Featured Member: JPS Tours, Belgium Offers Adapted Tours in Flanders Fields
05/02/2010 | 0 comments
From 1914 to 1918 the 'Westhoek', the western part the Province of West-Flanders, the area of Nieuwpoort, Diksmuide, Ieper (Ypres), Poperinge, was the scene of the Great War. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers of more than 20 nationalities fell in this conflict.
After the often pointless battles and vast destruction, the Westhoek rose from its ashes. Today the Westhoek wants to spread a message of peace all over the world, with the 'In Flanders Fields Museum' in Ypres, the 'IJzertoren' in Diksmuide, the numerous military cemeteries, the war memorials and sites.
JPS Tours has made this 'adapted tour' catering especially for wheelchair users and people with walking difficulties. The tour can be arranged to start and finish at Brussels Airport, Zaventem.
It includes adapted mini-bus transport and accommodation at the Hotel Callecanes, Watou, which has 4 adapted rooms, bar, restaurant, garden, sun terraces and sauna.
Hotel Callecanes has the A+ accessibility rating of the Flanders Tourist Board.
Detailed access information, based on an expert audit of the premises and services, is shown at the Accessible Flanders website.
The adapted tour features towns, villages, cemeteries, the Hop Museum, a farm, bakery and other places with local produce and crafts.
A visit to the interactive In Flanders Fields Museum takes you back to the Great War of 1914-1918. You experience history at first hand as a soldier or a nurse, as an inhabitant of Ypres or as a refugee... You will not only witness with your own eyes the destruction of a whole region and the atrocities this war brought about but you will also experience the hope and resurrection of a city like Ypres. Historical artefacts, suggestive sound and light evocations, documentary films and models alternate.
Download the tour brochure in PDF format from the right-hand panel.
For more details of this and other adapted tours in Europe and overseas, visit the website of JPS Tours.
JPS Tours is an ENAT Member