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Combine a break in Bruges with the chance to explore this medieval city, and a visit to historical Flanders, where opposing troops fought along a series of trenches during World War I. Visit the In Flanders’ Fields Museum to gain an insight into the ‘War to End All Wars’.
This Battlefields tour will provide us with insight into the lives of the brave soldiers who fought for King and country, and who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our safety. We’ll begin with a tour of Flanders’ most famous Battlefields and visiting the Passchendaele Memorial Museum.
We’ll then make our way to Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth War Grave Commission military cemetery in Europe. This is where John McCrae wrote the famous poem ‘In Flanders’ Fields’ following the death of his friend and comrade. Our excursion will continue with a trip to the In Flanders’ Fields Museum, before we observe the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in the evening.
Day One - UK to Bruges
Over to Calais, then on to our hotel in Bruges - the Novotel Bruges Centrum.
Day Two - Flanders battlefields
With our expert guide, we will visit key sites of the Flanders battlefields area, as well as visiting the Passchendaele Memorial Museum. (B,D)
Day Three - Flanders battlefields & Ypres
Today we will continue our tour of Flanders’ key battlefields, before we make our way to Ypres. This town is perhaps best known as the site of many dramatic First World War battles, and where countless British soldiers fought and died. Enjoy a visit to the In Flanders’ Fields Museum, situated in the cloth Hall of Ypres, with many interesting exhibits. From Ypres you can explore further on our optional excursion to the Hooge Crater. After dinner in a local restaurant this evening, we attend the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, placed in honour of those who perished with no known graves. (B,D)
Day Four - Bruges
Today we explore the city of Bruges, where you can enjoy free time exploring the delights of this charming city. This afternoon from Bruges you can choose to join our optional excursion to Sluis over the Dutch border. (B,D)
Day Five - Bruges to UK
We retrace our steps back to Calais today, and then return home. (B)
Novotel Bruges Centrum
Well-located within walking distance of the city’s main sights and attractions, the Novotel Centrum has a pleasant bar and inviting restaurant. The hotel also has a garden with heated swimming pool.
Full Day: Bruges
Enjoy the exquisitely preserved medieval city of Bruges during this excursion. Charming Bruges is known for its winding cobbled streets, pretty gabled houses and attractive tree-lined canals, each crossed by a humpback bridge.
Full Day: Flanders Battlefields
With our expert guide we visit key sites of the Flanders battlefi elds where some of the bloodiest battles of World War I occurred with large scale casualties. We visit the Essex Farm Cemetery, where John McCrae wrote his famous poem in May 1915; Tyne Cot Cemetery and the Passchendale Museum.
Full Day: Flanders Battlefields, Ypres and the Last Post
We visit Tyne Cot Cemetery with our expect guide. Tyne Cot is the largest Commonwealth War Grave Commission military cemetery of the continent, where almost 12,000 soldiers are buried, and there is also a large memorial dedicated to the many more missing soldiers who died in action on the surrounding battlefields.
We travel to Ypres, best known as the site of dramatic First World War battles and where many British soldiers fought and died. Spend time at leisure in this historical city and visit the In Flanders’ Fields Museum, situated in the Cloth Hall, with its many interesting exhibits. After dinner at a local restaurant, we attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, held in honour of those who perished with no known graves.
The Hooge Crater Cemetery is the final resting place for many of the brave soldiers who fought in Belgium’s Ypres Salient during the First World War.
From Bruges we’ll make our way to Sluis in neighbouring Holland, where we’ll have free time to explore this enticing town. With its popular shopping areas and lovely atmosphere, it’s easy to fall in love with this excellent destination. Sluis is often thought of as the most Flemish town in the Netherlands, and its Flemish-style belfry certainly proves this!