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Essex Farm Cemetery Tours and Activities

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The Essex Farm Cemetery is a World War I burial site outside of Ypres, Belgium. There are 1,200 servicemen buried or commemorated here, including 103 unidentified soldiers. Essex Farm was an Advanced Dressing Station during the war, so many of the casualties handled there were laid to rest in this cemetery. Remains of some of the bunkers used for medical services can still be seen near the cemetery. There is also a memorial to the 49th West Riding Division.

John McCrae, a World War I soldier who fought in the Ypres Salient battlegrounds, wrote a poem called “In Flanders Fields” after a friend of his was killed. It is believed that he was in the area of the Essex Farm Advanced Dressing Station when he wrote it. In the poem, he talks about the poppies in Flanders fields, and his short but moving poem became well known. Because of this poem, the poppy has become a symbol of remembrance.

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east side of the N369 Ieper - Boezinge Rd, Ypres, Belgium
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Remembrance tour. The fairytale city of Bruges & the poppies of Flanders Fields

Remembrance tour. The fairytale city of Bruges & the poppies of Flanders Fields

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Discover the poignant history of World War I on a full-day tour to the Flanders battlefields from Brussels. Visit the impressive monuments that commemorate the lives of fallen soldiers and listen to commentary from your guide as you see graves that immortalize those killed in the world’s first major conflict; reflect in the Tynecot Commonwealth War Graves and the German Military Cemetery of Vladslo. Enrich your historical knowledge at the Flanders’ Field Museum then feel your soul stir during a poignant Last Post Ceremony in Ypres.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Remembrance tour from Bruges. The city Bruges & the poppies of Flanders Fields
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Remembrance tour from Bruges. The city Bruges & the poppies of Flanders Fields

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Delve into the poignant history of World War I on a full-day tour of the Flanders Battlefields from Bruges. Follow in the footsteps of soldiers with an accomplished historical guide and visit moving memorials that immortalize soldiers lost in battles. Gaze at endless rows of graves at the German Military Cemetery; revitalize with a traditional Belgian lunch at a local restaurant; and visit Flanders’ Field Museum to see exhibitions that speak eloquently of the area’s turbulent past. Conclude your emotionally stirring tour by experiencing the Last Post Ceremony in Ypres.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Vimy and Belgium Canadian Battlefield Tour from Bruges

Private Vimy and Belgium Canadian Battlefield Tour from Bruges

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Follow the path of WWI Canadian troops with a full-day, private tour of Flanders from Bruges. Visit the Grange subways and tunnels where the Canadian Divisions launched their Vimy assault in 1917. Pause for lunch in Ypres, then visit the Hill 62 Canadian War Memorial and the largest CWGC cemetery in Europe that records the names of 35,000 soldiers. Enjoy free time to explore Ypres, then attend the moving Last Post ceremony before returning to Bruges.
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  • 10 hours
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2 day Canadian Somme and Flanders Fields battlefield tour from Ypres or Bruges

2 day Canadian Somme and Flanders Fields battlefield tour from Ypres or Bruges

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Visit some of the most significant World War I sights in Belgium and France, and pay tribute to all the soldiers who lost their lives during fighting, on this in-depth, 2-day tour. On the first day, depart from your Ypres or Bruges hotel and travel to the largest WWI cemetery in Europe. You’ll also visit a local war museum and other memorial sites. On the second day, tour the tunnels and trenches at Vimy Ridge, see where the Battle of the Somme was fought, and more.
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  • 2 days
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Private Vimy and Belgium Canadian Battlefield Tour from Brussels

Private Vimy and Belgium Canadian Battlefield Tour from Brussels

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Follow the path of Canada’s WWI troops on this private full-day battlefield tour from Brussels. Cross the French border and head to Vimy to walk the battlefields, trenches, and Grange subways, where the Canadian Divisions came under attack in April 1917. After lunch, return to Belgium soil to pay your respects at the Tyne Cot Cemetery; visit Essex Farm, where John McRae wrote ‘In Flanders Fields’; and attend the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres. This private tour includes hotel pick-up, lunch and round-trip transport from Brussels.
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  • 11 hours
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Full Day Battlefield of Flanders WW1 Ypres Tour from Brussels

Full Day Battlefield of Flanders WW1 Ypres Tour from Brussels

Full-Day Tour in Flanders with a professional tour guide and a private driver. In the morning your private vehicle with our team of professional guide and driver will come to pick you up from your hotel and drive you to well-know Flanders region where you will discover battlefields, cemeteries and memorials of a World War I (1914 to 1918). Flanders was a major battle theatre on the Western Front during the First World War. A million soldiers from more than 50 different countries were wounded, missing or killed in action here. Entire cities and villages were destroyed, their population scattered across Europe and beyond. We invite you to touch the history with our guide. Every tour can be personalized upon customer's request
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Private Tour - The fairytale city of Bruges and the poppies of Flanders Fields

Private Tour - The fairytale city of Bruges and the poppies of Flanders Fields

Exploring Brussels and the Belgian cities of art on your own is fabulous, no doubt about it. But private, customized tours offer ease, efficiency, and insight that you might otherwise miss. Below you find the standard itinerary of our tour. As a guest on a private tour you can ask us to personalize your route in order to hit those city highlights which are of keen interest to you. This is a tour for history buffs! You will discover one of Flanders’ most enchanting cities but you will also wonder at the atrocities of the first World War and learn how many international conflicts today are rooted in the Great War. In Bruges you follow your guide on his walking tour way back in time! You will see literally all highlights of Bruges. Then we take you to the scene of the first gas attacks and of the bloodiest battle in Flanders Fields: Passchendaele and Tynecot: the world’s largest Commonwealth cemetery. The highlight of the tour is the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate in Ypres.
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  • 13 hours
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Should I book Essex Farm Cemetery tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Essex Farm Cemetery can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Essex Farm Cemetery 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Essex Farm Cemetery costs USD 91.93. Guided Essex Farm Cemetery tours start around USD 91.93 per person.
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