What is Spirit of Remembrance and who are we? We are a specialist Battlefield & Remembrance tour and travel company specialising in New Zealand and Australian Battlefield Tours who are based at your destination - rather than your departure country - for real 'hands on' knowledge and 'on the spot' support (in the same time-zone) while you are here in the UK and Europe. We also are FULLY LICENCED travel professionals. Many other battlefield tour operators are not.
We only use highly experienced EXPERT historian guides, most of whom are members of the elite Guild of Battlefield Guides who besides being overall experts for battlefield & remembrance tours are also individual experts for specific battles and battlegrounds for New Zealand Forces.
Being based here in the UK we have the main New Zealand & Australian theatres of war for WW1 & WW2 located on our doorstep in France and Belgium ( World War 1 - The Western Front). World War 2 saw New Zealand forces fighting in the Battle of Greece, Battle of Crete, the North Africa/Western Desert campaign, Tunisia, the Middle East and North Africa, also countries we know extremely well.
In England during WW2 New Zealand airmen were extremely prominent in the RAF across all sections especially Fighter and Bomber Command, with New Zealander Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Park leading Fighter Command in the Battle of Britain in 1940.
We can tailor make your Battlefield tours specifically to suit YOUR individual needs. Our ability to tailor make a special itinerary for you, from 1 person to 500 makes us unique. We also operate a number of small specialist fixed date departure small group tours. We mix and match by accommodation, transport and specific itinerary to suit your requirements and your budget - using wherever possible quality accommodation and modern transport options with a dedicated expert historian/guide.
We can also put together either 'drive yourself' tours or mini-bus driver/guide tours (also with an expert historian/guide). For instance, we can tailor make a special Western Front WW1 tour in France and Belgium including all NZ forces battlefields and memorials - either directly from London or from Paris including London and or Paris accommodation and attractions.
Our tours are structured to cater for all: individuals, small groups, family groups and larger groups. Both our Battlefield and Remembrance tours 'walk the ground' where your NZ ancestors fought, i.e. WW1 and the Western Front, often pinpointing the area where they fell (the Somme, Messines Ridge, Passchendaele, Amiens and Le Quesnoy) and visiting their graves or NZ memorials: (Longueval, Caterpillar Valley, Le Quesnoy and the tunnels of Arras). Our expert battlefield historian guides can also do extensive family history research on your ancestors here in the UK with a variety of *top level resources (*some actually closed to the public) such as the National Archives, Regimental HQ's, Army/Air Force records etc.
What we believe that sets us apart as one of the best in the business for battlefield tours and remembrance travel - along with family history research - is our award-winning customer service, our specialised tour guides, our unique Advisory Board with its specialist remembrance background, and our management team's depth and range of experience.
Our client testimonials simply say it all.. "The trip was one of the most moving and powerful experiences of my life. You brought everything to life, so much so that I could almost see the battles unfolding".. "I will be sharing my experience and this history with family & friends forever"... "I will hold your name in high regard and will recommend you to any would be visitors"... "The whole tour was expertly put together and meticulously researched... Thank you!" ...."We will always treasure our memories of ANZAC Day 2013". More testimonials...
We also have IMPECCABLE financial backing with FULL travel and TOUR licencing providing absolute financial security for you - our clients. Your money is SAFE with us.
The famous WW1 Battle for Ypres and our Menin Gate Memorial Photo Libary are here.