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Chemins d'Histoire Battlefield Tours

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Address: 20 rue Gabriel Faure, 02100 St-Quentin, France
Phone Number: +33 (0)631318502
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Description: Guided visits of various battlefields, cemeteries and memorials of the...
Guided visits of various battlefields, cemeteries and memorials of the First World War. Picardy, Somme, Arras, Ypres Salient.Tours can be full day or half day, and are entirely made to measure and according to your nationality (Australian, Canadian, American, South African, etc...).Chemins d'Histoire is a legally registered Battlefield Tours company.
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Interesting, informative and thought-provoking

Olivier put together a fantastic two-day itinerary to take us to the memorials to our great-uncles on the Somme. He had researched each of them and was able to take us as close... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Warrnambool, Australia
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Warrnambool, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Olivier put together a fantastic two-day itinerary to take us to the memorials to our great-uncles on the Somme. He had researched each of them and was able to take us as close as possible to the places where they were killed. All of this was wrapped in interesting detail and he drew in stories from other battles as we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I wanted primarily to see as intact a trench system as possible. Having told Olivier this, he put together a custom tour of the Vimy ridge memorial with its preserved trench system and then the Somme battlefields, including the Newfoundland memorial, with the best preserved lines anywhere on the Western Front. He even picked us up and dropped us off... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We recently spent a day touring the Somme battlefields with Olivier. His incredible knowledge and passion for war history in that area was boundless. He was great company and did everything possible to ensure our day was as full and memorable as we'd hoped. Would strongly recommend touring the area with Chemins d'Histoire Batlefield Tours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

It was 1.C and there was a heavy fog that we hoped would lift, as we set off on Olivier's battlefield tour. His knowledge was extensive and his powers of description were very evocative as he had to describe many of the things that we were unable to see through the fog. But somehow the unpleasant weather conditions, along with... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

If you want someone who is very knowledgeable, passionate, and has a family history that goes right back to the Western Front, then Olivier is your man! Be sure to pre book from home WELL IN ADVANCE. Make your way to St Quentin station (we got the train from Gare du Nord, Paris) and you are very warmly welcomed by... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We booked a full day tour with Olivier Dirson to see both the grave yard and battlefield where my great grandfather have his life. Throughout Olivier consistently astounded us with his knowledge of dates and events running from 9 in the morning till beyond 5 pm. The tour was well planned and had good variety given the 3 generations represented... More 

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Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We very much wanted to visit the graves of our uncles, and Olivier made this possible. It was a very moving experience and we are so glad we have done it. Olivier is a very good tour guide, very knowledgeable and we learned a lot from him. Thank you Olivier you made it a very special day for us.

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I went with my parents for a half day tour, and couldn't have asked for a better way to spend a day. Olivier was helpful, knowledgeable and allowed us to take our time over the parts of the tour that were important to us; all in all he was everything you could ask for in a guide. The tour was... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I'm lucky enough to travel to Paris once a year for work and I have always wanted to visit the Somme region so after years of putting it off I finally did it this October and it was one of the most memorable moving experiences of my life. A very pleasant 1 hour train ride from Paris, our absolutely fantastic... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

My brother and I recently took our father for a day tour of the battlefields and what a wonderful and poignant day it was !! Olivier was a magnificent tour guide and took us to all the sites we had asked to visit. He was very informative and very pleasant !! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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