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WWI Private Day Trip with Ypres Salient Battlefield in Flanders from Paris

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WWI Private Day Trip with Ypres Salient Battlefield in Flanders from Paris
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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Travel to Belgian Flanders on a day trip from Paris to explore the Ypres Salient, site of many World War I battles. Pay your respects at the Tyne Cot Cemetery and St Julien Memorial, where thousands of soldiers who died defending the area were laid to rest. Tour the well-known battle site at Hill 60. Visit the Menin Gate Memorial and then enjoy time to discover the town of Ypres on your own.
  • Private day trip from Paris to World War I monuments in Belgian Flanders
  • See the Ypres Salient region, site of many famous WWI battefields
  • Visit several memorials and war cemeteries, including St Julien Memorial, Essex Farm Cemetery, Tyne Cot Cemetery and Menin Gate Memorial
  • Explore the town of Ypres at your leisure with free time at the end of the day
  • Enjoy personalized attention from your expert guide
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Private tour
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Pick-up and Drop-Off is AVAILABLE
if staying in one of the following Districts / Arrondissement in Paris:
75001, 75002, 75003, 75004, 75005, 75006, 75007, 75008, 75009, 75010, 75011, 75012, 75013, 75014, 75015, 75016, 75017, 75018)
Return point: Returns to original departure point

Departure Time

6:30 AM
Travel north through France into Belgian Flanders. This part of Belgium saw some of the heaviest fighting of World War I, in an area known as the Ypres Salient.

The Ypres Salient around the town of Ypres protruded into German-held territory, and was thus the scene of some deadly battles during the war. Thousands of soldiers from France, Belgium and the Commonwealth nations fought to defend the area from the Germans, and many lost their lives in the process.

There are many war memorials and cemeteries in the Ypres Salient now, which you'll explore with your knowledgeable guide. Visit the St Julien Memorial, a sculpture atop a monolith sometimes called the 'Brooding Soldier' that is dedicated to Canadian soldiers, and a memorial to the 5th Australian Divison called Polygon Wood.

Continue to the Essex Farm Cemetery, near the former site of a farm that had been used as a dressing station for treating wounded soldiers. The site is dedicated to John McCrae, a Canadian soldier famous for having written the poem 'In Flanders Fields.' Listen to your guide explain more about the poem, which led to the poppy becoming the international symbol honoring fallen soldiers. The site also still has some of the British bunkers from the war.

Walk up Hill 60, one of the famous World War I battlefields. At this site, much of the fighting occurred underground in tunnels created by mines. Visit the Tyne Cot Cemetery, in which many of the soldiers who died fighting in the Ypres Salient are buried. Among the graves, take note of the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing, dedicated to the missing soldiers from the UK and New Zealand.

