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From Bruges: Great War Flanders Fields Minibus Tour w/Lunch

Activity provider: Quasimodo Tours Bruges

From Bruges: Great War Flanders Fields Minibus Tour w/Lunch

Activity provider: Quasimodo Tours Bruges

From US$ 98.70 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.

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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, nicknamed 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.

It is possible to visit an ancestor's grave if requested ahead, and it is also possible to extend the tour for the Last Post Ceremony under the Menin Gate Memorial with transport back to your hotel in Bruges. 

This must be requested in advance as well and will incur a fee of €20 to be paid on the day of the tour.

Includes
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Guide
  • Museum entry ticket and lunch at Hooge Crater or an alternative stop
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Date

Meeting point

The Kiss and Ride zone in front of the train station in Bruges. If your hotel is more than a 10-minute walk from a pick-up location, please call the tour operator at least 18 hours before your tour to arrange an alternative pick-up time and place. Don't do this by email as the phone is always picked up, but someone is not at the office at all times to respond to emails.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • No-shows will not be refunded
  • You can stay after your tour in Ypres for the Last Post Ceremony until 8 PM and be brought back by taxi to your hotel in Bruges (please request this when booking as only limited seats are available for this option). There is a small fee for this service (€20/person and minimum two persons) to be paid on the day of the tour
  • The mini-bus 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
  • You will be back in Bruges around 6:00 PM. This can vary by 15 minutes, so if you are on a time limit, keep this in mind when you book
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 496 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5
  • Safety
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We had an amazing day with Phillipe on the Quasimodo tour. From first booking the trip all questions we had were answered immediately very responsive and helpful. Phillipe has a wealth of knowledge and experience we learnt so much and the whole experience was amazing. We will be returning with our son in the very near future. Highly recommend

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November 30, 2022

Friendly, very knowledgeable guide. Full talk at each stop, and commentary when driving between. The guide should record commentary and supply to visitors, it was so good! Maps and extra information handed round bus. Taxi supplied to get to the station at 8.50am, then comfortable modern (small) bus for the tour. Visited main cemeteries and places of interest, Menin Gate, Hill 60 etc. Not all visited as there are too many for a single trip. stopped for lunch at a great museum with free sandwich and entry to museum. Return to the station at about 6pm (this is a full day's tour!), then free shuttle bus back to town. Would definitely recommend.

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November 29, 2022

We had an excellent guide who provided loads of information along the way. There are lots of sites to see and sometimes the photo opportunities felt a bit rushed. The lunch stop included a great little private museum. Be sure to pack water but drink moderately as there are only a couple of toilet stops. The Last Post ceremony is a great optional extra.

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November 16, 2022

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