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Flanders Fields Battlefield daytour of Ypres with option for the Last Post Ceremony.

The infamous battlefields of the "Great War".
Daytrip from Bruges 9.15am- about 5.30 pm

The Flanders Fields Battlefield DayTour includes Passchendale, Hill 60 preserved battlefield, a German cemetery, bunkers and craters, restored trenches, the town of Ypres and the Menin Gate.

The Flanders Fields Battlefield tour is a daytrip and since 1990 is offered every day except Monday, from early February through the end of December and depending on availability.

No visit to Belgium is complete without venturing outside the cities to see the real side of the country. This Flanders Fields Battlefield daytrip concentrates on the WWI battlefields of the Great War (1914-1918) infamously remembered as the "Fields of Flanders". Never conquering but always conquered, Belgium has always been the punching bag of great nations, lying as it is at the crossroads of Britain, Germany, France, etc.

Canadian Soldier

 The Salient around Ypres is full of eye opening surprises where we often find ammunitions unearthed by farmers from their poppy dotted fields. The poppies are now a symbol of remembrance, "lest we forget". On our journey we stop to tramp through restored trenches, stroll amongst now tranquil war graves in Passchendale and Polygon Wood, clamber over craters and bunkers on the preserved Hill 60 battlefield and learn of the hardships the men endured for four long years where impressive monuments of the British Forces (including Anzac and Canadian) are erected in proud memory of their sacrifices.

 

Tyne cot cemetery Passchendaele

We visit the beautiful city of Ypres (also known as Wipers) which was rebuilt to medieval plans after being totally flattened in WWI. Here the imposing Menin Gate Memorial to the missing soldiers, complete with 55000 names, was erected on the spot where the soldiers left the city for the frontline.

 

Stad Ieper

 Whether you have ancestors buried here or not, or have little knowledge of the "Great War", you will find your guide will both amaze and impress you with arrays of true and informative stories and you will enjoy the magnificent Flemish scenery.

We can also organise that you are present at the Last Post Ceremony under the Menin Gate at 8 pm, with a taxi back to Bruges afterwards (only €10 extra). Ask us for information when you book.

 

 

 

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Best of Belgium and Triple treat tour

Discover the Belgian Delights.
Daytrip from 9.15am - 5.15pm

 

Featuring medieval castles and historical Damme, interwoven with chocolates, a real Belgian waffle and beer tasting and much more.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday...... starting end of February through end of November and depending on availability. During December availability of the tourday can depend on numbers of booking but the last possible date it would run would be december 5th 2014.

The Province of West-Flanders is a treasure chest full of beautiful secrets and there's no better way to spend a day than to leisurely explore them with a proud Fleming as your friendly laid-back host.

Damse vaart met molen verticaalThis daytrip offers a little of everything. We first learn of Bruges' great prosperity in the 14th century, which saw famous craftsmen from all over the world employed to create one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

But when the old port in inner Bruges died with the silting up of the estuary "Het Zwin", the focus turned to Damme. Here, tree-lined canals provide a backdrop as we wander past charming medieval buildings and a windmill.

Grand Castles also line our route, with a visit to the picturesque Loppem Chateau and a stroll around the moated Castle of Tillegem included.

 

Damse vaartAs we travel the twin canals locally known as the "Stinker and the Blinker" you will see where the Canadians on their liberating advance from Normandy to Holland in WWII, were halted for 3 long months.

Other surprises include, German bunkers from WW2 and the oldest gothic building in Belgium dating back to the 13th century at the dilapidated monastery Ter Doest.

Lissewege kerkAnd what of the Triple Treat ? Well we sample a traditional home made Belgian WAFFLE after lunch over-looking the magnificent Polder scenery of fertile farmland and villages, nibble on delicious Belgian CHOCOLATE and finish with a visit to Fort Lapin Brewery, with the tasting of our several of our excellent Belgian BEERS.

This daytrip is a must for those of you who want to venture off the usual beaten tourist trail of musea and churches and want to learn a little bit about the people and rich culture of Flanders. A jam-packed day out, guaranteed to be FUN and interesting too!

 

 

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