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Battlefield tours

Cathy's verdict:

Visiting the battlefields of the First and Second World Wars is a moving experience and a great way to bring history to life. Popular with over-50s, and with modest single supplements, these small group tours with an expert guide are ideal for solo travellers looking to explore alongside those with similar interests.

Recommended tour operator: Back-Roads Touring

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Back-Roads Touring says

If you want to understand our nation’s – and your family’s – history, there is no better way than to visit the battlefield sites and the places where history was made. Retrace the footsteps of heroes on one of our World War Battlefield Tours, in the company of people with a shared interest and our specialist guide.

  • expert guides
  • popular with solos
  • range of destinations

We are experts in small group and tailor-made touring, offering unique, fascinating and leisurely regional tours throughout the UK and Europe. With a maximum of 15 people per tour, you can be assured of a more intimate and relaxing travel experience in a comfortable vehicle. Up to 20% of our customers are solo travellers.

From the charming, local accommodation we stay in to the unique authentic experiences we include, on a Back-Roads tour you can really take the time to immerse yourself in a particular region or destination, away from the typical tourist trail.

Our WW1 Battlefield Weekend is a matchless introduction, taking in The Somme, Villers-Bretonneux, the Hooge Crater and the Messine and Vimy Ridges over three days. With such a small group, travelling in a small vehicle, you will be able to enjoy more flexibility than you might on other tours, not least the opportunity to perhaps track down a specific cemetery with special meaning for your family.

The four-day D-Day Battle for France trip traces the events leading up to, during and after the D-Day landings on the Normandy beaches. We take in the British, American and Canadian landing beaches as well as the Dieppe Memorial Museum – even the church where Paratrooper John Steele was caught on the steeple.

Both tours are accompanied by one of our expert leader/guides and begin and end in Lille – we can arrange connecting travel and additional hotel accommodation if required. There is a modest single supplement on all our tours but we have negotiated the best possible deal to keep this to a minimum.

Find out more about our Battlefield Tours.

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