About the tour: First & Last Shots

The city of Mons in Belgium is where the first and last shots of WW1 were fired by the British and Commonwealth forces, and where the first and last soldiers died. On this tour, accompanied by a Specialist Battlefield Guide, we visit battlefields around Mons and Nimy Bridge, the excellent Mons War Museum, moving memorials including that of Canadian soldier George Lawrence Price, recognised as the last to die during The Great War, plus, the St. Symphorien Cemetery where the first and last casualties of the battle are now laid to rest.

Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Regional joining points (call for your nearest)

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Tour Itinerary

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.
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    Regional departure by coach, then to our hotel in Belgium, where we stay for three nights.

    We start our tour at Casteau, just outside Mons, where we see the 4th Dragoon Guards Memorial close to the spot where they engaged the Germans just before the Battle of Mons, firing the first shots of the British Army on the Western Front. On the other side of the road, we visit a Canadian memorial on the site of their final advance on 11th November 1918: four years of war separated by a few yards of ground. From here, we move on to the Battle of Mons on 23rd August 1914 and see the battlefield around Nimy Bridge where the first two Victoria Crosses of the war were awarded to men of the Royal Fusiliers. In central Mons, we see the memorials at the Town Hall and the ‘Guardroom Monkey’ and have lunch here before going to the western side of the battlefield to see where the Norfolks were at Elouges, and the Cheshires close by. We also see where British cavalry made a classic charge at Audregnies, resulting in the award of two Victoria Crosses.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Nimy Bridge
    Nimy Bridge

    Included Highlights

    • Nimy Bridge
    • Mons
    • Audregnies

    Today we begin at the Mons War Museum, an excellent museum which explains the role of Mons in conflict over many centuries, but in particular, the First World War. We then look at the areas where fighting took place around the city in November 1918. After lunch we visit the Memorial to George Lawrence Price, the last British and Commonwealth casualties at 10.58am on 11th November 1918, just two minutes before the end. We end the tour at the moving and impressive St. Symphorien Cemetery, which contains the graves of the first and last casualties, as well as German casualties from the battle.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    St. Symphorien Cemetery
    St Symphorien Cemetery

    Included Highlights

    • St. Symphorien Cemetery
    • Mons War Museum

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast


    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.

    You will stay for three nights at the 3-star Casteau Resort, Mons. The hotel is situated close to the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), the central command of NATO-military forces. Each well-appointed bedroom comes equipped with cable satellite television with CNN® and BBC channels. The hotel also features an exercise room, sauna and Jacuzzi. Friendly, English-speaking staff are ready to ensure a comfortable and memorable stay.

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    You can join your coach at your nearest joining point – we’ve hundreds to choose from throughout England, Scotland and Wales. To find your nearest pick up, search using your postcode below.

      *Please note pickups are subject to availability.

      Travel Extras

      Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

      You can park for FREE for up to nine days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £39.50 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

      To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

      On most holidays if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines. Excludes holidays to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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