At In The Footsteps® it is our aim to provide top quality guided battlefield tours to destinations around the world for individuals, couples and groups.
We have over fifteen years experience in designing tours and are confident that we can design a battlefield tour that will meet, and often exceed, your needs. 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 battlefield tour service is totally flexible; you tell us where you want to go, when and for how long. You can follow in the footsteps on one of our flexi tours or alternatively we will design a tour specifically tailor-made just for you; the choice is yours.
With an In The Footsteps battlefield tour it is what you want that matters.
Follow in the footsteps® of an ancestor or relative who fought across the various battlefields of the world on an In the footsteps® Genealogy Tour. Visit the sites associated with their battles. See the places where they encamped, fought and perhaps were even wounded or died. Together we will design a tour that enables you to retrace their steps, stand in the places they stood, see where they fought and pay your respects at the memorials and CWGC Cemeteries associated with their battles.
When you book an In the footsteps® Genealogy Tour using our services, we will provide as much or as little as you require for your journey including accommodation, transport and food. You will also receive the services of your very own expert guide who will take care of all of the relevant planning and research involved as part of your trip.
On one of our personalised and customised In the footsteps® Genealogy Tours you can visit the memorials that mean the most to you and explore the battlefields that you want to see. You can pay your respects at the cemeteries and visit the museums of your choosing.
In the footsteps has a wealth of experience designing battlefield tours to the sites of the battlefields that span the last millenium and a team of Subject Matter Experts to guide you around them. Our team include both UK based and local guides, all of whom are English speaking and have been touring for many years. Some are ex-military, some have been teachers, some policemen and others come from different walks of life, but whatever their background they all have one thing in common — a love of military history.
In the footsteps have been arranging tours to the battlefields of the First World War for over fifteen years. In that time they have led customers from diverse backgrounds and different nationalities around the battlefields of the Western Front, Italy, Gallipoli, Palestine, Mesopotamia and Africa. Their team of expert guides have a wealth of knowledge about the campaigns and battles of the First World War and some are published military historians. They have followed in the footsteps of Australian, British, Canadian, French, South African, New Zealand, American and German soldiers exploring the battlefields over which they fought and telling their stories.
In the footsteps have been arranging tours to the battlefields of the Second World War for over fifteen years. In that time they have led customers of many different nationalities around the battlefields of the Northwest Europe, Italy, North Africa and Russia. Their team of expert guides have a wealth of knowledge about the campaigns and battles of the Second World War and some are published military historians. They have followed in the footsteps of American, British, Canadian, French, Australian, South African, New Zealand and German soldiers exploring their battlefields and telling their stories.
With so many companies offering battlefield tours it’s difficult to pick the one that’s best for you.
We have created our larger guide led group tours around a number of key aims:
First and foremost we want our guests to return home with a real understanding of the conflict or the battle that we have explored together. At each site we visit we will set the scene and explain what happened, where and why, in a clear and succinct way. We won't confuse you with complicated 'military speak' or bore you with confusing detail you'll never remember!
Secondly we will ensure that you experience the battles through the eyes of the soldiers who fought there. As well as the histories of what happened, we draw extensively on contemporary accounts and soldiers' letters home. We also use the poetry and art of the time to help tell the stories. We want to put you there – in the footsteps – of the men and women involved, sharing their thoughts and emotions, listening to their own words.
And thirdly, it's not just about the battlefields. We know that each tour is a holiday as well as a learning experience so we ensure that guests have time to experience some of the culture of the countries they will be visiting in a convivial and relaxed way.
Our itineraries are designed to put the battles in context of the wider conflict. The individual places we stop at, and the order in which we stop at them, are selected for their importance in the key phases of the battle or campaign. At each site you will be told in a clear and concise way why the particular site is important and what happened there.
We also attach great importance to our guides. An excellent guide is, in our opinion, key to the guest enjoyment of the tour experience. The 'In the Footsteps' guides who will lead you through the stories of each battle are all professionals. Each is selected for the depth of their knowledge, their enthusiasm and their ability to tell the story in an entertaining and engaging way. Most are members of the prestigious Guild of Battlefield Guides.
When selecting hotels, we choose them not only for their convenience for the sites, but also for their ambience – some are actually on the battlefields. We also organise meals for the group in places selected for their relevance to the tour. It is extremely evocative to take dinner looking out over the Cloth Hall in Ypres or have lunch in the cellars where the 'Wipers Times' was printed!
And finally we learn! Every tour is different and even though we may be visiting the same places each time we never assume we know it all. We encourage guests to contribute their own family stories if they would like to and we can visit particular family graves close to the tour routes and organise individual acts of remembrance.
And when we get back? There's always that next piece of research we need to do to answer that question from a guest that stumped us at the time!
The itineraries here are only a guide and can be altered to suit what you want to achieve and your budget. We are flexible on dates and the type of accommodation used subject to availability.
Our battlefield studies are specifically designed to deliver the core function of professional education to military units and formations. They must not be confused with other activity on former battlefields such as commemorations, the maintenance of memorials, or team building exercises as these fall within the scope of our Group Tours.
Battlefield studies are directed by the chain of command as formal training and education. We work closely with the chain of command to deliver a battlefield study that meets defined criteria in order to prepare formations, units and individuals for future operations by enhancing their understanding of current operations and improving their comprehension of conventional operations.
All of our tailor-made 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: -
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.
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.
We have full liability and professional indemnity insurance and our fully comprehensive vehicle insurance covers us for our tour operator activities.
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