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“Wayne Raines”

2Xplore Flanders Fields
Ranked #2 of 17 Tours in Ieper (Ypres)
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: “If you want a superb tour of the WW1 battlefields then you can do no better than be guided by Patrick! Himself a senior military man of considerable contemporary experience, he cleverly sets out an interesting series of events that, at the end of the day, come together to provide a fascinating insight into The Great War! " 2Xplore Tours differs because of its unique concept. Forget about endless lectures and ready explanations on the usual tourist sites. A careful selection is made of “must-see” sites and “off the beaten track” (private) sites, going local!
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Patrick came highly recommended via word of mouth as a colleague had used his services twice before and after our own personal tour I can see why.

Patrick carefully put together a personal tour which was related to a family member who was killed in action in 1917 and the tour was not only amazing, but Patrick’s research for the tour also found some key pieces of information that no one had uncovered before.

I am not usually one for leaving reviews, but I genuinely can not thank Patrick enough. The tour content was excellent and his knowledge was very clear to see.

I will return at a later date and I will definitely be using Patrick’s services again, as well as recommending to friends and family.

Many thanks Patrick!

Thank WCRaines
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Patrick J, Owner at 2Xplore Flanders Fields, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Thank you for your time in writing this kind review, much appreciated ! cheers, Patrick

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

From my initial contact with Patrick to the time of leaving him at the station his handling of this trip was exemplary. Nothing was too much trouble for him. The tour itself was a totally engrossing and moving experience and one not to be missed by anyone in the region.
Patrick’s knowledge of the story of the battlefields enabled him to provide very graphic, detailed descriptions of all the important sites around Ypres. This was enhanced by his comprehensive images and maps, showing what the troops had to endure, as the relentless battle took place.
All our group of 7 people were full of praise for the patient and involving way that Patrick took care of us and would totally recommend his tour.

1  Thank Des H
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Patrick J, Owner at 2Xplore Flanders Fields, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Thank you very much for your kind review Des ! Best regards, Patrick

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Reviewed 22 March 2018

This was a very good tour of the region. It helps if you have some prior knowledge of the war - which we tried to brush up on before we arrived. (FYI there are several very good documentaries of what led up to WWI which are very helpful and give you some perspective of the war) Patrick is very professional. From my first contact in arranging the tour to the tour itself. He grew up in the region and you can tell that he has the history in his bones. We toured several battlefields, cemeteries and memorials, however it is his commentary and along with maps and other documentation that he brings that give you the total feeling of the area. I would highly recommend.

Thank thsNewYork
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Patrick J, Owner at 2Xplore Flanders Fields, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

Thank you for your kind review. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the tour !

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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

From the moment Patrick picked us up we were totally engaged with information in a friendly environment. Maps and pictures helped to show us exactly where we were standing on the battlefield. We also received great extra after the tour was over via email which truly was above and beyond. We were taken to places off the tour such as a fantastic cafe and a restaurant featuring an amazing private collection of war artifacts. Also, provided a great list of other places to visit in Ieper such as the Passchendaele Memorial Museum. Highly recommend this tour, it will be the highlight of your trip.

Thank Kevin M
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Patrick J, Owner at 2Xplore Flanders Fields, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2018

Thank you for your review, It was a pleasure for me guiding you and your father around over here ! Best regards, Patrick

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

Only had one day to spend in Ypres region, so I had to make it count and I really needed a good tour that could include someone travelling alone. Every detail was arranged in the most professional manner and it was fully packed with information (without being burdensome). Also, the price was very reasonable. I was lucky to share this experience with family members from WWI veterans, which made it the more special. I will certainly bring my family for this tour.

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Patrick J, Owner at 2Xplore Flanders Fields, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

Thank you for your kind review. Always welcome later on with your family !

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