BATTLEFIELD TOURS

The rolling green fields of northern France, peaceful now under cloud-strewn skies, have a bloody past. They saw battlefronts drawn, landscapes torn up and countless lives lost in the first half of the twentieth century, as the First and Second World Wars raged across Europe. Battlefield tours of the Western Front and Normandy with Back-Roads take you on a moving journey of recognition, remembrance and respect as you visit these sites of global significance.

 

For over twenty years, Back-Roads has been offering expert-led battlefield tours that present two key opportunities: the chance to learn more about the tumultuous events, strategies and stories of WW1 and WW2, and the ability to pay your respects to the fallen.

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Passionate Tour Leaders

 

One of the most highly regarded aspects of our battlefield tours is the quality of the guides who will accompany you throughout. Their unparalleled knowledge and passion for this period of history will help to bring the past alive as you walk the open fields of the Somme or the wide beaches of Normandy.

 

Our guides are willing to go above and beyond to deliver a personalised and memorable experience for their guests. If you are planning your visit to commemorate a fallen family member and indicate this at the time of booking, our tour leaders will make every effort to locate their grave, search the battalion records and piece together their last movements on the battlefield. Tours are most rewarding when they allow you to make a deep, personal connection with the brave soldiers who fought and fell at the very place you will find yourself standing.

 

Infamous Locations

 

Many of the most memorable locations of the First and Second World Wars form the centrepiece of our battlefield tours. Reading about the frontlines and geographical landscapes in a history book will never compare to seeing, recognising and tracing the steps of the armies yourself.

 

Our D-Day Battles for France tour tells the enthralling story of the Normandy Beaches. From Merville Battery to Pegasus Bridge, the Mulberry Harbour to the church steeple of Sainte-Mère- Église, your guide will raise the stories from the pages of the history books and into reality. A tour along the Vimy Ridge trenches on our WW1 Battlefield Weekend is a chance to step a hundred years back in time and experience firsthand how the soldiers would have lived.

 

A memorable feature of both of our Western Front battlefield tours is the chance to hear the moving Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate in Ypres. This tribute to the fallen has been played over 30,000 times since its instigation in 1928 in an astounding act of remembrance.

 

Moving Tributes

 

All of our battlefield tours dedicate a significant amount of time to visiting cemeteries, memorials and monuments to the soldiers who fought and died. Our WW1 Battlefield Weekend includes a visit to Pheasant Wood Cemetery, where 250 British and Australian troops who died at the Battle of Fromelles were recently laid to rest. On our ANZACS on the Western Front tour you will get the chance to see the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission Military Cemetery at Tyne Cot, as well as the Australian Corps Memorial Park. American war graves can be visited on our D-Day Battles for France tour, which includes a visit to the American Normandy Cemetery.

 

These moments of stillness and contemplation allow you the time and space to remember your loved ones and fellow countrymen, wherever they are buried. One of the things that make our Back-Roads battlefield tours special is their flexibility; if you want to pay your respects at a cemetery that is not listed in the itinerary, tell your guide in advance and they will tailor your tour to include a visit, as far as routes and overall geography allow.

 

On our ANZACs on the Western Front tour in April, we also offer the special opportunity to take part in the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux. This moving annual event sees Australians, New Zealanders and locals gather together to commemorate the liberation of the village in 1918 by Australian and Commonwealth soldiers on the anniversary of the Gallipoli Landings.

 

Battlefields by Back-Roads

 

As a leading specialist in small group tours, Back-Roads brings together all of its knowledge and experience to craft unforgettable battlefield tours. A group size of no more than 18 people ensures that the itinerary can be tailored to suit each individual’s personal journey of discovery. Our nimble, air-conditioned mini-coaches are able to slip down narrow lanes and byways, allowing us to access places that are often inaccessible to large coaches.

 

If the picturesque beaches of France and the serene fields of Belgium have become the final resting place of your loved ones and ancestors, there is no better way to understand their contribution and pay respect to their sacrifice than on our battlefield tours of the Western Front.

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WW1 Battlefields 2018
Tour on Offer

This introductory tour allows visitors to see the major areas of British and Commonwealth involvement across the Western Front. Most importantly, the tour offers flexibility to…
5 Days / 4 Nights
US$949PP (From)
Was $999

D-Day Battles for France 2018
Tour on Offer

Trace the events that left a mark on the 20th century – and on France’s northerly fringes. And see the places you’ve read about in history books, setting the …
5 Days / 4 Nights
US$1804PP (From)
Was $1899

ANZACs on the Western Front with Dawn Ceremony
Tour on Offer

The Australian War Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux commemorates the battle on the 24th/25th April 1918, when Australian and Commonwealth Soldiers liberate the town. In front of …
6 Days
US$1130PP (From)
Was $1189