Williamsomme Tours, a Faversham based company, has operated successfully for the past seven years and offers all inclusive bespoke tours of the First World War Western Front for groups of up to eight people.
The base for the tours is a beautiful 200 year old Picardy farmhouse and barn conversion close to the battlefields of the Somme, where many horrific battles took place. The properties are around two and a half hours from Faversham.
Several important battlefields and memorials are visited during the four day tours. Visits can also be made to Agincourt (1415), Crecy (1346) and V1 and V2 rocket launching sites which can be found close by.
Tours generally start in Faversham but pick-ups can also be arranged in Northern France or Belgium. Free research will be carried out for those seeking to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors.
The two Williamsomme tour guides live in Faversham. Mike Williamson was headteacher at Davington Primary School for 17 years and has a passion for the First World War.
Giles Guthrie, worked as a museum curator and collections manager at Maidstone museum and in his 20 years in this position he also managed the military collection at the Royal West Kent Military Museum. He has worked with Mike since 2013.
Their interest is in bringing to life the experiences of individual soldiers and sharing these within the context of the First World War.
The all inclusive tariff includes:
All travel, accommodation (including linen and towels), meals (including those in restaurants) ,drinks, snacks, and museum and tunnel entrance fees.
The price per adult for a 4 day all inclusive tour is £650 per person. However for groups of 5 to 8 people a discounted price may be available.
The price for children aged between 6 and 16 years (£250) each – one child per adult. Full details of all the tours including sample itineraries can be found on the website www.williamsommetours.co.uk
"Spectacular trip! Your hospitality was exceeded only by your in-depth knowledge of the history and ability to find the most remote of the specific gravesites sought! We leave with great regret and a much greater understanding of a terrible time in the world's history. Thanks so much."
Bob and Marilyn, Ontario, Canada
"Thank you very much for having us to stay and for being so attentive to all our needs and never ending questions! It was a pleasure to see Oliver, my 10 year old son making the connection between the history books and the countryside of Northern France and Flanders. For me, I enjoyed the balance between the sombre and thought provoking tours and the fun and games of the evenings in your stunning house. Thank you for having us and see you again."