Bespoke WWI Battlefield Tours
Great War Tours Ltd is proud to offer personal, bespoke and individual tours – every tour is created to suit your timings and designed in consultation with you to deliver exactly the Remembrance journey that you wish to take. All travel is planned meticulously, using our luxury tour vehicle (VW Caravelle Executive), for up to four clients on any one tour, ensuring your comfort and privacy. Indeed, your Great War Tour begins the moment you call to discuss the tour you wish to experience.
Where does your journey begin?
Leaving your home or convenient departure point for Folkestone, you will travel via Eurotunnel to Calais. Upon arrival in Calais, you will drive through northern France and into Belgium, visiting the locations around which your tour has been built, relating to your personal interests. Your own guide will accompany you throughout. Indeed, the beauty of a bespoke Great Wars Tour is that you can travel at a pace to suit you, tailoring your visits to particular places. And all travel arrangements are made by us here at GWT.
Personalise your tour – we can research your relatives
It may be that you would like to learn a little more about any particular relative or person of interest’s military experience prior to your tour. Previous tours have enabled clients to be the first relatives to visit a grave over the 97 years since their relative was killed whilst others have seen the name of their favourite composer engraved on a Memorial. GWT will be happy to complete comprehensive research in advance of your designing any particular tour.
Example WWI Tours
As there are no off-the-shelf tours available, please look at the example tours below which have been designed to inspire you.
The Testament of Youth Tour:
You may remember the excellent 1979 BBC series, featuring Cheryl Campbell and Peter Woodward as Vera Brittain and Roland Leighton, based upon Vera’s searing memoire of the Great War, ‘Testament of Youth’ – Or perhaps you have long been a fan of the book itself?
Earlier this year, at long last, a new film starring Alicia Vikander and Kit Harrington was released. In recognition of which I have created the ‘Testament of Youth’ tour offering you the opportunity to visit some of the areas on the Western Front where Vera, Edward and Roland fought their Great War.
Day 1: Leave your home or convenient departure point for Calais via Eurotunnel. Drive through northern France and into Belgium, visiting: Etaples – where Vera worked as a Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse nursing German wounded. Ploegsteerte Wood (from where Roland sent Vera some fresh violets his poem ‘Villanelle, Violets from Plug Street Wood’) and Ypres. Attend the moving Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate.
Day 2: Travel back into France to visit: Roland Leighton’s grave in Hedauville, from where, just before his death, he had written his last poem. Lochnagar Crater and Ovillers to discover the Battle of the Somme ; Edward Brittain was wounded on the first day, 1st July 1916 and received the Military Cross for his “conspicuous gallantry’ despite his severe injuries.
Day 3: Before returning to Folkestone, drive to Mons visting: The Conde Canal and Bridge at Nimy, where the British Expeditionary Force exchanged the first shots with the German Army in August 1914. St Symphorien to visit the graves of the first British soldier killed in August 1914 and the last in November 1918.
The Going Forth Tour:
This tour is designed especially for fans of the last in the Blackadder comedy series, those who support either side of the debate currently raging into the teaching of history and those wanting to know more before they make a decision.
Our ‘Going Forth’ tour provides an opportunity to consider the real-life experiences of men related to the actors and writers of Blackadder, one of the BBC’s most popular sitcoms. We follow the experiences of those relatives serving with the British and the Germany armies during the Great War.
Day 1: Leave your home or convenient departure point for Calais via Eurotunnel. Drive through northern France and into Belgium, visiting locations in Ramskappelle, Langemarck and Ypres. Attend the moving Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate. (Cloth Hall, Ypres)
Day 3: Before returning to Folkestone, drive to Mons, where the British Expeditionary Force found itself in November 1918, back where it had started in August 1914.
Prices start from £850 per person for a three day / two night private tour and includes all travel, your first class accommodation and the top class cuisine offered locally throughout your trip. Dependent upon the focus of your tour, you will stay at either L’Hermitage Gantois in Lille or Manoir Ogygia in Poperinghe. They are each used extensively by GWT, ensuring that you receive the best experience on your tour.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Debbie, just complete our booking enquiry form. And remember: Your Great War Tour begins the moment you call discuss the tour you wish to enjoy.