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The Somme

Prices start from:

£219

per person

1 -
5 Days
World War 1
France
2 - 12 travellers

Overview

The battle started on the 1st July 1916 and by the end of the day, the British had suffered around 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.

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, must also never be forgotten. 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 sites, memorials, cemeteries and museums stand proudly as a living memory to these soldiers and are moving reminders. Take an unforgettable tour with us and experience the true reality of these wars, which at times seem too impossible to even comprehend.

What’s included

Full services of our experienced driver/guide, who will collect you in Ashford
Return Channel Crossings with Eurotunnel or P&O Ferries
Full services of a car or minibus, dependant on group size
Bed and Breakfast accommodation at a hotel in a suitable location
Entrance to one museum of your choice
Tailormade itinerary
Full administration and booking service
24 hours on call Duty Manager whilst tour is operating

Not included

Meals other than those shown
Items not clearly shown as included
Travel Insurance

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:
After meeting your driver/guide we will 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 bears 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. From here we head to our hotel for 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 you will be told about tunnelling and the reasons for this type of warfare. Heading next to Fricourt German Cemetery where out of the approx. 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 back 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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1
from £749 pp
2
2
from £1,099 pp
2
3
from £1,399 pp
2
4
from £1,749 pp
2
5
from £1,999 pp
6
1
from £429 pp
6
2
from £599 pp
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3
from £839 pp
6
4
from £1,049 pp
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5
from £1,249 pp
8
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from £329 pp
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2
from £479 pp
8
3
from £669 pp
8
4
from £899 pp
8
5
from £999 pp
10
1
from £249 pp
10
2
from £389 pp
10
3
from £569 pp
10
4
from £759 pp
10
5
from £909 pp
12
1
from £219 pp
12
2
from £339 pp
12
3
from £489 pp
12
4
from £649 pp
12
5
from £789 pp

Our sample prices are per person, based on the number of passengers shown and are provided to show you what a tour of this type could cost with our company. All prices are subject to availability and prices may vary depending on your bespoke package.

Prices start from:

£219

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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