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The Battlefields Experience

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Address: 2 rue des Cordeliers, 80560, Amiens, France
Phone Number: +33 3 22 76 29 60
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

We are Jackie and Rod Bedford, both British ex military, we have for the...

We are Jackie and Rod Bedford, both British ex military, we have for the past sixteen 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.

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Memorable. An absolute must do/see..

We met Jackie in Arras, for the start of day tour of the Somme battle fields, which included the mines at Lochnagar, the windmill, 'moo-cow' farm, Theipval Memorial, Beaumont... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We met Jackie in Arras, for the start of day tour of the Somme battle fields, which included the mines at Lochnagar, the windmill, 'moo-cow' farm, Theipval Memorial, Beaumont Hamel, amongst many other memorable sites. Jackie's knowledge and style is outstanding. We have an even greater appreciation of the sacrifice that so many made in those hard months of 1916.... More 

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Devon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went with friends and had a three day tour, two days on the Somme with Jackie and one day in Ypres with Rod. We did it in one of their comfortable mini-vans, which made all it much easier. It makes a real difference going with someone who understands the whole story. Jackie started by asking why the War happened... More 

Thank nandvdevon
Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

After doing some recent family tree research, I was keen to visit the sites of two of my great uncles, who died during WW1. When I contacted Jackie about a tour, she was keen to have some details beforehand, so she could do her own research which meant she was able to quickly find the relevant grave sites, as well... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

My spouse and I had planned a trip to the Great War battle fields, and had made arrangements with the Battlefields Experience. We were picked up at our hotel in Arras by Jackie, as Rod was engaged with a school tour. Jackie was simply outstanding; very engaging and impressively knowledgeable. We had a very full day, touring sites of particular... More 

Thank Marc L
Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Our family, over the years, had sought to find out the details of our great uncle's death at the Somme. Rod Bedford, using his vast knowledge of the battle was able to show us the field where our relation was mortally wounded, the missing detail in our story. On a personalised tour, Rod took us to the places where our... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

My wife and I have recently completed an incredibly movng 2 day private tour of major Somme battlefields with Ken. The tour has had a profound impact on us and given us a real insight into the courage and bravery of our solders together with the shocking conditions they lived and fought in. A totally memorable experience. Ken's knowledge was... More 

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Hampton, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Rod is full of information and tailors the tour to what you want to see. He is extremely helpful. He has the answer to all your questions, including the background to conflicts, the people involved, the horrible statistics of war, the strategic places etc. Of course there were points where we cried but they were tempered with Rod's anecdotes. Highly... More 

Thank Blutach
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

We travelled from Paris Nord to Arras by fast train and were picked up by Jackie at the station. With an outstanding knowledge of the area and its World War I history, we were treated to a fabulous day of yesteryear happenings with commentry that became word pictures with the landscape before us. We covered and saw so much ground... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

If you are looking for French history, pick this company! Knowledge was the best, took time to explain the different areas and even though we had the WW1 tour, Ron explained about events that took place in WW2 (in our area).He picked us up from our hotel and started the tour before he had us driving! He took the time... More 

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Caloundra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

The Somme battlefield experience, conducted by ex Grendier Guardsman, Rod Bedford is an excellent introduction to the ground and tactics of both the German and Allied armies. An experienced soldier simply has the necessary background to be both informative and balanced in his understanding and description of the situations faced by both armies, than someone not used to the military... More 

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