Visit the Menin Gate Memorial in the town of Ypres, in which thousands of names of missing soldiers from Commonwealth nations are inscribed. Enjoy some free time in the town of Ypres to explore at your leisure, including time for a lunch break (own expense), before the return trip to Paris.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Tank Memorial Ypres Salient - Poelkapelle
Relax on a scenic drive through northern France to Belgium, where you’ll visit the famous battlefield of the Ypres Salient, an area that saw many of the biggest battles during World War 1. Thousands of soldiers from the Commonwealth countries, as well as Germany, France and Belgium, defended the land around the Ypres Salient from the German Army. This battlefield saw numerous deaths during the war, and is now the site of several cemeteries and memorials honoring those who lost their lives there.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Saint Julien Memorial
With your guide, discover these sites including St Julien Memorial, a Canadian memorial sometimes referred to as the 'Brooding Soldier,' and Polygon Wood, the 5th Australian Division Memorial.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Essex Farm Cemetery
Next, discover the Essex Farm Cemetery and bunkers, an area used as a dressing station during WWI and often associated with John McCrae, a Canadian soldier who was stationed here. Learn how he wrote ‘In Flanders Fields,’ the famous poem that resulted in poppies becoming one of the world's most recognized memorial symbols for fallen soldiers.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hill 60
With your guide, walk up to Hill 60, a famous battlefield on raised land that saw heavy fighting during the war. Unlike other battlefields in the Belgium Flanders region, Hill 60 saw a lot of fighting underground in tunnels created by mines.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Visit the Tyne Cot Cemetery, where many soldiers who died in the Ypres Salient are buried. See the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing, the stone wall that surrounds the cemetery containing the names of missing soldiers from the UK and New Zealand.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ieper (Ypres)
On your tour, you’ll also have free time to explore the town of Ypres at your leisure and have lunch (own expense).
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Menin Gate Memorial
See the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, which has the names of thousands of missing Commonwealth soldiers inscribed on it, before enjoying a comfortable ride back to Paris.
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Paris TRIP
You can cancel up to 3 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 3 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during WWI Private Day Trip with Ypres Salient Battlefield in Flanders from Paris?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during WWI Private Day Trip with Ypres Salient Battlefield in Flanders from Paris?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during WWI Private Day Trip with Ypres Salient Battlefield in Flanders from Paris?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during WWI Private Day Trip with Ypres Salient Battlefield in Flanders from Paris?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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star-5
A very good tour Highly recommend for...
Lyndall F
, Aug 2016
A very good tour Highly recommend for all war buffs from Australia and Canada. Had an excellent young guide who made it even more enjoyable.
star-5
This tour was phenomenal, our driver...
sport_gal_000
, Jul 2016
This tour was phenomenal, our driver was friendly and knowledgeable and flexible. He asked us what our expectations were for the day, listened to us, and then made it a reality - excellent tourism service. The historic sites were in credibly powerful to see. The day was well laid out and each stop was budgeted well for time. Our guide really stood out, he catered to make this experience memorable for us. I can't thank you enough, simply fabulous.
star-5
An amazing tour thanks to Silvan who...
Tom J
, Jul 2016
An amazing tour thanks to Silvan who was very friendly and knowledgeable. I particularly liked how he adapted the tour to suit the interests of the participants. Thank you Silvan, Tom
star-5
Superb experience with knowledgeable...
Sheila K
, Jun 2016
Superb experience with knowledgeable guide, Sylvain. Personalized to our request - Canadian and Scots war sites and cemeteries. Incredibly skilled driver in Paris traffic. Clearly bilingual guide, helpful, friendly.
star-4
It was a good tour spoilt only by rain...
Luigi L
, Aug 2015
It was a good tour spoilt only by rain. Our guide Nicola was very knowledgeable and capable.
star-2
Destinations were good. Driver guide...
Gary W
, Aug 2015
Destinations were good. Driver guide was very informative. Very disappointed in mode of transport. 9 people, several of them ederly, in a vw van for a 3 hour drive each way to our destination was very uncomfortable. Limited vision and room. A larger van or bus would have made the trip much more enjoyable.
star-5
This was an amazing experience! I would...
sarahdoldford
, Aug 2015
This was an amazing experience! I would recommend this company to everyone and anyone. Bertram spelling? was so knowledgable and fantastic he made this trip exactly what I wanted. When I booked this tour I expected other people but it ended up being just me. I found it especially great of this company to think of the client, me, and not cancel. I've since talked to other travellers who have booked with other companies to only have it cancelled due to low numbers. This made me extra greatful that the company I went with did my do this. They had my interest at heart and took me alone. Thank you for the great new knowledge and memories.
star-5
I took this trip hoping to visit my...
Robyn G
, Oct 2014
I took this trip hoping to visit my great uncle Sam's grave at Tyne Cot.Incredibly moving. it is a very long day but very rewarding.Our guide Sebastien was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful.He provided an un-biased account of WW1 and gave us wonderful insight into the times from both sides and also from the locals perspective.Great in a small group so we were able to locate both the requested personal memorials. Sebastien did a fantastic job bringing history to life .A highlight of my time in France Thanks so much Robyn Australia
star-5
Excellent value for money. Driver...
Garry G
, Sep 2014
Excellent value for money. Driver arrived on time and was a very knowledgeble guide. The tour was very interesting and took in all the sites of importance to Australians. I would recommend the tour to anyone
star-5
My husband and I chose this tour...
fjwil
, Aug 2014
My husband and I chose this tour especially because we family who fought in this area during WW1. Our tour guide took us to the places that were important to our interests. We found that he had an in depth knowledge of the campaigns which he was able to bring to life for us using vivid descriptions of what took place at each location we visited. He had excellent communication and driving skills and was passionate about conducting the tour. He also added a new understanding on what our people and the French people went through.

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