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The Royal British Legion is a volunteer group creating memorial pages and information for all to use. We are often asked about tours of battle sites. Although we are not linked in anyway to these organisations we present this information to aid those wishing to find a travel company. cannot be held responsible in anyway whatsoever for the outcome of any contact that you may have with these companies although each has been recommended to us hence their appearance here.

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Hand Maid Tours World War II in Normandy

Hand Maid Tours offer escorted visits in English or French to the D-day beaches and historic battle sites of World War II in Normandy. If you choose to tour with them you will be part of a small groups, a maximum of eight visitors on any one tour, although larger groups can be separately catered for. The tours listed on their web site are only samples, and any tour booked with them can be tailored to suit your requirements.

To get the most out of Normandy their tours are designed to last between three and five days, although one day tours are also available.

They also meet cruise ships visiting Normandy for a day.

Hand Maid Tours are operated and organised by John and Elaine Flaherty who are English, but who have known France for many years and now live in Normandy.

They have other web sites

Explore the Battle of Normandy (A Hand Maid Tours Site)

See the site dedicated to the Atlantik Wall in Normandy (A Hand Maid Tours Site)

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The Battlefields ExperienceT

If you have a passion for history, particularly the era of 'The Great War' and wish to get a real insight into that monumental conflict, look no further than 'The Battlefields Experience'. They offer a unique personal experience of the Great War by arranging guided tours to the areas of conflict based around your particular interests. The Battlefield Experience is a family business with considerable experience of organising fully guided tours throughout the Battlefields of France and Belgium. They aim to make each trip a personal experience for each traveller and each itinerary is individually tailored to suit the requirements of individuals and groups.

War Research Society / Battlefield ToursWar Research Society / Battlefield ToursFounded several years ago by serving and retired police officers, ex service personnel and friends, The War Research Society / Battlefield Tours has taken thousands of pilgrims, veterans, widows and children to visit the battlefields, memorials and last resting places of the fallen. They have incorporated this with interesting guided historical tours of the areas of the First World War and Second World War in Northern France, Belgium, and Italy. Their Second World War tours visit, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland, and Italy. They cover the earlier campaigns in Europe with Agincourt/Crecy and the Battle of Waterloo and, now they are organising tours to South Africa and The Boer and Zulu War battle sites.

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Visiting the Battlefields where our ancestors bravely fought and won the Battle Honours that are now inscribed on our psyche has been Julian Whippy's passion since childhood. He now offers you the chance to visit them too in a uniquely comfortable and memorable fashion using small, private, bespoke tours to the Battlefields of Normandy, Arnhem, The Somme, Ypres, and other less known locations through his company, Battle Honours Ltd.

Somme Battlefield Tours Ltd A husband and wife team form a small, specialist company who have been organising tours to the battlefields of the Great War 1914-1918 since 1996.  They are particularly proud of their reputation and have many unsolicited testimonials written by those who have travelled with them over the past nine years Most importantly of all,  they do not employ tour guides as is often the case with most other tour organisers.  They personally organise and accompany every one of their conducted tours.

Their tours are quite distinct from the more commercially driven alternatives offered by larger companies.  They are particularly suited to the more discerning battlefield visitor, who may prefer to visit the battlefields as part of a very small group dedicated to exploring the battlefields, rather than just one of a large coach party. For this reason their tour groups are made up of no more than six persons, and they travel in our own luxury air-conditioned minibus - which has plenty of leg room!

They are also able to 'get off the beaten track' as much as possible to visit some of the most interesting places which cannot be accessed by larger coaches.

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