Walking the Somme

5 days from £479pp.


Courcelette

Visit: Courcelette, Battlefields

Somme

Visit: Somme, Battlefields

Beaumont Hamel

Visit: Beaumont Hamel, Battlefields

Pozières

Visit: Pozières, Battlefields

Beaumont Hamel

Visit: Beaumont Hamel, Battlefields

Following the centenary of the Somme in 2016 we are pleased to continue to offer a new version of our classic battlefield walking tour which will focus on the terrible Black Day of the British Army – 1st July 1916. We will see the key areas along the front line treading the ground and walking across the land where so many casualties fell.

    Entrance fees to museums & places of interest (extra cost)

    Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in northern France for a four night stay.

    Walk 1: We start our walks on the battlefield at Gommecourt, the northernmost area of attack and the scene of a costly diversionary operation. We see the ground where the 46th (North Midland) Division lost heavily and walk down No Man's Land. We also venture into the area where the London battalions attacked close to Gommecourt Park. Walk 2: After lunch we look at the Pals battalions who took part in the assault on Serre. Here men from many northern towns and cities suffered crippling casualties and we walk the battlefield around the Sheffield Memorial Park seeing the battlefield cemeteries and memorials, and the remains of British trenches. We end the day at Serre Road No 1 cemetery and contrast the fighting at the beginning of the battle with the end in November 1916.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Walk 3: We begin today at Redan Ridge; an often overlooked part of the 1st July story but where more than 10% of the casualties that day were suffered. We see the battlefield cemeteries on the ridge and walk down to the famous Sunken Lane at Beaumont Hamel where the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers made their advance. We see where Geoffrey Malins filmed the battle and then walk up onto the Hawthorn Ridge, discussing the mine explosion here on 1st July and seeing Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery. Walk 4: After lunch we walk the battlefield at Thiepval. Starting in the village we contrast the village of today with the one of 1914 - one of the biggest on the Somme. We walk across to the battlefield where the 36th (Ulster) Division fought and follow the tracks to where the Schwaben Redoubt was. We end in the nearby village of St. Pierre Divion and walk across to the river Ancre.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Amiens

    Amiens

    Walk 5: Our final walk looks at the story of the regiments from Yorkshire which attacked here on 1st July 1916. Starting at Norfolk Cemetery we examine the 'When The Barrage Lifts' toast given by men of 9th King's Own Yorkshire Ligh Infantry and visit the grave of Yorkshire VC Loudoun-Shand. Walking out to the high ground above Fricourt we see where the attacks went in and visit the evocative Fricourt New Military Cemetery where the graves of men from East and West Yorkshire lay side by side. We end in Fricourt village and look at the German story of 1st July, seeing the German cemetery here. In the afternoon we visit the new Thiepval Somme Museum, spend time at the Thiepval Memorial and look at the fighting beyond 1st July with the story of the South African Brigade at Delville Wood.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Overview

    • 4 nights accommodation with continental breakfast
    • Specialist Battlefield Guide
    • Battlefield visits as described
    • Convenient local joining points
    • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service

    Included Excursions

    Optional Excursions

    • Entrance fees to museums & places of interest (extra cost)

    Notes

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

    OPTIONAL MEAL PACKAGE AVAILABLE for £75 PER PERSON includes a 3-course meal at the hotel on days two and four (buffet starter and dessert and choice of main from pre-advised menu at breakfast each day) and one additional 3-course meal on day three: "Join us on a unique evening out on the Somme on day three where we attend a moving 'Sound and Light' show with extracts from WW1 accounts, music, and re-enactors in uniform - all combined with a typical WW1 meal from the trenches. This will take place in a covered area in the historic Bernafay Wood, the scene of heavy fighting in July 1916 and is organised by 'Digger Cote 160' a local remembrance group."

    The local 'Sound and Light' show with meal on day three is subject to minimum numbers and favourable weather conditions and may be cancelled with short notice.

    Travel Insurance from £35.50 (5 days). Single Room Supplement from £119.00 (5 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Ibis Peronne Assevillers Hotel. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, the hotel is situated approximately 6 miles from the centre of Peronne in the heart of the Somme Battlefields area.

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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      Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

      If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

      Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

      We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
      Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately 90p or 1 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

      Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

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      All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
      All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
      We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
      One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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