Driving Tour of Belgium Battlefields

RedSox68

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Mar 16, 2009
I am trying to plan my husband's dream trip -- a driving trip around Belgium to visit the WWI and WWII battlefields. It will be his celebratory trip for finishing his cancer treatments.

We plan to take 2-3 weeks, but would love some help with ideas, sites, renting a car, tips from anyone who has done it, etc. I don't even know where to begin, so any tips would be a start. Thanks.
 

Woodview

DIS Veteran
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Dec 29, 2013
Here goes .

Best to fly to Brussels Airport .. Or Paris Airport Or Amsterdam.

For WW 1 Brussels or Amsterdam

For WW2 Paris

Hire a car at any of these Airports Rentalcars.com Or Sixt car hire

You drive on same side of road as in USA BUT MOST cars are STICK shift . you will have to order Automatic

Go for a larger car a Volkswagen Passat or a Tyota Corrola .

Fuel should be Full to Full & with Unlimited Kilometers ( Not Miles ) FUEL is expensive

Speeding is Strictly enforced by Speed Cameras (I Know as I have been Caught )



Hotels .......... Look for The Logis Hotel Chain or Best Western etc .

Book Half Board ====== Dinner Bed & Breakfast . Drink Driving is a NO NO .


Sights for WW 1 Ypres & Mriennine Gate & Thiepfille War Memorial


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RedSox68

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Sorry, just getting back on this board.

WOW, Woodview, that is incredible information. Thank you so much. For Christmas I got my husband a Ypres walking tour book, and a Belgium Battlefield guide. Booking a car and hotels will be interesting as we usually travel with group tours and don't have to worry about any of that.

Any information you provide is terrific. One question: what do you mean by "book half board"?
 
  • RedSox68

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    Also, any suggestions for travel from Paris or Amsterdam?
     

    RedSox68

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    Bumping up -- hoping to do this next Spring (gotta have something to look forward to at this point). Any additional info on this type of trip, including hotels and restaurants, would be most appreciated.
     

    ykmom

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    Jan 27, 2009
    We are Canadians and have been over 3 times in the last 5 years and my husband has been over 3 other I think. Battlefields are his passion. Meninen Gates service is an absolute must do, It is nightly at 8pm - says get there around 6. Pond farm and McRae bunker where in Flanders fields was written. If you are going in Spring the tulip fields in Keukenhoff are amazing, Arnhem is a nice place too, very significant. There’s the bridge and museum. Feel feel to reach to out to me. I do Disney, he does history so it’s a perfect combo! He says he would be happy to give you some suggestions
     

    RedSox68

    Just working to pay for cruising
    Joined
    Mar 16, 2009
    We are Canadians and have been over 3 times in the last 5 years and my husband has been over 3 other I think. Battlefields are his passion. Meninen Gates service is an absolute must do, It is nightly at 8pm - says get there around 6. Pond farm and McRae bunker where in Flanders fields was written. If you are going in Spring the tulip fields in Keukenhoff are amazing, Arnhem is a nice place too, very significant. There’s the bridge and museum. Feel feel to reach to out to me. I do Disney, he does history so it’s a perfect combo! He says he would be happy to give you some suggestions
    Thank you so very much. Yes, we will take any help, tips, suggestions. Places to stay, eat, whether to rent a car or travel by train, etc. Your advice is most appreciated. It just feels a little overwhelming to start out with -- even just deciding which direction to travel in first and loop around from. For the 45 years I've known my husband, we have lived and breathed battlefields. He does DIsney with me, I do history travel with him. We even got married at Valley Forge, and he used to be a reenactor of American Revolution, Civil War, WWI and WWII.

    Also, any tips about car rental -- where. We were thinking of taking the train from Brussels to Brugges, and then renting a car for the rest of it. Thanks again.
     
  • Woodview

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    Again ....., Fly to Brussels ....... Hire a car ..... Sixt car hire ....... ( You drive on the same side of the road )

    Remember most cars are NOT Automatic

    Look up the Logis hotel chain brand of hotels .

    Have a decent Sat Nav with European Maps on it ( Benelux & France )
     

    Woodview

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    Dec 29, 2013
    Make sure you have a Chip & Pin Credit Card & Debit Card .

    A lot of places are now going " Contactless " payment for small transactions ( € 25 or $ 35 )
     







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