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“Dave & Jess, Borders, Scotland - Day tour 12.9.12”

Flanders Fields Battlefield Day Tours
Ranked #8 of 48 Tours in Bruges
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Owner description: Day trips from Bruges to the first world war battlefields.
Reviewed October 2, 2012

First class experience from Nathan, the tour guide/owner. Excellent in depth knowledge of the area, its history and the tragic events during the First World War. It was a well priced comfortable trip in a clean people carrier vehicle with other pleasant visitors from America as well as the UK. Nathans English is excellent, but he has other languages under his belt and his enthusiasm for life as well as his tours made it a very pleasant day out. The bonus for us was that Nathan picked us and his other travellers up from their hotel so there was no need to wander the streets to get to a pick-up point at the mercy of weather.
No hesitation in recommending Nathan and the tour. Dave & Jess. Borders.Scotland

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Booked this trip with the very knowledgeable Nathan for a birthday surprise for my husband who is researching his family - one of which died in the Great War and buried in a remote cemetary in Lijessenhoek. Nathan was very helpful in ensuring that my husband found his great grandfathers grave and even researched his possible last whereabouts in the 3rd battle of Passchendaele and took us there.
It was a small group of people - a New Zealander, Canadians and British and although we did all get on very well, the tour allowed you to go and explore each of the stop offs on your own. Nathan ensured we got through all the queues as everything is pre paid so made the whole day very easy!
A tip is if you know someone buried in the Flanders cemetaries you can purchase small crosses with a poppy attached to place at the grave in the Passchendaele museum for 2 euros.
We had a Belgian lunch with beer and coffee in a restaurant in Ypers - we all really enjoyed this too.
Although my husband is a big historian even he was astounded by the extent of Nathan's knowledge which was passionately conveyed throughout the day. He is an amicable and resourceful host and even if you don't have a connection to the war you must do this - you will come away from your trip humble but wiser to what our ancestors & the Flanders had endured.

2  Thank chenk73
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We took this Flanders Fields Battlefield Day Tour run by Nathan Ghysbrecht in late September, booked on-line in June. Collected exactly on time from our hotel (Ter Duinen) to join the small group (8, including 2 New Zealanders) in Nathan's immaculate minibus before starting on this fascinating and excellent tour. We were given an overview by Nathan of world events leading up to WW1 on the way to the Flanders Fields which was very informative and useful. Started at the German cemetery at Langemark, of particular historical interest, and thence on to Passchendaele and Tyne Cot Cemetery with its small museum, both very moving. The tour visited the Passchendaele Museum at Zonnebeke which was fascinating, with a walk-through dug out, and passed many battle sites with craters and bunkers, some off the main roads, which Nathan described very well, illustrated with contemporary photographs and stopping to show the lie of the land at various points which made the battlefields much more understandable. Also stopping to view a number of memorials, including Canadian and New Zealand memorials and to look at war artifacts including shells (some still live) and remains of guns, barbed wire etc. with Nathan providing some very interesting information of their use and origins. On to Ieper (Ypres) where we had an excellent lunch with beer (all included in the tour price) in a pleasant restaurant and then to the rebuilt Cloth Halls and the In Flanders Fields Museum, in which one could have spent a whole day. Time to walk around Ieper and visit the Menin Gate in one's own time (as at all the museums and large cemeteries we visited). Visits to other sites including a bunker complex, huge craters and the trench complex at Bayernwald. Finally heading back to Brugge and delivery at our hotel, with Nathan giving us a small WW1 souvenir at the end of the tour. Nathan's knowledge and enthusiasm were outstanding and one can only describe this day as outstanding and excellent. Very highly recommended!

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

A most comprehensive tour covering all aspects of the Great War , Nathan is amazing in his depth of knoledge and enthusiasium with which he passes it on . A most memorabel days outing the highlight of our trip to Brugges. Highly reccomended . Alan and Jane Colchester England

1  Thank Alan P
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

Nathan's tours are small and tailored to the participants. He will take you off the beaten path and into some areas where it seems that time has stood still since WW I. On our tour there were 4 Americans, 2 Canadians and 2 Brits and we ranged in age from 20's to 70. We had different perspectives and interests, but Nathan melded our group into a congenial whole.

The tour lasts a full 8 hours and can be overwhelming after a while unless one is well-versed in the war's history on the Belgian front. I might suggest to Nathan that he provide handout maps at the beginning of the tour for a little better orientation. It helped that we were also taken to sites on the high ground where we could get some geographical perspective on the battles. The Flanders Fields Museum was especially impressive -- unfortunately it came after two others, as well as lunch, so my own interest wasn't as keen as it should have been!

In terms of housekeeping issues, Nathan competently drives an immaculate minivan and his fee is a good value. The restaurant lunch is just right -- not too much and not too long!

2  Thank MerrySunshine45
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