Welcome to Somme and Ypres Battlefield Tours Ltd
the specialists in ‘then & now’ Self-
Somme and Ypres battlefields
Is a self-
Here’s the latest feedback from people like you who have recently returned form exploring the battlefields with our self-
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As you may already have found, there are many companies offering battlefield tours, especially at the centenary of the Great War spanning 2014-
From my personal experience, visiting the battlefields of the Great War is quite a moving experience, an experience best appreciated in the company of close friends or family (or alone), without any restrictions such as the rigid timetable of a coach tour dictating the pace. It can be quite frustrating to see the battlefields passing before your eyes without being able to stop wherever and whenever you want to stop, and to explore where you want to explore. The freedom to truly comprehend the impact of the battlefields at your own pace, equipped with your own detailed ‘then and now’ guide(s), is what I always set out to achieve, and what today sets our tours apart.
Our tours allow you to reveal the hidden history of the battlefields at your own pace, for as long or as short as you like, at a time entirely of your choosing, and for you and just you. Our detailed professionally produced laser-
Unlike many other tour operators, we are one of the very few fully registered UK battlefield tour companies who have been established for over 20 years and who specialise in the Great War (Western Front) and nothing else. We are also the only self-
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Complimentary letter received November 2017 (click to enlarge)
…You could not have gone to more trouble for us. . . Jacques [personal guide] was excellent, and so nice, and went out of his way to show us where our great uncle spent his last few days. Your [self-
Josephene Blake November 2017
I just want to say thank you for the great time that my family and I have had on our recent trip to the Somme and Ypres. Your guides and information were superb. They were easy to follow and very informative. The hotels were great and bar Avril’s tea rooms the food was out of this world. I am wholeheartedly recommending your company to any one I speak too”.
Glen Lloyd , October 2017
. . .The Hotel de la Paix was excellent – the rooms comfortable and well-
Dominic Rooney, September 2017
“….I was very impressed from the outset that you could put together the arrangements for the tour so quickly and efficiently at such short notice and I thank you for putting yourself out just before you were going away yourself.
….More importantly, however, was the excellent self-
I now feel much more au fait with that period of history and understand what is meant when people refer to the suffering endured by most of the world’s nations over the First World War.
With best wishes
Antonia Lloyd Owen September 2017
I just wanted to thank you providing us with such excellent material for our Battlefields trip. We returned last week and haven't stopped talking about it yet!
The maps and accompanying booklets for both Somme and Ypres areas were superb and kept us right on track. . . . Thank you so much for making our trip so memorable. We would have missed so much had we not had your guidance. I shall certainly recommend you to friends and family who may wish to take a similar trip”.
Sarah & Richard Musgrave September 2017
“Good afternoon James
I just wanted to say what a fabulous weekend Mum & I had. Ypres was beautiful, it’s hard to imagine that 100 years ago it was hell on earth…..It was a very special weekend, one which both of us will remember forever.
Many thanks for organising it for us.
Suzanne Bevington August 2017
Just got back to the UK after a fantastic week in France. My sincere thanks for all your organisation -
Brett Wooldridge July 2017
Got back Sunday night from our tour.
We were both very impressed with the whole 6 day excursion. Incredibly well organised, highly detailed notes, directions and info. Even my wife couldn't help but successfully direct me to our next stop! . . . .Definite trip of a lifetime -
My wife who was at first slightly cautious of the trip thoroughly enjoyed it and was at times very moved. . . .Definite advantage of self-
Gordon & Enez Tompsett”
Gordon Tompsett (UK) July 2017
“Your itinerary was first rate and created the right balance between the big set piece such as a Tyne Cot or Thiepval and the more unusual corners of the battlefields, many of which were new to me despite having visited both areas a dozen times or more. . . The whole experience was superb and I want to thank you on behalf of the family for a truly memorable holiday. It was all the more poignant as we managed to visit the resting places of several former pupils in both Ypres and the Somme.”
David Burnett (UK) July 2017