Remembering the Somme

  • 5 Day Tour
  • 3 Star Rating

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to northern France for a four-night stay.

Day 2 - First Day of the Somme

We begin with a look at that terrible First Day of the Somme as we follow the line of 1st July 1916. We start at Gommecourt where London and Midland troops took part in a diversionary attack, then see where the Northern Pals battalions fought at Serre, walking up to the Sheffield Memorial Park and seeing the battlefield cemeteries. Following lunch, we look at the Beaumont- Hamel battlefield, seeing the Sunken Lane where the Lancashire Fusiliers sheltered before Zero Hour and Hawthorn Ridge, where a huge mine was blown and filmed for posterity. We then examine the fighting for the Thiepval Ridge, seeing the memorial to the 36th (Ulster) Division and visiting the Thiepval Visitors’ Centre and Thiepval Memorial. We end the day at the Leipzig Salient, seeing the memorial to the Dorsetshire Regiment.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - La Boisselle & Mametz

Continuing the story of 1st July 1916 we begin in Mash Valley at Ovillers, looking at the fighting there, then move to the Lochnagar Mine crater at La Boisselle, before seeing where regiments from Yorkshire fought at Fricourt. After lunch, we look at the story of Devonshire Trench at Mametz, and see where Captain Billie Neville and his men kicked footballs over the top and where the British lines met with the French. We end the day looking at the next stage of the battle with the fighting at Mametz Wood involving the 38th (Welsh) Division.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Delville Wood & Albert

The Battle of the Somme continued beyond July and we follow the course of the fighting at High Wood and Delville Wood, seeing ‘Crucifix Corner’ and Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, following the story of New Zealand’s Unknown Warrior. We spend lunchtime in Albert with time to visit the Somme museum. In the afternoon, we look at the Australian attack on Pozières, visiting the Gibraltar Bunker and Pozières Windmill site, and seeing where tanks were used for the first time at Flers- Courcelette. We end the tour at the Butte de Warlencourt, now a memorial site, where the Somme battle came to a conclusion on 18th November 1916.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 5

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Prices are per person, based on two sharing.

Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; single room supplement £139 (2016), £119 (2017); travel insurance from £35.50. 

1 x packed lunch/museum package available whilst on tour approx. cost €30.

REDUCTION FOR CHILDREN (AGED UNDER 18) - For departure on 7th August 2017, children aged 8 to 17 years go half-price.

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