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A Self-Drive tour where you explore the battlefields in the safety of your vehicle, and where you do not have to mix with fellow coach travellers, is probably the safest, and perhaps the only way to truly explore the battlefields at your own pace. We are one of the longest-standing companies specialising in small-group tours to the Somme and Ypres battlefields. Having taken over 300 groups on tours to the battlefields of WW1, we have now transferred that expertise to a Self-Drive format so that you can explore these battlefields on your own or with family or friends, without being tied to a coach tour. Unsure? Maybe see what travellers said when they returned! In a nut-shell you chose when you wish to travel and for how long. You take your car and we arrange your hotel accommodation, Channel crossing and, most importantly of all, we provide you with our acclaimed self-drive Somme and/or Ypres battlefield guides - your ‘window to the past’, including all the directions, maps etc you’ll need. No   other   self-drive   guides have   so   much   detail   and   are   so   easy   to   follow! We can also arrange for a 1:1 personal guide to meet you at your hotel to take you, and just you, to almost any WW1 battlefield on the northern Western Front of France and Belgium.
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It’s only when you receive our guide Self-Drive guide pack that you realise just how different and how detailed our self- drive guides are (a comment we receive time after time - see our Trust Pilot reviews and personal testimonials ). 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 perhaps what today sets our tours apart. Rather than me clutter up this page (as I tend to do…), please follow the menu links at the top (left) of the page to find out more about the Self-Drive tours we specialise in organising, so that you just ‘pack and go’ leaving us to make all the arrangements and to provide you with the best Self-Drive guide available. Thank you for visiting our website which we designed and built ourselves so it’s completely free of all the tracking ‘cookies’, adverts and other nonsense which bedevil us today. James Power Managing Director and owner Somme Battlefield Tours Ltd (Established 1996) James Power is an Associate Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and Western Front Association
The only company to be awarded ‘Best Battlefield Tour’
From Diane Kenwood Editor Women's Weekly It was a profoundly moving and fascinating trip, which, thanks to your stunningly detailed and thorough organisation went without a hitch. . . Your attention to detail is astonishing. . . You really did bring every location to life in the most fantastic way. (I loved your personal remarks dotted through the commentary). It was so marvellous to be able to do everything at our own pace and spend however long, or short, a time as we chose at the places we stopped. Thank you so much for everything - for your help in the early stages sorting out what the best itinerary and approach would be, for organising all the bookings and for the brilliant support packs. I have raved about your company to everyone I've spoken to since my return (and will definitely write about it in the magazine) and I know at least one person who's definitely going to book through you as a result. I hope you get inundated with bookings!
Country Life "If you're fiercely independent, you could do no better than to sign up for the highly acclaimed self-guided tours provided by James Power. His painstakingly researched itineraries are the work of a master logistician"
Battlefield tours - Self-Drive tours to the Somme and Ypres battlefields of the Great War First World War 1914-1918
Somme Battlefield Tours Ltd Wimborne Dorset BH21 1EJ Tel: +44 (0) 7776 195773 or +44 (0) 1202 840520 info@battlefield-tours.com
The Sunday Telegraph The only Self-Drive company to be nominated ‘Best Battlefield Tour’
Please click the poppy to hear one of the most moving readings of Col John McCrae’s 1915 poem ‘In Flanders Fields’
We’re in the process of adding 360 degree images of the sites our Self-Drive Ypres and Somme guides will take you to. Look out for the below logo on our Itineraries page for the first few (click this example to see the Menin Gate). More will be added as whenever we get to visit the battlefileds.
You take your car and we arrange everything else - hotels, Channel crossing and all the maps & directions you'll need, as well as our Self-Drive guide(s) to the Somme and/or Ypres battlefields - your 'window to the past' Example page from Part I (navigational) Ypres guide.  You turn to Part II of our guide to learn more about each of the main sections shown on our 'Tour Itineraries' page Example page from Part I (navigational) Somme guide.  You turn to Part II of our guide to learn more about each of the main sections shown on our 'Tour Itineraries' page
some example pages - the battlefield revealed! (click to enlarge)
The background (if you have a large screen) is a trench map of the Somme battlefield 1916 included with our Self-Drive Somme and Ypres guided tours. Click above to enlarge (also the poppies!)
