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Reconstructed trenches at Bayernwald by Sandra Fauconnier, Wikimedia, 2014Photo by Sandra Fauconnier licensed under CC

With escorted trips to sights around the world, battlefield tours are very popular and highly recommended by those who travel on them. Whether you are keen to follow the battles across Sicily in 1943 during Operation Husky, find out more about the secret tunnelling that took place in WW1 or visit the sites of the Anglo Zulu war of 1879, there will be a tour for you.

A real bonus on these tours is that you usually travel with a military historian who can really increase your knowledge of events, and is on hand to answer questions in a way that a guidebook cannot. You will be travelling with a group that has common interests, encouraging stimulating conversations and new friendships.

Popular tours include coach and ferry journeys to the Somme, including a visit to the Historial de La Grande Guerre museum, with the chance to see preserved trenches, memorials and cemeteries commemorating those who lost their lives; trips to Ypres Salient and the poignant Tyne Cot cemetery and Menin Gate.

Perhaps you are interested in the legendary WWII Dambusters of the 617 Squadron, who through the brilliance of Barnes Wallis and Guy Gibson, breached the dams that provided water to the Ruhr. For those who wish to venture further afield, several companies travel to the infamous bridge on the River Kwai, journeying to the Burma Railway built 1942/43 with visits to the Donrak and Kanchanaburi Cemeteries and the J.E.A.T.H. Museum, as well as a boat ride up the river and a trip on the Railway.

What makes these tours so very enjoyable is that you never have to concern yourself with the logistics of the tour, an efficient tour manager, will organise all the transport between your sites, whether by coach or train, ensuring the luggage gets to the correct hotel and dealing with any challenges that may arise. You can relax, immerse yourself in history and have a fascinating holiday.

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Note: The information given is by way of suggestion only. It is correct, to the best of our knowledge, but we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions on our part.

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