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History Tour The Somme

Prices start from:

£115

per person

1 -
3 Days
World War 1
France
12 - 300 travellers

Overview

The battle started on the 1st July 1916 and by the end of the day, the British had suffered 60,000 casualties, of whom approx. 20,000 were dead. Site of one of the largest battles of the Great War, it was not the decisive breakthrough it was intended to be and for many this is the battle that epitomizes the horrors of war, symbolising the futility of trench warfare. However, the battle rages on for months and a trip here with us can explore the one day or the whole battle and how it fits into the larger picture of the Great War.

Many of the soldiers who fought here were volunteers; hear the story of the Pals Battalions and the effects of this battle both here and at home. Communities were devastated as family members, friends and colleagues served and died together. Follow in the footsteps of these soldiers and find out how their courage and resolve allowed them to live and fight in these horrific conditions. 51 Victoria Crosses were awarded to British soldiers during the Battle of the Somme, standing testament to their bravery.
The contributions made by the many Commonwealth Countries who answered the call, coming from all corners of the globe, is a key part of the history of the battle and the war itself. They served alongside our own forces, defending the freedoms we enjoy today and the sacrifices they made are clear to see.

The battlefields of the Somme offer the opportunity for a truly memorable and awe-inspiring trip. The guide will help to explore the questions of why this battle took place here, who made the decision about walking across no-mans land and how the battle changed British military thinking and the public attitudes to the war. Using the sites, memorials, cemeteries and museums as windows into the past as well as being a living memory to the soldiers we will help to explore one of the most significant points in British history. Take an unforgettable tour with us and experience the true reality of these wars, which at times seem too impossible to even contemplate.

Key Subject Knowledge

  • Medicine and medical evacuation
  • Women and the First World War
  • Diversity and the range of troops that served and where they came from
  • Technology and how it changed over the war
  • The Pals Battalions
  • Daily life in the trenches
  • The relationship between the Home Front and Western Front
  • Propaganda and communication
  • Commemoration and legacy

 

Also available supporting elements of wider Humanities (geography, English, social sciences and citizenship)

  • The battlefield and the physical landscape
  • War poetry and war artists
  • Decision making in the British Armed Forces and the relationship between politicians and Generals
  • The different faiths that were in the British Forces

What’s included

Return Channel Crossings
Full services of an executive coach for the duration of your Battlefield Tour
Pick up and drop off from your chosen location
Full Board accommodation
Full Services of an expert Battlefield Guide
Entrance to the Somme 1916 Museum
Travel Insurance
Tailormade itinerary
1 free teacher for every 10 paying students
Full administration and booking service
24 hours on call Duty Manager whilst tour is operating

Not included

Inspection visit – available at additional cost
Items not clearly shown as included

Itinerary

Below is a sample itinerary for a 2 day tour, all tours are personalised and once your tour is booked your expert guide will get in touch to start working with you to produce an itinerary for your bespoke tour.
Day 1:
Depart from your chosen pick-up point and head to Dover or Folkestone for your crossing, en-route our guide will give a full introduction to the Great War and the Battle of the Somme. Our first stop today is Sheffield Memorial Park which is dedicated to the men of the British Army’s 31st Division who served with the Pals Battalions. Just a short distance away we visit Newfoundland Memorial Park which is dedicated to the memory of the Newfoundlanders who were all but wiped out on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and the site still retains many scars from the battle. Ulster Tower, is a memorial to the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division, who attacked from the British Front Lines on the 1st July 1916 suffering heavy losses, they would go on to win nine Victoria Crosses during the Somme offensive. The Thiepval Memorial, the largest British War Memorial in the world, stands proudly watching over the battlefield, it contains the names of over 72,000 British and South African men who died in the Somme and have no known grave and we will take the time to hear some of their stories. As we head to our overnight accommodation we will make a stop in the town of Albert, to visit a museum which is situated 10 metres underground and walk through a 250-metre gallery which retraces the lives of the soldiers in the trenches during the offensive of July 1916. Fifteen reconstructed scenes will help visualise and understand what life was like for the British, French and German soldiers and at the end you will find a corridor with the use of sound and lighting, reconstructs a night time bombardment, which will for just a few seconds give us some idea of the suffering of the soldiers who endured these attacks night after night. From here we head to our hostel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 2:
Another packed day on The Somme as we start this morning at Lochnagar Crater, which is the largest mine crater on the Western Front, here we will learn about the tunnelling and the reasons for this type of warfare. Heading next to Fricourt German Cemetery where out of the 17,000 buried here only 5,057 have an individual grave. The famous German pilot Baron Manfred von Richthofen, known as the Red Baron, who was shot down and died on 21st April 1918, was buried here for a time before his body was moved and taken to Germany. Nearby we find Delville Wood which saw particularly ferocious fighting as the 1st South African Brigade attacked and captured the wood, which they then held for six days until relieved. Our final stop today on the Somme is at Devonshire Cemetery where we learn more about the Devon’s on the first day of the Somme and in particular William Noel Hodgson the poet, who was killed on the first day of the battle and is buried in the Cemetery. As we begin to make our journey back to Calais, we will make an en-route stop to visit Vimy Ridge where the Canadian troops fought so gallantly, paying our final respects at the foot of their breath-taking memorial before heading home.

All our tours and itineraries are tailormade and put together to match your requirements, please get in touch to discuss your tour.

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Price per person

48
1
from £115 pp
48
2
from £185 pp
48
3
from £285 pp

Our sample prices are per student, based on 44 students (+4 staff travelling free of charge) departing November 2022. Please note all prices and tours are subject to availability and prices may vary, depending on your bespoke package, what is included and the number of students and staff travelling.

Prices start from:

£115

per person

All our tours and itineraries are bespoke and put together to match your requirements, please get in touch to discuss your tour.

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