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Essex Farm Cemetery Tours

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Essex Farm Cemetery
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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The Essex Farm Cemetery is located on the east side of the N369 Ieper-Boezinge Road, about a mile north of Ieper (Ypres). 
Address: Ypres, Belgium
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Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Bruges

Remembrance Tour: The Great War in Flanders Fields from Bruges

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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
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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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$414.80
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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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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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Private Half-day Tour of the Ypres Salient battlefields

Private Half-day Tour of the Ypres Salient battlefields

We are an experienced tour operator who use expert historians and guides to show you around the battlefields of the Ypres Salient. Our half-day Introductory tour is ideal for those with only half-a-day to explore the battlefield and want to see the main sites. As a private tour the pace is set by you and it can be modified to add other locations.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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