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Great War Flanders Fields Minibus Tour from Bruges

1. Great War Flanders Fields Minibus Tour from Bruges

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, which was given the nickname 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.

From Bruges: City of Bruges & Flanders Fields Guided Tour

2. From Bruges: City of Bruges & Flanders Fields Guided 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.

Remembrance Tour: Bruges & Flanders Fields Tour

3. Remembrance Tour: Bruges & Flanders Fields Tour

Discover Flanders, the inspiration for the poem, "In Flander's Feilds" and learn about the history of World War I and the soldiers that fought in it. Learn how the British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and US soldiers sacrificed themselves, and witness the moving of the Last Post in Ypres. In Bruges, 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. Then, make a point to admire all the major highlights of the city, such as the Basilica of the Holy Blood of Jesus, the Belfry tower, our Lady’s Church, Saint John’s hospital, and many more. After lunch, arrive at the scene of the first gas attacks and learn the details of Passchendaele, considered one of the bloodiest battles in the entire first World War. Find yourself in Tynecot, the world’s largest Commonwealth cemetery, and visit the advanced dressing station where John McCrae wrote the poem “In Flanders’ Fields.” The focus of this visit is on the sacrifice of the British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and US soldiers. The highlight of the day is the moving Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate in Ypres.

Battlefields of Flanders Private Full-Day Trip from Brussels

4. 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.

Day Trip from Paris to Ypres Salient, Flanders

5. Day Trip from Paris to Ypres Salient, Flanders

Pay your respects to the 185,000 Commonwealth soldiers who sacrificed their lives at the Ypres Salient, one of World War I's hardest fought-over stretches of the Western Front. Through its memorials, cemeteries, and battlefield remnants, Ypres represents one of the most dramatic periods of 20th-century history, a terrain stained by devastating modern brutality. Discover the horrors of war, and its very real heroes and villains, through the area's humbling landmarks: John McCrae's Essex Farm site; Langemark, the German cemetery; Vancouver Corner, the Canadian memorial; Tyne Cot cemetery, Passchendaele; Polygon Wood, the Australian memorial; Saint George's Chapel; and the Menin Gate Memorial. Join a day of remembrance for the many who died at Ypres between 1914 and 1918, in what was once “the war to end all wars.”

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4.9 / 5

based on 424 reviews

This tour was without a doubt one of the best tours I’ve ever taken. Phillipe was so knowledgeable about everything and so kind in how he told us the history of Flanders Fields. We loved that it was a small group so it felt very comfortable and was easy to ask questions. Growing up in the States, I always find it fascinating to learn about the War from a different country’s perspective. Go on this tour! It’s a can’t miss!

Booked this tour for my daughter while she was in Bruges. Both her and her partner loved it, said it was the highlight of the trip. I'm very grateful for organisers arranging pick ups and looking after them.

Fantastic must-do tour. Knowledgeable guide and amazing coverage of WW1 history and analysis. I cannot recommend this highly enough. An absolute highlight!

Very exciting tour, our guide Lukas was very well informed, enthusiastic and explained everything really well!

The tour was fantastic, it was full of interesting details