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How many nights?
For either the Somme or Ypres try and earmark at least 3 nights as this will give you 2 ‘clear’ days. 4 nights is about right for either or both the Somme and Ypres. 5 nights even better. At a push 3 nights for both Somme and night Ypres is possible but a bit of a rush. Don’t forget this is your tour and we can structure everything to the time you have available! (See also ‘planning’ link below left)

How many people?
Please mention the age of any children and any other factors we may need to know such as disabilities etc. Also bear in mind the per-person cost is less the more there are in a group.

How many rooms?
Most of the hotels we work with have double rooms (i.e. one bed for two persons) or twin rooms (two single or two double beds). Somme of our Somme hotels have triple rooms usually comprising a double and a single bed. Our Ypres hotels have triple rooms comprising a double and a roll-out bed which is more suited for younger guests.

We need to know how many rooms of each type you’ll need please (as triple rooms usually harder to come by it’s helpful to back it both ways).

Which battlefields?
At present our Self-Drive guides cover the Somme 1916 and Ypres (‘Flanders’) battlefields.  We also have a guide to the Villers Bretoneux battlefield of 1918. Please have a look at our ‘planning a Self-Drive Tour’ under ‘Helpful Downloads’ to the left of this page. We may be able to help in other ways for battlefields not included in our guide such as having a personal guide (see below) and/or supplying trench maps etc to help you explore battlefields not included.

Channel crossing?
This option is only of interest to those travelling from the UK.  Just enter ‘No’ if you will already be in France or Belgium.

We are pleased to offer Eurotunnel’s super-quick Channel crossing from Folkestone to Calais.   This is the only route we offer at present so please feel free to make your own arrangements for services from Portsmouth, Hull etc.

Anything else?
Is this tour for a present?  Are you looking to bolt this tour on to a holiday elsewhere?  Do please feel free to ask us any questions as this is your tour which can be tailored to your preferences.  We are here to help you.

Personal guide?
Please have a look at the ‘A Personal Guide’ option from the main menu.  A personal guide can work out quite expensive, but well worth the expense (you need to book early).  We only work with the best guides who will pick you up at your hotel using their transport for a whole day’s exploration (half or split days not possible).  This option is invaluable if you want to follow the footsteps of a distant relative or explore a battlefield not included in our Self-Drive guides. Bear in mind you’ll need to start and finish from the same hotel (we show this cost as an option so you don’t need to decide now).

When to travel?
Just give us a rough idea. Please bear in mind that the cost is pretty much the same throughout the year and regardless of weekdays. You may wish to avoid either side of these key dates when it can be quite busy:  25 April, 1 July, 31 July 2017 (Ypres only), 11 November,  Also check online for French and Belgium public holidays etc (see links bottom of this page).

The Ypres
(click to enlarge)

Battlefield locations
and driving times
(click to enlarge)
Click here for a PDF version

Consider avoiding French and (Somme) and Belgian (Ypres) public holidays?

French Public Holidays
Belgian Public Holidays


If you would like a personal ‘bespoke’ quotation,
please send us a quick email by clicking the link here.
(this will open your email software).

When you’ve done that, just send the email in the usual
way and we’ll get back you with a personal quotation
as soon as we can (usually the same day).

If there are any hiccups our email address is


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to know from you…

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Helpful downloads

Our helpful guide to planning your tour, including cost options and much more.
(click above file icon to open a PDF file in a new window)
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The Western Front

The Somme 1916
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Somme Battlefield Tours Ltd
19 Old Road, Wimborne, Dorset, UK BH21 1EJ
Tel: 07776 195773  (office) or 01202 840520 (home/out of office phone)
Email: info@battlefield-tours.com

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