Welcome to West Flanders

Visitors from around the world – particularly the Commonwealth – flock to the Ypres Salient region in the province's southwest, where an estimated 500,000 soldiers and civilians died in WWI battles in Flanders Fields. Visiting its excellent museums and sombre cemeteries is a moving experience.

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$23.05 Transfers & Ground Transport

Zeebrugge to Bruges Round-Trip Shuttle Service

This shuttle service is the easiest and most cost-effective way to get into the historic center of Bruges from your cruise ship. The shuttle will drop you off at Bruges' official bus parking lot in Bargeplein.Earn your money back and travel ‘free’ to Bruges with our Benefit Card! After all, when you travel with us, your ticket automatically allows you to enjoy various discounts and advantages in the best shops in Bruges and Zeebruges.We want you to eat the best French fries, buy the best chocolate and visit the most fascinating museums in the city. That’s why we’ve selected the best places that offer you as a cruise passenger the nicest discounts.How does it work?Very easy. You buy a transfer ticket to Bruges and receive a ticket and Benefit Card from us. With this card you can enjoy substantial discounts and lots of advantages in the best Bruges shops. You show your ticket and the shop manager will pierce a small hole in your ticket.So ... the more you shop, the cheaper you travel to Bruges!Directions to Departure Location1. Arriving with your cruise ship at Swedish quay? (= official, standard cruise quay) By disembarking  you cruise ship at Zeebrugge you will see the FREE Port Shuttle. Just take this shuttle and relax, the bus driver will take you to the Cruise Terminal. When you come out of the terminal, turn left and walk to the main road. At the corner you will see our Cruise Express Van.2. Where should I go when I moor on another quay?We cannot influence the mooring quay of your ship. The primary cruise quay is “Zweedse Kaai/Swedish Quay”, from which you find above the instructions to get to our pick up location.If your mooring quay is another than “Zweedse Kaai/Swedish Quay”, please do follow the next steps:a. At your cruise ship there will be a FREE Port Shuttle towards the gate. You have to join this.b. When arriving at the gate please look around for our clear flags, banners, tent, friendly staff and busses. Our friendly staff will take care of you so you will be in Bruges at no time. Our staff will be happy to take care of you so you will be in Bruges at no time.

$87.59 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.

$21.90 Private & Custom Tours

Bruges Highlights Private Tour with a Local

Already picturing yourself discovering the Venice of the North? Wandering past cobblestone streets and dreamy canals that connect with jaw-dropping historical buildings, and picturesque views? Get ready to fall under Bruges’ magical spell and its charming medieval atmosphere! This private tour is all about the best highlights and must-sees of Bruges. The best part? The local touch and hidden gems that your host has in store for you! Step back in time as you say ‘hallo’ to beautiful city squares surrounded by gingerbread houses and cobbled alleys that hold tons of stories. See horses and carriages ride past you and hear the traditional bell tower ring, it’s truly magical!  Go off the beaten track with your local friend and head to a local neighborhood where you can cross the canals to a quaint scenery. Stumble upon a hidden Gothic church where you can step inside and be amazed by its beautiful interior. It’s chocolate o’clock and time to visit an authentic Belgian Chocolatier! Do as the locals do and indulge some delicious treats, before making your way to the Church of Our Lady that stands tall in the sky. Don’t forget to marvel at one of Europe's oldest hospital buildings right next to it. How about a peek into the oldest working brewery in town? This local hotspot has a fascinating story about a remarkable underground pipeline exclusively for beer and your local host can tell you all about it! Top off your tour with a visit to a tranquil and hidden oasis in the city center with a lane filled with beautiful beguinage and almshouses. Tucked away, the serene and peaceful lake of love awaits. Enjoy the scenery as your local friend can tell you all about its magical legends.

$20.74 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Medieval Tour With a Local Guide in Bruges

Stroll through the cobbled streets of Bruges and enjoy the stories of this medieval city during this 1 hour and a half private tour. After meeting with your guide in Market Square, you will proceed through the city and it's notable landmarks. You will discover the murderous past of The Burg, the myth surrounding the Minnewater.As you wander through the medieval streets, you will hear of the local heroes and vagabonds. Want to see something in particular? Let your guide know and they can create a personalized route for you and your group.You'll end the tour near The Begijnhof, where you can ask any final questions of your guide before proceeding on your way and the guide can also recommend you some amazing places to drink a tea or a coffee.

$40.34 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Private Bruges Tour for Foodies

Discover the tasty side of Bruges during your 2 hour private tour. Do you want to have diner in a three star Michelin restaurant or in a cozy bar? No problem, your local host, Filip can arrange this for you. Filip and his wife have been licensed tour guides for some time now and spend most of their days wandering around the streets of Bruges to discover all the new and hip spots out there. Naturally, there's no place they haven't seen. They're both foodies, so eating spots are the main thing on the list.The two of them would love to also show you some chocolate shops, an awesome hidden bakery with a delightful range of sweet pastries. They will also tell you which are the best bars for having a local beer or wine.During your walk, you'll get to have a real insight into how locals live by visiting local neighborhoods where tourists never go. You'll be surprised by seeing the small door leading you to a secret garden that only locals know about. Please note that no food or drinks will be provided during this tour. If there's anything you'd like to add on your tour, please feel free to ask your guides. See you in Bruges.

$339.37 Private & Custom Tours

Private New Zealand Battlefield Tour in Flanders from Bruges

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Messines Ridge, Mesen, West Flanders ProvinceYou will stand in Messines on the battlefields where New Zealand troops fought in June 1917.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: NZ Memorial MessinesThe Memorial is sitiated on the German's 1st line.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: NZ Messines Ridge Memorial, Mesen, West Flanders ProvinceThis Memorial is bearing the names of the New Zealand Soldiers who died during the Battle of Messines and have no known grave.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Pool of Peace, Heuvelland, West Flanders ProvinceYou will stand near the crater, one of the 19 triggered on the morning of the battle.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Lettenberg Bunkers, Kemmel, Heuvelland, West Flanders ProvinceHaving a look at these command bunkersDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Nine Elms British Cemetery, Poperinge, West Flanders ProvinceWhere David Galager, former Captain of the All Blacks, is buried.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Poperinge Town Hall Death Cell, Poperinge, West Flanders ProvinceA quick visit to the daeth cells and see the execution pole.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Langemark Cemetery, Langemark, West Flanders ProvinceHave a look at the German Cemetery, feel the difference Duration: 30 minutesStop At: New Zealand Memorial WWIThe place where David Galager was mortally wounded on 4 Octobre 1917.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West Flanders ProvinceThe largest CWGC's cemetery, the memorial is bearing the names of 35 000 solders who have no known grave.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Ypres Cloth Hall, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders ProvinceStand on the main square of Ypres to see the Cloth Hall, the Cthedral and many other nice buildings. You will have some free time in town.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders ProvinceYou will stand under the Gate to attend the Last Post before I bring you back to your hotel.Duration: 1 hour

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