Day trip

Great War Flanders Fields Minibus Tour from Bruges

Activity provider: Quasimodo Tours Bruges

Great War Flanders Fields Minibus Tour from Bruges

Activity provider: Quasimodo Tours Bruges
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From US$ 81.36 per person

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Step back in time on a journey through Belgian history on a full-day tour to Ypres. Learn about World War I as you visit key sites from the period, including the Menin Gate Memorial and the cemetery. You will also see the iconic poppy fields of Flanders.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover key sites of World War I including battlefields, bunkers, and the town of Ypres
  • See the picturesque Flemish countryside with its iconic poppy fields
  • Learn historical facts about Belgium and Flanders
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Transport in an air-conditioned mini coach
  • Guide
  • Museum entrance and a lunch at Hooge Crater
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 3 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

The Kiss and Ride zone in front of the train station in Brugge. If your hotel is more than a 10-minute walk from a pick-up location, please call the tour operator before your tour to arrange an alternative pick-up time and place.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • No-shows will not be refunded
  • You can stay after your tour in Ypres for the Last Post Ceremony till 8 PM and be brought back by taxi to your hotel in Bruges (please request this when booking as only limited seats are available for this option)
  • This service is free of charge on Thursdays and Sundays and there is a fee (€15/person) on other days, to be paid on the day of the tour
  • The minibus is air-conditioned and very comfortable. No smoking on board, please. However, the tour does stop frequently. It is possible to visit an ancestor's grave, but please ask in advance
  • You will be back in Bruges around 6:00 PM. This can vary by 15 minutes, so if you are on a time limit, keep this in mind when you book
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 420 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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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!

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July 29, 2022

This experience was EXCEPTIONAL! I cannot speak highly enough about this guide. This is run by a man and his wife. The bus was comfortable, the guide was extremely knowledgable and an overall great guy, and everything was very smooth and well coordinated. I would 100% recommend this to everyone. We were staying in Brussels and booked this in Brugge, and it was definitely worth taking a day trip for this experience.

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July 15, 2022

Everything about this tour was perfect, from the communications at the outset, the arrangements for pick up (and the accurate timeliness); the content of the tour, and I have to admit that I was very spoiled as I had a very specific objective in mind, to visit the grave of a family member, and Philippe went all out to satisfy my request. Not only did he specifically include that cemetery, he'd bought one of the souvenier crosses (that I'd not had time to procure) *and* checked exactly where the grave was (obvioulsy, this also pleased our fellow travellers, in not holding them up, while I went searching; being ill-prepared myself). For me, the tour made sense of all the names that are part of my personal family history research/journey... into my extended family of Brits, Australians and New Zealanders, who saw active service (many of whom died for King & Country), and I hope others got as much from the detailed explanation as I did. (I know my husband did).

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July 15, 2022

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