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“Fabulous Flanders Field Tour”

Flanders Fields Battlefield Daytours
Ranked #11 of 47 Tours in Bruges
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Owner description: Day trips from Bruges to the first world war battlefields.
Reviewed June 20, 2014

Fabulous day tour exploring the WWI battlefields throughout Belgium. Was fortunate enough to explore the area my great uncle fought and died in on 4.10.1917 during the Battle of Broodseinde thanks to the owner and tour guide, Nathan! All correspondence from Australia was replied to punctually by Nathan along with ensuring the tour was tailored to our needs. Nathan picked us up from our hotel in Bruges early in the morning, along with 3 other couples and returned us after witnessing the Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate, Ypres at 8pm. Do not miss this part of the tour! We booked both the day tour and The Last Post tour that Nathan offers! Nothing was too much trouble! Nathan is a walking, talking encyclopaedia regarding the war and in particular, The Western Front! The small group size of 8 people was also a hit! Even if you are not huge war boffins, this tour is a must if you are visiting this area! A moving and memorable tour thanks to Nathan!

1  Thank Suesanne2014
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Reviewed June 6, 2014

I'm so pleased I booked the Flanders Field tour with Nathan, it was an excellent day for all of us. And great value. From start to finish we were all captured by his knowledge and his enthusiasm to share it! What he doesn't know you could put on the back of a stamp! His down to earth nature makes everyone feel relaxed and at ease so you can just soak up everything you're hearing and seeing. One our tour there were 3 nationalities and each one Nathan had information and dates for. It's incredibly moving to visit the memorials and museums, and Nathan often stops along the way to show you small things that are still around from the war...something I feel you probably don't get on the bigger coach tours. The mini bus is very comfortable, the drive very smooth and the lunch was lovely...as was the beer :) to be picked up and dropped off at our hotel was also great. I highly highly recommend taking this tour with Nathan...everyone should experience what happened during that dreadful war and Nathan is a great man to teach you

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Reviewed June 3, 2014

Nathan Ghysbrecht is an amazing guide who has a wealth of knowledge about WW1 and the Flanders area. We are so glad that we booked his mini-bus tour for our party of six (including two children aged 12 and 5) well in advance.

Nathan's black mini-bus, decorated with red poppies, is able to accommodate eight passengers. It is comfortable and air-conditioned. We shared our day-trip with two pleasant Americans from Salem in Oregon. We were picked up from our Bruges hotel promptly at 8.45am and driven firstly to the German WW1 cemetery in Langemark. Nathan's knowledge is quite amazing and he imparts it to his passengers in a most interesting way. He doesn't read from a script.

During the morning, we also visited Tyne Cot, the world's largest WW1 cemetery. I was looking for the memorials of six soldiers from my village who are remembered there whilst my husband wanted our daughter, son-in-law and the two children to see his grandfather's name on the walls. Nathan was able to locate all seven names in double-quick time for us, a task that would have taken us hours.

We also visited the hills of Flanders, Mount Kemmel, Messines Ridge, and several mine craters. The Passchendaele Museum was exceptionally interesting. It is set in beautiful gardens overlooking a lake. There we were able to spend time in a dugout tunnel and wander round the various rooms filled with exhibits. We visited Hill 62, Hill 60, the Menin Road, and other bunkers and craters, and artifacts that have been discovered by farmers in their fields.

We stopped off in Ypers for lunch at Nathan's cousin's taverna in the main square. All our food and drink was included in the price of the tour. Our party was then free to visit the 'In Flanders Fields Museum' in Ypers which was fascinating. If one had the time, it would be possible to spend a whole day here. The gift shop within the museum has high quality merchandise at very reasonable prices.

After leaving the museum to meet up again with Nathan near the Menin Gate, we passed a top quality ice-cream shop. Do treat yourself if you have time. The ice-creams are delicious.

The six of us (three generations of the same family) wouldn't have missed this experience for anything. The two Americans in our party were equally as impressed as we were. We were delivered back to our hotel in time for an evening meal at 6.00pm, tired but happy.

Well done, Nathan, and thank you for having us.

2  Thank jilllovescricket
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Reviewed June 1, 2014

Our party of 6 were all looking forward to our day out with our own tour guide for the day.
Nathan did not disappoint us, he continued to amaze us all throughout the day with his immense knowledge of the area. We would highly recommend him to anyone interested in going on the trip he offers
. Thanku for a memorable brilliant day .
We travelled from the hotel T Zand on Wednesday 28th May.2014

1  Thank caroline h
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

Nathan picked us up as arranged from our hotel and from then on the day was absolutely first class. On the drive down Nathan outlined the background to the war and asked the passengers questions so he could tailor the tour. We were taken to various cemeteries, museums and points of interest to see trenches explosion sites etc. We also visited a farm and saw lots of relics that the farmer had dug up including live shells awaiting collection by the army for disposal. Some places were busy but we also saw places without any other tourists which made it very atmospheric. Nathan did his best to make sure we got the most out of each location and his commentary gave a very even handed picture of the events.

The lunch in Ypres was very pleasant and gave us a chance to chat with the other people on the trip and to reflect what we had seen in the morning. All in all an excellent day with a very knowledgeable guide who brought to life the horrors of the war.

Thank Terry B
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