As it was the beginning of the season, I managed to get on a full day tour at 2 days notice. As the trip only takes 8 people in a minibus it would probably be better to book ahead in busier times. I was first pick up at 8.30 a.m. and after picking up the other people we set off for
the front line around Ypres( Ieper in Flemish). On the way Nathan gave us a background to the beginning of the Great War,very informative and passionate.
Our first stop was the Langermark German military cemetery and we continued with visits to the 'Brooding Soldier' memorial to Canadian troops,Tyne Cot cemetery, the Passendale 1917 memorial museum,the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, The Menin Gate, Hill 60,and a visit to the Messines ridge near to the French border.
Both the museums are extensive and interactive. The Passendale museum has recreated wooden dugouts inside and a trench system outside. You do have to move through the museums quite quickly to see everything in the time allowed but its worth it.
A lunch of cheese or cooked meats with salad and a beer in Ypres was included and all during the various drives Nathan gave a running commentary of the various phases of the war.
I was dropped of back in Bruges at around 5.30. So a full day of seeing and learning. It costs
70 euros but everyone on the 'bus' seemed to agree that it was well worth it .