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Its resurrected Grote Markt (main square) offers a compact array of attractive traditionally styled buildings and a romantic city hall: it's hard to believe that almost everything in sight was rebuilt in the 20th century. West of the main square, there's a pretty little river port behind which stands the striking IJzertoren; it's the town's main attraction.


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$106.59 Cultural & Theme Tours

Flanders World War I Battlefields Tour from Brussels

Start your day with a pickup from your centrally located Brussels hotel, or alternatively, meet your guide in the center of town. Leave the city by coach and travel southeast toward the town of Vladslo, your first destination of the day! Stop to see the German Military Cemetery of Vladslo, the most important German cemetery from WWI, and as you walk through the hauntingly peaceful area, look out for the Käthe Kollwitz sculptures Grieving Parents – a heartrending portrayal of how the war impacted people at a personal level. Continue to the small city of Diksmuide to visit the Trench of Death, a stretch of the Western Front (the trench lines from Belgium to the Alps) that now serves as a symbol of Belgium’s heroism and resistance. See the impressive Gate of Peace (IJser Gate) and Yser Tower (IJzertoren), and then leave the city, passing alongside the Peace Mill and the Canadian Monument in St Julien.Stop in Passchendaele, and see how this once chaotic battlefield has turned into a sleepily tranquil town. Sit down for a hearty ploughman's lunch in a local restaurant, and then travel to Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, where some 35,000 soldiers from the Commonwealth forces are laid at rest. The sheer amount of graves puts the tragic scale of WWI into a semblance of perspective. Walk around and learn about the significance of this dignified site for nations around the world, not just the Commonwealth countries.Head to the Essex Farm Field Hospital next and see the impeccably preserved bunkers where John McCrae penned his famous poem In Flanders’ Fields. Hear how the soldiers were treated in the bunkers’ narrow, darkened corridors and then visit the In Flanders’ Fields Museum to learn the story of WWI in the Flanders region from an audio-guided tour. Entry to the museum is included, but you will be required to pay for a poppy as you go inside. This payment goes toward a war veterans charity.Visit Hill 60 – home to a series of strategically significant tunnels– and then travel to Ypres for some free time for dinner (own expense). In the early evening, meet your guide to attend the Last Post Ceremony at Ypres’ Menin Gate. Taking place daily, the ceremony is a simple, yet moving, tribute to the bravery of those who died defending their town. At the end of the ceremony, return to your coach and drive back to Brussels. Your tour finishes in central Brussels around 10pm.

$88.05 Cultural & Theme Tours

Flanders World War I Battlefields Tour from Bruges

Leave central Bruges by coach and travel southwest toward the town of Vladslo, your day’s first destination! Stop to see the German Military Cemetery of Vladslo, the most important German cemetery from WWI, and as you walk through the hauntingly peaceful area, look out for the Käthe Kollwitz sculptures Grieving Parents – a heartrending portrayal of how the war impacted people at a personal level. Continue to the small city of Diksmuide to visit the Trench of Death, a stretch of the Western Front (the trench lines from Belgium to the Alps) that now serves as a symbol of Belgium’s heroism and resistance. See the impressive Gate of Peace (IJser Gate) and Yser Tower (IJzertoren), and then leave the city, passing alongside the Peace Mill and the Canadian Monument in St Julien.Stop in Passchendaele, and see how this once chaotic battlefield has turned into a sleepily tranquil town. Sit down for a hearty ploughman's lunch in a local restaurant, and then travel to Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, where some 35,000 soldiers from the Commonwealth forces are laid at rest. The sheer amount of graves puts the tragic scale of WWI into a semblance of perspective. Walk around and learn about the significance of this dignified site for nations around the world, not just the Commonwealth countries.Head to the Essex Farm Field Hospital next and see the impeccably preserved bunkers where John McCrae penned his famous poem In Flanders’ Field. Hear how the soldiers were treated in the bunkers’ narrow, darkened corridors and then visit the In Flanders’ Field Museum to learn the story of WWI in the Flanders region from an audio-guided tour. Entry to the museum is included, but you will be required to pay for a poppy as you go inside. This payment goes toward a war veterans charity.Visit Hill 60 – home to a series of strategically significant tunnels– and then travel to Ypres for some free time for dinner (own expense). In the early evening, meet your guide to attend the Last Post Ceremony at Ypres’ Menin Gate. Taking place daily, the ceremony is a simple, yet moving, tribute to the bravery of those who died defending their town. At the end of the ceremony, return to your coach and drive back to Bruges. Your tour finishes in central Bruges around 9pm.

$181.50 Private & Custom Tours

Brussels to Flanders and Ypres Private WWI Battlefields Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Vladslo German War CemeteryHere you will see the moving sculptures made by Käthe Kollwitz: "The Mourning Parents" as her son is burried here. We stay close to the river Yser and we see the observation points of the Belgian Army and the Trench of Death. Further to Diksmuide and the Ysertower.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Saint Julien MemorialHere we are confronted with the horror of war: gas. The first two times this was used by the Germans on allied lines in Steenstraat and in St Julien, later the use was general but with terrible consequenes. We stop also at the site John Mc Crae, the Canadian Doctor who was from the beginning confronted with the terrible results.Duration: 1 hourStop At: In Flanders Fields MuseumAfter lunch, you have time to visit the in Flanders Fields Museum that is giving you a very good view on the horrors of warfare during WWI. We continue via St Elooi and its craters we stop in Messines for the monument for the Christmas Truce and for New-Zealand. In Ploegsteert we see the commemoration plate for Winston Churchill, who fought here in the first half of 1916Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Hill 60We make a stop at the pool of Peace, the biggest mine crater in Flanders that is always filled-up with water. Further to HILL 60 where we do a visit of what then was the front line and that stayed well preserved, and to Polygone Wood with the Australian and New-Zealand Monuments. Via Zonnebeke we reach the biggest cemetery of the Commonwealth, Tyne Cot Cemetery. Then we take the direction of the Brooding Soldier, the monument honouring the 2000 Canadians who fell here with the Gas Attacks.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Menin Gate MemorialBack in Ypres we see the impressive Gate, a small part of the whole rebuilding process of the City. You have the names of some 52.000 man who are still missing in action. We walk together to the Market and then time for dinner. We attend the Last Post Ceremony that always takes place at 8 pm, and this every evening.Duration: 2 hours

$295.44 Private & Custom Tours

Tour of Flanders World War I Battlefields from Brussels

In the morning, transfer from Brussels to Ypres, a Flemish city where the German and allied armies fought between 1914 and 1918. On this trip, you will visit some of the remarkable places and battlefields from the Great War. Take a tour by your private car and on foot of Ypres and its surroundings. Some of the biggest military cemeteries of European history are situated here. See the Tyne Cot Cemetery in Zonnebeke, where more than 12,000 soldiers from the Commonwealth are buried and commemorated, and the German cemetery in Vladslo, mostly known because of its remarkable symbolic statue "The Mourning Couple," from Käthe Kollwitz. Here, more than 25,000 soldiers were laid to rest. Afterward, drive to Diksmuide where you will stop for a 3-course lunch. Ater lunch, transfer to Ypres and visit of the historical center of Ypres, seeing Cloth Hall, the Belfry, Market Square, and St. Martin's Cathedral. 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.