The Battlefields Experience

The Battlefields Experience

The Battlefields Experience
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We are Jackie and Rod Bedford, both British ex military, we have for the past twenty years provided fully guided Battlefield Tours throughout Europe. We offer a numerous single or multiple day tours to the WW1 Battles of the Somme, Arras and Ypres, and the Normandy beaches, for individuals or groups. Each itinerary can be customised to suit your Nationality and interest and we pick up in Lille, Arras, Albert and Amiens. Private bespoke tours and family research also undertaken, don't forget to tell us if you have a relative or particular interest so that we can include this in your tour, we use the latest technology of a GPS overlaid onto WW1 trench maps to allow you to literally walk in their footsteps. Fully licensed and insured under French law.
Arras, Hauts-de-France, France

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Andrew R
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Great narrative from Rod to accompany the fascinating and multi layered history of the Somme. The Sir John Monash memorial a real highlight. Comprehensive tour and very comfortable vehicle. Highly recommended.
Written 14 January 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review-we are glad you enjoyed your experience.
Written 13 February 2024
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Patrick C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This was the perfect experience for our first battlefield tour. Rod was extremely knowledgeable, had some funny jokes, and was able to customize the tour to make sure we visited areas that were of particular interest to us. Highly recommended!!
Written 10 January 2024
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Thank you for your review, but you really shouldn't laugh at Rods jokes- you will only encourage him! Seriously though we are so pleased we were able to provide the perfect tour for you, we try hard to make our tours relevant for each client.
Written 13 February 2024
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chris c
Oxford, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This tour was by some margin the most memorable one of my life. I visited with my wife and teenage boys on 1 June (my big apologies for the delay).

Rob's Somme tour was remarkably compelling, thought provoking, bitterly sad and educationally top notch. My sons were (as never before) transfixed for the whole five hours and the profound experience I am sure will remain with them for many years.

As one reviewer observed, Rod is a polymath, which is very much spot on.

I would very highly recommend this tour to all ages.

Regards and many thanks

Chris Cronk
Written 9 December 2023
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Hi Chris- what a lovely review, thank you so much, we are pleased you all enjoyed your time with us.
Written 13 February 2024
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DavidandHelen B
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The tour was amazing. Rod our guild was so informative and the day was full on. We learnt so much and it was a very moving experience visiting the battlegrounds where so many fought and died. If you are going to do a tour, this one shouldn't be missed. Thank you Rod and Jackie, it was an incredible if somber day
Written 9 November 2023
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Thank you for your review and for booking your tour with us, we appreciate it.
Written 13 February 2024
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Louise P
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Excellent trip. Rod was so knowledgeable. There were plenty of stops and ample time at each one. We had the calendar of moves from grandpa’s regiment and Rod went out of his way to take us to places he had been
Written 28 October 2023
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Sean F
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Thanks to Rod for a memorable day on the Fromelles and Ypres tour. Rod was a knowledgable and engaging guide throughout the tour. His military background provided personal and unique insights, mixed with humour, and Rod was able to quickly tailor aspects of the day for us on the go. A poignant and memorable day that provided an excellent foundation to the history of the Western Front.
Written 23 October 2023
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Kenneth M
Glasgow, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Spent an incredible day with Rod on the Somme battlefield tour. Knowledgeable, patient and always happy to provide a detailed insight into the historical events that caused, unfolded and finally led to the end of WW1.
As an ex WO in the grenadier guards, he gave a unique worms eye view of all the strategically significant events on the Somme battlefield. He tempered the facts with both respect and humour which gave us one of the most memorable days of our 5 week tour.
Written 12 October 2023
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JC1990
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Our tour was led by Jacky and it was brilliant. The depth and breadth of her knowledge was excellent and she was able to bring the awful experiences of the soldiers to life. The monuments and memorials were beautiful and incredibly moving. Overall I would highly recommend this tour to anybody interested in visiting the WW1 battlefields and learning about the War.
Written 7 October 2023
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williambJ8138XG
San Diego, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Did a half day tour as I wanted to experience WW1 battlefield sites
I have been to many historical war sites all over the world but not WW1
Was informative and what I liked was that the guide also discussed the WW11 areas that were fought in the Somme region as well
Written 3 October 2023
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Cathi B
Melbourne7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is an excellent tour. Rod is an extremely knowledgeable guide with a talent for creating an enjoyable atmosphere for a small group. He is a natural storyteller and is obviously committed to sharing the stories of those who fell in a way that is both compassionate and educational. We would most certainly recommend this tour.
Written 21 September 2023
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