About the tour: Somme Advance to Victory Centenary Tour

On this Centenary tour we look at the opening phase of the Allied offensive, the Battle of Amiens on 8th August 1918, which led to the end of World War One, and attend the anniversary ceremonies in the Somme area. The battle, also known as the Third Battle of Picardy, heralded the last one hundred days of WW1 and had a huge effect on the morale of both sides with many German forces surrendering. It was described by German general Erich Ludendorff as the “black day of the German Army”. Along with the ceremonies we visit memorials, battlefield cemeteries and the famous bridge at Riqueval.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Regional 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.
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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    Regional departure by coach, then to our hotel in northern France or Belgium, where we stay for four nights.

    We begin by looking at the Second Battle of the Somme in 1918, from the fighting around Villers-Bretonneux in April 1918, to the Australian attack on Le Hamel in July, and the British and Commonwealth advance on 8th August 1918, visiting memorials and battlefield cemeteries. We will also visit the new Monash Centre at Villers-Bretonneux.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Villers Bretonneux

    Included Highlights

    • Villers-Bretonneux

    On the 8th August 2018 we will operate a battlefield tour in the morning, with our own Remembrance event on the battlefield before dropping ticket holders in Amiens to attend the commemorative event. Non-ticket holders will have free-time in the city that afternoon.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Somme Battlegrounds
    Somme Battlefields

    Included Highlights

    • Amiens
    • Somme Battlegrounds

    Today we look beyond the breakout to the last 100 days of the conflict, starting at Bourlon Wood, then visiting the American Somme Cemetery before seeing the famous bridge at Riqueval, captured by British troops in the Breaking of the Hindenburg Line. In the afternoon, we examine the Battle of the Sambre Canal, and end in Mons where the war came to a conclusion for Britain on 11th November 1918, seeing the cemetery where the first and last casualties are buried.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Included Highlights

    • Mons
    • Bourlon Wood
    • Riqueval Bridge
    • Sambre Canal

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    A commemorative event is being organised by the UK Government Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and local partners on the Somme, and this will take place in Amiens Cathedral at 3pm on 8th August. The event is being led by the UK Government in partnership with the Governments of Australia, Canada, France and the United States of America. 

    To attend this event you must be a ticket holder. Tickets are given via a Public Ballot and applications for the Ballot have now closed.

    On the 8th August 2018 we will operate a battlefield tour in the morning, with our own Remembrance event on the battlefield before dropping ticket holders in Amiens to attend the commemorative event. Non-ticket holders will have free-time in the city that afternoon.


    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 a minimum 3-star hotel in Belgium or northern France. Full details of your hotel will be advised with your travel documents.

    Assevillers Hotel

    Autoroute A1 Aire de service d'Assevillers Ouest, 80200 Assevillers,

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

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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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