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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, nicknamed 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. It is possible to visit an ancestor's grave if requested ahead, and it is also possible to extend the tour for the Last Post Ceremony under the Menin Gate Memorial with transport back to your hotel in Bruges.  This must be requested in advance as well and will incur a fee of €15 to be paid on the day of the tour.

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.

Battlefields of Flanders Private Full-Day Trip from Brussels

3. 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.

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The Great War Flanders tour with Quasimodo Tours is an excellent tour of many significant locations. Philippe is a very knowledgeable and personable guide. We were picked up at our hotel, toured around in a very clean and comfortable mini-bus and given so much detail about the sites we saw. The tour included a lovely lunch, and we were picked up after the Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate - very moving! I highly recommend this tour!

What a fantastic day it was! The tour is perfect in its pace, full of interesting locations and facts about WWI and very comfortable. Back home I still cannot shut up and keep on telling my friends how interesting it was. I cannot recommend this tour enough, don't miss it!

Totally enjoyed our tour. Learned so much. Philip was fabulous as was Sharon (she picked us up at our hotel for the tour). Lunch was very good.

Fantastic tour- Philippe had extensive knowledge and made the tour a once in a lifetime experience. Highly recommend

Excellent synopses of trench war of WW1. Especially enjoyed seeing the site where John McCrea wrote his poem