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World War I sites in Belgium - getting there???????

We want to visit the World War I sites ("Flanders Fields")
while in Belgium. Is Ypres the place to start? We will be staying in either Brugge or Ghent and traveling by train or other public transit. Is our best bet to get a one-day tour out of Ypres? Other suggestions? Or, is this worth a day of our time. We can be in Belgium several days.

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We had booked Nathan at [email protected] to do a tour with us last year of Ypres and Flanders. Unfortunately,his illness prevented us from taking it. He is highly recommended.

I believe his website is www.visitbruges.org

We also stayed in Bruges and travelled south for a day trip to Vimy Ridge near Amiens ,FRance.

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12040 posts

The Ypres salient is rather large and not easy to see via public transportation. Although I haven't used it, a company called "Quasimoto Tours" offers day excursions from Brugge.

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If you are wanting to start your tour in Ypres, you may want to consider using "Over The Top Tours" located in Ypers. Leslie Moores drove us around in his 8 seat mini-van and did a grand job. He offers different morning and afternnon tours and has an incredible passion for history. Book ahead, for his tours fill up fast. A couple of books I highly recommend are: Major & Mrs. Holt's "The Western Front - North" (a must) & "Walking the Salient" by Paul Reed. Careful - touring battlefieds can be very addictive. Have fun!

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We took Nathan's all day tour (mentioned above) just last month. Recommended and without qualification.

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1035 posts

Make sure you plan to stay around for Last Post. It is done nighly at 8. Very moving.

Posted by
16 posts

Thanks for the info. We're big walkers; however, we unfortunately have not done much biking.

At the moment we are considering booking a tour with Over the Top tours. Are you familiar with that company?

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If for some reason your plans change or the tour doesn't work out, and you need to play it by ear once you get there, my husband and father-in-law simply took a train from Bruges to Ypres. They went to the museum there, then to the cemetery. They said it was very interesting and were glad to have done it. They looked into taking a tour, but the scheduling was a problem for them. (I was very jealous of them; I was taking my mother-in-law lace- and chocolate-shopping!)

The museum's website www.inflandersfields.be is unusually interesting. NOTE that the museum will be closed off and on over the next two years - the dates are in red on the homepage.

And do as Michael, Phoenix AZ, says and stay for Last Post.

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Thanks for the heads up on the museum. Our current thought is to take an early morning train from Gent to Ypres and join an Over the Top Tour (haven't booked yet.) We definitely want to stay for Last Post... so if the museum is open in the mid-afternoon, we'll plan to go there.