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.
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.
First Day of the Somme
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.
La Boisselle & Mametz
Lochnagar Mine crater
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.
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 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.
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.
At a Glance
4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
Specialist Battlefield Guide
Convenient local joining points
Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service
Included Excursions & Visits
Battlefield visits as described
Optional Excursions & Visits
Entrance fees to museums & places of interest (extra cost)
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.
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.
The Ibis Styles Péronne-Assevillers is located 6.2 miles (10 km) from the town of Péronne at the Assevillers rest area on the A1 highway and 3 miles (5 km) from the TGV train station. The hotels facilities include Wi-Fi/Internet access, a restaurant with terrace, a bar and snack and beverage machine. All bedrooms features flat-screen LCD T.V. with all major channels, en-suite bathroom and air conditioning.
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.
Why not go the night before your
holiday 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 £38 per person. This offer is
subject to availability and based on two sharing a
twin/double room on a B&B basis. 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
nine days you can pay for additional days’ parking.
Ask one of our friendly reservations team for
more details when you book your holiday.
Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.
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
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Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over)
on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration)
and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to
availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot
occupy a front row seat due to French Law.
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.
Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 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.
With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.
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.