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Bruges & Battlefields of Flanders

 

Bruges
  • Overview

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    • Benefit from the services of a knowledgeable Battlefields Guide
    • Gain an insight into the Great War at the Passchendaele Memorial Museum and the In Flanders’ Fields Museum
    • Visit a selection of cemeteries and key sites at the Flanders battlefields
    • Experience the Last Post at Ypres’ Menin Gate
    • Appreciate the delights of medieval Bruges

    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’. Read More

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    Bruges centre
    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, visiting the Passchendaele Memorial Museum, Essex Farm Cemetery and the German Cemetery at Langemarck.

    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.
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  • The Hotel

    YOUR HOTEL


    Velotel Bruges

    This elegant hotel exudes a personal ambience combined with state of the art comfort. Despite a parkland location, the historical centre of Bruges is within a five minute drive.
    • All rooms are en suite, with TV, desk and safety deposit box
    • Lift access
    • Bar area
    • Restaurant
    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Wi-Fi
    • Official four-star rating
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  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    Monument at Hill 60, Flanders
    Full Day: Flanders Battlefields

    With our expert guide, we visit key sites of the Flanders battlefields area including Passchendaele, which in 1917 saw some of the bloodiest battles with almost half a million soldiers killed, missing or seriously injured.

    We visit the Passchendaele Memorial Museum at Zonnebeke, where the memory of this famous battle is kept alive through images, movies, historical artefacts and an underground dugout tunnel.

    We also visit the Essex Farm Cemetery, where John McCrae wrote his famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ in May 1915; Lijssenthoek cemetery, the largest of the hospital cemeteries which were created around the casualty clearing stations in the area; and in contrast the German Cemetery at Langemarck. We also spend time in Poperinge, where soldiers spent their brief leave time from the front line.

    Tyne Cot Cemetery
    Full Day: Flanders Battlefields, Ypres & 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.

    Bruges canal boats
    Half Day: Bruges

    For quaint cobbled streets and attractive medieval architecture, Bruges is the place to go. This city is filled with iconic sights, such as the Belfry, and there are also a lot of museums to make the most of while there. For instance, there’s the Groeningemuseum, which is dedicated to Flemish and Belgian art, as well as the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Folklore and the museum at the Church of Our Lady.

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Hooge cemetery, Ypres
    Hooge Crater & Chavasse grave

    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. After a time at this moving site, we’ll then continue on to the Chavasse grave.

    The Belfort tower, Sluis
    Sluis
    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!
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What's included

  • Return coach travel
  • Four nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, three evening meals
  • Porterage
  • Three included excursions
  • Two optional excursions

Velotel Bruges

This elegant hotel exudes a personal ambience combined with state of the art comfort. Despite a parkland location, the historical centre of Bruges is within a five minute drive.

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Velotel Bruges

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This elegant hotel exudes a personal ambience combined with state of the art comfort. Despite a parkland location, the historical centre of Bruges is within a five minute drive.
  • All rooms are en suite, with TV, desk and safety deposit box
  • Lift access
  • Bar area
  • Restaurant
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Wi-Fi
  • Official four-star rating
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