Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Bruges

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Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Bruges
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This is a tour for history buffs! We take you to the scene of the first gas attacks and of the bloodiest battle in Flanders Fields: Passchendaele and Tynecot the world’s largest Commonwealth cemetery. The focus is on the sacrifice of the British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and American soldiers. We also take you out to France where we visit Vimy Memorial and the trench site. The highlight of the tour is the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate in Ypres
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In Brief

Location:
Brugge, Belgium
Country:
Belgium
Duration:
11 hours
Operates:
Seasonal
5 April to 26 October
Thursday, Sunday
12 July to 14 September
Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
Highlights:
Includes free admission to top local attractions
Led by a local guide
Step back in time on a history tour
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Itinerary
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Stop At: In Flanders Fields Museum, Grote Markt 34, Ieper (Ypres) 8900 Belgium

The In Flanders' Fields Museum is a museum in Ypres, Belgium, dedicated to the study of the First World War. It occupies the second floor of the Cloth Hall on the market square in the city centre. The building was largely destroyed by artillery during the war, but was afterwards reconstructed.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Tyne Cot Cemetery, Tynecotstraat, Zonnebeke 8980 Belgium

Zonnebeke is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the villages of Beselare, Gheluvelt, Passendale, Zandvoorde and Zonnebeke proper.

Pass By: Vladslo German War Cemetery, Houtlandstraat, Diksmuide 8600 Belgium

ladslo German war cemetery is about three kilometres north east of Vladslo, near Diksmuide, Belgium. Established during World War I, the cemetery holds 3,233 wartime burials.

Pass By: Hill 60, Zwarteleenstraat 36-40, Ieper (Ypres) 8902 Belgium

Hill 60 is a World War I battlefield memorial site and park in the Zwarteleen area of Zillebeke south of Ypres, Belgium.

Stop At: Essex Farm Cemetery, east side of the N369 Ieper - Boezinge Rd, Ieper (Ypres) Belgium

This was the dressing station where Dr. John McCrae wrote the famous poem "in Flanders Fields".

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Last Post ceremony, Menin Gate, Ieper (Ypres) Belgium

A daily tribute to all commonwealth soldiers and officers that were missing after battle.

Duration: 30 minutes

Inclusions

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Breadlunch
  • Professional multilingual guide
  • Entry/Admission - In Flanders Fields Museum

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Poppy (1 euro) at In Flanders' Field Museum
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Time

