We recently had the pleasure of doing a tour with Phil and his assistant Fay through the WW1 battlefields and many grave sites. Phil is an excellent host /guide and with his extensive knowledge made our 3 day tour enjoyable, informative and emotional. We spent 2 days with Phil and 1 day with Fay both have their own way of imparting information and it is great to get a different prospective. If you are going to the WW1 battlefields Phil’s tours are the way to do it.

Bonnie
NSW, Australia
October 2016

My husband and I did a 2 day tour with Phil in September and found the experience really informative and very moving. There were 8 in our tour so it is very personalised and there are lots of opportunities to discuss and have questions answered. We had a lovely lunch on both days in quaint restaurants which was included in the tour. He makes a real effort to find sites that are relevant to you and made sure we were able to view our relatives memorial. He has a wealth of knowledge about the area and even took us to a recent dig which uncovered a skeleton from the war. This area has such a profound place in our history and is really as significant as Gallipoli. We would thoroughly recommend this tour to all Australians.

Warrick H
NSW, Australia
October 2016

We had 2 excellent days with Phil . He has obviously done a lot of research and he presents the information in a way which allows you to gain an insight into what happened 100 years ago. The places we were taken allowed us to see where my wife’s grandfather had been and Phil also explained what his role was. I recommend Sacred Ground Tours to anyone who is wanting to travel to the Western Front.

Suzanne
Victoria, Australia
September 2016

I had the pleasure of Phil,s company pretty much to myself for my three day tour. This has been an exceptional experience professionally done by a knowledgable host in Phil. The three days flew by and I was tremendously happy with the experience . I would recommend this to one and all.

Geoff M
Qld, Australia
September 2016

Phil met us from TGV train on a Sunday. His research and ours helped find the near exact spot where my grandfather was severely wounded on the night before the big battle of Poziers. Also visited other areas significant to us. A wealth of knowledge from Phil and his local contacts. Saw and learned so much in one day. Could not speak more highly of Phil Hora and Sacred Ground.

William
Qld, Australia
August 2016

We have had 3 wonderful days with Phil and Fay. Both are extremely knowledgeable on the Western Front especially Australia’s role but it was also interesting to learn about other countries roles as well. Would highly recommend Sacred Ground Tours.

Pam W
NSW, Australia
August 2016

We chose Sacred Ground Tours after reading Tripadvisor reviews.Our tours with Phil and Fay far exceeded our expectations.They both have an incredible knowledge of the Western Front battles and will shape the tours to suite any particular requests. Being an Australian (Fay a Canadian) Phil has an amazing knowledge of Australian and New Zealand operations in particular.Fay also has a like knowledge of Canadian operations. Phil is very personable(as is Fay) and goes out of his way to be accommodating before during and after your tours.Don’t DIY tour.Phil’s tours are worth every cent.I hope that we can do it all over again soon. Would highly recommend.Expect British written history to be respectfully clarified where necessary.Thank you Phil and Fay for a memorable experience.

Adam & Pam T
Sydney, Australia
July 2016

Phil put together a wonderful tour of the Somme sights. We were there on July 1st so were limited by where we could go, but he still managed to make it a very meaningful day. One of the reasons we were there was to visit the grave of my great uncle who had been killed on the 1st day of the Battle of the Somme. Phil had obtained a wreath for us to place on his grave, and read a very moving poem to Paul at the grave sight. He even brought along pain au chocolat, well aware that being overwhelmed by the history of the Somme made one need a chocolate fix. I heartily recommend Phil if you are thinking of doing a Somme tour – I don’t think you could do better. The lunch was pretty darned good too 🙂

Samuel
North Idaho
July 2016

We booked Phil from Sacred Ground tours, Arras, to take us on 2 day tours of the Western Front WW1 battlefields and memorials.
He went out of his way to accommodate our wishes. He picked us up from the train station in Arras on the morning of the first tour. He dropped us off at the door of our hotel at the end of the second day.
I cannot believe that we saw and experienced so much in the time that we spent with him, yet we were not rushed. If you have a relative or connection that you would like to investigate he will research and help you try to find them, either in the fields or cemeteries.
There is no way that we could have found our way around to all the sites that we visited, even if we did choose to drive ourselves.
Phil, being an Australian living in France, was an especially good guide for Aussies. The bonus with the tours was that we got to be driven all around the beautiful countryside. The tours were worth every cent that we paid and I’m sure that our two days will be the highlight of our holiday!!

Jenny H
Victoria, Australia
June 2016

Phil is an Aussie who lives in France and he has a genuine passion for conducting these tours. He is engaging and incredibly well informed about the areas and the role of the Aussies in particular as part of the big picture. My daughter and I considered doing our own driving tour but decided to take a one day tour as well. We enjoyed our time with Phil so much we cancelled our hire car and arranged to meet him again in Leper. I cannot recommend him highly enough. I dare you to ask him about Sir John Monash, 🙂

Keith B
Melbourne, Australia
June 2016