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Flanders Battlefields World War I Tour

  • When does it run?
    01 Apr - 31 Oct : Thursday & Sunday
  • Start time
    9:00am
  • Duration
    13 hours Approx
Inclusions
  • Transport by coach
  • Lunch (no drinks included)
  • Admission to the In Flanders Fields museum

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

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.


Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    01 Apr - 31 Oct : Thursday & Sunday

  • Duration

    13 hours Approx

  • Start time

    9:00am

  • Meeting Point

    Grasmarkt - Rue du marché aux Herbes 82

  • Ending Point

    Grasmarkt - Rue du marché aux Herbes 82

Itinerary

  • 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

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

Exclusions

  • Dinner

Please note

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

Customer Reviews

  • Thought provoking
    Dominique Davidson, 09/30/2016
  • Lest we forget
    mr steven s young, United Kingdom 04/30/2015
  • Flanders battlefields WW1
    LINDA K IMMS, Australia 05/26/2014

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