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Claude V.

Ploegsteert, Hainaut, Belgium

Hi, my name is Claude, I was born and raised in Flanders Fields.

The Great War became a passion when in 1981, Nelly and I purchased a bar and restaurant just opposite Ploegsteert Memorial to Missing. We still meet people coming from all over the world at our place.

I started doing research with Ted Smith and Tony Spagnoly in the eighties, and then with many other authors and historians.

I am now a specialized battlefield guide in the plains of Flanders in Belgium and the Somme area in France.
Below you will find my standard tours but I can also build a custom tour, you provide the information and I'll do the rest.

I like to talk about history of course but also about all what makes our daily life in France and Belgium.

I am flexible, provide a high standard service, can bring a walker or a wheelchair to make your tour more comfortable. I am using digital maps and old pictures of the places you will visit.

For the tours I use a Mercedes Vito Tourer fully equipped and fully insured for tour purposes.

A Recent Review of this guide

We really enjoyed our time with Claude. He had a wealth of knowledge to share about the battlefields and was able to explain in full at a level we were able to comprehend. We really appreciated that we had sufficient time at each location and at no time did we feel rushed or hurried but rather had the opportunity to discover at our own pace. At the end of the day we appreciated being delivered back to our apartment in Brussels. Thanks Claude for a wonderful time.
Gail Roberts

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Credentials

Guide license "GL70/2007.03 delivered by the "Commisariat Général au Tourisme.
Transport license TLAB251 300/1. (mandatory in Europe)

Official guide of the "Tourist Office of Comines-Warneton"

Member of the Scientific Committee of the "Plugsreet 14-18 Interpretative Centre"

Member of the "Royal British Legion" Somme Branch

Member of the "Western Front Association"

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Tours by Claude V.

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WW1 Australian battlefield tour in Flanders,...

Two day battlefield tour with transportation and a private guide

1208 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

2 days

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Canadian battlefields in Vimy, Flanders,...

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Two day battlefield tour with transportation and a private guide

1077 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

2 days

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Shore Battlefield tour from Zeebrugge,...

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Full day tour with transportation

706 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

6 hours

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Shore Battlefield tour from Zeebrugge,...

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Full day tour with transportation

706 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

6 hours

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Canadian World War 1 Flanders private,...

Full day tour with transportation and a private guide.

608 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

12 hours

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Vimy and Belgian Canadian private battlefield,...

Full day tour with transportation and a private guide.

603 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

12 hours 30 min.

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Dunkirk Operation Dynamo battlefield,...

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Day tour with transportation and qualified guide

752 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

8 hours 30 min.

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New Zealand battlefield private tour,...

Full day tour with transportation including the Last Post at the Menin,...

616 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

11 hours

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Australian battlefield private tour in,...

Full day tour with transportation including the Last Post at the Menin,...

604 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

12 hours

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The Australian Somme Private Battlefield,...

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Full day tour with transportation Fromelles, Villers Bretonneux, Le,...

610 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

12 hours

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Canadian Private Tour to Vimy and the,...

Full day tour with transportation and a private guide.

623 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

9 hours

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Belgian Army Frontline Private Tour

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Full day tour with transportation including the Last Post at the Menin,...

528 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

11 hours

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Australian Battlefield Private Tour in,...

Full day tour with transportation including the Last Post at the Menin,...

658 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

12 hours 30 min.

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Beers and War guided tour in Flanders

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Guided tour with transportation

583 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

9 hours

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Louvre Lens Museum Tour

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Transportation to the Museum from Zeebrugge or Brugge

630 USD per tour

(max 7 people)

6 hours 30 min.

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