Who and what is the Spirit of Remembrance (SoR) and why are we DIFFERENT to other Battlefield travel and tour companies?
Firstly, we are a specialist Battlefield and Remembrance tour and travel company based in the UK - at your destination - rather than your departure country. Our Managing Director is Canadian - and totally understands the enormous Canadian sacrifice made in all conflicts, in particular WW1 and WW2 in Europe and the deep significance of remembrance for these sacrifices for all Canadians.
Secondly, we only use highly experienced EXPERT historian guides , most of whom are members of the elite Guild of Battlefield Guides, who besides being general experts for battlefield and remembrance tours are also absolute individual experts for specific campaigns, battles and battlegrounds.
Our guides are experts in WW1 and WW2 specifically where Canadians fought, such as WW1: Neuve Chapelle, the Somme, Vimy, 2nd Battle of Ypres, Passchendaele, Mount Sorrel, Arras & Cambrai. In WW2 the bravery - and disaster at Dieppe, the Battle of the Scheldt: Flushing, Walcheren Causeway, Leopold Canal & Woensdrecht, Cap Griz Nez, Dunkirk & Calais and the Battle of the Rhine.
Thirdly - by booking your tour or itinerary direct with us you can avoid all the expensive middleman mark-ups and currency surcharges so often applied when purchasing overseas travel itineraries in your home country. Our prices are excellent and provide great value for money with no hidden charges.
Last - but not least - we live here. We know here. We provide real 'hands on' knowledge and support in the same time-zone - while you are here in the UK and Europe. The main battlefields of Europe are on our doorstep and in most cases - only hours away from us.
WW1: 1 Day Battlefield Day Tours. We particularly specialise in WW1 Battlefield DAY Tours to France and Belgium to the Canadian Sectors (including the VIMY Memorial) on the Western front, starting in the UK/London (with connections from Paris/Arras in France). Vimy is the birthplace of Canada's coming of age as a nation in WW1 - via Ypres, St. Juliaan village (The famous Brooding Soldier) and Passchendaele (where Canada's military prowess as the elite shock troops of WW1 was forged in mud and blood...)
WW1: 5 Day small Group Tours: We also have special 5 day set departure small tours for Canadians departing from UK/London (with connections from Paris/Arras in France) on 15 July and 05 August 2013 (Including: Somme, Arras, Passchendaele,Vimy)
WW2: 5 Day tours for 2013 for Canadians depart London (with connections from Paris/Arras in France) on 19 July and 9 August (Dieppe and Normandy) with a further special 5 day tour to Dieppe and Bruneval on 17th August which will be led by Major Will Fowler, the famous author on many books on Dieppe.
So, what can we do for you? Simply put - we create 'tailor made' remembrance and battlefield tours specifically designed to YOUR individual needs. Our ability to create any travel itinerary or tailor make a special itinerary for you, from 1 person to 500 makes us unique. We can mix and match by accommodation, transport and specific itinerary to suit your requirements and your budget - using wherever possible upmarket accommodation and modern transport options with our dedicated expert historian/guide.
We also create either 'drive yourself' tours' or car and mini-bus driver/guide tours (also with an expert historian/guide). As an example we could create a 'tailor-made' Western Front WW1 tour in France and Belgium including all Canadian forces battlefields and memorials - either directly from London or from Paris including London and or Paris accommodation and attractions.
Our tours cater for all types of people and all types of itineraries: individuals, small groups, family groups and larger groups. Of great importance is that our Battlefield and Remembrance tours are NOT a 10 minute bus stop in a car park near a battle ground. We 'walk the actual ground' where your Canadian ancestors fought', i.e. WW1 and the Western Front, often pinpointing the area where they fell (the Somme, Ypres, Vimy, Passchendaele etc and we visit their graves or Canadian memorials wherever possible.
Our tours use battlefield/historian guides who also can do extensive family history research for your ancestors here in the UK with a variety of *top level resources (*some actually closed to the public) such as the National Archives, Regimental HQ's, Army/Air Force records etc.
In summary: What we believe that sets us apart as one of the best in the business for battlefield tours and remembrance travel - along with family history research - is our our quality product, excellent prices, our award-winning customer service, our specialised battlefield tour guides, our unique Advisory Board and our management team's depth and range of experience.
We also have IMPECCABLE financial backing with FULL travel licencing providing absolute financial security for you - our clients. Your money is SAFE with us.
** Make sure you visit our UK Visitors Bureau for extensive UK Visitor Information!