Who and what is Spirit of Remembrance (SoR) and why are we DIFFERENT to other Battlefield tour companies?
We are a UK based Battlefield tour & travel company specialising in Canadian battlefield tours. Being based in the the UK - at your destination - rather than your departure country and only 2 hours away from the European battlefields it gives us 'real time' expert knowledge and 24/7 customer support for you whilst you are travelling with us.
We are FULLY LICENCED travel professionals. Many other local battlefield tour operators are not. Your money is SAFE with us. We are NOT a budget tour operator, and we firmly believe that our customers should be treated as we like to be treated when we travel: with great care, total professionalism, and providing quality product(s) throughout your travel experience.
Our Managing Director is Canadian - and is passionate about remembrance of the enormous Canadian sacrifice made in all conflicts, in particular WW1 and WW2 in Europe and the deep significance of remembrance of these sacrifices for all Canadians.
Our client testimonials simply say it all.. "The trip was one of the most moving and powerful experiences of my life. You brought everything to life, so much so that I could almost see the battles unfolding".. "I will be sharing my experience and this history with family & friends forever"... "I will hold your name in high regard and will recommend you to any would be visitors"... "The whole tour was expertly put together and meticulously researched... Thank you!" More testimonials...
We only use highly experienced EXPERT historian guides, most of whom are members of the elite Guild of Battlefield Guides who besides being overall experts for battlefield & remembrance tours are also individual experts for specific battles and battlegrounds for Canadian Forces.
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.
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.
Vimy Centenary: 9 April 2017: We were the pre-eminent tour operator for this 'once in a lifetime event' and took over 600 people on tour and to the centenary on Sunday, 9 April. Our first tour "Byng Boys" was fully booked within 2 weeks from release date, and 2nd and subsequent tours booked out within a further two weeks: "Hill145".
Our Vimy 2017 Centenary departure tour(s) had many special quality inclusions, including dedicated coach driver(s) AND a separate fully qualified and HIGHLY experienced Battlefield guide, most meals, quality 3/4 star accommodation, extensive souvenir clothing items, a high quality full colour tour book especially commissioned for the event and FULLY RESEARCHED Canadian battlefield only tours that includes most of the battles fought by the Canadians on the Western Front in WW1. We also (*as the accredited adult tour operator) operated a special VIP Vimy 100 tour for the Vimy Foundation.
WW1 and WW2: 3 Night/4 Day Small Group Tours: In 2016 we also have special 3 night/4 day set departure small group tours for Canadians for WW1 and WW2 departing from Lille (Belgium) (with connections from Paris and London)
Tailor Made Tours We also can create premium and PLATINUM 'tailor made' remembrance and battlefield tours specifically designed to YOUR individual needs. Our ability to create 'one off'' travel itineraries 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 - using wherever possible premium accommodation and transport options along with a dedicated expert historian/guide.
We also can help you with 'drive yourself' tours' or car (and mini-bus driver/guide tours -also with an expert historian/guide). As an example we can source 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.