About the tour: Marne & Chemin des Dames

Join us on this fascinating tour as we look at the story of the Old Contemptibles, visiting the battlefields of the Marne and the Aisne from the 1914 campaign. We will also take a look at some of the lesser-known battlefield sites of the Great War, which include the battlefields where the American ‘Doughboys’ fought in 1918.

Tour Includes


  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points

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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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    Local departure by coach, then to our hotel at Marne-la-Vallée for a four-night stay.

    We begin our tour with the Old Contemptibles, the British regular army of 1914, at the La Ferté-sous-Jouarre Memorial, which commemorates the missing of the 1914 campaign from Mons to the Marne and Aisne. We also look at the role of the Royal Engineers in bridging the Marne River, and see their memorial.

    At Montreuil-aux-Lions British Cemetery, we visit the graves of men who fell here in September 1914, before then travelling to the battlefield at Priez.

    After lunchtime in Château-Thierry, we visit the remarkable American Memorial which overlooks the town, commemorating the American Expeditionary Force battle here in July 1918.

    We then see Belleau Wood where the US Marine Corps fought, and visit their memorial. We end the day at the nearby Belleau Wood American Cemetery.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    La Ferté-sous-Jouarre Memorial
    La Ferte Sous Jouarre Memorial

    Included Highlights

    • Château-Thierry
    • La Ferté-sous-Jouarre Memorial
    • RE Memorial, La Ferté-sous-Jouarre
    • Montreuil-aux-Lions British Cemetery
    • Belleau Wood

    This morning we travel to Meaux to visit the Great War Museum. An outstanding and modern museum of WW1, it has one of the largest collections in Europe.

    After lunchtime in Meaux, we continue to follow the story of the Old Contemptibles, seeing the Guards' Grave at Villers-Cotterêts and a private memorial to an officer killed here in 1914.

    South of Soissons, we look at where the British Army fought in the Second Battle of the Marne in 1918, seeing Villemontoire British Cemetery and the battlefield area between Grand Rozoy and Oulchy. We end at the large and impressive ‘Phantoms’ Memorial which looks out across the Marne battlefields.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Phantoms Memorial, Marne
    Phantoms Memorial, Marne

    Included Highlights

    • Meaux WW1 Museum
    • Phantoms Memorial, Marne
    • Guards' Grave, Villers-Cotterêts
    • Raperie Cemetery, Villemontoire

    Today we visit the Chemin des Dames, the ridge where the French Army fought a number of battles throughout WW1.

    We descend into the Caverne du Dragon, a system of caves where there was fighting underground, which is now a modern museum that re-opened in 2019.

    After lunch in Soissons and a visit to the Soissons Memorial to the missing, we travel along the Aisne Valley, seeing where the Old Contemptibles were between Chivres and Bourg. We'll visit Vailly British Cemetery and Soupir Churchyard, seeing British graffiti from 1914, and then Vendresse Cemetery.

    We end back on the high ground of the Chemin des Dames to see the memorial to the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Soissons Memorial
    Soissons Memorial

    Included Highlights

    • Caverne du Dragon
    • Soissons Memorial
    • Vailly British Cemetery
    • Soupir Churchyard
    • Vendresse Cemetery

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Single Room Supplement from £179.00 (5 days).

    Accommodation

    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 four nights at the 4-star Novotel Collegien Marne La Vallée Hotel.

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      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 £41.50 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, select option 1, 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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