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Ann Young / 6-4-2014 19:56:59
I would highly recommend this tour, Nathan is an excellent and knowledgable guide who ensures the visit lives up to your expectations. I was very moved by the sheer scale of the landscape and diversity of interest from all over the world. It presents great value for money and provided a detailed insight into the events that led up to World War 1 and the great battles that ensued. The Last Post is a ’must do’ in my opinion, providing a perspective of how the fallen are commemorated by so many people every single day. make sure you have your tissues handy. A big thank you to Nathan, who takes his sugbject very seriouisly, is a great scholar, and has a compassionate approach to the needs of his clients.

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Ros Paterson / 29-3-2014 19:08:12

Nathan’s knowledge of WW1 and the area of the battles


made the day trip a memorable experience.


He was able to put a Flemish point of view on events too,


being from the area. I think we benefitted from being


a small group too as there was more interaction.


I would recommend this to tour to anyone


with an interest in the dreadful events of those 4 years.



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Jon Pokroy and Rachel O’Neill / 25-3-2014 23:58:06
Outstanding!

Nathan was the perfect guide - he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of WW1 and European history more widely, and relates the horrors of history with passion and flair. He clearly loves his subject, and his enthusiasm is infectious.

He is a Flanders native, whose family goes back generations in the area, and is thus showing you around his backyard, in the place he grew up. Therefore, not only does he bring to life the killing fields of 1914-18, but also gives you a wider understanding of what it meant and means to be Flemish, and a Belgian.

We did the full day tour which had a superb schedule, from two excellent museums and the immaculately kept Tynecot cemetery to a chance to see a collection of ‘war rubbish’ (shells, bullets, rifles) in the garage of one of the local farms.

In addition, the trip was organisationally perfect - no waiting at any point, pick-up and drop-off were on-the-dot and lunch (a proper sit-down in a restaurant, with local food) was excellent.

Thoroughly recommended.


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Angie Curran / 24-3-2014 18:46:16
I cannot recommend this tour enough. It is a small group in a mini bus, which makes it much better than a large coach tour. Nathan was fascinating with his indepth knowledge, which he delivers with a passion not like a pre studied script. You visit war memorials of different nations, not just your country and various historical places of which he tells you about and what happened there. You are left to wander some of the sights at your pace so you can take it all in. The way the tour is done gives you much insight in to what happened. No matter how many books and films you have seen, this tour brings it alive and gives you so much more to think about. It was very friendly tour and i can’t thank Nathan enough for taking us round and being so lovely

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Nick Corbin / 21-3-2014 10:07:46
This tour is a must. We were picked up promptly at our hotel and driven out towards Ieper. During the drive Nathan effortlessly provided in depth background information on WW1, some of which I knew, much of which I didn’t. Throughout the day we visited both German and allied cemeteries, museums and various poignant locations. All the while Nathan provided constant commentary and imparted his in depth knowledge upon us. He clearly has a passion for the subject which is imbedded in his social history. His English is perfect, as I suspect is his French and German. We had pre arranged a special request to visit the gravely a family member. Nathan knew exactly where the cemetery was and helped to locate the grave itself. This of course was a very humbling experience, as was the rest of the day as a whole.

I cannot recommend this tour highly enough. It simply must be done if you visit Brugge/Ieper. There are various other tours which all seem to be in larger vehicles/numbers although I would seriously doubt that they will offer such extensive coverage with such a knowledgeable guide.

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