Our Self-Drive Tours

As   you   may   already   have   found,   there   are   many   companies   offering battlefield   tours,   especially   at   the   centenary   of   the   Great   War.   Our   tours allow   you   to   reveal   the   hidden   history   of   the   battlefields   at   your   own pace,   at   a   time   and   at   a   pace   of   your choosing,   and   for   you   and   just   you.   We are    also    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-drive   tour   company   to have    received    so    many    national    press awards   and   recommendations,   including Vanity   Fair's   much   coveted   ‘Best   Guided Tour'   award   a   few   years   back   and   the prestigious   '   Country   Life'   magazine   -   see our ‘Testimonials’ (main menu left). Our   Self-Drive   tour   'package'   is   just   that.     It   includes   your   hotel   accommodation   and Channel   crossing   (for   UK   travellers)   and, most   importantly   of   all,   our   unique   Self- Drive    battlefield    guides,    maps,    plans, directions   etc   all   dovetailed   together   by us,   so   all   you   have   to   do   is   just   pack   and go   -   we   make   it   as   simple   as   that!      Please note   that   our   Self-Drive   guides   are   are only    available    as    part    of    a    'package' comprising     hotel     accommodation,     and that   our   private   1:1   guiding   option   is   only possible when booking a Self-Drive tour. You   may   be   unsure   as   to   whether   a   self- drive   tour   is   for   you.   Our   best   advice   is   to have     a     closer     look     at     our     many testimonials      to   see   what   people   like   you have   said   after   they   returned   from   a   self- drive    tour.    Unlike    some    companies,    we don’t   just   cherry-pick   the   letters   we   want you   to   read.   The   testimonials   you   see   on   our   website   are   exactly   as   we received them. People   who   wish   to   visit   the   battlefields   of   the   Great   War   quite   often think   first   of   a   conducted   tour.      However,   for   those   truly   seeking   to reveal   the   legacy   of   the   Great   War,   nothing   can   beat   the   freedom   of exploring   the   battlefields   without   the   rigid   timetable   of   a   coach/minibus group   dictating   the   pace.      How   frustrating   must   it   be   to   see   the battlefields   passing   before   your   very   own   eyes   without   being   able   to stop   wherever   you   want   to   stop,   for   however   long   you   want   to   spend, exploring   what   you   want   to   explore.      The   freedom   to   explore   the battlefields   at   your   own   pace   is   what   I always   wanted,   and   what   today   sets   our tours apart. If   you   intend   visiting   the   battlefield   you need   to   be   well   briefed.   Many   visitors just   turn   up   thinking   that   all   will   be   clear, which    will    certainly    not    be    the    case.      This     is     where     our     Self-Drive     guide expertise    comes    in    to    play,    expertise based    on    having    personally    conducted over    300    small-group    battlefield    tours over    the    past    18    years.    Our    written guides   are   not   just   any   old   collection   of briefing   notes,   copied   books   or   cobbled together    maps    as    offered    by    some companies.            Our    self-drive    battlefield guides      are      professionally      produced comprising    two    parts,    so    separating navigation    from    the    main    guide.    The navigation   section   even   includes   a   photo of   every   junction   you'll   encounter   with clear   overlaid   pointers.      It's   written   as   if we   are   in   the   car   with   you.   Have   a   look to   the   left   here   under   ‘resources’   where   you   can   watch   a   brief   video showing you what our guides look like. Our   guides   are   regularly   updated   fully   bound   A4   colour   guides   which have   been   carefully   designed   to   take   you   on   a   journey   of   exploration, so   you   know   exactly   where   to   drive,   where   to   stop,   where   to   walk   and, most   importantly   of   all,   what   to   look   for.   Our   guides   are   only   available to   those   booking   a   tour   with   us   and   so   not   available   from   shops.   It   is this      essential   combination   of   comparative   'then   and   now'   maps,   photos and   narratives   that   have   made   our   Self-Drive   guides   so   appealing, especially   to   the   independent   traveller   seeking   to   explore   the   past   in greater detail. And   lastly.   .   .if   you   are   thinking   of   booking   a   Self-Drive   tour   then   please book   as   far   in   advance   as   possible   as   hotel   rooms   soon   get   booked   and we can only offer those hotels we show on out ‘Hotel Options’ Where    next?         Have    a    look    at    our    Somme    and    Ypres    Self-Drive itineraries   (links   all   bolow)   then   simply   go   to   our   ‘Get   a   Quotation’   page and   email   us   (or   phone)   with   the   tour   you   have   in   mind   (there’s   some helpful   advice   on   our   quotation   page)   and   we’ll   send   you   a   bespoke quotation based on how many people/nights/rooms etc.
