Beaumont Hamel British Cemetery looking towards Redan Ridge

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Standard four wheel drive vehicles guided battlefield tours

Battlefieldsby4x4   offers   owners   of   standard   four   wheel   drive   vehicles    guided   tours   that   are   designed   to   enable   small   groups   to   visit battlefields, iconic cemeteries and memorials, and access some of the European battlefields of the First and Second World Wars. There   are   many   tours   that   can   offer   a   very   good   “battlefield   experience”   from   a   coach   or   minibus,   but   there   is   only   one   that   can   offer guided   tours   with   commentary   to   your   own   vehicle,   access   across   the   land   that   was   fought   over,   quiet   lanes   and   an   alternative   to   the typical tourist routes. Whatever   you   drive   and   whatever   your   previous   experience   of   driving might    be,    we    can    lead,    advise,    help    and    allow    you    to    relax    and experience the beauty of France as no other tour can. Generally   our   Tours   are   run   over   three   days,   with   two   half   days   and   one full   day   of   driving.   This   allows   you   time   to   travel   from   England   for   a   long weekend.    Alternatively    our    customers    have    added    the    Tour    to    the beginning   or   to   the   end   of   a   break   elsewhere   in   France.   This   has   given them   the   opportunity   to   relax   a   little   at   the   end   of   their   travels,   with   only an   hour-and-a-half   to   the   ferries,   or   it   has   allowed   them   to   break   their outward journey and experience the tranquillity of northern France. What We Offer…. Our   primary   objective   is   to   offer   you   a   memorable   Tour,   but   the   details   of   every   group   Tour   changes   according   to   your   groups’   needs   and abilities. Our   Tours   are   open   to   individuals,   families   and   clubs.   This   allows   you   to   book   as   a   single   vehicle   and   come   and   meet   others   with   similar interests,   or   it   allows   a   club   to   book   an   entire   Tour.   If   you   are   interested   in   a   custom   tour   for   your   organisation   or   club,   we   can   customise   a tour to suit you and offer a discount - get in touch for more info.  If   you   have   never   driven   your   4x4   “off   road”   before   then   do   not   worry,   as   we   will   be   able   to   explain   how   to   use   your   vehicle   effectively   and safely on tracks and lanes that are accessible by all. Please contact us to discuss this if you have even the slightest concern. We   provide   a   plug   in   CB   radio   for   each   vehicle   (unless   you   already   have   one   fitted)   that   allows   us   to   give   you   a   running   commentary throughout the Tour. All vehicles will remain in contact all of the time - ask questions, request a tea break, chat to your friends. Each   vehicle   will   also   be   given   an   information   pack   that   includes   a   bound   photo   booklet   (that   you   keep   as   a   memento).   This   contains   a series of photographs pertinent to the route of the Tour as well as additional reading pages. Below is a video taken on a recent tour that will give you an idea of what to expect: The   cost   of   your   Tour   will   include   all   campsite   and   electric   fees   and   museum   visits,   and   if   your   Tour   is   hotel   based   then   it   will   include   the hotel   costs   on   a   twin   room,   bed   and   breakfast   basis   (subject   to   availability).   If   you   choose   to   take   a   hotel   in   the   same   town   as   a   camping tour then these costs must be met by you.

What’s included in the tour?

An information pack that includes a colour bound booklet containing a series of    photographs pertinent to the Tour as well as additional

reading pages (not taster days).

All campsite and electric fees for camping based tours

Twin hotel room on a bed and breakfast basis for hotel based tours (subject to availability)

Museum visits as part of the tour

A memorable Tour using your own vehicle

Running commentary

Loan of a handheld CB radio if required

What's not included:

Food and refreshments

Ferry or Eurotunnel Crossing

Any extras at campsite

Hotel on camping based tours

Fuel

Tolls

Visits to museums and visitor centres outside of the tour

What You Must Do ….

Book and pay for the Tour, then let us worry about everything else Ensure   that   your   vehicle   is   in   good,   roadworthy   condition,   and   that   it   complies   with   all   current   European   road   laws.   If   driving   in   France   the driver   must   always   carry   the   vehicle   registration   documents,   proof   of   insurance   and   a   valid   MoT   –   these   can   be   requested   at   any   time   and failure to provide them can lead to an on-the-spot fine. Also ensure you have European Recovery valid for your vehicle Book   your   preferred   crossing   (ferry   or   EuroTunnel)   if   coming   from   UK   in   good   time.   Generally   we   meet   on   the   first   day   of   the   tour   around 2pm.   Depending   on   location,   you   will   need   to   be   in   Calais   by   about   11am.   We   will   send   an   info   pack   about   six   weeks   before   your   tour   with meeting   times   and   locations,   but   in   peak   season   especially,   the   ferry   and   Tunnel   companies   can   be   very   busy   and   you   may   not   be   able   to book your preferred crossing. Therefore it is up to you to book well in advance. Feel free to contact us for more specifics for any given tour. Please visit our links page for the AA website that offers advice on European travel. Please read and make sure you agree to our Terms and Conditions  before booking a tour. Contact us and ask all the questions that you wish , so that you know we will be providing you with the Tour that is right for you.
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Battlefieldsby4x4 has evolved through the friendship and interests of Nick and Carl who between them spent over 40 years living on the European battlefields and have over 50 years of experience when it comes to four wheel drive vehicles. Carl has over 35 years experience of working in several roles and countries with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). He currently works as Head of External Relations for the CWGC focusing on the Centenary events and commemorations on the Western Front. His role requires him to communicate effectively to a wide range of audiences both in English and in French. Carl can also give ‘behind the scenes’ information on how the cemeteries are maintained but also how the CWGC is engaging more with visitors today. Carl also has years of experience in event organization, off road driving and is trained to British Off Road Driving Association (BORDA) higher level. Nick manages the administration side of Battlefieldsby4x4 as well as customer relations and aims to provide service excellence. Nick is also a director of a London based design and printing company where attention to detail and customer service is critical. His skills are transferable and widely used for our website, marketing and branding and ensures all are consistent with key messages. Nick has many years of off-road experience and trained to BORDA Higher Level. He is also co- founder of The Four Wheel Drive Club - An all-marques club for anyone interested in 4x4’s. You will often find Nick leading a tour. Keith has had over 40 years’ experience working in International Law Enforcement and started his 4x4 interests in off-road competitions such as Cop-Drive. He has been a 4x4 instructor for a well-known motor manufacturer and the Chairman of the Civil Service Motoring Association 4x4 Group.  He is an Associate Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and a Member of the European Travel Operators Association. His keen interest in military history saw him and his son Tim create and deliver the Help for Heroes 4x4 European Rally; a two week adventure following the 1944/45 Allied Invasion route through Europe. The six rallies from 2010-2015, each of 45 vehicles and 120 people, raised over £1 million for the charity. Tim is an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) and has experience of being a 4x4 instructor for a well-known motor manufacturer. An owner of a 4x4 for many years, Tim has taken part in a number of Macmillan 4x4 UK Challenges and raised funds for Cancer Charities. In 2015 he climbed Kilimanjaro in support of Help for Heroes and raised over £8000 for the charity. Like his father, Tim has a keen interest in military history and together they founded and organised the Help for Heroes 4x4 European Rally; a two week adventure following the 1944/45 Allied Invasion route through Europe. The six rallies from 2010- 2015, each of 45 vehicles and 120 people, raised over £1 million for the charity.
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