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From Bruges or Lille Christmas Truce to Passchendaele private WW1 Ypres tour

Mesen, BE
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From Bruges or Lille Christmas Truce to Passchendaele private WW1 Ypres tour

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Experience the history and beauty of Ypres on this private WW1 tour. Starting from Bruges or Lille, this unique tour takes you on a journey through the Ypres Salient from Messines to Passchendaele. You'll follow in the footsteps of Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, South African, and British soldiers as they fought during the Great War. The tour covers 53 miles of battlefield sites and memorials, giving you a comprehensive understanding of the events that took place. Your knowledgeable guide will tailor the tour to include any ancestors who may have fallen in battle. Highlights include visiting mine craters, the scene of the Christmas Truce, and the iconic Menin Road. End the day with the moving Last Post Ceremony before returning to your hotel. Don't miss this opportunity to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and immerse yourself in WW1 history.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 8 hours
  • Suitable for 1-5 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Visit the scene of the Christmas Truce
  • Stand on the iconic Menin Road
  • Learn about earlier actions in the same location
  • Walk through the woods and visit concrete bunkers
  • See the world's largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch

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Introduction

Immerse yourself in the rich history and poignant stories of World War 1 with the From Bruges or Lille Christmas Truce to Passchendaele private WW1 Ypres tour. This unique 1 to 1 private tour takes you on an unforgettable journey through the Ypres Salient, spanning from Messines to Passchendaele. As you explore the battlefield sites and memorials, you'll follow in the footsteps of Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, South African, and British soldiers who bravely fought in this devastating conflict from 1914 to 1918.

What to expect?

During this comprehensive tour, you can anticipate visiting significant locations and landmarks that played a crucial role in World War 1. From learning about the Battle of Messines and witnessing military mine craters to experiencing the moving Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate, each step of this itinerary offers a deeper insight into the war's impact. You'll also have the opportunity to personalize the tour to include the stories of your ancestors who fought in the battle, creating a meaningful and memorable experience.

Who is this for?

This captivating tour is designed for history enthusiasts, war veterans, and anyone with a keen interest in understanding the sacrifices made during World War 1. Whether you're traveling alone or with a small group, this private tour ensures an intimate and personalized experience that caters to your specific curiosities and needs. Don't miss this chance to gain a deeper understanding of this significant period in history while paying tribute to the brave soldiers who fought on these hallowed grounds.

Why book this?

Embark on this extraordinary journey through the Ypres Salient to gain a profound understanding of the human side of World War 1. Led by an experienced guide with extensive knowledge of the region's history, you'll have the opportunity to explore unique sites such as the scene of the Christmas Truce, the iconic Menin Road, and the massive mine crater blown by Captain Woodward and the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company. With a focus on personalization and attention to detail, this tour ensures an immersive and educational experience that brings history to life.

Good to know

During the 8-hour duration of this tour, you'll cover approximately 53 miles (90 KM) of battlefield sites and memorials. Keep in mind that this tour requires a minimum of two guests and can accommodate a maximum of five, ensuring a small group size that enhances the intimate nature of the experience. At the end of the day, you'll have the opportunity to attend the Last Post Ceremony before returning to your Bruges hotel, concluding the tour on a reflective and solemn note.

Reviews

Individuals who have embarked on this private WW1 Ypres tour have praised its in-depth exploration of significant locations and its ability to bring history to life. The personalized nature of the tour allows visitors to connect with their own family history and pay homage to their ancestors who fought in the war. From the emotional experience of attending the Last Post Ceremony to the expertise and enthusiasm displayed by the knowledgeable guides, visitors have found this tour to be a highly rewarding and insightful journey through the realities of World War 1. Join this tour and uncover the stories that shaped our world.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Messines Ridge

here we will here the story of the Battle of Messines & visit mine craters, visit the scene of the Christmas Truce, the crypt where Adolf Hitler was treated for his wounds

Hooge Crater Cemetery

Here we will visit Pat Bugden VC the 20 year old recipient of the Victoria Cross also you'll be standing on the iconic Menin Road directly alongside where the Australian gun pits were for the assault on Passchendaele

The Black Watch

This site is where the Australian HQ was in September 1917, you'll also learn about earlier actions on the very same ground in Nov 1914

Battle of Polygon Wood

Here will walk through the woods and visit concrete bunkers that were here when the Australian soldiers captured during the battle, we will visit the cemetery and the Australian 5th Division monument

Hill 60

Here you will here the story of Captain Woodward and the 1st Australian Tunnelling Coy place a massive mine here that was blown at 3.10am on the 7th June 1917, we will see that crater

Broodseinde

Driving through following the line of the Australian advance

Tyne Cot Cemetery

Here we will visit the worlds largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery 12,000 soldiers are buried here, only 3,000 have names, two Australian VC recipients are buried here

John McCrae Site

Here we will see the hospital site where Lt Col John McCrae composed the iconic poem 'In Flanders Fields'

Menin Gate Memorial

Here you'll hear the story of the Menin Gate, how it came about and some of the stories behind the 55,000 names listed a missing here

Zonnebeke

Driving through Zonnebeke in the line of the Australian advance

Sanctuary Wood Museum

unique original trenches from the Great War

Admission Included

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