World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Brussels

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Description

Follow the trail of World War I soldiers on this poignant full-day tour of the Flanders battlefields from Brussels. Focusing on the tributes that pepper the Belgian countryside around Ypres, the tour gives a well-considered introduction to both the tragedy and heroism associated with the world's first major conflict. Visit evocative graves at the German Military Cemetery of Vladslo and Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, and then relax over lunch in Paschendaele's Old Cheese Factory. Explore the In Flanders' Field Museum, and finish by attending the Last Post Ceremony in Ypres.

Start your day with a pickup from your centrally located Brussels hotel, or alternatively, meet your guide in the center of town. Leave the city by coach and travel southeast toward the town of Vladslo, your first destination of the day! Stop to see the German Military Cemetery of Vladslo, the most important German cemetery from WWI, and as you walk through the hauntingly peaceful area, look out for the Käthe Kollwitz sculptures Grieving Parents - a heartrending portrayal of how the war impacted people at a personal level.

Continue to the small city of Diksmuide to visit the Trench of Death, a stretch of the Western Front (the trench lines from Belgium to the Alps) that now serves as a symbol of Belgium's heroism and resistance. See the impressive Gate of Peace (IJser Gate) and Yser Tower (IJzertoren), and then leave the city, passing alongside the Peace Mill and the Canadian Monument in St Julien.

Stop in Paschendaele, and see how this once chaotic battlefield has turned into a sleepily tranquil town. Sit down for a typically Belgian meal of cheeses and freshly baked bread in the town's famous Old Cheese Factory, and then travel to Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, where some 35,000 soldiers from the Commonwealth forces are laid at rest. The sheer amount of graves puts the tragic scale of WWI into a semblance of perspective. Walk around and learn about the significance of this dignified site for nations around the world, not just the Commonwealth countries.

Head to the Essex Farm Field Hospital next and see the impeccably preserved bunkers where John McCrae penned his famous poem In Flanders' Field. Hear how the soldiers were treated in the bunkers' narrow, darkened corridors and then visit the In Flanders' Field Museum to learn the story of WWI in the Flanders region from an audio-guided tour. Entry to the museum is included, but you will be required to pay for a poppy as you go inside. This payment goes toward a war veterans charity.

Visit Hill 60 - home to a series of strategically significant tunnels- and then travel to Ypres for some free time for dinner (own expense). In the early evening, meet your guide to attend the Last Post Ceremony at Ypres' Menin Gate. Taking place daily, the ceremony is a simple, yet moving, tribute to the bravery of those who died defending their town. At the end of the ceremony, return to your coach and drive back to Brussels. Your tour finishes in central Brussels around 10pm.

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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Date Seasonal
5 April to 26 October
Thursday, Sunday
12 July to 14 September
Thursday, Saturday, Sunday Departure Time 9am

Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time

Tour Details World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Brussels

Included

  • Hotel pickup
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance to In Flanders' Field Museum
  • Lunch at the Old Cheese Factory

Not included

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

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