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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

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What our Self-Drive guides
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Our  small  tribute
to all who fell l in the
Great War 1914-1918
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Planning a Self-Drive battlefield tour
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Tour Itineraries
for the Somme and Ypres battlefields

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Battlefield locations
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The Western Front

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Take a flight over
Ypres in 1919!

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Our most recent unedited letter 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, and our carefully written guides which have taken years to perfect are quite unlike other ‘Self-Drive’ tours offered by other tour companies.  Our Self-Drive tours include your hotel accommodation and Channel crossing (for UK travellers - not necessary for those heading direct to France or Belgium) 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.

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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

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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Battle of the Somme, we will be including a free copy of Trevor Yorke’s book ‘The Trench’ with all 2016 Self-Drive tours (whether Ypres or Somme) booked from 15 June 2016

From Tracey Healey (& family) June 2016

Dear James

It seems very appropriate to write to you today on the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.

Our reason for booking our Spring Bank Holiday trip was that our 14 year old son was missing a similar trip organised by his school. He loves history and so we decided to explore the idea of doing our own tour.

How fortunate we were to discover your web page - a phone call to you to discuss what we wanted convinced me that you really did "know your stuff” and I proceeded to book a 4 night/ 5 day tour.

It was everything we wanted and more !!! So wonderful to get off the beaten track and explore the now peaceful French and Belgian countryside, imagining how things were for the men fighting for their country 100 years ago. Almost around every corner a monument or a story to observe.

Early on in our tour, near Serre, we met a French farmer who insisted we go and see a huge collection of bullets, shells and rifles he had dug up from his fields. He then showed us a picture of a veteran who had returned for the 50th anniversary - the farmer himself was only a young boy in the picture. On turning over the picture, we realised that the returning veteran was from the village we now live in. (We have since discovered that he worked as a Station Master in the village and is now buried in the village cemetery).

The hotels you booked in Albert and Ypres were lovely too - we have all had to watch what we eat since as the food was very good indeed !

Thank you for your very personal service and checking whether our outward and return journeys went without a hitch.

This was a tour that was well thought out, enlightening and very moving. Highly recommended !!