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Great War Flanders Fields Minibus Tour from Bruges

Activity provider: Quasimodo Tours Bruges

Great War Flanders Fields Minibus Tour from Bruges

Activity provider: Quasimodo Tours Bruges
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From US$ 84.78 per person

Step back in time on a journey through Belgian history on a full-day tour to Ypres. Learn about World War I as you visit key sites from the period, including the Menin Gate Memorial and the cemetery. You will also see the iconic poppy fields of Flanders.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover key sites of World War I including battlefields, bunkers, and the town of Ypres
  • See the picturesque Flemish countryside with its iconic poppy fields
  • Learn historical facts about Belgium and Flanders
Full description
Enjoy a trip of historical discovery on this full-day minibus tour that takes you through West Flanders, from Bruges to the Belgian town of Ypres. The city, which was given the nickname Wipers, was rebuilt according to a medieval blueprint after being completely razed to the ground in the early 1900s. It was also here that the Germans invaded Belgium during World War I; a strategic move to attack France from the north. You will see the remaining artifacts and places of the city as you discover restored trenches, stroll among war graves in Passchendale and Polygon Wood, clamber over craters and bunkers on the preserved battlefield. and visit key war memorials. Behold the impressive sight of the imposing Menin Gate Memorial to the missing soldiers, complete with 55,000 names, erected on the spot where the soldiers left the city for the battlefront. As your day continues you will also see the iconic poppy fields of Flanders as you ride through the countryside in an air-conditioned mini coach, perfect for relaxing and taking in the picturesque scenery.
Includes
  • Transport in an air-conditioned mini coach
  • Guide
  • Museum entrance and a lunch at Hooge Crater
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 3 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

The Kiss and Ride zone in front of the train station in Brugge. If your hotel is more than a 10-minute walk from a pick-up location, please call the tour operator before your tour to arrange an alternative pick-up time and place.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Please contact the tour operator ahead of time to cancel your reservation. No-shows will not be refunded.
  • You have the option to stay after your tour in Ypres for the Last Post Ceremony at 8 pm and be brought back by taxi to your hotel in Bruges (please request this when booking)
  • This service is free of charge on Thursdays and Sundays and there is a fee of €15 pp on other days, to be paid on the day of the tour
  • Leaving Belgium after the tour:
  • The tour is back in Bruges at the Floris Karos Hotel at around 18:00. This can vary by 15 minutes, so if you are on a time limit, keep this in mind when you book.
  • Pick-up Service:
  • If your hotel is more than a 10-minute walk from a pick-up location, please call the tour operator before your tour to arrange for a pick-up time and place.
  • The minibus is air-conditioned and very comfortable. No smoking on board, please. However, the tour does stop frequently. It is possible to visit an ancestor's grave, but please ask in advance.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 386 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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This was a great experience, our guide was very knowledgeable and having such a small group makes everything a lot more related. There were plenty of stops with good explanations and then some time for us to wander around on our own. I would definitely recommend, but be aware that it is a long day and be prepared for it.

May 8, 2022

This was a very well organised tour from booking, to arranging pickup and to the day itself. Philippe was passionate and knowledgeable but also made it easy to relate to and imagine the experiences of these very young soldiers. There were 13 of us on the minibus and everyone's individual needs were well catered for. The Hooge crater museum and lunch stop was great, and the bus was very comfortable. We had several stops at monuments and cemeteries including Tyne Cot and Hill 60, so were able to get off and walk around. I found the information was detailed but given in manageable amounts so it wasn't too overwhelming. Overall an amazing tour and wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

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May 7, 2022

This was truly a fantastic, in-depth WWI immersion into the Flanders/Ypres experience. Our guide took us to tons of historical sites in the wider Flanders area, from gravesites and craters to museums and monuments. The sites were both fascinating and moving, especially the Tyne Cot cemetery in Passendale and the remarkable Hooge Museum. However, because we visited so many places and heard so much narrative, we were on information overload partway through the day. While each location offered an important look into the brutal war years in the area, it all began to swirl together after a while. I can't say exactly which places to skip, but I think we would have absorbed more if the day had been a little shorter.

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May 1, 2022

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