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

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

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.

Ypres: Sherlock Holmes Smartphone App City Game

2. Ypres: Sherlock Holmes Smartphone App City Game

Immerse yourself in the exciting world of Sherlock Holmes by collecting clues as part of a fun smartphone game. Solve the murder of a fictional character with your colleagues, friends, or family, and explore the highlights of Ypres, including St. Martin's Cathedral. After downloading the app and entering the code, embark on a unique adventure full of brain teasers, puzzles, and lots of British humor. Become a high-class detective for a day and work alongside Sherlock Holmes. Take as long as you need to tackle this criminal case, stopping to explore Ypres whenever you wish. Restart the game when you're ready and have a blast as you come across iconic sites, such as the Ypres Cloth Hall. Whilst this game does not focus on interacting with your surroundings nor informing you about it, it is the perfect activity to explore this amazing city in a fun and interactive way. Get ready for a walk through the most beautiful places in the city.

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4.9 / 5

based on 508 reviews

This trip was excellent, Phillip was a great guide who clearly knew his stuff, and Johan was a truly fascinating character who put his heart and soul into his work, even producing a rifle that had only recently been dug up. We saw a number of fascinating sights and Phillip’s knowledge made them even more interesting. A poignant and outstanding day.

This tour was phenomenal! The guide is extremely knowledgeable and being from here, he had much more insight and stories to share. I learned so much more about WWI in this one day than I ever did in school. I can’t recommend this tour enough!

Philip was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide, and his personal connection to the area made the trip more moving. Helpful, clean and comfortable minibus, well paced. I would not hesitate to recommend this tour to others.

Philip was extremely knowledgeable and really gave us a feeling of what this was all like - as a Belgian showing around American friends, this was a first for me too and there are truly no words….Highly recommend!

Phillipe was one of the most knowledgeable and passionate guides we've had! He knew so much, was really engaging, spoke about history in a kind and unbiased way and we learnt loads!