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“Very Useful” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Frontline Tours

Frontline Tours
Ranked #1 of 13 Tours in Ieper (Ypres)
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Owner description: We invite you to join us in the comfort of our air-conditioned Mercedes minibus, for an interesting, informative and unforgettable journey through Flanders Fields and its amazing history.
lowestoft
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38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Very Useful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2014

My wife and 2 of our children used Frontline tours this week. A 2 hour tour of the Hill 60 area and a 4 hour tour in the afternoon of the northern salient. he was very informative and answered all of our questions. He was full of useful information and his stories brought to us the reality of war. Would I use Lionel again. most definitely, I thought I was fairly knowledgeable but he filled in many gaps and I now understand the battles around Ypres a lot more that I dis previously.
One tip parking in Ypres is difficult and the maximum stay is 3 hours at any one time unless you find free parking.

Visited May 2014
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Frontline_Tours, Owner at Frontline Tours, responded to this review, July 7, 2014
Thank you for your comment. My biggest joy is indeed to be able to fill gaps.
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Gold Coast, Qld Australia
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31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Brothers in Arms”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2014

We were treated to a very informed session on the background to local Western Front activities by tour guide Lionel before we actually ventured out so it all made so much more sense. He took us to some diverse spots such as the Hill 60 crater but the highlight was a trip to a small pub near Polygon Woods cemetery. My brother had been telling us how two lads from his 49th Battalion had recently been found on the Ypres battlefield during road widening. One of the brothers was still wrapped in his raincoat and it had preserved him so his face was still intact and an eye still glistened in the sun. That was remarkable in itself but Lionel took us to this small pub to see some film footage by a chap named Hurley that was taken back then.
After watching the film we got into conversation with the pub owner and he was part of the recovery team that looked after those two lads. He is wanting to build an memorial for them locally and my brother is going to approach the Battalion and see what can be done. Coincidence maybe but more fate I think. Thanks Lionel for an excellent tour.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Murphys2009
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Frontline_Tours, Owner at Frontline Tours, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
Thank you. I am honored to have been a tool to bring the 49th into contact with Johan, who is trying to get those 'Brothers in Arms' to be fittingly remembered.
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Palatine, Illinois
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“Great tour of the northern Ypres salient”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2014

We just returned from this tour, and we throughly enjoyed it. Our guide was extremely knowledge and passionate about educating tourists on WW1, and the Ypres battlefields in particular. The tour began with an introductory overview of the history that led up to the war, and especially the impact on Belgium. We then went to the Essex Farm cemetery where the poem In Flanders Fields was written. We also saw the battlefields of Langemark, Passchendale, the site of the first gas attack, Tyne Cot cemetery, and the Bayernwald trenches. Seeing the trenches filled with mud on a rainy day really brought home the unimaginable sufferings of this terrible war. The tour overall did a fantastic job of relaying the stories of the war such that even someone unfamiliar with the history could appreciate the experience. We would definitely recommend this tour highly!

Visited May 2014
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Frontline_Tours, Owner at Frontline Tours, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
Thank you. Yes, indeed those trenches, sure give you an insight into the awful conditions those young men were fighting.
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Maplewood, New Jersey
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5 reviews
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“WW1 in two hours”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2014

The two hour tour offered by Lionel Roosemont is fabulous. Roosemont, whose grandfathers both fought in Flanders in WW1, is clearly an expert in the field; in addition he knows every inch of the 24 square kilometer Ypres Salient, the area of the trench warfare. He is friendly, energetic, considerate and obviously loves sharing his knowledge and interest with visitors. Our group visited a cemetery and then chose to visit a portion of the front line trenches that has been preserved. You can stand there and imagine what it must have been like, can see, just into the next field, where the German lines would have been. Highly recommended. (His longer tours are probably also great.)

Visited May 2014
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Frontline_Tours, Owner at Frontline Tours, responded to this review, May 19, 2014
Thank you for your also 'fabulous' comment. Yes, indeed the trenches give a good impression of what the conditions were like.
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Luton, United Kingdom
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“3 Day Tour of Ypres/Leper”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2014

Was very impressed with Frontline Tours very experienced and knowledgeable tour guide and very flexible asking what we wanted to see and do. Lots of advice and friendly discussions.

Brilliant tour of the WW1 sites/battles.

Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Doug B
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Frontline_Tours, Owner at Frontline Tours, responded to this review, May 11, 2014
Thank you for you generous comment. And indeed we only touched the border of an ocean!
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