Somme Battlefileds Partner
Battlefiled guide for the Somme




Guided tours of the Somme battlefields and cemeteries

Somme Battlefield Tour Guide is a specialist guiding service, established in the Somme since 1991, and I’m Michael Smith, the owner and principal guide.

We specialize in tours of Somme battlefields and cemeteries. We also offer guided tours of other important First World War sites.

Coming to the Somme is a pilgrimage. Many visitors will be visiting battle sites where their relatives fought and died and we are always sensitive to this.

I’ve been guiding visitors to Europe for more than forty years, and am just as enthusiastic now as on the first tour I conducted in 1968.

We don’t charge extortionate rates, which probably explains why we're still working forty years on!

Well why should you use my services? I set out the reasons below:

  1. As far as I know I’m the only tour guide based on the Somme, who is a French government approved bilingual guide/interpreter. All guides I employ are suitably qualified.
  2. I’m based in the Somme department of France, and have been for the past 22 years. My local knowledge as a guide can help make your Somme Battlefiled Tour a truly memorable experience.
  3. I’m happy to work with any size and type of group, from an individual to groups of fifty plus, from school groups to individuals wanting to find ancestors who served here.
  4. I have a licence to drive all types of passenger vehicles, from the smallest car to the largest touring bus, if necessary. I’ll provide the vehicle to suit your requirements.
  5. I’m a Somme Battlefields Partner, a mark of quality initiated by The Historial, the definitive World War One museum, with the support and approval of the local tourist boards.
  6. If you have your own vehicle, whether it be a car, a minibus or a touring coach, my rates for guiding only are very competitive.
  7. As a licensed national guide/interpreter, I’m allowed to guide in other regions of France, so that you could combine your trip with World War II Normandy Beaches, or sightseeing in Paris.
  8. I can arrange, at cost, accommodation of any kind for you. I can put together itineraries to suit your particular interest or nationality.
  9. Most importantly, in this age when we all depend on the internet, more than 80% of my work is from recommendation or repeat business. I’m not here to show how much I know, but to share an experience, and to learn from you, about your lives, your experiences.
  10. The Somme is not just about war. It is also a lovely and virtually unknown region. I know that some people want to see more than just the war sites, so why not add in a garden, a steam train ride or a farm visit?
  11. When you contact me I will give you a quote. If you decide not to use my tour guide services I won’t be in the least offended. I believe, though, that my prices won’t be bettered for the level of service offered. Bear in mind that I am approved by the French government and by local tourist offices.

So if you are looking for a knowledgeable tour guide to the Somme battlefields, please feel free to get in touch with any questions you have.

Somme battlefiled tour guide
Michael Smith's Guiding Licence

Michael Smith - tour guide for the Somme battlefields
Michael Smith

Testimonial of tour of Northern France and the Somme Region

The culture, history and personality of the North East France came to life with Michael Smith leading the tour.

His passion for the above and his endless knowledge were in adundance at all times, combined with the magical way he mingled serious historical facts with many light-hearted anecdotes and little surprises to keep us all on our toes.

When Michael was around, there was a calmness and confidence that we were in expert care at all times.

Thank you, Michael - you have so much to share.

Glenis B


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Tour Guide for the Somme battlefileds