All of the hotels we stayed in, and their breakfasts, were excellent; especially in Ypres where it was very close to the Menin Gate. There were 6 people in the mini-bus with our historian. The historian did their job extremely well and their knowledge of the WW1 campaigns and battles was extensive. Before leaving I had provided information about two members of my family who are buried in The Somme. Our historian located the two graves (in different cemeteries) and I left a commemorative cross at each one on behalf of our family. I highly recommend and honor our historians dedicated work ethic. Thank you, we enjoyed every minute of our tour!
I recently did a Battlefields tour of Vietnam with Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours. Our historian was a Vietnam Veteran. I found his history but more importantly his personal experience fighting in the battles with the enemy riveting and very compelling. With our historian, it was so interesting listening to him talk about what it was like being in the battle of war. I highly recommend a tour of the battlefields of Vietnam with Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours. You will not be disappointed.
Our historian was an outstanding guide. His background, knowledge and interest were exceptional, but he also had the ability to present what was a complex series of events in a logical and meaningful way…a rare gift. I now have a much clearer view of the pattern of events 1914 to 1918. The accommodation was excellent and arrangements impeccable.
The accommodation at Ieper (Albion Hotel) and Amiens (Mercure Amiens Cathedrale Hotel) were both first class and the ‘get to know you’ dinner on the first night was brilliant. The coach was very comfortable with plenty of room. Our Historian and tour guide Peter Smith was nothing short of amazing, his experience, knowledge and wit made the tour. His effort to find out as much as possible on our behalf of a family member(s)was second to none. Martin our coach driver was a professional and got us around the countryside safely and without any fuss. I recommend that you do a Mat McLachlan Battlefields Tour – ours was a brilliant and emotional tour that neither of us will forget. Thank you.
My family and I undertook a private tour of the Ypres Salient with tour guide, Soren Hawkes. It was excellent. Soren took us to all the places we had requested and included many nearby extra places of interest to my family and myself. Soren is very friendly and knowledgeable and has excellent driving skills, given how narrow some of the roads in the region are, when locating previously unknown signs and bunkers. He was also able to secure access to private property for us to have a close up experience to where my Grandfather was most likely wounded in 1917. His choice of lunch facilities was also excellent where we met the very interesting host, Johan, who was the first to enter the old mines under the front since they had been abandoned almost 100 years ago, amongst other things. The food was tasty and is highly recommended. All in all we had a fabulous day, made all the better by having Soren as our guide.
This tour was exceptional, as was our guide, Myriam Thompson. The three of us felt really lucky to have what was, essentially, a private tour. Myriam’s local knowledge, her grasp of the history of the places and the events that took place there, gave a whole new perspective on those heartbreaking battles. The whole tour was handled professionally, efficiently and with full attention to detail. Myriam’s ability to empathise when things became overwhelming, was very much appreciated. Many thanks.