Escorted Tours Through Belgium
Belgium is a small country, famous for the unpretentious nature of its local people, an abundance of hearty food and drink, including its world-class chocolate, and historic cities. Belgium’s flat countryside produces the hops for the robust Belgium beers that are loved world over, and was the site of many terrible Great War conflicts.
Albatross Tours has a number of exciting tours of Belgium that explore the picturesque cities and soak up the idiosyncratic culture. Given Belgium’s importance in the Great War, our Belgium tour itineraries include a number of significant WWI sites particularly around the Ypres region.
Belgium Tour Highlights
- Ypres: Located in the west of Dutch-speaking Flanders, Ypres is a major Belgian town that is well known for its connections to WWI. The town was the site of five major battles and, as such, much of the tourism is centred on war museums, restored bunkers, impressive memorials and highly moving cemeteries. The original medieval town was reduced to rubble during the war but has since been convincingly rebuilt.
- Hill 60: Located outside of Ypres, Hill 60 is a man-made hill that became an area of strategic importance during WWI and briefly during WWII. There are a number of memorials onsite that honour the thousands of troops who died here. More telling, however, are the remaining bullet-scarred bunkers and pillboxes. While now covered in lush green grass, the ground itself is still pockmarked with deep divots and fractures, a testament to the intense shelling and trench warfare.
- Bruges: Referred to as Belgium’s answer to Venice, Bruges is a romantic town full of fairy-tale houses, charming laneways and meandering canals. The town has a special allure in spring, when the grassy square bursts forth with vibrant yellow daffodils. Stay overnight if possible to see the historic cathedrals and buildings illuminated with floodlights: a truly dramatic sight.
- Tyne Cot: One of the many sobering tourist sites in Belgium, Tyne Cot is the site of the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing. Around 12,00 soldiers who died on the Western Front are buried here. The great stone wall around the cemetery commemorates a further 35,000 soldiers who died in the Great War but whose bodies were never recovered.
ANZAC Day on the Western Front
10 days only $3,989 pp twin share
This tour features extensive touring of the Somme and Flanders sites, the moving 'Last Post' under Menin Gate and the ANZAC Day Dawn Service.
- Specialist Battlefield Tour Manager
- Leisurely 3 & 4 night stays
- ANZAC Day Dawn Service
- $1,000 included extras, no optionals
All Quiet on the Western Front
8 days from $3,139 pp twin share
Explore the Somme and Flanders commemorative sites including the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, Adelaide Cemetery, Hill 60, Tyne Cot, plus more!
- Specialist Battlefield Guide
- Leisurely 3 night stays
- Small group tours, maximum 28
- $700 included extras, no optionals