Spend the day immersing yourself in military history and medieval architecture by traveling through the city of Ypres. Your first stop is Tyne Cot, the world’s largest British and Commonwealth war cemetery, which houses the headstones of nearly 12,000 soldiers who died from 1914 to 1918. Many perished during an epic 1917 struggle between the Allies and the German empire. Known variously as the Flanders Offensive, the Third Battle of Ypres and the Battle of Passchendaele, the bloody campaign was won by the Allies after more than three months of combat.
After Tyn Cot, you’ll visit the Menin Gate Memorial. Have your camera ready for this photo opportunity, as this memorial is engraved with the names of the over 54,000 soldiers from the United Kingdom and Commonwealth Forces who have no known grave. Your next stop is the Flanders Field Museum, where you’ll be able to explore on your own. After your tour in Ypres, you’ll be free to shop, sightsee or have lunch before leaving for Bruges. With its cobbled streets, medieval architecture and network of canals, this unique city is full of sights to explore. Your guided walk takes you past the Belfry — a medieval bell tower — the beautiful Town Hall and the Basilica of the Holy Blood (exterior views only). At the end of the day, you’ll return to port.