Learn about the history of WWI battles in the Flanders area and visit the memorials and cemeteries related to the Great War in Belgium. See the field hospital where the famous poem, In Flanders Field was written, and attend the Last Post Ceremony.
What to Expect
Depart from Brussels on this full-day trip and head to the German Military Cemetery at Vladslo, where you’ll see the very moving Käthe Kollwitz sculptures of the Grieving Parents.
From here, continue on to the small city of Diksmuide, and visit the Trench of Death. You’ll also see the very impressive Gate of Peace and the Ijzer Tower.
Passing the Peace Mill, Houthulst, and the Canadian Monument in St. Julien, you’ll arrive next in Paschendaele/Langemark, where during terrible battles an uncountable numbers of soldiers were killed.
Stop for a bread meal at the old cheese factory before visiting the famous Commonwealth Cemetery at Tyne Cot, where some 35,000 soldiers were laid to rest.
When you arrive at Essex Farm you’ll see the former field hospital where John McCrae wrote his famous poem, In Flanders Fields. At this point you are close to Ypres, and will stop to see the UNESCO-listed museum, located in the world-famous Cloth Hall.
The last site on the tour is Hill 60, famous for the Tunneling War and the Caterpillar Crater. A short drive will take you back to Ypres, where you’ll have free time for dinner.
At 20:00 you’ll attend the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. After the ceremony, you’ll head back to Brussels, where you’ll arrive at around 22:00.
- Bread meal at Paschendaele
- Entrance to Flanders Fields Museum at Ypres