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Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Brussels

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Bruxelles, Belgium

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icon13 hours  (Approx.)
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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

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.
  • Full-day Flanders’ WWI battlefields tour from Brussels with an expert guide
  • See the poignant sculptures called 'Grieving Parents' at the Vladslo German Military Cemetery
  • Visit quietly dignified memorials to fallen WWI soldiers like Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery
  • Spend time in Ypres and attend the Last Post Ceremony in the evening
Air-conditioned vehicle
Breadmeal
Professional multilingual guide
Hotel pick up & drop-off
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Poppy (1 euro) at In Flanders' Fields Museum

Departure Point

Belluga 3, Rue du Marché Aux Herbes 82, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Greet your guide at the central Brussels meeting point. Climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and admire the scenic surroundings as your travel towards the town of Vladslo. Disembark and explore the German Military Cemetery of Vladslo, a poignantly peaceful area that features the famous sculpture by Käthe Kollwitz, 'Grieving Parents.'  

Next, venture to the small city of Diksmuide and see a stretch of the Western Front that symbolizes Belgium’s courage and heroism during the conflict. See impressive monuments such as the monument of the "Brooding Soldier" dedicated to the sacrifice of 2,000 Canadian soldiers during the first German gas attack.

Head to the Flanders' Field Museum and hear fascinating tales of violent warfare and the dank conditions soldiers lived in then enrich your knowledge with the comprehensive exhibitions.

Stop at the somnolent town of Passchendaele and discover how a bloody battlefield underwent a radical transformation into this quaint place. Then head to the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery to reflect upon the 35,000 graves that immortalize the memory of fallen soldiers. 

Next, travel to Essex Farm Field Hospital and see the bunkers that inspired John McCrae to write his influential poem, 'In Flanders’ Field.'

Venture to Hill 60 to see some strategic tunnels then disembark at the picturesque town of Ypres to enjoy some independent exploration and dinner (own expense). Reconvene with your guide at a pre-arranged time to witness to soul-stirring Last Post Ceremony at Ypres’ Menin Gate. Absorb the saddening simplicity of the service then return to your vehicle for the drive back to Brussels.
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 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Brussels City Tours

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  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Brussels?
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 Brussels.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Brussels?
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 Brussels.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Brussels?
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 Brussels.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Brussels?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

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

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  • "It is a very long day with few bathroom breaks, so keep that in mind." See review
  • "Take cash for drinks as the place we were taken for lunch wouldn't accept credit cards." See review

Reviews

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World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Brussels
Departure656015
, Nov 2019
This was a very emotional day and brings home to you the great loss of young men during WWI. We had a very knowledgeable guide. Ieper is delightful and the ceremony at Menin Gate with a visiting UK Guards band was a highlight. Take cash for drinks as the place we were taken for lunch wouldn't accept credit cards. A long day but one I will never forget!!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear guest, We are so grateful for your kind words. Thanks for sharing your review with us and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. Kind regards, Brussels City Tours
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Very moving
aplows
, Nov 2019
Our visit to the grave yards & battle fields was very moving . Our guide was very informative & at times emotional
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Customer, This review made our day! Thank you. Kind regards, Brussels City Tours Team
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In Flanders Fields (Halloween)
Sally H
, Nov 2019
Fanstastic and thoughtful day spent with a fabulous group of people. Diedrick was an amazing, amusing and very a knowledgable guide. Thank you for bringing the enormity of these events to life and to all my fellow travellers especially Claudette (Canada) and Katie (NZ) Bon Voyage..It was great spending the day with you :)
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Customer, We are so grateful for your kind words and we are extremely glad you had a good experience. Please share your lovely photos on our Facebook Page and feel free to tag us on instagram. Kind regards, Brussels City Tours Team
star-5
Great tour
Stephennobledds
, Nov 2019
Interesting sites we would never had seen without this tour. Tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Customer, We are so grateful for your kind words. Thanks for sharing your review with us! Kind regards, Brussels City Tours Team
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Absolutely amazing!
Venture51624903068
, Nov 2019
This was probably the best tour I have ever done. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and It was a very well run tour. I found it so interesting, yet sad.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Customer, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this nice review. Have a nice day! Kind regards, Brussels City Tours Team
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A Day Well Spent
Liz D
, Oct 2019
For anyone visiting Brussels this is the tour to do. We should all be aware of what took place in this area on the Battlefields from 1914-1918 and the utter slaughter of all men, regardless of nationality. The service at the Menin Gate in the evening was so moving, and it was wonderful to see so many teenagers there. Our tour guide Deidrich was so professional and informative. My father was part of the forces on the western front in WW2 and my husbands father also served during this war, and passed away as a result, so we both found it very moving. Deidrich covered all aspects of the war and knew so much detail regarding each area. Our driver also did a great job finding parking etc.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear customer, We would like to thank you for taking the time to leave us this review. Brussels City Tours values customer satisfaction as a number one priority. We hope to see here again and please bring all your friends and family. Kind regards, Brussels City Tours Team
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Excellent, informative day out
Lisa S
, Oct 2019
The guide was extemely knowledgeable and we had a great day out. As NZers it meant a lot to us and the guide was great at talking about every country that was represented on the bus. Take snacks and go to the toilet at every opportunity. Long day - but well worth it.
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wonderfull!
Climber495084
, Oct 2019
my father served and survived ww1,mostly seeing service on the eastern front so this was a kind of pilgrimage and it was simply outstanding-fantastic guide-diedrich-and driver said-a long day but what memories i will keep-tired but exhilriated!
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Battlefields tour
Jules669
, Oct 2019
The guide was very knowledgeable and we went to very interesting places. The last post service at Menin Gate Memorial was very moving and sombre.
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overall very good!
Christie C
, Oct 2019
If you are at all into WW1 history, this is a fantastic tour. It was definitely emotional for me to see the historic sites, memorials, and graves. It is a very long day with few bathroom breaks, so keep that in mind. The lunch is basically cold cuts, cheese, nondescript bread, and a tiny salad. we did have the chance to eat a little bit on our own in ypres before the last post ceremony, but definitely only a short period of time! some people may want to bring extra snacks. i also was unaware that people coming from brussels would have to stop in bruges before the tour actually started; i believe it’s on the way, but it was still not my favorite surprise. overall the tour was very good! prepare for cold, wet weather, don’t drink too much liquid (bathrooms are not a priority on this tour), and bring a small snack of your own. Stephan, our guide did a nice job although sometimes he called all the passengers, “you anglo-saxon folk” which may have been a bit offensive for some people. it was probably more of a language/usage thing because i’m sure he didn’t mean it in a rude way. also not everyone on our tour was an anglo-saxon person, even though everyone spoke English, so that was probably not ideal for some folks. I personally really enjoyed the tour though! Brush up on your history a little bit too so you have some context.

Product code: 2200FLANDERS

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