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.
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.
been guiding visitors to Europe for more than forty years,
and am just as enthusiastic now as on the first tour I conducted
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:
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
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
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
I can arrange, at cost, accommodation
of any kind for you. I can put together itineraries to suit
your particular interest or nationality.
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.
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
When you contact me I will give you
a quote. If you decide not to use my tour guide services
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.
Michael Smith's Guiding Licence
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
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.
How to contact us