Battlefield location map (click to enlarge)
Somme Battlefield Tours Ltd  Wimborne  Dorset BH21 1EJ  Tel: +44 (0) 7776 195773 or +44 (0) 1202 840520 info@battlefield-tours.com
For 2018-2019 we will be includin a copy of Trevor Yorke’s excellent book ‘The Trench’ with every Self-Drive guide tour we arrange.
Helpful Advice Helpful Advice Get a Quotation Get a Quotation Approx Cost Approx Cost Tour Itineraries Tour Itineraries Helpful Advice Helpful Advice Get a Quotation Get a Quotation Approx Cost Approx Cost Tour Itineraries Tour Itineraries Amazing account of exploring the battlefield in 1919! Amazing account of exploring the battlefield in 1919! The 1919 Michelin Guide published 1919 (copies of the original can be found on Amazon etc).
One of the very first self- discovery tour guides, produced by the Michelin Tyre company in 1919! (click images book and pages to enlarge) The picture below is one of the very first Self-Drive tours driving around the raw Ypres battlefield still littered with the debris of war in 1919!
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A quick reminder of what’s included with our Self-Drive tours: Channel crossing Dover-Calais by ferry or Tunnel En-suite selected hotel accommodation including breakfast Our acclaimed guide material, directions, maps etc - without doubt the most important component! Us being here pretty much all the time to help you in any way possible (we don’t close like other travel agents…)
Below - example pages from our Self-Drive guide. Each guide comprises a separate navigational section with lots of extra ‘must sees’ as you travel along the itinerary routes, as well as the bulkier main section which describes in much greater detail the key sections shown on our Tour Itineraries  page.
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) 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 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
Above - example ‘Part I’ navigational pages
Above - example ‘Part I’ navigational pages
Above - example ‘Part II’ main guide pages as outlined on our Somme and Ypres Itinerarries  page
Please click the poppy to hear one of the most moving readings of Col John McCrae’s 1915 poem ‘In Flanders Fields’
The   picture   at   the   top   of   this   page   is   one of   the   very   first   Self-Drive   tours   driving around    the    raw    Ypres    battlefield    still littered with the debris of war in 1919! As   you   may   already   have   found,   there are   many   companies   offering   battlefield tours,   especially   at   the   centenary   of   the Great   War.   Our   tours   allow   you   to   reveal the   hidden   history   of   the   battlefields   at   your   own   pace,   at   a time   and   at   a   pace   of   your   choosing,   and   for   you   and   just you.   We   are   also   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-drive     tour company   to   have   received so     many     national     press awards                          and   including   Vanity   Fair's   much coveted   ‘Best   Guided   Tour' award    a    few    years    back and      the      prestigious      ' Country    Life'    magazine    - see   our   ‘Testimonials’   (main menu left). Our   Self-Drive   tour   'package'   is   just   that.      It   includes   your hotel   accommodation   and   Channel   crossing   (for   UK   travellers) and,   most   importantly   of   all,   our   unique   Self-Drive   battlefield guides,   maps,   plans,   directions   etc   all   dovetailed   together   by us,   so   all   you   have   to   do   is   just   pack   and   go   -   we   make   it   as simple   as   that!      Please   note   that   our   Self-Drive   guides   are   are only    available    as    part    of    a    'package'    comprising    hotel accommodation,   and   that   our   private 1:1    guiding    option    is    only    possible when booking a Self-Drive tour. You   may   be   unsure   as   to   whether   a self-drive    tour    is    for    you.    Our    best advice   is   to   have   a   closer   look   at   our many   testimonials      to   see   what   people like   you   have   said   after   they   returned from    a    self-drive    tour.    Unlike    some companies,   we   don’t   just   cherry-pick the   letters   we   want   you   to   read.   The testimonials   you   see   on   our   website are exactly as we received them. People      who      wish      to      visit      the battlefields    of    the    Great    War    quite often   think   first   of   a   conducted   tour.     However,    for    those    truly    seeking    to reveal   the   legacy   of   the   Great   War, nothing    can    beat    the    freedom    of exploring   the   battlefields   without   the rigid    timetable    of    a    coach/minibus group     dictating     the     pace.          