About the tour: Remembering the Somme

The Somme is a byword for British sacrifice in the Great War; more than 150,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers died here in 1916. On this fascinating and moving tour we visit the key sites of the Somme Battlefield in France including iconic locations like the Sheffield Memorial Park at Serre, High Wood and look at where the Welsh Division was wiped out at Mametz Wood, visiting the memorials and cemeteries.

Tour Includes


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

DATES & PRICES

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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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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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    We make our way to the port of departure and coach interchange where you will join your tour coach for the crossing to the continent. We continue to northern France and our hotel for a four-night stay.

    Today we look at that terrible first day of the Somme and follow the line of 1st July 1916. We start at Gommecourt, 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 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
    Beaumont Hamel
    Beaumont Hamel

    Included highlights

    • Beaumont Hamel
    • Thiepval-Memorial
    • Gommercourt
    • Serre
    • Sheffield Memorial Park
    • Sunken Lane
    • Hawthorn Ridge
    • Leipzig Salient

    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
    Lochnagar Mine crater
    Lochnagar Mine crater

    Included highlights

    • Mash Valley
    • Lochnagar Mine Crater
    • Fricourt
    • Devonshire Trench
    • Mametz Wood

    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 Pozieres, visiting the Gibraltar Bunker and 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
    Delville Wood
    Delville Wood

    Included highlights

    • DELVILLE WOOD
    • Pozières
    • High Wood
    • Caterpillar Valley Cemetery
    • Albert
    • Gibraltar Bunker
    • Pozieres Windmill Site
    • Flers-Coucelette
    • Butte de Warlencourt

    We leave the hotel after breakfast and travel to the Channel port. You will leave your tour coach behind as you join your transfer vehicle for your return journey to your original departure point.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Additional Information

    1 x packed lunch/museum package available whilst on tour approx. cost €25. The package comprises a packed lunch on day two of the tour - which includes a baguette sandwich, packet of crisps and bottle of water -  entrance to Thiepval Visitor Centre on day two and entrance to the Somme Museum on day four. It also includes a 15 page tour booklet. Please note this is offered as a complete package only and must be paid in Euros (cash).

    OPTIONAL EVENING 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.

    DISCOUNTS FOR CHILDREN DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS - We have many parents and grandparents who wish to take their children on a battlefield tour to share the experience and learning together. We are pleased to offer a significant reduction for children aged between 8 & 17 year olds during the school holidays. Children pay half price on the following date: Aug 7 2017. Call for details.

    Remembering the Somme

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    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 3-star Ibis Styles Peronne Assevillers Hotel. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, and is situated approximately six miles from the centre of Peronne.

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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 seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £38 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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      Remembering the Somme

      OR Call our reservations team on:
      01709 787 463