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In the footsteps aims to provide top quality battlefield tours that offer the personal touch that many of the larger package tour operators are unable to achieve. We are confident that we can design a battlefield tour to meet your needs and are certain that it will achieve if not exceed all of your requirements.

You know you are in safe hands with In the footsteps; we were the first Battlefield Tour operator to be awarded membership of the European Tour Operators Association and the first to be given the coveted status of Supporter of the Guild of Battlefield Guides. All of our battlefield tours are guided by Subject Matter Experts who have a wealth of experience delivering a package that is fantastic value and an experience that you will cherish forever.

Our Tailor-made Tours

Our tailor-made battlefield tour service is totally flexible. You tell us where, when and for how long you want to go and we tailor a battlefield tour to suit your needs. With an In the footsteps tailor-made battlefield tour it is what you want that matters. So whether you want to: -

  • Follow in the footsteps of a specific American, Australian, British, Canadian, Indian, New Zealand and/or South African regiment, unit or military formation during the 1914-18 Great War, Second World War or even the earlier battles associated with the British Empire and Neapoleonic Wars.

  • Follow in the footsteps of the French Army at the famous Battle of Verdun in 1916 or along the Chemin des Dames in 1917.

  • Visit the major sites of the 1914-18 Great War battlefields of the Western Front at Mons, Ypres, Messines Ridge, Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge, the Somme and Cambrai.

  • Walk along the American Beaches of UTAH and OMAHA; the British Beaches of GOLD, JUNO and SWORD and see the battlefields where the American Airborne and British Airborne forces landed to secure the flanks of the D-Day invasion.

  • Follow in the footsteps of the Allied Armies as they advanced deeper into Normandy during the breakout and on to destroy the German Seventh Army at Falaise.

  • Drive along "Hell's Highway" to that "Bridge Too Far" at Arnhem discussing the adacious and daring attempt to seize a crossing over the River Rhine during Operation Market Garden.

  • See the medieval battlefields at Crécy and Agincourt or the Napoleonic battlefields of the Waterloo Campaign on a history tour.

  • Pay your respects at the CWGC war graves and/or ABMC American Military Cemetery.

we can design a tailor-made tour specifically for you. Unlike many package tour companies who offer battlefield tours, at In the footsteps you get an affordable and tailor-made battlefield tour that gives you the flexibility to see the sites and visit the places you want to see not just those that the tour operator wants to show you.

An In the footsteps tailor-made battlefield tour puts you in control.

Our Tour Options

1914-18 Great War Tours

The sites of the Western Front of the 1914-18 Great War that we have previously visited include: -

  • Mons and the Great Retreat.

  • The Ypres Salient including: -
    • The First Battle of Ypres and the forming of the salient.
    • The Second Battle of Ypres and the First Gas Attacks along the Gravenstafel Ridge and the Battle for Sint Juliaan.
    • The Battle of Messines and the various actions along the Messines Ridge.
    • The Third Battle of Ypres including the Battle of Pilckem Ridge, the Battle of Langemarck, the Battle of Menin Road, the Battle of Polygon Wood, the Battle of Broodseinde, the Battle of Poelcappelle and the Battles for Passchendaele.
    • The German Spring Offensive of 1918 and the 'Last Hundred Days' including the Battle of the Lys and Mont Kemmel.

  • The Battles of the Somme including: -
    • The First Day of the Somme, 1st July 1916, the Bloodiest Day in the history of the British Army - Serre, Beaumont Hamel, Thiepval, Authuille, Ovillers, La Boisselle, Fricourt, Mametz and Montauban.
    • The 1916 Battles of the Somme - the Battle of Albert, Mametz Wood, the Battle of Bazentin Ridge, the Battle of Pozieres, the Battle of Delville Wood, the Battle of High Wood, the Battle of Guillemont, the Battle of Ginchy, the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, the Battle of Morval, the Battle of Thiepval Ridge, the Battle of Le Transloy, the Battle of the Ancre Heights and the Battle of the Ancre.
    • The 1917 Battle of Cambrai.
    • The 1918 German Spring Offensive and the 'Last Hundred Days' - the 1918 Battle of Amiens, including Villers-Bretonneux, Le Hamel and Le Quesnel; the Advance to the Hindenburg Line including Mont St Quentin, the Canal du Nord, the St Quentin Canal and Cambrai; the breaking of the Hindenburg Line and the Advance to Mons.

  • The Battles of Arras including: -
    • The 1917 battles - the First Battle of the Scarpe, the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the First Battle of Bullecourt, the Battle of Lagnicourt, the Second Battle of the Scarpe, the Battle of Arleux, the Second Battle of Bullecourt and the Third Battle of the Scarpe.
    • The 1918 German Spring Offensive and the 'Last Hundred Days' - the Battle of the Scarpe and the Battle of Drocourt-Queant.

