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)
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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
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   (links   all   below)   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.
Somme Battlefield Tours Ltd  Wimborne  Dorset BH21 1EJ  Tel: +44 (0) 7776 195773 or +44 (0) 1202 840520 info@battlefield-tours.com
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 Helpful Advice Helpful Advice Get a Quotation Get a Quotation Tour Itineraries Tour Itineraries T’s & C’s T’s & C’s terms & Conditions terms & Conditions
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
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