You will be picked up from your hotel in Brussels 30 minutes prior to departure. The first stop of the day is at the German Military Cemetery of Vladslo, followed by a visit to the infamous Trench of Death in the small village of Diksmuide. Next, you will see the Gate of Peace and the Yser Tower.
Passing along the Peace Mill, Houthulst and the Canadian Monument in St. Julien, you arrive in Paschendaele, where uncountable lives were lost in terrible battles.
You will stop for lunch at an old cheese factory and afterwards move on to visit the famous Commonwealth cemetery of Tyne Cot, where some 35 000 men lay at rest. You will also see a former field hospital, the Essex Farm, where John McCrae wrote the famous and moving In Flanders Fields poem.
Next, you will visit the UNESCO-listed In Flanders Fields museum. Here you can view several original exhibits from the war with an audio guide in the language of your choice.
See Hill 60, a strategically important location in the battles of the Salient. Here you can see a memorial to the 1st Australian Tunneling Company, and the plaque which contains bullet holes from the Second World War when the area was once again fought over. Afterwards, you will return to Ypres, where you will have free time for dinner.
At 8pm sharp you will attend the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. This evocative memorial service has been running every single day since 1928. The Last Post, a traditional salute to the fallen, is played by the buglers in honour of the memory of the soldiers who lost their lives in the Ypres Salient in the First World War.
After the end of the ceremony, you will board your coach and reach Brussels at around 10pm.