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Chemins d'Histoire Battlefield Tours

20 rue Gabriel Faure, 02100 St-Quentin, France
+33 (0)631318502
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Ranked #1 of 9 attractions in St-Quentin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Guided visits of various battlefields, cemeteries and memorials of the First World War. Picardy, Somme, Arras, Ypres Salient.Tours can be full day or... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We went to France specifically to see the Somme battlefields, and we are so thankful that we booked a tour with Oliver. Oliver picked us up from our B&B right on time, and we started learning from the moment we got in the van. There was no wasted time, as he told us so much about the battles and pointed... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We would highly recommend Oliver's tours to anyone interested in the Somme battles but particularly from an Australian viewpoint. From our initial enquiry he was very helpful with the travel arrangements to get to St Quentin. His English is excellent and his knowledge of the area and all the history particularly for Australian units was encyclopedic. We had a terrific... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We were recommended to Olivier by previous visitors and like them, found him to be a delightful and most informative guide. It was a memorable day for us and we highly recommend his tour to anyone contemplating a visit to the region. His knowledge of WW1 and the surrounding districts was outstanding and we wish we had more time available... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The Somme Tour with Olivier was one of the highlights of our recent trip to France. Olivier's deep knowledge was consistently demonstrated throughout our day with him. We did the Somme tour which included a visit to the Vimy Ridge memorial which I found very moving. My son and I especially enjoyed the visit to the Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland memorial... More

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El Dorado Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

From the initial e-mail about availability to the actual tour, I cannot recommend Olivier enough. He worked with my family and I to create the perfect tour. Olivier was waiting for us at Arras station as promised and then proceeded to provide the ultimate Somme experience. The information was well presented and it is obvious that Olivier has a true... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We had a very informative day with Olivier as our guide. Olivier was very knowledgeable. Being Scottish, we wished to see Scottish memorials and learn about Scottish regiments. Olivier was most obliging and tailor-made a tour to suit us. Most importantly, at no time did we feel rushed, and we could take as long as we liked at any site.... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

We caught the train from Paris and were met at the station by Olivier. Both my husband and I had great uncles who had died in the area and not only did Olivier ensure that the tour included visits to their graves, he had undertaken additional research and could tell us information about the events happening at the time of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Olivier our tour guide picked us up from our hotel in Amiens, which was very welcomed at the end of almost 5 weeks touring around France. We are Australian and obviously have a keen interest in this area, and the history it holds for our country. We told Olivier that we wanted to see the area and understand the what... More

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Leicestershire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We arranged a day's tour with Olivier Dirson. We stayed at Hotel Picardie where Olivier picked us up, in previous emails we had communicated about my Grandfather's diary, and the fact that he had been taken prisoner on March 21st 1918. The diary had been unclear about the location, but Olivier had done so much research, he explained where he... More

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We were based at St Quentin for our 3 day tour of the WW1 Battlefields. Olivier, whose family has lived in the area for generations, is a very knowledgable historian and he made this comprehensive and quite emotional pilgrimage both very enjoyable and educational for us, and as I'd had an Uncle who fought there he took the time to... More

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