Battlefield holidays

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battlefield holidays

Battlefield Holidays are for people who not only enjoy visiting different places in the UK and overseas, but especially for those who are fascinated about learning more about the human stories and physical locations behind some of the world’s great military conflicts.

WHERE IN THE WORLD?…

It is possible to take a battlefield holiday to a wide variety of locations.   For example,  Europe, the United States and Vietnam.

WHAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE CAN I EXPECT?…

You can expect a battlefield holiday to feature some of the experiences found on other types of holidays, including visiting places with varied and often stunning scenery, with the additional interest of learning about both the harrowing and inspirational people who fought in such conflicts.   You should meet like minded people, and be able to choose a holiday suited to your time, budget and physical fitness.

WHEN CAN I DO THAT?…

If you are intending to visit the Flanders Fields, then this is usually possible from late spring until early autumn, when the weather is similar to that in theUK– mild temperatures with occasional hot days and cooler evenings, and the possibility of rain.   If you wish to visit the sites of the American Civil War inVirginia, then May and September are good times to do so, avoiding the heat and humidity of high summer and the cold of winter.   Alternatively, take a battlefield holiday toVietnamin June.

DO I NEED ANYTHING SPECIAL TO DO THAT?…

You should bear in mind that although many battlefields have been tended over the years as living monuments to those who served, for example manicured cemeteries and well maintained buildings, you will also visit places which remain much as they were, uncultivated and uneven underfoot.   So you should be prepared with stout footwear, and also make sure you have suitable clothing to allow for possible downpours.   If you are visiting an area which can be warm, then it is wise to consider sun screen and a hat, as well as carrying refreshments.   If you have a physical disability, then not all battlefield holidays will be suited to you, so it is sensible to check with the company you are booking with if any special arrangements are necessary.   For example, if it is a tour by executive coach, is the vehicle equipped for wheelchairs.

WHERE DO YOU RECOMMEND?…

For those interested in the history of World War I, a visit to the Flanders Fields,Britain’s ‘bastion on the western front’, could appeal.   Alternatively, a tour of Belgium, France and Holland, to witness some of the sites where Victoria Cross heroes fought, in World War II.    Further afield, a visit can be made to some of the key battlefields of the American Civil War or the 30 years of conflict in Vietnam.

WHAT DOES IT COST?…

You should budget around £300 per person for a guided 4 day visit by coach, including bed and breakfast accommodation, to ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ sites inBelgiumandNorthern France.   Alternatively, a 13 day visit to Vietnam beginning in Hanoi and ending in Ho Chi Minh City, with a guided tour by executive coach, hotel accommodation, most meals, and additional features like boat cruises will cost from around £2,000 per person.

WHO ELSE ENJOYS DOING THAT?…

People you may meet on such a holiday include Bill McQuade, who has a military background gained in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, Paul Reed, who has had a long interest in military history, and Keith Quibell, a founder member of the Western Front Association.

Link to Other Things To Know (Passports, Visas, Health, Security)

You should keep in mind the usual passport and visa requirements for the destination you choose to visit, and also ensure you are equipped for the weather and terrain you are likely to face.   Bear in mind you might also require vaccinations if you are visiting countries with more tropical conditions.

Want to get in touch with DWF?

hello@dreamswithoutfrontiers.co.uk

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