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The Somme

Prices start from:

£95

per person

1 -
4 Days
World War 1
France
12 - 200 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.

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 from the many memorials and cemeteries throughout the Somme.

The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme features the names of over 72,000 British and South African soldiers. The largest British Mine Crater can be found at La Boisselle, whilst Ulster Tower commemorates those from Ulster that fell. The sites, memorials, cemeteries and museums stand proudly as a living memory to these soldiers and are moving reminders.

The battlefields of the Somme offer the opportunity for a truly memorable and awe-inspiring trip. Take an unforgettable tour with us and experience the true reality of these wars, which at times seem too impossible to even contemplate.

What’s included

Full services of an executive coach, departing from your chosen area
Return Channel Crossings with Eurotunnel or P&O Ferries
Full services of our Expert Battlefield Guide
Bed and Breakfast accommodation at a hotel in a suitable location
Lunch and Museum visit at Ocean Villas
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
Single supplement available on request

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 to Calais. Our first stop is Sheffield Memorial Park which is dedicated to the men of the British Army’s 31st Division who served with the Pals Battalions, hear the stories of the Pals Battalions who fought and fell together. Nearby we find the Newfoundland Memorial Park, the scars of the battle can still be seen and the site is dedicated to the memory of the Newfoundlers on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. From here to Ulster Tower, which 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. Our final stop today is at The Thiepval Memorial, standly proudly overlooking the battlefield this is the largest British War Memorial in the world, containing the names of over 72,000 British and South African men who died in the Somme and have no known grave.
Day 2:
Another busy day and we start this morning at Lochnagar Crater, which is the largest mine crater on the Western Front, it’s detonation marked the start of the battle. From here to Fricourt German Cemetery, where out of the 17,000 buried here only 5,057 have an individual grave. Next we visit 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. Taking a break for lunch at Ocean Villas, whilst we are here, we will also visit the preserved original trench and excellent collection of First and Second World War artefacts. As we begin to make our journey back to Calais we will make an en-route visit to Vimy Ridge where the Canadian troops fought so gallantly, taking time for final reflection and to pay our respects.

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 £95 pp
48
2
from £189 pp
48
3
from £279 pp
48
4
from £379 pp

Our sample prices are per person, based on the number of passengers shown (sharing twin/double rooms) 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, what is included and the number of people travelling.

Prices start from:

£95

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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