Day 1 Brussels
Arrival into Brussels with overnight at your chosen hotel
Day 2 Brussels
Guided tour of Brussels is a good introduction to Belgium. Discover the ancient buildings of the city and its splendid modern part on board of our bus. Our tour will begin at the majestic Grand Place from where the coach will take us to Saint-Michael’s cathedral. We will visit the widely known Atomium and pass by the Chinese pavilion and Japanese Tower. From the Royal Residence we will return to the city centre to visit the Sablon area, with its numerous antique shops, while passing the Palace of Justice and the Royal Palace. The next part of our tour covers the district in which you will see the headquarters of the European Parliament and Commission
Discover two of Flanders’ most enchanting cities and follow our guide back in time! Ghent’s medieval architecture and vibrant atmosphere will impress you as we visit Saint-Bavo’s Cathedral, home to famous Mystic Lamb painting (option), and pass by the Castle of the Counts of Flanders the picturesque medieval harbour Graslei and much more. In Bruges, you will enjoy the peaceful Lake of Love and the old beguinage. Furthermore with your guide you discover the city on foot and you also have the option to enjoy a pleasant boat trip along the narrow canals. Do not forget your comfortable shoes to brave the cobbled streets
Overnight in Brussels
(Only on Wednesday & Saturday)
Antwerp, Belgium’s second largest city, owns one of the greatest harbour in the world. The railway station is one of the most stunning buildings in Europe. Our Lady Cathedral is the largest gothic church in the Lowlands and it boasts countless precious paintings by world class artists of the 17th century. The absolute masterpieces, however, are the Rubens paintings. Our guided walk through the old city starts at the Steen, the impressive 13th century castle that guarded the city and its port. We will take you to the gothic guild houses at the Market Square. The river Scheldt is the cradle of Antwerp where the city built the MAS-museum, famous for its spectacular views of the harbour and the old city. In your free time, do enjoy the local beer called a “Bolleke”.
Day 3 ANZAC Memory Lane
Early departure for the Ypres Salient and its major sites:
Ploegsteert and the memorial of the Missing visit the Toronto Avenue cemetery.
Followed by the Visit of the Messines Ridge where the Australians were involved in the successful capture in June 1917.
Hill 60 battlefield and literally dozens of memorials to British, Australian and Canadian regiments. "The name reveals all: this hill is 60 metres above sea level. Hill 60 is one of the last pieces of authentic battlefield ground that can be seen in the salient. Huge mine craters, bunkers and shell holes are still everywhere around. You can also find a Memorial to the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company."
The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 in Zonnebeke is a Belgian museum devoted to the 1917 Battle of Passchendaele
Polygon Wood (5th Australian Division Memorial) "This name can be found on each Australian monument. Prior to the war, the wood was used as training ground for the Belgian army. It was captured at a high price on 26 September 1917. Next to the wood is Polygon Cemetery. In 2007, five Australian soldiers were reburied here, two of which were identified by DNA. A unique place with a special intimate atmosphere".
Tyne Cot Cemetery – Passchendaele "With his 12.000 headstones Tyne Cot Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth military cemetery in the world - It is also the most important reminder of the bloody battle of Passchendaele. During the British offensive of 1917 tens of thousands of soldiers died here in a period of one hundred days for a gain of barely eight kilometres. Originally "Tyne Cot" was a bunker on the German Flanders I line. On 4 October 1917, Australian soldiers captured the position and used the bunker as an advanced dressing station."
Spend time in Ypres itself, with the opportunity to visit St. George's Chapel and the Menin Gate Memorial. "The Menin Gate holds the names of almost 55.000 soldiers who went missing and do not have a known grave. Each year thousands of visitors come to honour them. At the inauguration in 1927 Field-Marshal Plumer spoke the historic words: "He is not missing, he is here". At 20:00 Last Post Ceremony
Overnight stay in Ypres or return to Brussels
We will be more than happy to tailor made your journey with extension to Fromelles and Villers-Bretonneux.
All above subject to availability at time of reservation
- 3 or 4 or 5 Nights in chosen category
- 3 or 4 or 5 Breakfasts
- Guided tour of Brussels or Ghent & Bruges or Antwerp
- Guided tour of Ypres Salient (minibus)
- Entrance to “The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917”
- Entrance to “In Flanders Fields Museum”, Ypres
- Refreshment in Ypres before Last Post Ceremony
- Personal expenses