NEW About the tour: The Silent Cities: The CWGC Story

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission cares for the graves and memorials of 1.7 million men and women who died in the two World Wars. Founded in 1917, its dedicated staff now work at 23,000 different places across more than 150 countries and territories. This special tour, developed in association with the CWGC, provides a unique insight into the story of this remarkable organisation.

Tour Includes


  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast & 2 packed lunches
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points

5 days from £489 pp

Departure Dates

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  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
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  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

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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 or northern France, where we stay for four nights.

    Our first day begins at the new CWGC Experience at Beaurains, where we gain a unique behind-the-scenes insight into the work of the Commission and its skilled artisans. We find out about the painstaking recovery of remains and see the fascinating headstone production machinery at work.

    In nearby Arras, we visit Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery and the Arras Memorial for a special demonstration of renovation techniques.

    This afternoon, we spend time on the battlefields east of Arras, looking at wartime cemeteries in some of the more isolated locations where the fighting took place in 1917, close to Heninel and Wancourt.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    CWGC Experience, Arras
    CWGC Experience, Arras

    Included Highlights

    • Arras Memorial & Faubourg d'Amiens
    • Cuckoo Passage Cemetery
    • CWGC Experience, Arras
    • CWGC Workshop

    Today we continue with the history of the CWGC. When the Imperial War Graves Commission was founded in 1917, its approach to commemoration was controversial and challenging. At Forceville Communal Cemetery we see the formation of its ground-breaking approach laid out in stone. This was one of the experimental cemeteries where the architects tested their ideas.

    At the cemeteries of Serre Road we learn how to ‘read’ a cemetery, and how they came to be created from the chaos of the battlefield to concentration and construction.

    After lunch we visit the Thiepval Memorial, where we are given a bespoke tour by the CWGC interns, and observe a major renovation project which will conserve this iconic memorial for future generations.

    We later look at Behind The Lines cemeteries, close to where Somme medical units operated at Heilly Station and Warloy-Baillon.

    After dinner, we return to Thiepval for a special event where the CWGC will arrange an evening ceremony during which the Thiepval Memorial will be lit up. Please note this will mean a late return to your hotel.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Thiepval Memorial
    Thiepval Memorial

    Included Highlights

    • Thiepval Memorial
    • Serre Battlefield
    • Forceville Cemetery
    • Heilly Station Cemetery

    On our final day we travel to Flanders. After the end of the First World War, Ypres became home to those who would begin the monumental task of rebuilding.

    At nearby Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, we set the scene by exploring the story of the city in the aftermath of war. We learn more about the first IWGC gardeners and the generations that followed, who used the CWGC’s remarkable archive to recreate the cemetery as it once looked. At Bedford House Cemetery, one of the Western Front’s most beautiful burial sites, we see a demonstration of the CWGC’s world-leading gardening and planting.

    After lunch we travel to the iconic Menin Gate, where we learn about the history of the memorial and how it is cared for today. At Tyne Cot, the largest CWGC cemetery in the world, we meet with CWGC interns who carry the message of Remembrance to hundreds of visitors every year.

    The day ends in Ypres where we attend the moving Last Post Ceremony.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    CWGC Workshop, Ypres
    CWGC Workshop, Ypres

    Included Highlights

    • Menin Gate
    • Tyne Cot
    • Last Post Ceremony
    • Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
    • CWGC Workshop, Ypres

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Travel Insurance from £27.00 (5 days) (includes insurance premium tax, prices per person). Single Room Supplement from £139.00 (5 days).

    NEW The Silent Cities: The CWGC Story 5 days from £489pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    01709 787 463

    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 a minimum 3-star hotel in Belgium or northern France.

    Travel Options

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.
    Can I pre-book my coach seat?

    Front row seats can be reserved for £15pp (up to 6 days' duration), £24pp (7 & 8 days' duration), £26pp (9, 10 and 11 days' duration) and £30pp (12 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £8pp (up to 6 days duration), £15pp (7 & 8 days duration), £18pp (9, 10 and 11 days' duration) and £22pp (12 days' duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    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.

    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.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    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.

    All of our coaches are modern and comfortable, and you can be assured of a high level of service. On selected air holidays, the executive coach may not have an onboard toilet or drinks facilities.

    Executive Features

    • Air conditioning
    • Drinks machines
    • Onboard toilet
    • Reclining seats
    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

    Silver Service Seating Plan

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    Luxuria - Charging sockets

    Luxuria Features

    • Deluxe armchair-style seats with leather exterior, central arm rests with cup holders and retractable calf rests give you a more comfortable journey.
    • Every seat has its own, fully interactive, touch screen T.V. offering a wide choice of entertainment so you can control what you want to watch and when.
    • There’s also a selection of double and single seats, including four seats face-to-face with tables. And with a total of 5 single seats available, these are ideal for passengers travelling independently.
    • Plug sockets and USB points at each seat mean you can keep your devices fully charged throughout your journey.
    • Onboard toilet.

    Luxuria Seating Plan

    Luxuria Seating Plan

    Find your nearest pickup point

    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, 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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