2Xplore Flanders Fields
2Xplore Flanders Fields
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
You always wanted to learn more about Flanders Fields and the First World War? Are you unsure where to start? You came to the right man. “If you want a superb battlefield tour of the WW1 battlefields then you can do no better than be guided by Patrick, himself a senior military man of considerable contemporary experience, he cleverly sets out an interesting series of events that, at the end of the day, come together to provide a fascinating insight into The Great War “
Ieper (Ypres), Belgium

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2023

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C McCarthy
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
My wife and I had a thoroughly enjoyable and very insightful visit to Flanders. In no small measure, it was Patrick's skilled preparation, carefully choosing sites with accompanying maps and historic photographs, along with his ability to effortlessly provide concise explanations, made the tour so worthwhile. We came with just a basic general knowledge of the history of Flanders Fields, his choice of itinerary and insights were terrific to really understand and relate to the monumental events of WWI. The 3+ hours flew by all too fast.
I have to say Patrick's combination of understanding and empathy for the events of the period and his ability to relate the narrative in an engaging and friendly way makes him a truly exceptional guide. We will definitely return to build on the knowledge and the curiosity he unexpectedly planted in us!
Patrick's follow-up links provided enjoyable 'homework' which added to the overall experience being a superb encounter with history brought to life.
Totally recommend this tour to all.
Written April 27, 2022
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Thank you for your time in writing such a comprehensive review. This means a lot to me in making the best of every battlefield tour . Of course you are most welcome on another day ! Best regards, Patrick
Written April 30, 2022
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Journey425228
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Patrick was amazing, on time and kept the tour on schedule so that we would see the most for our full day tour, our group of six were interested in the Canadian history, which he was full of knowledge, very educational. He provided a comfortable vehicle and water along the travel as it was a very hot day. He took us to a family restaurant with good food and the owner was devoted to capturing the history with a museum above the restaurant. All six of us would highly recommend this tour.
Written August 14, 2022
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Thank you for your review. It was my pleasure guiding you around over here in the Ypres Salient. It always nice to get some feedback. Thank you for your visit ! Best regards, Patrick
Written August 16, 2022
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Matthew S
Washington DC, DC1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
I booked a private half-day tour with Patrick of the Ypres Salient that I would highly recommend. He gave me detailed information on how to Ypres from Brussels and made the fantastic recommendation to arrive early and explore the In Flanders Field Museum. Patrick was not only deeply knowledgeable and passionate about the history of the region but also sought to better illustrate the history through photos and maps. I also appreciated that he allowed time for photos and quiet reflection at each of the sights. Many thanks to Patrick for a truly unique, memorable, and meaningful experience!
Written October 8, 2023
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Thank you Matthew for your review , it was my pleasure taking you on a tour and making it a memorable experience for you . I wish you all the best , Best regards, Patrick
Written October 9, 2023
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johnnybaby
Dublin26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
A friend booked this trip and I have to admit I didn't know very much about WW1. Our guide Patrick was a font of information. I had watched a few tv series on WW1 to bone up on the subject but actually being there with a competent guide is the only way to truly understand what happened in Flanders Fields. If only history was taught this way in schools.

Patrick set a good pace, it was never dull and he wove a coherent story. He brought us to a private museum and a great local restaurant for lunch (order the Flemish Stew cooked in beer - yumm).

