Full-Day Ypres Kattenstoet Tour

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Location: Ypres, Belgium | Ypres, Belgium

Category: Day Trips & Excursio

Unforgettable trip to the cat festival Kattenstoet
The quaint town of Ypres filled with fun & excitement
Giant cat floats parading through the center of the city
Japanese-speaking Assistant Guide to help you around Ypres
Locals gathered for the fascinating Kattenstoet ritual

Guided tour to Ypres
Admission fees
Roundtrip transportation to and from Paris city center
Japanese-speaking Assistant Guide


Every 3 years, cat lovers from around the world unite in the quaint town of Ypres for Kattenstoet—a festival dedicated to the much-loved species. Enjoy a thrilling day in Belgium, witnessing the streets come to life with cat costumes, giant cat floats, and a multitude of cat-related festivities.

Depart from the Paris city center and meet your Japanese-speaking Assistant Guide, who is on hand to help you through your European adventure. Begin your scenic drive through the winery-dotted French landscape toward Ypres, located in the west of charming Belgium. Immediately feel the exciting atmosphere as 40,000 cat fans gather together.

Fuel up with a delicious lunch before walking through the Flemish town that flourished as a center for the wool industry in the Middle Ages. Watch lively local residents who've donned their best cat outfits. See them scurry to the streets as the parade begins. Look around to see huge stuffed cat floats, kids paying homage to the musical Cats, and the pinnacle of the parade, the marching Minneke Poes.

Your once-in-a-lifetime experience ends as you observe the Kattenstoet ritual in which a stuffed black cat is dropped from the bell tower to uproarious applause. Hop back in your coach and head back to Paris after a fantastic day full of remarkable memories.

Cancellation Policy: 8 days
Know before you book: You must present a valid passport on the day of the activity., There is no child seat available for infants., You will be accompanied by a Japanese-speaking Assistant Guide who can offer interpretation services and some commentary., Kattenstoet is subject to scheduling changes., You may arrive back in Paris later than scheduled due to traffic conditions., If you are traveling with a child, please provide their height, weight, and age when you call to confirm your reservation., Please provide the name of your hotel as an emergency contact when you call to confirm your reservation., Check-in is 10 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

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