10:30 AM

Departure Point

Bargeplein, Bargeweg, 8000 Brugge, Belgium

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

A nice day, full of visits. Made for a long day but was well worth it. "Diederik" was our guide for the day and very well spoken English and very good explanations.
• Submitted 15 Oct 2019
Excellent historical and informational trip, Our guide was extremely personable and had great local knowledge. Tour Organizers could do a better job with precisely where to meet, or even provide a big sign with the tour name on it, but other than that all was great, and fully recommended.
• Submitted 08 Oct 2019
Our guide was outstanding, as was the overall experience. However, my fiancé and I found it to be to long. The tour organizers need to eliminate one or two stops.
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
Enjoyed this very much . Very good tour guide . So much to see, my only criticism would be that we didn’t have enough time in yepres to discover the town .
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Excellent tour. Great driver and very well informed and interesting guide. More than we expected. Visited hill 60 site that was not on the original tour - this makes the company extra special with this kind of service.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This extensive tour was very well planned. Our Belgian guide ensured that all members of the tour felt included throughout the day and evening. He is exceptionally knowledgeable; he provided an easy-to-understand and comprehensive commentary; and he answered everyone's questions clearly. He is the best tour guide I've ever encountered. Many thanks.
• Submitted 06 May 2019
Our guide, Stefan, was absolutely superb. I learnt more about WW1 on this tour in one day than I had learnt in the previous 55 years. I keep thinking about it - and recalling so many aspects of a deeply moving and memorable visit to Flanders Fields. Thank you very sincerely -
• Submitted 01 May 2019
Detrich was an incredible tour guide and source of information, there is so much territory to cover he always was able to explain it at the personal and human level, I learned a lot, the most moving was the Ceremony at The Menin Bridge known as the Last Post, which unknown to me takes place at 8 PM 365 Days a year which pays tribute to those Lost and never recovered and I got to witness this very dignified Ceremony in which Family Members and still place Wreaths in remembrance of their Loved ones.
• Submitted 11 Oct 2018
A moving experience visiting the war cemetries from seeing the grieving parent statues in the German cemetery to the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menen Gate ceremony.
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
excellent tour , long day but worth it all. would like to see hill 62 sanctuary wood be included. Didn't have lunch in the cheese factory had lunch in the hotel was not told that there would be ham as both of us are vegetarians. We had to say to drop us off at the same place otherwise it would have been the station so he did go there afterwards. Hill 62 is a must in this tour it should be included
• Submitted 24 Apr 2018
This trip was very good value for money. A long day about 9.5 hours but a lot was crammed in. The Tour Guide Johan and coach driver, sorry don't know your name, were very good. Johan was a fountain of knowledge. The lunch provided was also good. Would highly recommend this trip.
• Submitted 10 Apr 2018
Amazing day though long. We were staying in Bruges and had to meet at 10.30am and returned back to Bruges at approx. 9.30pm.We were lucky enough to have good weather which helped as a lot of the time on the tour you are walking outside. Our guide was fantastic. Unfortunately cannot remember his name. He was so informative and knew little extras which made the trip more interesting. He conveyed so much information but did not bombard us so that it became too much to take in. The cemeteries and the battlefields sites were very moving and upsetting. There are so many cemeteries in this area. It is hard to take in the number of soldiers killed here and their young ages and so many of the graves are unmarked. We had a vested interest in the area as my grandfather fought in this area during WW1. The driver was very good and the coach comfortable and clean. We had plenty of time to explore the sites on our own and also to grab food where necessary. The lunch provided was adequate. Our guide advised us where to stand and at what time to arrive at the Menin Gate to be able to see the ceremony and make a quick exit to the coach park. All in all a wonderful day. If only all young people could take this tour then it might make the younger generation think twice about the foolishness and terrible waste of lives in a war.
• Submitted 27 Mar 2018
A moving experience. Tyne Cot and Menin Gate will always be remembered.
• Submitted 23 Dec 2017
Excellent and very comprehensive tour!
• Submitted 29 Nov 2017
Excellent tour and our guide was amazing. Very moving to see the battlefields and sights.
• Submitted 13 Nov 2017
A great tour! The tour guide was extremely knowledgable in all areas of WWI and had lots of information for us both on the bus and when we arrived at each area to be explored. He was very aware of the nationalities of the people on the tour and made special stops that were of interest to different people on the tour. It is a very long and rewarding day that covers a lot of information and stops but very worthwhile for both history buffs and people just wanting to learn more about the war. I would definitely recommend this tour as a must see when in the Belgium area.
• Submitted 14 Oct 2017
Our guide was very knowledgeable and willing to make minor changes to the emphasis based on who was in the group. In our instance, there were a significant number of Canadians and he customized his information slightly to suit us. Any questions that we asked were addressed seriously and he did a great job of interpreting what we were trying to get at. In a number of cases, our guide pointed out things during our walking around that we would have never noticed if he hadn't been there. A very worthwhile experience!
• Submitted 24 Sep 2017
Really good, Long day but worth every minute, guide was really good.
• Submitted 22 Sep 2017
Bus driver and guide were excellent, Though the bus was 1/2 hour late. We were able to find our gt Uncle at the Menin Gate and witness the Last Post. There were no hotel pickups ! No Cheese Factory, though we did have a plough mans sandwich available. Buy your own drinks. We expected to be dropped at pickup point, but told at last minute we would be dropped at Cental Station. And perhaps could get taxi back to our hotel, though we hadn't budgeted for this, so we walked in the dark, Luckily we knew the way. I would recommend the tour,,,but clarify details first.
• Submitted 03 Sep 2017
Such an excellent tour. Would well recommend it. It gave me new insight into a more holistic view of what happened and our guide was very informative and flexible.
• Submitted 29 Aug 2017
An outstanding tour with a knowledgeable experienced guide. The Menin Gate experience was moving and memorable. Each place we visited brought home the reality of war and its aftermath through the stories, historical detail and clarity of explanation provided by the guide. The enormous loss of life was telling.
• Submitted 15 Aug 2017
Extremely knowledgeable guide - comfortable coach - timings just right so you weren't rushed or hanging around.
• Submitted 13 Aug 2017
A great tour well managed, with knowledgeable guide and also most on tour had similar interests in the history of the area so there was genuine rapport amongst the group who were strangers at the start of the day.
• Submitted 28 Jun 2017
First class experience. Guide was very knowledgeable and ensured that the visits reflected the nationalities of the group. Menin Gate service was very moving. All in all a worthwhile trip
• Submitted 10 Jun 2017

In Brief

Location:
Brugge, Belgium
Country:
Belgium
Duration:
11 hours
Operates:
Seasonal
5 April to 26 October
Thursday, Sunday
12 July to 14 September
Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
Highlights:
Includes free admission to top local attractions
Led by a local guide
Step back in time on a history tour