One of the most memorable days out I have ever had. I cannot recommend Patrick highly enough.
Written September 30, 2022
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Many Thanks for your review John ! It was a while I was able to welcome people from Ireland in one of my tours, and I can say you guys made it an enjoyable day for me as well ! Thank you for your visit to Flanders Fields and booking me as your guide. Kind Regards, Patrick
Written October 6, 2022
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jamesholder
Gatineau, Quebec2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This was a "bucket-list" trip for my father and I; we have been talking about visiting the WW1 Battlefields for many years. Patrick was unbelievably well prepared and had such a depth of knowledge about the area and what had happened there. He was not grim or gruesome, but factual and thorough. As Canadians, he made sure we saw the specific sites that he felt would interest us, and absolutely nailed it. Also, Patrick picked us up directly from our hotel, perfectly on time... He was clear, friendly, and passionate about the subject matter. He's the kind of guy you would go out of your way to have a beer with.
Thanks, Patrick - great experience
Written May 17, 2022
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Thank you James for your time in writing this review. It was an absolute pleasure meeting you and being able to customize for you an interesting battlefield tour. Thank you very much for your visit to Flanders Fields. Kind regards, Patrick
Written May 17, 2022
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Stuart J
Stevenage, UK100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
My daughter and I came on a battlefield tour with Patrick on 1st June 2022 during our visit to Ypres to visit the grave of a relative who had been killed in the First World War.
The initial communication with Patrick was excellent and booking him was simple and hassle free which is always a good start. When we met Patrick at the exact time he promised to pick us up, he was able to provide extra research around my relative which was gratefully received. It was a really lovely touch to be able to have this extra information.
Throughout the tour Patrick was knowledgeable, engaging and was able to relate to both myself and my 14 year old daughter whilst still providing a real human element to what had occurred on the battlefields.
As first time visitors the tour covered a number of key sites and gave us both a better understanding of what happened and the role of our relative.
I would highly recommend Patrick to anyone looking for a battlefield tour.
Written June 6, 2022
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Daydream61473111873
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We were 3 couples travelling from Canada to Belgium and knew we had to take in a tour of the Ypres - Salient region to learn more about WW1 from a Canadian perspective. I can't believe how lucky we were to find Patrick and 2Xplore Flanders Fields tours. He was an amazing tour guide - so passionate and knowledgeable of the place where he grew up and the history that happened here. He took us to places we never would have found on our own as well as the sights that everyone sees. With the help of pictures and stories, Patrick painted a true picture of what it was like during the war and the atrocities that happened here. You will not regret booking your tour with Patrick - you won't find anyone better to make history come alive. Thank you very much Patrick for an excellent learning experience and sharing your passion.
Written October 14, 2023
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Thank you very much for your time in writing a review. It is always interesting for me read your feedback, this keeps me going in making the best out of every tour. Thank you for your recommendation. Always welcome on another day , I wish you all the best , Patrick
Written October 17, 2023
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Peter K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
I found this experience to be second to none, Patrick laid on a fantastic private tour that not only brought us to places we requested, but also to some “less visited” site which were just, if not more interesting, than the other major sites.
His knowledge was superb and was well able to answer any questions we had and was very attentive to our asks and needs!!!!. Just a few highlights were Polygon Woods/Anzac Rest, Hill 60, The Island of Ireland Peace Park and Essex Farm Cemetery just to name a few.
I cannot recommend Patrick highly enough as his attention to detail, local knowledge and just being a top bloke really made this trip worthwhile, also I would like to commend his patience for putting up with the “very amateur and self-proclaimed history expert” in the group……..I need to read more before I say anything!!!!!
Written October 4, 2022
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Many thanks for your review Peter (I just replied to John's review as well). It was an absolute pleasure for me guiding you guys around over here, it was a memorable day for me as well ! Thank you very much for booking me and your recommendation ! Always best, Patrick
Written October 6, 2022
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Linda D
Leixlip, Ireland8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Patrick is a most experienced tour guide with a great deal of knowledge of all battlefield sites. He took us to places we would never have found on our own. His explanations really helped us to understand more clearly what it was like during that time. He gave us a personal tour catered to one specific relative and really helped us to understand what it was like to endure that terrible time. We would recommend Patrick as an exceptional tour guide and will definitely book another tour with him when next in the area.
Written July 6, 2022
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Thank you Linda for your nice review. It was my pleasure guiding you and Peter around, retracing the footsteps of one of your relatives who sacrificed his life for us over here. Lest we forget ! I wish you all the best, Patrick
Written July 18, 2022
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Margaret P
Brisbane, Australia161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We did an amazing tour of the WW1 Flanders Battlefields today. The tour, in a very comfortable small van, was so well organised and personalised, and the initial briefing, maps and all the places and information that followed were first class. 2Xplore and Patrick had been recommended by friends. Patrick’s knowledge and understanding of the area and history was exceptional and his pre tour communication was very clear and comprehensive. We highly recommend Patrick and his tours.
Written April 19, 2023
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Thank you Margaret for your time in writing this review. It is nice to see that people come again to Flanders, even from down under, to learn about what happened over here during the Great War and to pay their respects. Thank you for visit. Best regard, Patrick
Written April 24, 2023
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