Tyne cot banner (c)Hans Kerrinckx

This tour gives you the opportunity to make the most of your 48 hous visit to Flanders FIelds and focuses on sights of historical importance for visitors from Australia and New Zealand. Start your journey at the In Flanders Fields Museum, located in Ypres' imposing Cloth Hall. Visit Hill 60, military cemeteries, Talbot House, the Memorial Museum Passchendaele and other points of interest.

Day 1

In Flanders Fields Museum

In Flanders Fields Museum

Grote Markt 34, Ieper

9 am – We’re based in the vibrant town of Ypres (Ieper), once reduced to rubble in World War One. Our first stop is the recently refurbished In Flanders Fields Museum, where personal items and stories bring the devastating war conditions to life.

Hill 60

Hill 60

Zwarteleenstraat, Ieper

11 am – Just a 10-minute drive from Ypres, we arrive at Hill 60 with its cratered landscape.  Australians played a crucial role here, laying underground mines as part of some of the major battles in Flanders. We pay our respects at the memorial for the Australian First Tunnelling Division.

Talbot House ©milo-profi photography

Talbot House

Gasthuisstraat 43, Poperinge

12.30 pm – Where to for lunch? We head for the small town of Poperinge, bristling with cafés and brasseries. Poperinge was behind the Front, and remained one of the very few unoccupied towns in Belgium. After lunch we stop at Talbot House, which opened in 1915 as a club to give soldiers some respite from the fighting. Its serenity is still noticeable today. 

Tyne Cot Cemetery ©Hans Kerrinckx

Tyne Cot Cemetery

Vijfwegestraat, Zonnebeke

4.30 pm – Back to  Ypres, we join the Coming World x Remember Me art sculpture workshop. Throughout the centenary anniversary years, thousands of people will help create 600,000 clay sculptures. Each one represents a victim of the Great War in Belgium, and will eventually be Tyne Cot Cemetery displayed in a field outside Ypres. 

6 pm – Time to sample Belgium’s fine hospitality with dinner at one of Ypres’ excellent restaurants. 

Menin Gate ©milo-profi photography

Menin Gate

Menenstraat, Ieper

8 pm – It’s just a few minutes’ walk to the Menin Gate, etched with the names of more than 50,000 names of soldiers without a known grave. As buglers sound the Last Post, we are struck by its deeply moving qualities.

Day 2

Buttes New British Cemetery ©Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

Buttes New British Cemetery

Lange Dreve Zonnebeke

9 am – Fifteen minutes out of Ypres, we’re at the Buttes New British Cemetery in the tranquil Polygon Wood, captured by the 5th Australian Division in 1917 after heavy fighting.

Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

Passchendaele Memorial Museum 1917

Berten Pilsenstraat 5a, Zonnebeke 

9.45 am - At the Passchendaele Memorial Museum 1917 in Zonnebeke, dugout and trench reconstructions provide us with a clear insight into life underground for the troops. 

12.00  – Passchendaele is also known for its cheese factory. So that’s where we stop for lunch, and enjoy some of the region’s fresh produce. 

Tyne Cot cemetery (c)milo-profi photography

Tyne Cot Cemetery

Vijfwegestraat, Zonnebeke

1.30 pm – Of all the cemeteries dotting the Flanders landscape, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, is the most confronting. Being the largest Commonwealth cemetery in Europe, it is the resting place of almost 12,000 soldiers including 1,353 Australians. 

Messines

Messines Ridge British cemetery

Nieuwkerkestraat, Mesen

2.45 pm – We take a drive to Messines, where the lone statue of a soldier recalls the Anzac’s role in the Battle of Messines of June 1917.

Australian soldiers during battle of Passchendaele

Toronto Avenue Cemetery

rue de Messines, Ploegsteert

4.45 pm – We reach Toronto Avenue Cemetery via a muddy, narrow country track in Ploegsteert Wood, which harbours 78 graves – all of them Australians.

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