Introducing our Battlefield holidays
‘Without an enthusiastic guide, a battlefield is just a field.’ This is the motto of Barrie Friend MBA, MA (British First World War Studies) and Rhydian Vaughan (a former Welsh Guards officer and war historian), the two expert guides who accompany you on our three European Battlefield tours. Both Barrie and Rhydian are members of the Western Front Association, and are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge, including some lesser-known tales of individual courage and tragedy. Titan’s South African battlefield tour is led by experienced local historians, and will introduce you to a region which most visitors to that country never see. The battles fought at Waterloo, the Somme, the Normandy beaches and Rorke’s Drift may be familiar from numerous books, films and TV documentaries, but for anyone with an interest in military history, there is nothing to compare with standing on the very spots where these momentous events took place, and learning more about the bravery displayed on those terrible days.
Follow in the footsteps of the Duke of Wellington’s troops on our Waterloo and the Great War tour, and learn about the decisive battle which finally ended Napoleon’s imperial dreams. Based at a 5-star hotel in Belgium, you will visit the battlefield sites of Waterloo, Quatre Bras and Ligny, as well as First World War battle sites, memorials and military museums, including the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces in Brussels and the Mons War Museum.
Heading further afield, Titan’s Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal tour offers a fascinating insight into the history of the Boer and Zulu wars, and takes you to one of South Africa’s more ‘off-the–beaten-track’ regions. In the company of knowledgeable local guides, you’ll explore the sites of legendary battles including Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, which was brought to wider world attention by the1964 film, Zulu. No fewer than 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded to British soldiers who fought that day in 1879, when a garrison of 139 men successfully repelled an attack by around 4,000 Zulu warriors. In addition to visiting the battlefields, you will also experience the natural beauty of the Drakensberg Mountains and join a safari in search of the fabled ‘big five.’