The Great War - In Flanders Fields
German military Cemetery of Vladslo (the mourning Parents) – the Trench of Death with the flooding of the Flanders Plain – ST. JULIEN (Canada – 1st gas attack) – Monument of New-Zealand - TYNE COT cemetery – Essex Farm/Site John Mc Crae - Hill 60 – YPRES in Flanders Fields Museum – Irish Peace Park in Messines – the Pool of Peace - the Memorial to the Missing and the Winston Churchill Commemorating Plate at Ploegsteert - the Christmas Truce of 1914 in both Ploegsteert and Messines - The Last Post ceremony in Ypres.
From Brussels to Brussels with private car and excellent guide/driver.
We leave Brussels at 08.30 am via Ghent towards Flanders Fields. We start our visits by the German Military Cemetery of Vladslo, with the so moving sculptures of the “Mourning Parents” by Käthe Kollwitz (her son is burried here). We continue to the TRENCH of DEATH in Dixmude. Before arriving there we cross first the famous Railway Dike and stop at Our Ladies’ Corner, so that you can realize how important the flooding, organized by the Belgian Army, was. In St. Julien, the monument to the Canadian Forces venerates the victims of the first Gas attack in 1915. Possibility to have a bread/cheese lunch in Ypres and visit the famous “In Flanders Fields” museum. We continue our visits at Essex Farm, where John Mc Crae wrote his famous poem with the same name and arrive at TYNE COT cemetery (the biggest Commonwealth Military Cemetery in the world). Here 13.000 man lay at rest, and there is also the wall of 35.000 names of man who are still “missing”. The terrible battles, known also as the 3rd battle of Ypres or of Passchendaele, have made so many victims from both sides. It is also possible to make a small visit to Polygone Wood and cemetary (with some 2000 headstones) to see the monument for the Australians.
Via Wijtschate we arrive at the famous Pool of Peace, the biggest mine crater filled of water in Flanders (visit). We continue to Messines (with the monument for the Christmas Truce) and drive down the hill to have a fantastic view on both the Irish tower and the New-Zealand memorial, build where once the German trenches were. Then we make a stop at the Irish peace park and our visits end in Ploegsteert, with stops at the Memorial to the Missing, the Commemoration Plaque for Winston Churchill and in the fields where the “Christmas Truce” took place with Christmas 1914.
Back at Ypres at around 6.15 pm - free time for dinner and at 8 pm precisely we attend the LAST POST CEREMONY at the Menin Gate Memorial, where 55.000 names of missing military man are mentioned. After the end of the ceremony we drive back directly to Brussels – arrival at approx. 9.30 pm.
In Flanders Fields
- duration : 13.00 hrs
- recommended departure time at 08.30am
- Max 3 persons: €780
- Max 4 persons: €870
- Max 6 persons: €990
Note: Entrances in Trench of Death in Dixmude (4 €), in Flanders Fields museum (9 €) and the optional lunch in Ypres are not Included.