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World War I Battlefields in Flanders

World War I Battlefields in Flanders

With many of World War I’s violent battles being fought around Ypres, the Flanders region of north Belgium is home to some of Europe’s most important historic sites of the Great War. Among the 185 WWI military cemeteries, here are a number of the most important battle sites in Flanders.

First Battle of Ypres

The First Battle of Ypres raged from October 19 to November 22, 1914, on the Ypres Salient, and saw Allied forces locked in combat with German soldiers along the Western Front—from Arras in France to Nieuport on the Belgian shores. During the battle, both sides struggled to beat the other to reach the coastline north of their rivals, and the fight spilled over into the Battle of the Yser.


Battle of Passchendaele

Also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, the Battle of Passchendaele spanned from July to November 1917. During the fight, Allied soldiers clashed with German Empire forces over control of the high ground to the south and east of the Belgian city of Ypres. Passchendaele itself lies on a ridge just to the east of Ypres—ground that had proved pivotal in the German 4th Army’s rail supply chain.

 

Battle of Messines

From early to mid-June 1917, General Sir Herbert Plumer of the British Second Army led his forces in what was to become known as the Battle of Messines. The goal was to forge German generals to move soldiers from Arras and Aigne to Flanders Fields, and in doing so, relieve beleaguered French forces on the Aisne front.

 

Battle of Lys

The Battle of Lys—otherwise recorded as the Lys Offensive or the Fourth Battle of Ypres—took place from April 7 to April 29, 1918. German forces orchestrated the battle with the aim of pushing back British forces to the shoreline and capturing Ypres once and for all.

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Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Brussels

Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Brussels

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Discover the poignant history of World War I on a full-day tour to the Flanders battlefields from Brussels. Visit the impressive monuments that commemorate the lives of fallen soldiers and listen to commentary from your guide as you see graves that immortalize those killed in the world’s first major conflict; reflect in the Tynecot Commonwealth War Graves and the German Military Cemetery of Vladslo. Enrich your historical knowledge at the Flanders’ Field Museum then feel your soul stir during a poignant Last Post Ceremony in Ypres.
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Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Bruges

Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Bruges

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Delve into the poignant history of World War I on a full-day tour of the Flanders Battlefields from Bruges. Follow in the footsteps of soldiers with an accomplished historical guide and visit moving memorials that immortalize soldiers lost in battles. Gaze at endless rows of graves at the German Military Cemetery; revitalize with a traditional Belgian lunch at a local restaurant; and visit Flanders’ Field Museum to see exhibitions that speak eloquently of the area’s turbulent past. Conclude your emotionally stirring tour by experiencing the Last Post Ceremony in Ypres.
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  • 11 hours
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Full Day Canadian WW1 Vimy and Somme Battlefield Tour from Ypres

Full Day Canadian WW1 Vimy and Somme Battlefield Tour from Ypres

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Gain insight into World War I history and visit famous battle sites around the Somme on this full-day Canadian WWI battlefield tour from Ypres. Delve into tunnels used by British and Canadian soldiers before the Battle of Vimy with your guide. Gaze over the battle-torn landscape, where mine and shell craters dot the terrain. Visit Memorial de Vimy, and the Courcelette Canadian Memorial, and honor the fallen soldiers. Afterward, visit Thiepval Memorial to the Missing then finish at the Beaumont Hamel New Foundland Memorial Park.
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Australian Battlefields Private Tour in Flanders from Bruges

Australian Battlefields Private Tour in Flanders from Bruges

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Visit and learn the history behind World War I battlefields in the Flanders region of Belgium on this day trip from Bruges. You’ll trace the footsteps of Australian soldiers at sites like Fromelles, Ploegsteert, Messines, Polygoon Wood and Passendale. See mine craters laid by the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company, and visit Menin Gate in Ypres for the “Last Post” ceremony. Lunch is included.
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Private Full-Day Canadian WW1 Vimy and Somme Battlefield Tour from Bruges

Private Full-Day Canadian WW1 Vimy and Somme Battlefield Tour from Bruges

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Visit one of Europe’s most infamous battle sites on this private full-day Canadian World War I Somme battlefield tour from Bruges. Explore trenches dug by British Engineers before the Battle of Vimy with a private guide. See remnants of battle including huge craters created by underground explosions, such as Lochnagar Crater. After a light lunch, visit Thiepval Memorial to the Missing and explore the Beaumont Hamel New Foundland Memorial Park — where deep WWI trenches and iconic statues line the landscape.
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2 day Canadian Somme and Flanders Fields battlefield tour from Ypres or Bruges

2 day Canadian Somme and Flanders Fields battlefield tour from Ypres or Bruges

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Visit some of the most significant World War I sights in Belgium and France, and pay tribute to all the soldiers who lost their lives during fighting, on this in-depth, 2-day tour. On the first day, depart from your Ypres or Bruges hotel and travel to the largest WWI cemetery in Europe. You’ll also visit a local war museum and other memorial sites. On the second day, tour the tunnels and trenches at Vimy Ridge, see where the Battle of the Somme was fought, and more.
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Private New Zealand Battlefield Tour in Flanders from Ghent

Private New Zealand Battlefield Tour in Flanders from Ghent

See where the ANZAC Corps, made up of the Australian and New Zealand army corps, served in Flanders during World War I. This private day trip takes you to the memorial on Messines Ridge and the Pool of Peace (Spanbroekmolen) formed by one of 19 mine explosions. Visit several cemeteries from the Great War, including Tyne Cot. You’ll also see Passendale, Gravenstafel and the sights of Ypres. Your personal guide meets you at the Kortrijk railway station and drops you off at your hotel in Ghent. Lunch included.
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  • 11 hours
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Private Vimy and Belgium Canadian Battlefield Tour from Bruges

Private Vimy and Belgium Canadian Battlefield Tour from Bruges

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Follow the path of WWI Canadian troops with a full-day, private tour of Flanders from Bruges. Visit the Grange subways and tunnels where the Canadian Divisions launched their Vimy assault in 1917. Pause for lunch in Ypres, then visit the Hill 62 Canadian War Memorial and the largest CWGC cemetery in Europe that records the names of 35,000 soldiers. Enjoy free time to explore Ypres, then attend the moving Last Post ceremony before returning to Bruges.
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2 day Australian WW1 battlefield tour in Flanders the Somme from Bruges or Ypres

2 day Australian WW1 battlefield tour in Flanders the Somme from Bruges or Ypres

Learn about the role that Australian troops played during World War I, and pay tribute to the many thousands of soldiers who lost their lives, on this 2-day history tour. Meet your guide in the morning at your Bruges or Ypres hotel, and travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned minivan. On the first day, visit the site of the Battle of Fromelles, an Australian cemetery and memorial, and more. On the second day, learn about the Battle of the Somme before venturing to several key memorials and landmarks.
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