Welcome to Somme and Ypres Battlefield Tours Ltd
the specialists in ‘then & now’ Self-
Somme and Ypres battlefields
Our most recent unedited letter from the front. . . from clients who explored the battlefields using our self-
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Firstly, if you are thinking of booking a self-
As you may already have found, there are many companies offering battlefield tours, especially at the centenary of the Great War spanning 2014-
We are also one of the very few fully registered UK battlefield tour companies who have been established for over 18 years and who specialise in the Great War (Western Front) and nothing else. We are also the only self-
You may be unsure as to whether a self-
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.
As you go through our website you’ll find helpful downloads, photos, documents and maps under the ‘Helpful Downloads’ tab beneath the main menu, such as the example to the left here. Just click any of the items to bring them to life.
So. . .rather than me waffle on any more, have a look around our website (which we made ourselves), especially the Introduction Page and our Self-
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Received from Christine Ottaway 3 August following a Somme and Ypres self-
I am just writing to thank you for a memorable tour of the battlefields of Ypres and Somme. Everything went very well from the arrangements of Le Shuttle to the hotels.
The self drive books are incredible and contain everything necessary to take yourself around the battlefields. In fact there is so much information that we quickly got battlefield overload but we were easily able to pick out the places we particularly wanted to see and maybe visit some of the others another time. 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. We even had to retrace our steps because one of us left a camera behind but that also was no problem.
When we got to a site all the information necessary to understand and make the most of our visit was available. It really brought home to us the terrible carnage of the First World War, the shocking waste of young life and the incredible bravery and sacrifice of those young soldiers.
Highlights have to include the Menin Gate where we were so fortunate that a British girls’ school choir sang whilst wreaths were laid during The Last Post ceremony. Another highlight was Newfoundland Park in the Somme area where a young Canadian girl showed us around. Finally visiting the Thiepval Memorial so soon after it featured in 100 years commemoration of the battle of the Somme and the Welsh monument at Mametz were moving experiences.
Finally this self drive tour enabled us to visit our Great Uncle’s grave at Abbeville Communal Cemetery almost 100 years to the day after he died from his wounds received at the Battle of the Somme. It made a fitting and emotional conclusion to this tour.
Once again thank you very much. If you would like to use any of the above for a testimonial or review, please do so.