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Planning a Self-Drive battlefield tour
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Our  small  tribute
to all who fell l in the
Great War 1914-1918
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Battlefield locations
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Welcome to Somme and Ypres Battlefield Tours Ltd
the specialists in ‘then & now’ Self-Drive tours to the

Somme and Ypres battlefields

of the



The Western Front

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Take a flight over
Ypres in 1919!

Where our Somme & Ypres Self-Drive guides will take you to
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 Email from John Brown

Dear James,

Just a quick note of thanks for organising a truly memorable week.  Everything - the tunnel crossings; the excellent accommodation; the quite superbly detailed documentation; even the weather - went smoothly from start to finish.  We were warmly welcomed at both our hotels (the Hotel Royal Picardie and the Ariane) and everyone we met at each spoke very highly of your tours.

It's difficult to select any particular favourite moments.  There were so many.  It was a stroke of genius to start the Somme leg of the tour at Newfoundland Park, one of the easier sites to interpret on the ground.  We were moved by the quiet solitude of the Accrington Pals memorial at Serre and the Welsh memorial at Mametz Wood.  The German cemeteries at Fricourt and Langemarck were altogether starker but equally moving.

Thanks again. 


David Brown

Letters from the front. . . from clients who explored the battlefields using
our self-drive guided tours
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Please read this bit first - it will only take a minute or so but worth the time. . .

Firstly, if you are thinking of booking a self-drive tour then it is advisable to book as far ahead as possible as the centenary years 2014-2018 are understandably attracting more visitors than usual and that consequently the few hotels we work with (because they are amongst the best) are filling many months ahead (hotels may get fully booked but the battlefields still largely remain peaceful and easy to explore using our written guides).

As you may already have found, there are many companies offering battlefield tours, especially at the centenary of the Great War spanning 2014-2018. Our tours however are quite different.  Our tours allow you to reveal the hidden history of the battlefields at your own pace, at a time 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 17 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 (see National Awards 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 (see panel right - or click here for all).

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-Drive Tours Page. And lastly, there’s a ‘like’ link to the right here if we’ve helped you in any way.

Thank you for visiting our website

James Power

James Power is an associate member
of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and
Western Front Association

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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: jamespower@btinternet.com