Battlefields of Europe. WW1 and WW2.

Discussion in 'Travel' started by Monty417, May 23, 2010.

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  1. This Holiday Co appears to have a good reputation and is offering some interesting and realistically priced 4/5 day tours.

    I would be interested if anyone has tried any of them and have any comments or info regarding the same.

    http://www.visitbattlefields.co.uk/ViewResults.aspx

    Thanks,

    Monty.
     
  2. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
    1. Battlefield Tours

    Flyingmonkey sometimes acts as a guide for Leger.
    He is listed on their site as one of their guides.
    Give him a shout.
     
  3. Cheers OB. :)
     
  4. Good quality guides. I can't comment on the value for money but the tours seem pricey...
     
  5. Thanks mate. Having no experience of it, I don't know whether they are good value. Have used them for other tours and they were v good.
     
  6. Generally speaking if you want to know what's what about guides/battlefield tours companies, you can do a lot worse than talk to;

    http://www.gbg-international.com/
     
  7. I have done quite few with them, and my old man even more.
    Just returned from Verdun.

    Are you thinking of any tour in particular ?

    I was looking at the battles in the holy land - believe flying monkey is going as a guide. The single supplement was a killer so decided against it.
     
  8. I know it's not a British battlefield site but Verdun is awe inspiring. Unlike the Somme and much of the northern French battlefields, it's not been largely reclaimed by agriculture and you can enter Forts Douamont and Vaux. The surrounding landscape remains shell pitted and there are many superb vantage points of the battlefield. The Ossuary at Douamont where the unidentified remains are on public view is humbling.

    Read A.Horne's "Verdun - The Price of Glory" for the definitive history of the battle.
     
  9. It is a particularly well referenced battlefield and the US battles of 1918 are also easy to track over the terrain. I drove over the Verdun area about a month ago.
     
  10. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
    1. Battlefield Tours

    An Arrse group went to Verdun in October last year. Amazing place to visit. Flyingmonkey was our guide on that one.
     
  11. Nothing in particular Taff, but the Verdun tour does sound very interesting.
     
  12. Verdun and surrounding area. Sorry, I'm not a guide. Just posting for those who might be interested. Buy a map at the museum and head off the beaten track and you'll see the same.

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  13. While on the coach, the tour guide put a DVD on, it was the great war, a series which was on BBC in the early 80's. A bit like world at war about WW1. I found it on the internet and downloaded it. 26 episodes. Well worth watching.

    This is one of the episodes posted on youtube in 4 parts
    Verdun
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWJB6Y-3N5o
     
  14. It's "The Great War". Very good. Here's the link: The Great War

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  15. Free
    http://www.katzforums.com/showthread.php?p=2810065

    If you do decide to go on the Verdun trip with Leger, ask them where you will be staying. I was fortunate enough to stay in Reims. The hotel was 800m from the Cathedral. Drinks in the hotel were 6.80 Euro a beer. Found a bar called the Glue pot in town, about 4.50 a beer.

    Leger use an overflow hotel about 10 miles out of town on an industrial estate. The coach drivers will on the odd night transport you into Reims and back for 5 euros each, but you have to leave at 22.00.


    There is also a late finish one night when they spend a few hours in Verdun about 90 minutes away. Arrive back at the hotel around 21.45.

    Remember to take a brew kit and also a slab of beer would be a good idea :)


    Some of the pics I took
    http://s86.photobucket.com/albums/k83/Taffnp/Verdun2010/?action=view&current=la_butte_de_chalmont1.jpg

    Our guide was Peter Davies whom I have had before, with flying monkey when I did Ypres a few years ago.