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Battlefield Tours

Bespoke Battlefield Tours

As the name indicates, Bespoke Battlefield Tours are designed for small groups, with much care and crafting to produce itineraries which never fail to exceed guest expectations. Our journeys provide an exceptional experience relative to typical battlefield tours, with the majority of Bespoke Battlefield Tours not offered by any other Australian based tour operator.

Our military tour director, David Cooper, is an avid military historian and usually accompanies each tour as the manager. This frees up our leading battlefield guides to do what they do best – provide you with a superlative battlefield experience by imparting their expert knowledge. Recognising that not all guides know all battles in depth, many of our guides (affiliated to key battlefield organisations) are locally employed by Bespoke Battlefield Tours to provide a thorough understanding across individual campaigns.

Sometimes getting the most out of a Bespoke Battlefield Tour means a little physical hard work due to the location and terrain. Whenever possible we book the best available hotels, and we always seek out restaurants with regional characteristics and great food, to maximise comfort and relaxation.

Please feel free to contact David Cooper (david@trendsettertravel.com.au or 0413 010 638) directly, if you are interested in joining one of our tours, or if you have any questions.

  • My wife and I went on a Trendsetter Western Front Tour with David Cooper as our tour manager in 2014. David did a fabulous job of making sure we were accommodated comfortably, well fed and transported smoothly to sites of interest. Our historian Mike Peters was excellent and extremely knowledgeable. Our group had a particular interest in medical aspects of the Western Front battles and both Mike and David were flexible and innovative in making sure that we went to appropriate sites to meet these interests. We also visited places where relatives had died, fought or were injured in battle. Staying at Ypres and experiencing the 8pm Last Post Remembrance Service at Menin Gate was an emotional and memorable experience.

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    Anthony ToddSydney
  • Thanks David as your organisation, calmness and itinerary were outstanding and I have not been on a better tour.

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    Rod CookeSydney
  • In 2016 I went on a tour of Malta, Sicily and Italy organised by Trendsetter Travel. The tour group was small and traced battles associated with the allied military actions of WWII. The tour also gave a framework for visiting other attractions such as the medieval city of Mdina in Malta, Catania in Sicily with views of Mt Etna, and the Valley of the Temples outside Agrigento in southern Sicily. In Italy we visited Pompei and the Abbey of Monte Cassino, as well as experiencing the beautiful Amalfi coast. Our historian Mike Peters took us to amazing places and his presentation of the military history was inspiring. David Cooper, our tour manager, made sure we travelled comfortably and enjoyed great restaurants and accommodation. It was a trip which left me with many great memories.

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    Jane McDonaldSydney
  • By far the best organized and most memorable holidays I have ever had. Living proof that there is no substitute for detailed preparation and planning – David really excelled at finding interesting locations, fabulous guides, wonderful hotels and outstanding restaurants.

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    John MorrisonSydney

Bespoke Battlefield Tours

Past Tours

This tour follows the Civil War from the 1st serious opening battle at Manassas in 1861 to the climax of the war when Robert E Lee surrendered to Ulysses S Grant at Appomattox Court House in April 1865. In between we follow the approximate chronology of the War including the 3 day battle at Gettysburg, the bloodiest one day battle of the war at Antietam, Lee’s greatest every victory at Chancellorsville and much much more. We will stay in some exceptional accommodation including several of the famous historic hotels. Guides expert on the particular battles have been contracted at each battlefield. The tour is operated on a regular basis by Bespoke.
On this tour we cover the iconic ANZAC WWI France/Belgium Western Front Tour. Bespoke’s tour offers a little bit extra: in addition to France/Belgium, we will include one day touring to Dunkirk and follow the retreat of the BEF in May/June 1940 concluding with the remarkable rescue from Dunkirk. We will also include the Normandy landings in June 1944. We will stay in some great accommodation including a boutique chateau in Normandy.
This tour follows the Western Theatre of the Civil War and tours battlefields every bit as significant as those on the more visited Eastern Theatre. The tour starts in Mississippi at Vicksburg and progresses north into Tennessee, finishing in Atlanta, Georgia. We’ll visit all the key battlefield parks including Shiloh, Corinth, Stones River, Brice’s Crossroads, Fort Donelson, Stones River, Chickamauga, Chattanooga and Kennesaw Mountain. The tour is operated every 2nd year by Bespoke.
Our journey starts with a fascinating 2 days in Malta covering the 30 months to November 1942 when Malta held out against a near continuous bombing onslaught and a threatened invasion by the Axis forces. Then, over five days, we cover the Allied invasion of Sicily in July 1943 which necessitates touring a large part of the island. Finally, we fly onto Naples and spend 7 days considering the Allied invasion of Italy until the surrender of Rome in June 1944, including visits to Monte Cassino and Anzio.
Eastern Theatre of the American Civil War (1861 to 1865) Military History Tour From Manassas to Appomattox Court House June 2016Including Gettysburg, Antietam, Harpers Ferry, Manassas, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, Cold Harbour, Petersburg, and Richmond Trendsetter Travel’s own Military History consultant has designed this Eastern Theatre...