TYPES OF CUSTOM TOUR PROGRAMS

PRIVATE DRIVER GUIDE

Enjoy a private driver/guide to escort your clients throughout their journey,

RAIL PASS & TRANSFERS

Utilize Rail Passes, public transport & other transfers, meeting guides along the way.

SELF-DRIVE TOURS

Is your client comfortable on the road? See self-drive itineraries  w/  step-on battlefield guides.

CUSTOM GROUP TOURS (8+ pax)

See rates for larger group tours from 8 pax, to 20 pax and review various itineraries 

OUR GUIDES

Brigitte de Cuyper

English, French (French)

Brigitte worked for 5 years for the “Somme 1916 Museum” in Albert. She lived in the UK for 26 years and brings passion and knowledge to the battlefields she grew up on.

Somme, Vimy

Driver/Guide

Glenn Edmonds

English (Canadian) 

Glenn Edmonds, based in Manitoba, has worked with us since 2003, escorting Canadian veterans and their families as a principal guide on many projects.

All Areas*

Step-On Guide

Samantha Cowan

English, (Canadian)

Sam is a full-time operations manager on The Battlefield Tours. She contributes to larger group tours and special Canadian interest groups on the Battlefield Tours.

All Areas*

Step-on Guide

Cory Powell 

English, French (Canadian)

Cory has worked on The Battlefield Tours as a guide since 2017. His most notable tours include Passchendaele 100 & the Vimy 100 FS Indigenous Veterans tour.

All Areas*

Step-On Guide

Carl Ooghe

Dutch, English, French

Carl Ooghe is a full time tour leader based out of Lille, highly specialised in cycling tours, specifically in Flanders Fields (+ northern France). 

All Areas*

Driver/Guide

Salient Tours

Dutch, English, French

Meet Steve Douglas, founder of the Maple Leaf Legacy Project and his team, a group of multilingual specialised guides based in Ypres

From Ypres

Driver/Guide

Cindy Fradet

English, French

Cindy received her degree in tourism from the University of Boulogne sur Mer, and has been guiding throughout France since 2012 

Verdun

Driver/Guide

Ken Lees

German, English, French

Ken retired from the police in the UK after 30 years - he and his wife now live in the heart of the tranquil Somme, studying geneaology on the battlefields

All Areas*

Driver/Guide

Faye Johnson

English, French

Faye became a VAC Vimy guide as a teen. She now lives in Arras, France, taking Canadians on a personal journey of her backyard.

Somme + Vimy

Driver/Guide

Jip Meijer

Dutch, English

Jip is based in Holland but guides travellers in France, Belgium, Poland, and Germany too. He particularly enjoys the Canadian story. 

All Areas*

Driver/Guide

Jon Haslock

English, French

Jon is from the UK, but today, he's based in the heart of the Somme, his tea shop The Old Blighty sits a mere 100 metres from Lochnagar Crater. 

Somme + Vimy

Driver/Guide

Eva Ruttger

German, English, French

Eva grew up in Bavaria, Germany, studied tourism in Paris, and worked in Courseulles-Sur-Mer before she guiding at Juno in '07.

Normandy

Driver/Guide

OUR ACCOMMODATIONS

Normandy Beaches

St. Aubin sur Mer

Situate yourself on the seafront of Juno Beach. This 2** is a superior tourist class with a superb view and menu

St. Aubin sur Mer

★★ // Superior Tourist

Normandy Beaches

Mercure Omaha

Breathtaking property outside of town with restaurant, spa, and sprawling golf course, overlooks the English Channel

Port en Bessin

★★★★ // Superior Tourist

Arras

Au Détour des Places

In the heart of Arras are 2 newly renovated self-catered apartments - T2 sleeps 4 and the T3 sleeps 6

Arras

★★★★ // Apartment

Ypres

the Albion Hotel

A family run hotel that has been in our heart for years, sitting in the heart of Ypres, steps away from the Menin Gate Memorial

Ypres

★★★ // Superior Tourist

TYPES OF TRANSPORT

Executive Coaches

Large Groups & Organizations

Coaches come in the various sizes & include all fees:
- 22 Seater
- 38 Seater
- 50 Seater

- 60+ Seater

Licensed Car

F.I.T // Up to 3 travellers p car

Private Car with liscensed Driver-Guide for up to 3 people is a way for individuals to see the Battlefields. Meet your driver at either your hotel or train station for the day.