  • The Battles further South including: -
    • The Battle of Verdun.
    • The Chemin de Dames.
    • The Battle of Soissons.
    • The Meuse-Argonne.

Second World War Tours

The battlefields of the Second World War that we have previously visited include: -

  • The American, British and Canadian D-Day Landing Beaches.

  • The American and British D-Day Airborne Landing Zones.

  • The Battle of Normandy, including the British in the capture of Caen and the Americans during the capture of St Lo and the Normandy Breakout.

  • Operation MARKET GARDEN, including the British XXX Corps as they fought their way up Hell's Highway, the Amercian Airborne securing the route and the British Airborne at the Bridge Too Far at Arnhem.

  • The liberation of the Netherlands, including the Canadians in the Battle of the Scheldt and the 53rd (Welsh) at 's-Hertogenbosch.

  • The Battle of the Bulge, including the German assault in the north, the route followed by Kampfe Grouppe Peiper, the defence of Bastogne and it's relief by Patton's Third Army.

  • The Rhine Crossings at Remagen, Wesel and Oppenheim.

  • The Battle of Berlin.

  • Auschwitz and Krackow.

Pre-20th Century Tours

The older battlefields that we have previously visited include: -

  • 1066 - Hastings and Normandy.

  • The Hundred Years War.
    • Crecy.
    • Agincourt.

  • The 1815 Waterloo Campaign.
    • Ligny.
    • Quatre Bras.
    • Waterloo.

  • The Anglo-Zulu War.
    • Isandlwana.
    • Rorke's Drift.
    • Ulundi.

Genealogy Tours - A genealogy tour is one that is more specialised. These battlefield tours are designed specifically for you and are ideal for those wishing to “follow in the footsteps” of an ancestor or relative looking at their battles and the places where they fought. A genealogy tour usually requires a degree of research in order to define the itinerary and the itinerary is designed so that you can see where your ancestors fought and visit the battlefield sites associated with them. Our genealogy tour options are suitable for individuals, couples and small groups.

Group Tours - Our group tour service is ideal for large groups such as a: school, military unit, comrades association, club or organisation that want to tour the battlefields. These battlefield tours can be organised to suit the requirements of the group, in much the same way as our tailor-made tours for individuals or small groups. They can be customised to follow a theme to enable the group to achieve a specific aim or be more general as your group desires.

Themed Tours - A themed tour is one designed around a specific theme that has been designed to ensure that you get a flavour of the events that took place. These are available on dates of your choosing, subject to the availability of accommodation and guides, and can often be modified to take account of any specific request related to the theme.

Package Tours - Our package tours take place on set dates and can be booked by individuals, couples or even groups. They are scheduled throughout the year to ensure that you get the most from your tour experience.

What does your tour include?

All of our tailor-made In the footsteps battlefield tours include the services of a dedicated tour guide and transport around the battlefield area. We can also take care of all other arrangements (excluding flights). We can: -

  • Book your ferry crossings or Eurostar from the UK.

  • Book your accommodation in one of our carefully selected hotels or B&Bs.

  • Make your tour all-inclusive, full-board, half-board or Bed and Breakfast, whichever you wish.

  • Arrange your pick-up and return to our UK port of departure or port of entry, train station in the tour location, airport, hotel or other agreed location whichever you prefer.

Whatever you want us to include we will, that which you want to do yourself you can. Our tailor-made In the footsteps packages are truly flexible giving you total control of your tour.

Arranging a battlefield tour

To arrange a battlefield tour with In the footsteps please click here to access our tour enquiry form or email an outline of your requirements to

Your enquiry is important to us and we will get back to you as soon as possible with a proposal to meet your requirements.

A tour with In the footsteps takes you on a journey that is a truly unique experience
and will leave you with memories that will last forever

Each tour that we provide can be especially designed to cater for your very own requirements and we give you the opportunity to see the specific places that are important to you. So whatever you want to do, we can build an itinerary that ensures you get to see what you want to see not just what the tour operator wants to show you.

An In the footsteps tour gives you the flexibility to go where you want, when you want and stay in the grade of accommodation you prefer. So whether you want a battlefield tour of D-Day and the Beaches of Normandy or Arnhem and Operation MARKET GARDEN in WW2 or a battlefield tour to the Somme, Ypres, Ypres Salient, Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge, Mons, Verdun on the Western Front of the 1914-18 Great War or even visit one of the older battlefields we can design a tour that is right for you.

We have previously arranged battlefield tours for American, Australian, British, Canadian, New Zealand, Singaporean and South African visitors.

To find out more about one of our In the footsteps battlefield tours visit our tour pages and put yourself in control.

Follow in the footsteps of HEROES with In the footsteps BATTLEFIELD TOURS

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

An extract from "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon

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