Tours and Itineraries

Introduction

Ultimately, where Discovery Battlefield Tours takes us is entirely down to you. You decide what time we start and finish, where we go and how long we spend at any one location. Our small tour groups allow the flexibility to change schedule or visit additional sites at short notice-something that can’t be done with larger groups. The proximity of the Somme area and Ypres to South East England make short visits possible. Even a 2 day overnight visit is well within reach as it's possible to be on the battlefields just a couple of hours after leaving England if travelling on the Eurotunnel.

The tours listed on these pages are intended as a guide only but can, of course, be followed if you wish.  If you had a relative who fought on the Western Front or Normandy beaches we can design a tour around where they fought and, if they died there, visit their final resting place or where they are commemorated.

If you have in mind where you would like to visit please contact us and we will be delighted to quote you for a tour tailored to your own specification.


 

FAQs about our tours

What's included?
Return ferry or Eurotunnel from the UK to France
All travel costs eg fuel, tolls, parking etc
Accommodation including breakfast
All entrance fees to museums
Pick up from any mainland UK point within 50 miles of our departure point.
Complimentary light snacks and soft drinks each day

What vehicle do we tour in?
All of our tours are carried out in the comfort and safety of a Land Rover Discovery 4- the perfect vehicle to allow us to reach some of the more “off the beaten track” battlefields, cemeteries and memorials.

Is there much driving involved?
One of the attractions about touring the battlefields of the Western Front or Normandy is the huge amount to see in a relatively small area. The distance between many of the sites is, quite literally, within walking distance. Great care is taken when designing a tour so that driving time is kept to a minimum to allow us to make the best use of the time we have available.

How far is it from the Ferry/Eurotunnel port to the battlefield sites?
Dunkirk to Ypres approx. 35 miles-about one hour's drive
Calais to the Somme approx. 95 miles-about one and a half hour's drive
Cherbourg to Omaha beach approx. 52 miles-about an hour’s drive
The Somme area to Ypres approx. 70 miles-about one and a half hour's drive

How many people do you take?
Between 1 and 6. Such small groups allow for a very high level of individual service and care.

Do I need a passport?
Yes-all passengers require a valid passport at the time of travel. This would need to be vaild for at least the planned period of travel.

How much do your tours cost?
As every tour is different and built around individual group requirements, it’s not possible to publish prices on our website. Please contact us for a free, no obligation quote.

How long do we tour for each day?
9 to 5, just the mornings or afternoons, sunrise to sunset? It’s entirely up to you. This is your tour and it will be designed around what you want and at a pace that suits you.

How do I make a booking?
Please call, email or complete the contact form on our website in the first instance to check availability. A non-refundable deposit of £50 per person is required at the time of booking and the balance is payable 8 weeks before departure.

I had a relative that fought in the First or Second World War. Can you help me find out more about them?
As part of the service, I will carry out any necessary research on a relative to enable you to get the most out of your trip. Just provide me with as much (or as little) information as you have available and I’ll do the rest. This is something I am happy to do free of charge.

Is there a minimum or maximum age for your tours?
No. All are welcome and due consideration will be given to guests ages when designing a tour. Please bear in mind however the subject matter if you’re considering bringing young children.

Is there a best time of year to visit?
Every season has its merits and all of the battlefield sites, memorials and cemeteries can look very different in the snowy winter months and the height of the summer. The climate in Northern France and Belgium is not dissimilar to that of the UK (ie unpredictable!) so, bearing in mind much of our time is spent outdoors, you’ll need appropriate outdoors gear according to the time of year and a decent pair of walking shoes or boots is a must all year round.

Is my money safe?
The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 require travel companies to provide security for the monies that consumers pay for certain types and combinations of travel arrangements booked with them and for consumer's repatriation in the event of their insolvency. Discovery Battlefield Tours provide this protection by way of a trust account administered by independent trustees, Serenity Travel Trusts. This means that in respect of all arrangements requiring protection, in the event of our insolvency, funds will be available to ensure that you are not left stranded abroad or you will receive a refund of the money you have paid to us. If you book arrangements other than a package, your monies will not be financially protected. Please ask if you require further details

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