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Flanders Battlefields World War I Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Discover the horror of war on this tour from Brussels
  • Visit The Trench of Death, military cemeteries, museums and landmarks
  • See where the famous ‘In Flanders Fields’ poem originated
  • Attend the moving Last Post Ceremony in Ypres
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    02 Apr - 26 Oct: Thursday & Sunday

    Duration

    13 hours Approx

    Start time

    09:00am

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Brussels if it is centrally located.
    (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
    Alternatively, If your hotel is not listed, you should be at isango! local partner office at 08:45am which is located at 82 Rue du Marche aux Herbes, 1000 Bruxelles.

    Ending Point

    82 Rue du Marche aux Herbes, 1000 Bruxelles.

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    On this full-day tour focusing on the military history of Belgium and its surrounding countries, you will visit numerous important sites and learn about the lives lived and lost during the First World War.

    Visit the evocative German Military Cemetery of Vladslo, where two sculptures titled ‘Grieving Parents’ look over the graves of some 25 000 fallen soldiers. In the small city of Diksmuide you will see first-hand what life was like in the trenches. Dubbed the Trench of Death, this site is where Belgian soldiers lived, fought and died for over 4 years during World War I.

    You will also witness such places as the Commonwealth cemetery of Tyne Cot and Essex Farm, which served as a field hospital. Visit In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres as well as the famous Hill 60. At the end of the day attend the moving Last Post Ceremony which has taken place every single night since 1928.

    Download the list of hotels from which hotel pick up is offered.

    Itinerary

    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 8:00pm 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 10:00pm.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick-up
    • Transport by coach
    • Lunch (no drinks included)
    • Admission to the In Flanders Fields museum

    Exclusions

    • Hotel Drop-off
    • Dinner
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details.

    Pick up from the hotel is approximately 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.

    No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
    • Lest we forget

      An absolutely fabulous (and humbling)day , our tour guide was fantastic giving both entertaining and educational information both about WW1 and Belgian history and culture , a...

      mr steven s young
    • Memories of the fallen

      Tour guide excellent - timely delivery of much pertinent information. We could capture something of the devastation of the war. Brussels City Tours - organisation needs...

      Sandra M Vickers
    • Flanders battlefields WW1

      Excellent, guide enthusiastic and very knowledgable, would highly recommend....

      LINDA K IMMS
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