NEW About the tour: Retreat from Mons

Mons witnessed the opening shots of WW1, travel with us as we follow the story of the ‘Old Contemptibles’ including a visit to the key battlefield of Nery.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefields Guide
  • Local joining points

5 days from £549 pp

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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.
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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    Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in Belgium for a two-night stay.

    Nimy Bridge
    Nimy Bridge

    Included Highlights

    • 'First and 'Last' graves on Western Front
    • Mons Communal Cemetery
    • St Symphorien Cemetery
    • Obourg station
    • Nimy Bridge
    • Mons War Museum
    • Mons & Casteau
    We start on the battlefield at Mons where the very first British shots of the war were fired at Casteau in August 1914, when British and German cavalry clashed here. We then visit the superb Mons War Museum, and from here travel to the unique St Symphorien Cemetery where British and German soldiers who fell at Mons lay side by side. Here we also see the graves of the ‘First and Last’ British and Commonwealth casualties on the Western Front.

    After lunchtime in Mons, we travel along the battlefield where British units fought at Mons seeing the Bridge at Nimy, where the first two Victoria Crosses were awarded, the station at Obourg defended by the Middlesex Regiment, and see 1914 graves in Mons Communal Cemetery.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Included Highlights

    • Le Cateau Cemetery
    • Suffolk Memorial, Le Cateau
    • Etreux cemetery and memorial
    • Nery Battlefield
    Leaving Mons, we follow the route of the ‘Retreat From Mons’ and this morning seeing the battlefield at Le Cateau where the British made a stand on 26th August 1914. We see Le Cateau Cemetery, and the Suffolk Memorial in the fields where the battle raged.

    After lunch we look at the story of the Royal Munster Fusiliers at Etreux, visiting their cemetery and memorial. We then continue to follow the route of the Old Contemptibles as they marched towards Paris, and end our day on the battlefield at Nery, one of the classic actions of 1914. Here British Cavalry and Gunners fought a rear-guard action. One of the guns from the battle is still preserved in the Imperial War Museum! From here we continue to our hotel in Compiegne for a two-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Included Highlights

    • La Ferte Sous Jouarre Memorial
    • Guards Grave, Villers-Cotterets
    • Vailly British Cemetery
    • Royal Engineers Memorial
    After the Retreat From Mons, the British Army went on to fight in the Battle of the Marne and then the Aisne in September 1914. Today we visit the Guards Grave in Villers-Cotterets, where the Guardsmen fought among the trees. We then visit the La Ferte sous Jouarre Memorial, which commemorates all those who died from Mons to the Aisne who have no known grave. We also visit the Royal Engineers memorial on the banks of the Marne river.

    After lunch at Chateau-Thierry, we move onto the Aisne heights looking at the fighting here, visiting Vailly British Cemetery, and then looking at the British involvement in the actions around Soupir, seeing the churchyard.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return to UK.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Travel Insurance from £30.00 (5 days) (includes insurance premium tax, prices per person). Single Room Supplement from £159.00 (5 days).

    NEW Retreat from Mons 5 days from £549pp

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    01709 787 463


    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 two nights at the Hotel Casteau in Casteau, near Mons, followed by two nights in Compiegne at the 3-star Hotel B&B Compiegne.

    Casteau Resort Mons

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Travel Options

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £15pp (up to 6 days duration), £25pp (7 and 8 days duration), £30pp (9 to 11 days) or £35pp (12 days or more) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on our Executive and Silver Service coaches and for one or two persons on our Luxuria coaches and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for a supplement of £8pp (up to 6 days duration), £15pp (7 and 8 days duration), £18pp (9 to 11 days) or £22pp (12 days or more).

    Guaranteed front or second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the UK port. Occasionally, front and second row seats may be on a request only basis.

    Please note: children under 15 years of age are not permitted to sit in the front seats of any coach.

    On some coaches the legroom on front seats, central view seats and seats directly in front of the washroom 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 or merged for any reason and front or second row seats or central view seats or table seats are not available on your tour, you will be refunded any supplement paid. 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.

    Central View Seats are available to pre-book free of charge.

    Table Seats are available to pre-book free of charge on our Luxuria coaches.

    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 interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers 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 vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air 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.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    Customers own alcohol cannot be consumed on board our vehicles.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is 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 should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Silver Service, refreshments

    Silver Service Features

    • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
    • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
    • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
    • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
    • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
    • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
    • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
    • Onboard toilet

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