How frustrating    must    it    be    to    see    the battlefields   passing   before   your   very own   eyes   without   being   able   to   stop wherever     you     want     to     stop,     for however    long    you    want    to    spend, exploring   what   you   want   to   explore.     The       freedom       to       explore       the battlefields   at   your   own   pace   is   what   I always   wanted,   and   what   today   sets our tours apart. If    you    intend    visiting    the    battlefield you    need    to    be    well    briefed.    Many visitors   just   turn   up   thinking   that   all will   be   clear,   which   will   certainly   not   be the   case.      This   is   where   our   Self-Drive guide   expertise   comes   in   to   play,   expertise   based   on   having personally   conducted   over   300   small-group   battlefield   tours over   the   past   18   years.   Our   written   guides   are   not   just   any old    collection    of    briefing    notes,    copied    books    or    cobbled together   maps   as   offered   by   some   companies.         Our   self-drive battlefield   guides   are   professionally   produced   comprising   two parts,   so   separating   navigation   from   the   main   guide.   The navigation   section   even   includes   a   photo   of   every   junction you'll   encounter   with   clear   overlaid   pointers.      It's   written   as   if we   are   in   the   car   with   you.   Have   a   look   to   the   left   here   under ‘resources’   where   you   can   watch   a   brief   video   showing   you what our guides look like. Our   guides   are   regularly   updated   fully   bound   A4   colour   guides which   have   been   carefully   designed   to   take   you   on   a   journey of   exploration,   so   you   know   exactly   where   to   drive,   where   to stop,   where   to   walk   and,   most   importantly   of   all, what   to   look   for.   Our   guides   are   only   available   to those   booking   a   tour   with   us   and   so   not   available from    shops.    It    is    this        essential    combination    of comparative    'then    and    now'    maps,    photos    and narratives   that   have   made   our   Self-Drive   guides   so appealing,   especially   to   the   independent   traveller   seeking   to explore the past in greater detail. And   lastly.   .   .if   you   are   thinking   of   booking   a   Self-Drive   tour then   please   book   as   far   in   advance   as   possible   as   hotel   rooms soon   get   booked   and   we   can   only   offer   those   hotels   we   show on out ‘Hotel Options’ page. Where   next?       Have   a   look   at   our   Somme   and   Ypres   Self- Drive   itineraries   then   simply   go   to   our   ‘Get   a   Quotation’   page and   email   us   (or   phone)   with   the   tour   you   have   in   mind (there’s   some   helpful   advice   on   our   quotation   page)   and   we’ll send     you     a     bespoke     quotation     based     on     how     many people/nights/rooms etc.
Battlefield location map (click to enlarge)
One of the very first self- discover tour guides, produced by the Michelin Tyre company in 1919! (click images book and pages to enlarge)
Get a Quotation Get a Quotation T’s & C’s T’s & C’s
A quick reminder of what’s included with our Self-Drive tours: Channel crossing Dover-Calais by ferry or Tunnel En-suite selected hotel accommodation including breakfast Our acclaimed guide material/directions/maps etc - without doubt the most important component! Us being here pretty much all the time to help you in any way possible (we don’t close like other travel agents…)
For 2018-2019 we will be includin a copy of Trevor Yorke’s excellent book ‘The Trench’ with every Self-Drive guide tour we arrange.
Below - example pages from our Self-Drive guide. Each guide comprises a separate navigational section with lots of extra ‘must sees’ as you travel along the itinerary routes, as well as the bulkier main section which describes in much greater detail the key sections shown on our Tour Itineraries  page.
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) 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 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
Above - example ‘Part I’ navigational pages
Above - example ‘Part II’ main guide pages as outlined on our Itinerarries page
Our Self-Drive Tours Tour Itineraries Tour Itineraries
Somme Battlefield Tours Ltd  Wimborne  Dorset BH21 1EJ  +44 (0) 7776 195773 or +44 (0) 1202 840520 info@battlefield-tours.com