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Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Bruges

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Brugge, Belgium

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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

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.
  • Day trip to Flanders’ WWI battlefields from Bruges with an expert guide
  • See the sobering Käthe Kollwitz sculptures, Grieving Parents, at the German Military Cemetery of Vladslo
  • Pay your respects to fallen WWI soldiers at Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery
  • Explore In Flanders’ Field Museum at leisure, listening to audio-guided commentary
  • Attend the Last Post Ceremony in Ypres with your guide
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Breadlunch
Professional multilingual guide
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Poppy (1 euro) at In Flanders' Field Museum
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Bargeplein, Bargeweg, 8000 Brugge, Belgium

Departure Time

10:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Depart from a central Bruges location in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and travel towards the traditional town of Vladslo to visit the Germany Military Cemetery, a significant burial site of thousands of soldiers. Admire the poignant sculpture of Grieving Parents, by Käthe Kollwitz, then re-board your coach to venture to the small city of Diksmuide. 

Disembark at the foreboding Trench of Death, a stretch of the Western Front upon which many soldiers met their end. Admire the statue of the 'Brooding Soldier' which commemorates the sacrifice of 2,000 Canadian soldiers during the first German gas attack.

Appease your appetite with a hearty plowman's lunch in a local restaurant in Ypres.

Peruse the varied exhibitions of the Flanders’ Field Museum to observe artifacts that speak eloquently of the battlefield’s history; hear the story of the war on an audio guided tour before ascending Hill 60 to see tunnels that played a pivotal role in the war.

Depart to the city in search of Passchendaele, a brutal battlefield that transformed into a tranquil and traditional town. Then head to the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery to feel emotionally stirred at the sight of 35,000 solemn headstones. Learn about the global significance of this memorial site then travel to Essex Farm Field Hospital to see the iconic bunkers in which John McCrae wrote his influential poem, 'In Flanders Fields.' 

Finally, venture to your last destination, the moving Last Post Ceremony at Ypres Menin Gate, and observe the simplicity of the daily tribute that remembers the courage of fallen soldiers. After the ceremony, return to your vehicle and relax during the journey back to Bruges, where the tour concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
In Flanders Fields Museum
The In Flanders' Fields Museum is a museum in Ypres, Belgium, dedicated to the study of the First World War. It occupies the second floor of the Cloth Hall on the market square in the city centre. The building was largely destroyed by artillery during the war, but was afterwards reconstructed.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Zonnebeke is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the villages of Beselare, Gheluvelt, Passendale, Zandvoorde and Zonnebeke proper.
Pass By:  
Vladslo German War Cemetery
ladslo German war cemetery is about three kilometres north east of Vladslo, near Diksmuide, Belgium. Established during World War I, the cemetery holds 3,233 wartime burials.
Pass By:  
Hill 60
Hill 60 is a World War I battlefield memorial site and park in the Zwarteleen area of Zillebeke south of Ypres, Belgium.
Stop At:  
Essex Farm Cemetery
This was the dressing station where Dr. John McCrae wrote the famous poem "in Flanders Fields".
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Last Post ceremony
A daily tribute to all commonwealth soldiers and officers that were missing after battle.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Brussels City Tours

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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Bruges?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Bruges.
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What is the social distancing policy during Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Bruges?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Bruges.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Bruges?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Bruges.
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What is the maximum group size during Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Bruges?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Bruges.

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  • "Hill 62 is a must in this tour it should be included" See review
  • "Made for a long day but was well worth it." See review
  • "If only all young people could take this tour then it might make the younger generation think twice about the foolishness and terrible waste of lives in a war." See review

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World war 1 battlefields tour of Flander from Bruges
Gerald S
, Oct 2019
A nice day, full of visits. Made for a long day but was well worth it. "Diederik" was our guide for the day and very well spoken English and very good explanations.
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Ypres and Flanders All Day Tour
James C
, Oct 2019
Excellent historical and informational trip, Our guide was extremely personable and had great local knowledge. Tour Organizers could do a better job with precisely where to meet, or even provide a big sign with the tour name on it, but other than that all was great, and fully recommended.
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star-5
Excellent, but a long day.
Jim B
, Sep 2019
Our guide was outstanding, as was the overall experience. However, my fiancé and I found it to be to long. The tour organizers need to eliminate one or two stops.
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Tour of Flanders Fields
Njoyhall
, Aug 2019
Very informative Tour Guide, and places we visited were very interesting. Attending the Last Post ceremony at the Menes Gate was a great way to end the day. We joined the tour at Bruge, we were told to be there for departure at 10.15 and the bus didn’t arrive till 10.40pm. Accurate information what type of bus, name, and the time of pickup would have alleviated our anxiety as from Bruge it is not evident were to meet the tour in a sea of buses and we had to contact the office when it had not arrived on time.
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Flanders Battlefields Tour
johnoj49
, Jul 2019
It was a great tour and brought home the horror of the WW1 Flanders battlefields. The tragic loss of so many young people on both sides of the conflict was explained. When you see something like this, it makes you wonder how this could have happened, yet some 20 years later it was being repeated. The German cementery, with the statues of the grieving parents, the Tyncot cemetery , and the last post at Menin Gate were an experience not to be forgotten.
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star-5
Absolutely fascinating and informative tour that covers all the important sites
JRMtl
, Jul 2019
My teenage son and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour . Our guide Johann provided excellent in depth historical background, context and an endless array of facts, points of interest and lively commentary between and at each of the sites. The tour itself felt very thorough and complete, with so many fascinating stops including battle sites, trenches, German and allied cemeteries, Ypres and the emotional Last Post ceremony (get there early for a good view!) Johann kept it all very authentic and contextual , deftly brought the sites to life and has an amazing breadth of knowledge. We learned so much and highly recommend this tour to anyone interested not just in WW1 but also the historical events that led up to it.
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Great guide
Emily_W96
, Jul 2019
We really enjoyed our day tour of Flanders and Ypres. Our guide was very helpful and informative. A word of warning - the majority of the day was spent driving from site to site. Having done a similar tour 10+ years ago it's a shame there wasn't an opportunity to visit any of the trenches (that you drive past en route). We both felt this would have been more insightful in place of one of the 3 cemeteries that were visited.
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Wonderful
Howboutdem33
, Jun 2019
Very interesting tour , great guide . Would highly recommend this tour to everyone. So many sad stories
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Very interesting
Howboutdem33
, Jun 2019
Enjoyed this very much . Very good tour guide . So much to see, my only criticism would be that we didn’t have enough time in yepres to discover the town .
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star-4
Great tour of WW1 Battlefields
suzash12
, Jun 2019
The bus was on time to pick us up from Bruges. The guide Jan (John) was very informative and helpful. He accommodated everyone on the tour. The driver was amazing as the roads are very narrow and in a lot places were undergoing roadworks. Would definitely recommend
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