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From Bruges: Great War of Flanders Fields Remembrance Tour

1. From Bruges: Great War of Flanders Fields Remembrance Tour

In Bruges you will enjoy the view of the peaceful Lake of Love and the picturesque Beguinage. Your guide will explain the stories and secrets behind the city’s history from the Viking period until the end of the Middle Ages. Catch many of the highlights of Bruges: the Basilica of the Holly blood of Jesus, the Belfry tower, our Lady’s Church, Saint John’s hospital and enjoy a pleasant boat trip along the narrow canals. After a short lunch break you willl leave for Flanders Fields. Your expert guide will lead you throughout the visit to help you understand the events that led to the first world war and how the catastrophe developed. Visit Passchendaele battlefield and the Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world where British, Australian and Canadian soldiers were laid to rest. Close by is Polygone where every year Anzac Day is celebrated at dawn. Then visit the Monument of the ‘Brooding Soldier’, which commemorates the sacrifice of 2,000 Canadian soldiers during the first German gas attack. Next, your coach will take you to Essex Farm. This was the dressing station where Dr. John McCrae wrote the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields.’ After a set lunch in the outskirts of Ypres, drive to France to visit the awesome Vimy Memorial, museum and trenches. If time allows, you will also visit close to Ypres Hill 60 where Australian diggers detonated great underground mines. At 8:00 PM, you attend the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate, a daily tribute to all Commonwealth soldiers and officers that were missing after battle. The tour offers ample opportunity for reflection and to take pictures.

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Remembrance Tour: Bruges & Flanders Fields Tour

2. Remembrance Tour: Bruges & Flanders Fields Tour

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. Head to your first stop, Bruges. Enjoy the view of the peaceful Lake of Love and the picturesque Beguinage. Learn about the stories and secrets behind the city’s history from the Viking period until the end of the Middle Ages from your guide. See the highlights of Bruges like the Basilica of the Holy Blood of Jesus, the Belfry Tower, our Lady’s Church, Saint John’s Hospital, and more. You even have the option to enjoy a pleasant boat trip along the narrow canals. After a short lunch break, leave for Flanders Fields. At The Brooding Soldier, a statue towering over Langemark in permanent honor of the Canadian resistance during the German gas attack of 1915, take a moment for commemoration and photos. 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, attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, a daily tribute to all of Britain’s missing soldiers and officers. Choose between a private and a shared option.

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From Paris: Battle of Arras & Vimy Ridge Day Tour by Minibus

3. From Paris: Battle of Arras & Vimy Ridge Day Tour by Minibus

Join a small group for a thought provoking day of remembrance. Discover the many cemeteries, memorials and traces of battles from the First World War along the path of the Western Front. Stop off for a exploration of The Artois where the gently rolling landscape is full of reminders of the bloody battles fought there. Visit a site of major significance to Canadians, The Canadian National Commemorative Park at Vimy. Here, see many scars on the land such as trenches, mine craters, and ridge tunnels which were used to shelter Allied troops as they came under fire from German artillery. The strategic value of Vimy Ridge and its famous network of tunnels made it a strategic possession, and the German occupation of Vimy Ridge was a major threat to any advance in the Somme region. The British- and Canadian-led battle took possession back during April 1917. Also enjoy free time in the beautiful historical town of Arras. As the day progresses major sites such as the Cabaret Rouge Cemetery in Souchez will be revealed, all reminders of those other soldiers, from Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries who also contributed and fought to give us the peace we enjoy today. This tour will give you the opportunity to honor all those who gave up their lives.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 29 reviews

A wonderful day, if your are lucky enough to have Nicola as your guide

An excellent tour with Nicola, a born teacher with a deep understanding and an obvious love of history. While she highlighted the Canadian experience, she was able to put it in the larger context of the whole WW1 story, for both combatants and the local life in the area. She was masterful at judging appropriate pace, and was most solicitous of my needs throughout the day. Best of all, she helped me reach a very personal goal. I owe her many thanks, and you should hope she will be your guide too.

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.

The tour guide was so incredibly helpful and accommodating (I believe his name was Julien; I hope I am spelling that correctly). He really went above and beyond to make sure that our tour experience was phenomenal!

Julian was excellent, very informative, able to bring both WW 1 and WW 2 to life so that you could understand what the French, Allies and Germans went through.

It was an amazing, emotional visit. Every Canadian should visit this site. Our guide was very knowledgable and polite. Had very good English.