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Welcome to Somme & Ypres Battlefield Tours Ltd Explore the battlefields at your own pace with our acclaimed . Self-Drive tours to the Somme and Ypres battlefields of the Great War 1914-1918 (click a poppy…)
Battlefield tours - Self-Drive tours to the Somme and Ypres battlefields of the Great War First World War 1914-1918
It’s only when you receive our guide Self-Drive guide pack that you realise just how different and how detailed our self-drive guides are (a comment we receive time after time - see our Trust Pilot reviews and personal testimonials . 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 perhaps what today sets our tours apart. Rather than me clutter up this page (as I tend to do…), please follow the menu links at the top (left) of the page to find out more about the Self-Drive tours we specialise in organising, so that you just ‘pack and go’ leaving us to make all the arrangements and to provide you with the best Self- Drive guide available. Thank you for visiting our website which we designed and built ourselves so it’s completely free of all the tracking ‘cookies’, adverts and other nonsense which bedevil us today. James Power Managing Director and owner Somme Battlefield Tours Ltd (Established 1996) James Power is an Associate Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and Western Front Association
Somme Battlefield Tours Ltd Wimborne Dorset BH21 1EJ +44 (0) 7776 195773 or +44 (0) 1202 840520 info@battlefield-tours.com
Example page from Part I (navigational) Ypres guide.  You turn to Part II of our guide to learn more about each of the main sections shown on our 'Tour Itineraries' page Example page from Part I (navigational) Somme guide.  You turn to Part II of our guide to learn more about each of the main sections shown on our 'Tour Itineraries' page
Click some example pages - the battlefield revealed! (click to enlarge)
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A Self-Drive tour where you tour the battlefields in the safety of your vehicle, and where you do not have to mix with fellow coach travellers, is probably the safest, and perhaps the only way to truly explore the battlefields at your own pace. We are one of the longest-standing companies specialising in small-group tours to the Somme and Ypres battlefields. Having taken over 300 groups on tours to the battlefields of WW1 we have now transferred that expertise to a Self-Drive format so that you can explore these battlefields on your own or with family or friends, without being tied to a coach tour. Unsure? Maybe see what travellers said when they returned! In a nut-shell you chose when you wish to travel and for how long. You take your car and we arrange your hotel accommodation, Channel crossing and, most importantly of all, we provide you with our acclaimed self-drive Somme and/or Ypres battlefield guides - your ‘window to the past’, including all the directions, maps etc you’ll need. No   other   self-drive   guides have   so   much   detail   and   are   so   easy   to   follow! We can also arrange for a 1:1 personal guide to meet you at your hotel to take you, and just you, to almost any WW1 battlefield on the northern Western Front of France and Belgium.
SOME HELPFUL LINKS FOR WHEN TRAVELLING TO FRANCE AND BELGIUM The below links provide helpful advice regarding the requirements for travelling to and within France, i ncluding   staying   at   hotels . please note that links we have provided below may not be the current/definitive advice, as such can change with little warning. Travellers    should    always    check    the most up to date requirements prior to departure. ABTA advice for travel to EU countries re Covid-19 please click here ABTA advice for travel to EU countries post- Brexit please click here Eurotunnel requirements for travelling to France Clients travelling to France by Eurotunnel should first check for the latest travel requirements, such as proof of vaccination and advanced the submission of information/documentation, as failure to follow required procedures and/or have the necessary documentation may result in not being able to travel. Eurotunnel - for Covid-19 updates (especially the documentation and procedures you will need to follow in order to travel) please click here France - for Covid-19 travel & general access requirements please click here and for more about ‘pass sanitaire’ (if still required) please click here France - for details about the French ‘TousAntiCovid’ app, and how to link with your NHS vaccination details, please click here Belgium - for Covid-19 travel & general access requirements please click here
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