Welcome to Somme and Ypres Battlefield Tours Ltd
the specialists in ‘then & now’ Self-
Somme and Ypres battlefields
Is a 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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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
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Robert Pringle (UK) June 2017
“We wanted to let you know we had a fantastic time recently staying at the lovely Ariane hotel and Ypres. Your attention to detail is amazing , however we did manage to get lost a few times , nothing to do with your instructions , just us going off piste !”
Tracy Leone (UK) May 2017
“We have returned from our pilgrimage to the Somme and thought we should write to you and say that we had a great time with all the details that you furnished for us. Very detailed (sometimes a bit too much info for us fledglings) but none the less very thorough and we gleaned a lot out of it all.”
Kathryn Sargent (Australia) May 2017
“The directions and information provided were excellent and made efficient use of our limited time. In addition to the cemeteries detailed in your guides we stopped at others we encountered whilst driving and without exception found the experience powerful and very moving”.
David Bryant (UK) April 2017
Tim Bennett May 2017
“The self drive books are incredible and contain everything necessary to take yourself around the battlefields. The maps both modern and pertinent to the First World War were comprehensive and the touring booklet of the actual battlefields was so easy to follow with all the directions and photos necessary.”
Christine Ottawaay (UK) July