I guide and tour manage group battlefield tours for Albatross Tours, for their Australian and New Zealand clients. I have developed a thorough and detailed knowledge of the ANZAC experience on the Western Front as well as for the British experience.
I also offer private tours for individuals, families and groups wishing to visit the battlefields of the Western Front, Italy and Normandy.
If you are a company looking to add a high quality and experienced guide to your team or an individual, family or organisation looking to hire a guide for a bespoke tour then please get in touch using the contact form.
“Rob, thank you so much for the huge efforts you put into our recent pilgrimage to the Somme and Arras. Despite our group consisting of current / ex-military personnel as well as those with no military experience, you somehow managed to pitch the tour such that every single person received maximum benefit. You enabled us to understand the lives (and sadly the deaths) of the individual soldier, the tactics of each battle and the overall campaign strategies – all set against the political context of the time. The entire content was pitched at the perfect level – and was delivered in a highly engaging manner (the use of war diaries to bring alive each story was superb!). I’d like to thank you in particular for the the detailed research you conducted on our relatives and for getting us onto the precise spots on which they fought (and in some cases died). It was incredibly moving to be able to leave a token of commemoration at such precise GPS locations. Finally, Rob, can I say how much we all enjoyed your company, both during the days and also over dinner each evening. It did not feel like we were a group of “7 + Rob”, but instead it felt like 8 friends on a common mission to discover our past and pay tribute to the fallen. I’m looking forward to arranging a future tour, provided you’ll be there alongside.”
“Rob, Thanks enormously for all your efforts in assisting our pilgrimages, finding information and preparing the stories so vividly. Great job!”.
“Anne from Australia here – thank you for your amazing guiding over the Western Front in August 10 – 19, 2015. You respected the fact that we had come half way around the world on a pilgrimage to walk in our relatives’ footsteps – great uncle’s in my case at Daisy Wood and Poziers, Fromelles and Mt St Quentin and Le Hamel – and enabled us to do just that. You respected what we had come to do and showed such great knowledge, empathy and understanding of the battlefields of the Western Front.”
“Thank you so much for making this battlefield tour one we will never forget. For your expert knowledge, care and attention to us we are grateful. Thank you for going off course to the Peronne Cemetery so Brian could fulfil his dream of seeing his Great Uncle’s grave to pay his respects.”
“Excellent guiding, rated at 150%”
“Tour leader Rob was an exceptional guide. His knowledge of the subject is outstanding in both breadth and depth. He not only knows the details of every battlefield and cemetery we visited but was able to communicate the facts in an entertaining and understandable way. he was able to competently and fully answer any question put to him – through his encouragement, there were many and he worked flat out to satisfy our queries. Besides this, his attention to housekeeping matters such as being where we should be on time, helping group members with issues, such as lost airline baggage, dietary requirements etc. etc. left nothing to be desired. I cannot imagine how anyone could have improved on his contribution to our tour. Nothing was too much trouble for him.”
“Rob was excellent.”
“The tour leader, Rob was outstanding. You could not ask for a better tour manager.”
“Rob was a brilliant guide. He managed the group with humour and wisdom. His knowledge of the War was extensive. His care of us and his patience with us on a daily basis was superb. I felt very safe with him. He kept things running very smoothly.”