Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Brussels

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Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Brussels
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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:
Brussel, Belgium
Country:
Belgium
Duration:
13 hours
Operates:
Seasonal
April to October
Thursday, 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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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
  • Breadmeal
  • Professional multilingual guide
  • Entry/Admission - In Flanders Fields Museum

Exclusions

  • Hotel pick up & drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Poppy (1 euro) at In Flanders' Fields Museum

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Grasmarkt Straat 82, 1000 Brussel, 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 100 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

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

This was a very emotional day and brings home to you the great loss of young men during WWI. We had a very knowledgeable guide. Ieper is delightful and the ceremony at Menin Gate with a visiting UK Guards band was a highlight. Take cash for drinks as the place we were taken for lunch wouldn't accept credit cards. A long day but one I will never forget!!
• Submitted 14 Nov 2019
Interesting sites we would never had seen without this tour. Tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly.
• Submitted 04 Nov 2019
Our visit to the grave yards and battle fields was very moving . Our guide was very informative and at times emotional
• Submitted 04 Nov 2019
The guide was very knowledgeable and we went to very interesting places. The last post service at Menin Gate Memorial was very moving and sombre.
• Submitted 21 Oct 2019
The guide was extemely knowledgeable and we had a great day out. As NZers it meant a lot to us and the guide was great at talking about every country that was represented on the bus. Take snacks and go to the toilet at every opportunity. Long day - but well worth it.
• Submitted 21 Oct 2019
We had an amazing day with a very knowledgeable guide. Not only did we hear and see the history of the battles in WW1 but the beautiful scenery that exists now in this area. Thanks we really enjoyed our day.
• Submitted 23 Sep 2019
Tour was brilliant and the tour guide Stephan was brilliant. I took the tour to find out more a out my Great Great Uncle, who’s name is on the Menin Gate.
• Submitted 12 Sep 2019
Long day,well worth the tour. Very knowledgeable Tour Guide. Saw exactly where my Grandfather fought. Very moving.
• Submitted 26 Aug 2019
Stefan was an excellent tour guide to the major sites associated with WWI in Flanders. This trip is a must see when visiting Belgium.
• Submitted 30 Jul 2019
Dieter, our guide, was very knowledgeable and open to any questions about the battlefields—true professional!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Easy to book and organisation of the tour was excellent. Guide was very knowledgable and passionate about the subject. Would sincerely recommend it to anyone with an interest in the area and World War 1. Although I knew a fair bit about the topic, this visit really brought it alive and supplied me with extra information and has allowed me to view Flanders Field with fresh eyes. A big thank you to all concerned.
• Submitted 17 Apr 2019
Although this was a long day, we visited a variety of cemeteries, monuments and areas relevant to WWI. Our guide was well organized and knowledgeable about Flanders and the war sites, ending with the Menin Gate for the evening ceremony. With good weather we could appreciate the details of the Belgian landscape. A good tour for anyone looking to visit WWI battle sites in Belgium.
• Submitted 22 Oct 2018
I couldn't recommend this tour highly enough.
• Submitted 24 Jul 2018
Despite a late start due to problems with a coach the tour was excellent. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and the other travellers were good company. The weather was good which helped. It was a most interesting and moving experience. We visited the Flemish memorial, a German cemetery, Essex Farm Forward Dressing Station where the famous In Flanders fields.. poem was written, the West Yorkshire Trench found during the construction of an industrial estate, had an excellent lunch provided as part of the tour ion a very nice hotel in Ypres - visited the excellent Flanders Field museum in the Cloth Hall at Ypres though an hour was not long enough to take in everything on to the huge Tyne Cot cemetery - beautifully manicured as one expects with Commonwealth War Graves - past the Brooding Canadian soldier and Black Watch memorial statues and then to Hill 60. Here craters and shell-holes remain visible after over a century and there is the massive crater left by the huge explosion felt across the English Channel. The tour ended with the last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate - I did not expect such huge crowds of people - particularly school parties - but on the whole they behaved well and were silent for the superbly played last Post and moving wreath laying mainly by school children. It was a long day from 9.30 am until 10 pm when we arrived back in Brussels but worth every penny and something i will never forget.
