemetery in Vladslo, mostly known because of its remarkable symbolic statue "The Mourning Couple," from Käthe Kollwitz. Here, more than 25,000 soldiers were laid to rest. Afterward, drive to Diksmuide where you will stop for a 3-course lunch. Ater lunch, transfer to Ypres and visit of the historical center of Ypres, seeing Cloth Hall, the Belfry, Market Square, and St. Martin's Cathedral. Then take a short walk toward the Menin Gate before beginning your trip back to Brussels.

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What people are saying about Flanders Fields

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 388 reviews

I found the tour incredibly interesting. The guide was obviously an expert, and he brought every place we saw to life with anecdotes and history. His comments were well-informed, helpful and often very moving. I decided to stay for the Last Post at the Menin Gate, and that was a good decision as it gave me a couple of hours to see Ypres on my own, pop into some shops, and eat on the Market Square. I was back in my hotel in Bruges at 9pm, so this was a full 12 hour day. Worth every Euro. In fact, the best thing I have done all holiday. I normally do not join tours, but this was the only practical way for me to see so many key sights in Flanders Field. Highly, highly recommended.

Fantastic experience. A small company who personalise the tour and experience for all those taking part. They will ensure collection and drop off of you are not staying near the group pick up point, which was really helpful for a solo female traveller like me. Phillippe is knowledgable and friendly. The lunch stop and museum are good and well timed. Take the offer to stay for the Last Post at the Menin Gate if you can. It’s worth it.

Highly recommend this tour. Very knowledgeable guide. Well organised and great itinerary. It’s a great way to visit the main places, and definitely got more out of it than if I’d tried to do similar on my own. Thank you!

Picked up on time by tour guide, the guide was full if knowledge really enjoyed this trip..amazing

Fantastic! My wife hates history and even she loved the tour!