Email from Connie Madrid whilst half way through a self-drive tour of the Somme and Ypres battlefields April 2018

Hi James,

We are on our last night in Ypres and the entire trip has been FANTASTIC! Our only hiccup was being unable to reach the hotel due to several road closures. Our sat/nav was also stumped, but nothing that going the wrong way on a one way street couldn’t fix! We told the front receptionist that we had to go the wrong way on the street and her response was “Oh that’s ok, it’s Sunday”. This made me and Peter laugh so hard!

We followed your excellent guide to the letter and we even had enough time to visit Calais and Dunkirk before we began the Ypres part of the trip! Yes I know, we went back and forth, but that’s the beauty of having your own transportation! We noticed that there were no tour buses on the routes you gave us and very often, we were the only ones at the sites. The staff at Hotel Ariane were great and the breakfast was superb! We are looking forward to it again in the morning before we leave for France.

I’ll give you another update after the second part of the tour.

Thank you again for the incredible experience! I think I may have won the Wife of the Year Award for booking this :)


Email from Ben Penniston following a self-drive tour of the Somme and Ypres battlefields April 2018

Dear James

I just wanted to convey our sincerest thanks for arranging a really wonderful Battlefields trip recently.

From the Euro-tunnel check-in through to the Hotels recommended by you, we were extremely impressed. Everything was just as you described and the food and service in both hotels exemplary.

Most of all Jacques made the sites visited come alive. He has a style of his own and captivated us for a full two days with stories and anecdotes. He really went the extra mile in making it a truly memorable experience. One which we will all remember for a long time to come.

Thank you again

Best regards


Ben Penniston April 1918

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