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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Please read this bit first - it will only take a minute or so, but worth the time. . .

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.  

From my personal experience, visiting the battlefields of the Great War is quite a moving experience, an experience best appreciated in the company of close friends or family (or alone), without any restrictions such as the rigid timetable of a coach tour dictating the pace. It can be quite frustrating to see the battlefields passing before your eyes without being able to stop wherever and whenever you want to stop, and to explore where you want to explore. The freedom to truly comprehend the impact of the battlefields at your own pace, equipped with your own detailed ‘then and now’ guide(s), is what I always set out to achieve, and what today sets our tours apart.

Our tours allow you to reveal the hidden history of the battlefields at your own pace, for as long or as short as you like, at a time entirely of your choosing, and for you and just you. Our detailed professionally produced laser-colour self-drive Somme and Ypres guides, which are based on our many years experience of taking small groups on battlefield tours, have taken years to produce and are quite unlike other ‘self-drive’ offerings one may come across. If you are at all unsure whether a self-drive tour is for you, then just dip in to the hundreds of client testimonials we have received from past clients after they returned - or just have a quick look at the latest testimonials to the right here.

Unlike many other tour operators, we are 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 (see our National Awards).

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 acclaimed 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.

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.

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Guide to SD tours 2016-2017.pdf

Our comprehensive PDF guide to our Self-Drive tours - click image to open