Mercedes Sprinter

Small Groups 6-19 pax

Serves best for groups with 6-19 passengers. There's no washroom on board, but there's enough luggage for up to 19 people. A driver-guide can be incl. for <8pax

SUV & Off-Road

F.I.T // Up to 4 traveller p suv

Subject to availability you can take a speciality guided tour with driver/guide in a private Sports Utility Vehicle. Similar to a private car, this makes for a great day tour 

Executive Car

F.I.T // Up to 3 travellers p car

Choose a private executive car transfer for up to 3 passengers for an enjoyable + professional transfer to and from train stations or airports, or as otherwise instructed. 

Self-Drive

Enterprise & AutoEurope

Take the driver's seat - with our self-drive itineraries meeting local battlefield guides and battlefield friends along the way + enjoy premium coverage. 

ENTRANCES & EXPERIENCES

the Somme Battlefields

BEAUMONT HAMEL NEWFOUNDLAND MEMORIAL PARK

Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park is the largest preserved Battlefield in the world. Thousands of people from archaeologists, historians, to students from several nationalities travel to see these battlefields, proudly managed today by Veteran Affairs Canada.

- Visits take approx. 1.5-2.5 hours

- Washroom facilities & Interpretation Center on-site

- Free Entrance

- Some pathways are Mobile Accessible
- Managed By Veteran Affairs Canada

SAMPLE ITINERARIES

(WW2) the Normandy Beaches 
- Canadian Beaches & American Beaches [ 4 days, 3 nights ] RAIL + Driver Guide

- (WW2) Normandy Battlefields with Holiday - Extension (includes St. Malo, Mont St Michel, Bayeux Tapestry & Calvados tasting) 

- (WW2) Normandy + Dieppe 

(WW1) France (Canadian Battlefields)

- (WW1) Somme Battlefields & Vimy Ridge [ 4 days, 3 nights ] RAIL + Driver Guide

(WW1) Belgium (Canadian Battlefields)

- (WW1) Flanders Fields [3 days, 2 nights] RAIL + Small group tour 
- (WW1) Flanders Fields with Holiday Extension (includes an extended stay in Ypres > Bruges > Brussels)

(WW2) Dunkirk
- (WW2) Dunkirk Extension from Ypres
 

(WW1) France (French Battlefields)
- (WW1) Verdun French Battlefield Tour + Armistice Wagon (from Paris)

 

(WW2) Canadian Liberation through Holland & Germany
- (WW2) Holland Liberation Tour
- (WW2) The Road to Berlin Tour

Full Tour Samples

- Self-Drive Samples
- Full 10-Day Battlefield Samples

NEXT STEPS

- Request with: Name of Group, # of pax, dates, type of tour & wishlist, + Meals & any other special requests

- Invoice issued with itinerary, terms & pricing
- $500 CAD Non-Refundable Deposit to confirm per person

- Custom online Battlefield Guide Kit submitted 30 days prior to travel [See our Map Kit Samples]

Map of the most popular Battlefield Sites

MORE INFORMATION:

  • Transportation Hubs: 
    [AIR]
    London, Paris, Amsterdam

    [EUROSTAR] 
    Lille, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin

    [REGIONAL TRAIN]
    Caen, Arras, Kortrijk, Bruges, Brussels, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Arnhem

     

  • Countries Covered:
    France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy
     

  • Hotel Hubs:
    London, Portsmouth, Caen, Bayeux, Paris, Reims, Amiens, Arras, Ypres, Kortrijk, Nijmegen, Arnhem, Amsterdam, Bruges, Brussels, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Berlin

QUICK TIPS & TRICKS for selling the Battlefield Tours
  • The best bookshop is at the Theipval Memorial Centre
     

  • There are exactly 300 Commonwealth Grave Cemeteries in France, and 300 Commonwealth Grave Cemereirs in Belgium dedicated to the First & Second World War 
     

  • What Regiment? It's helpful to find out more about the family's footsteps with a name & regiment - we can do the rest.
     

  • Tours to the Grange Tunnel at Vimy Ridge are free but reservations must be made on-site on the day of the visit. Other tunnel tours include Wellington Quarries in Arras, or those more able-bodied travellers can enquire with us about a private visit underground with specialist guides to other, raw areas. 

  • Ypres, the City of Peace, (pronounced EE-PER) is spelt two different ways: Ypres, & Ieper. Like most places in West Flanders Belgium, (like Bruges/Brugge) this city has both a french and flemish name, which can be used interchangeably by travellers.

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