• Submitted 05 Apr 2018
Fantastic day out worth every penny and a great tour guide.
• Submitted 15 Jan 2018
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 10 Dec 2017
This tour was a wonderful experience that I will never forget. The history of our WW1 soldiers was a emotional journey to where they are now laid to rest. A long day but worth every minute.
• Submitted 06 Dec 2017
I took this tour on 11/11/17 and arrived at the Brussels City Tour office at 8.30Am for a 9AM departure. The office was very busy with a lot of people who were taking several different tours leaving at the same time, but the ladies in the office managed the situation very well. The bus is very spacious and comfortable which is great as you spend a decent amount of time on it while travelling from one sight to another. Our first stop was in Brugge to pick up some other passengers and our tour guide Dierkmierk I hope that is how to spell his name. Out tour guide was spectacular he was informative and engaging with everyone. The first stop of the tour was the Vladslo German cemetery where the statue of the grieving parents can be found. Unfortunately, we were not able to visit Yser Tower as the surrounding area was flooded due to the weather, however we did make a stop at the Yorkshire Trench and Dug out, and also at the Welsh National Memorial Park in Langemark as there were several Welsh passengers. We then drove to Ypres and had a ploughmans lunch bread/meat/egg/salad at a restaurant in the Grote Markt which is included in the tour price although you pay for your drinks separately. After lunch we walked 2 minutes to the In Flanders Field museum where we had almost an hour to walk around before meeting up at the exit of the museum to travel to Essex Farm Cemetery where the memorial to John McCrae writer of the poem In Flanders Fields can be found. Following this we travelled to Tyne Cot Commonwealth Cemetery where we had to park the bus and board a shuttle due to the amount of people that were there for Armistice Day. Unfortunately, this meant that we lost a lot of time and daylight and could not visit Hill 60, but we did get to spend a good amount of time in Tyne Cot reflecting on the emotional day so far. Around 5.30PM we travelled back to Ypres where we stopped at the Menin Gate and our tour guide gave us more information about the memorial and also what to expect for the Last Post Ceremony. We then had about an hour of free time in the Grote Market before attending the extended Armistice Day Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. Finally, we boarded the bus and arrived back in Brussels around 10.30PM. Overall, I highly recommend this tour for anyone who has an academic or personal interest/connection to WWI. The top benefit of the tour is that you get to see a lot of sights in one day trip that would be almost impossible to see if you did the trip by yourself as many of the places are far away from each other and difficult to get to. The inclusion of a sit-down lunch and also a very informative tour guide was an added bonus to the whole trip.
• Submitted 13 Nov 2017
Great tour with a very informative guide. A long day but well worth it
• Submitted 12 Nov 2017
Amazing tour, the guide was extremely informative about the history. If you’re academic, love history this is a great tour. Keep in mind that they cram a lot in his tour so you’re always on the go. So you definitely get your money’s worth.
• Submitted 01 Nov 2017
I learnt so mFinishing off at the Mening Gate was really moving. A lot packed into a day.
• Submitted 30 Oct 2017
Great tour, when I booked I though it was a bit expensive, but now I think it was very good value. The guide was brilliant providing not only lots of detail on sites visited, but provided lots of historic context around the causes of WW1, etc. Coach and cafe for lunch was excellent. Very sombre tour, but very worthwhile
• Submitted 26 Oct 2017
This tour packs a lot in and is exceptionally informative. It would take two or three days to tour Flanders Fields, but this tour gave us the highlights in a long but rewarding day. The museum in Ypres is an excellent resource that helps put everything you see in person in context. One meal was included, which was nice. The tour guide was a true expert, and he adjusted the itinerary a bit when he learned how many New Zealanders, Australians and Canadians we had in our group. I don't think you could get a better deal for the money.
• Submitted 05 Oct 2017
This WW1 Battlefields Tour was one of the most amazing, informative, and emotional tours I have ever done. Stefan if I recall his name was a very informed and passionate tour guide, and entwined a lot of emotion into his role, which left many ion our group with lumps in our throats.
• Submitted 25 Sep 2017

In Brief

Location:
Brussel, Belgium
Country:
Belgium
Duration:
13 hours
Operates:
Seasonal
April to October
Thursday, 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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