We have just returned to the UK, and would like to leave comments about this tour. Our party of 6, with ages ranging from 16 to 75 thoroughly enjoyed this tour and would recommend to everyone. I had visited the battlefields and cemeteries of WW1 on a school trip many years ago and as such I was dreading retracing my footsteps, having found my first visit quite sombre,traumatising and depressing. However, my husband was very keen that we should all go, and before I could change my mind, it was booked.
This second experience was in complete contrast to the first, and this is undoubtedly due to Phil and his extensive knowledge of all matters relating to the Great War. His p***on for WW1 was evident and unlike other tours, his commentary was delivered with such enthusiasm that it was hard to believe he had been doing this for so many years. We were amazed at how much was packed into one day! We realise now that under our own steam we could never have achieved anything similar. It felt as if we weren't travelling for hours as there were numerous stops, some long some short, with so much to take in, so much to see, some very moving moments, and some lighter moments.
As said by another reviewer, Phil's approach was direct and no-nonsense, but interspersed by some humour where appropriate. We would all recommend this to everyone - young and old. My sons of 16 & 18 have come away with a much greater appreciation of WW1 in its historical context, and my parents and my husband have come away very moved with memories that will live on for years. This tour represents excellent value for money. For me, I feel some closure that through adult eyes, my teenage experiences can be put to rest and replaced with a greater understanding of our history. As a member of The Royal British Legion, the next time I hear The Last Post or Reveille, images of this tour will be in my mind, and as real as images of current conflicts. Thank you Phil for everything. It was a great day for us all, for so many reasons, and on so many levels.