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Private World War I Canadian Battlefield Tour

by Ploegsteert Battlefield Experience
per traveler Price is $642
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Duration: 12h Free cancellation available No Booking Fees E-voucher (printout not required) Offered in: English Offered in: English Picks up from select hotels Picks up from select hotels

Highlights

  • Visits to significant WWI sites in Vimy, Ypres & Flanders

  • Chance to stand on battlefields where history was made

  • Views of the gorgeous Canadian National Memorial in Vimy

  • Opportunity to see Mount Sorrel & a historic CWGC cemetery

  • Friendly & knowledgeable guide with 20 years of experience

Highlights

  • Visits to significant WWI sites in Vimy, Ypres & Flanders

  • Chance to stand on battlefields where history was made

  • Views of the gorgeous Canadian National Memorial in Vimy

  • Opportunity to see Mount Sorrel & a historic CWGC cemetery

  • Friendly & knowledgeable guide with 20 years of experience

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9:00 AM, Tour in English, includes Food Only

Duration 12h

Live Commentary in English.

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Total price is $641.43, taxes included

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Private World War I Canadian Battlefield Tour

Activity Location

Vimy

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Bruges Hotel Pickup

    Bruges

  • Lille Hotel Pickup

    Lille

  • Kortrijk Station

    Kortrijk Station

    Kortrijk 8500


Description

Learn all about the Canadians' contributions to World War I during a fascinating guided tour of some of the conflict's most significant battlefields. Enjoy your journey in the company of a friendly guide who boasts 20 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to share.

You are able to choose from the following 2 itineraries:

Vimy, Ypres & Flanders:
After convenient pickup from either your hotel or the Kortrijk railway station, depending on where you're staying, make your way by comfortable minibus to the Canadian National Memorial in Vimy. This immense, 2-column structure stands in dedication to the memories of Canadian Expeditionary Force members who lost their lives or went missing during World War I. Visit the Grange Tunnels at Vimy Ridge, where Canadian troops stood for hours before engaging in battle. Enjoy some free time to explore the visitor center and see its exhibitions and a short movie.

Stop for lunch along the way to Flanders, where you begin your visit by standing on Hill 62, also known as Mount Sorrel. These heights were initially taken by German forces before being recaptured by the Canadians. You also enjoy the opportunity to see Tyne Cot, the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in Europe. See Crest Farm, the last strong point before the capture of Passchendaele as well as the Brooding Soldier at Saint Juliaan, where some of the first gas attacks took place. Visit the Menin Gate Memorial and attend the daily Last Post before hassle-free transportation back to your hotel.

Passendale & Ypres:
Travel via comfortable minibus toward Passchendaele, where you have the opportunity to visit the Tyne Cot Military Cemetery and Crest Farm Memorial. Explore the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, devoted to the battle of the same name and year, and learn about the material aspects of World War I. Make your way to Hooghe Crater on the Menin Road and get a look at preserved trenches where Canadian forces sought shelter during combat. Stand on Hill 62, also called Mount Sorrel, and see the Brooding Soldier at Saint Juliaan, where Germans launched the first gas attacks in April of 1915. Get a brief look at the German cemetery of Langemark before going to Essex Farm, a bunker once used as a dressing station during the war.

Your final stop is Ypres, with visits to the Cloth Hall and St. Martin's Cathedral. Take some free time before attending the Last Post at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing before your experience comes to an end, with hassle-free transportation back to Bruges, Lille, or Brussels.


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of WWI Vimy, Ypres & Flanders

  • Lunch

  • Bottled water

  • Roundtrip transportation to and from your Bruges or Lille hotel

  • Hotel drop-off is available for central Brussels hotels

  • Booklet with detailed explanations of tour stops

  • Admission fees


Know Before You Book

  • Children 10 and younger are complimentary.

  • You must be able to walk on unpaved or uneven terrain.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off is available from most centrally located Bruges and Lille hotels. Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • If you are staying in Brussels, you will need to make your way to Brussels Zuid or Brussels-Midi train station and take a train to Kortrijk Station for pick up. Trains depart on average every 30 minutes. Hotel drop-off is available for most centrally located Brussels hotels.

  • Please be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time.


Private World War I Canadian Battlefield Tour ratings based on 2 Verified Reviews

5 out of 5

5/5 Sep 14, 2018

We went to Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Flanders Field and Hill 62 plus many other significant and important sights. Claude Verhaeghe of Battlefield Tours www.battlefieldguide.uk was amazing. His knowledge of all the sights was so engaging we felt as though we were back in 1916 - 1918. His patients was appropriated especially when I may have found possible relatives in at the grave sites. He helped find the headstones so that I could photograph them. We opted for the private tour and the cost was well worth it. This experience has grabbed me and my heart in a way I never thought possible. Thank You again Claude for your knowledge, compassion and patience. 😊