Follow in the footsteps of heroes

Best Historic Battlefield Tour Operator – UK

Lux Life Award

Lux-Life 2020 Travel & Tourism Awards

With so many companies offering battlefield tours it’s difficult to pick the one that’s best for you. With an In The Footsteps battlefield tour it is what you want that matters.

We have over fifteen years experience in designing and provide top quality guided battlefield tours to destinations around the world for individuals, couples and groups and are confident that we can design a battlefield tour that will meet, and usually exceed, your needs. With an In The Footsteps battlefield tour it is what you want that matters.

Our service is totally flexible; you tell us where you want to go, when and for how long. We can design a tour specifically tailor-made just for you or you can follow in the footsteps on one of our flexi tours; the choice is yours.

Our Tours

NO DEPOSIT Special Offer applies to Private Tours of up to 7 people booked between 24 April and 31 December 2020 only.

This offer cannot be retrospectively apllied and does not apply to our Anniversay Small Group Tours or to our larger tours where 8 or more are travelling as the hire of a coach with driver is required.


Genealogy Tour

Would you like to follow in the footsteps of an ancestor or relative who fought across the various battlefields of the world? If the answer is yes, then an In the footsteps® Genealogy Tour is just what you need.

Pre-20th Century

Pre-20th Century Tours

Are you interested in Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, the Age of Revolutions, Napoleonic, 18th Century or the Wars of the British Empire? Then a Pre-20th Century Tour may fulfill your requirements.

First World War

First World War Tour

The First World War, or Great War as it is often known, was the 'War to end all wars'. If you are interested in exploring the battlefields of the Western Front, Italy, Gallipoli, Palestine, Mesopotamia and Africa, then one of our First World War tours should meet your needs.

Second World War

Second World War Tour

We have led customers of many different nationalities around the Second World War battlefields of the Northwest Europe, Italy, North Africa and Russia. If the Second World War is your interest we can design a tour to suit your requirements.

Groups and Schools

Group Tour

With so many companies offering battlefield tours for groups and schools it's difficult to pick the one that's best for you. At In The Footsteps we tailor our group tours to meet your school's needs, be that following a specific regiment or unit, the 'old-boys', or specific learning objectives.

Battlefield Studies

Battlefield Studies

Our battlefield studies are specifically designed to deliver the core function of professional military education to formations and units. They must not be confused with other activity on former battlefields such as commemorations and the maintenance of memorials which fall within the scope of our Group Tours.


This website is dedicated to preserving the memory of those who fought for their country so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have today.

"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."


Don't just take our word for it, read what our past customers have had to say.

Battle of the Bulge Tour

Jo and Ian were very helpful in planning 3 days visiting Battle of the Bulge sites. The first 1.5 days were focused on my Dad's Company B and Ian took us from the train station he arrived in a box car in December 1944 to hills he fought up with many stops between. I now have a much better understanding of the role of infantry (my dad was a private) as the first to push through in a battle with tanks to follow--the deadliest positions. Especially memorial were seeing foxholes (to be able to imagine freezing weather, summer uniforms and no ability to warm by a fire) and the Dragon's Teeth. Following the personlized tour portion, Ian shared Pieper's tanks and other sites relevant to the Battle. Thank you to "In The Footsteps Battlefield Tours."


- Trudi Richter USA

Patrick Family Genealogy Tour

We set off to find where four of our relatives had been. We managed something much more special by going beyond 'seeing the battlefields' and somehow were able to meet the men. How was this achieved?
We did a lot of research ourselves but Ian was able to take us to every one of the sites we had identified and give us an in-depth insight based on his previous research, visits and knowledge. Somehow the combination of our research and Ian's knowledge gave us an intangible outcome of something that was extra special that I would find hard to put words to. It was very moving to find the farm my grandfather had stayed in – I found myself bursting into tears a few days after when I looked at a photograph we had taken of it. For the one man who did not make it home (the other three were all wounded) Ian read the eulogy at his monument. A very moving thing to have done. Away – arrangements for travel, hotels, us having three generations with different needs, catering, all the usual stuff that where it goes well is unseen were excellent. (Well done Jo). I particularly liked the fact that on our tour we visited a couple of tea rooms with displays that they had prepared themselves rather than the big museums that we did not have time for. Something special that we went with three generations and shared three perspectives – I can recommend it. Overall, first rate excellent. Well done Ian and Jo we thank you.


- Richard Patrick UK

Kirby Family Genealogy Tour

This was our third bespoke tour with In The Footsteps, this time on the trails of 8 soldier ancestors. We spent 8 nights in Flanders and the Somme battlefields, a relatively long tour compared to many. We had already done a lot of family history and war service research and Jo and Ian were able to expertly translate this detail into a great itinerary. Administration was faultless, and very helpful and responsive to some last minute unexpected health issues. Accommodation in Ypres, Cambrai and Corbie was well located, comfortable and full of character.
Transport in Ian's 4WD was excellent, enabling us to effortlessly go off sealed road to reach our destinations. Ian's military background provided us with an insightful understanding of the conditions facing the soldiers and the conduct of the military operations. In particular, his ability to read maps (including integrating WW1 maps with modern day maps ) and the lie of the land enabled us to get to the very trenches and locations where our ancestors fought, died and won medals. He had a thorough knowledge of the battlefield areas that we were visiting. Documentation provided of various battles and of our tour was great and much appreciated.
Highly recommended. One tip: the more information you have and provide to Ian and Jo, the more they can tailor the tour to your specific needs and interests.


- Michael Kirby Australia

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Page last updated: 24 April 2020