Leger Holidays Battlefield Tours

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All Quiet on the Western Front

4 & 5 Day Tours from £299.00

This the perfect introduction to the First World War battlefields looking at the key battlefield sites of the Great War on the Western Front in Belgium and France. We take trips to the battlefield areas of Ypres and the Somme, and to Arras and Vimy Ridge o

Itinerary

4-Day Tour

  • Day 1 – We make our way to the port of departure and coach interchange where you will join your tour coach for the crossing to the Continent. Upon arrival in France we head to our hotel in northern France or Belgium for a three-night stay.
  • Day 2

    The tour starts in Flanders around the Belgian city of Ypres. Here, one in three of Britain’s Western Front dead fell by 1918 and it has been a place of pilgrimage ever since.

    We begin in the preserved trenches at Sanctuary Wood Trench Museum, some of the last original WW1 trenches still surviving in Flanders together with an amazing collection of relics and stereoscopic photos.

    We then look at the battlefield around Hill 60, one of the most fought over corners of the Ypres area, and examine the war underground, seeing craters that still scar the hill today.

    After lunch at Hooge Crater Café we look at the commemoration of Britain’s dead at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest British war cemetery in the world, taking time to also see the visitors’ centre. At Vancouver Corner we examine the use of gas in the trenches and see the moving ‘Brooding Soldier’ memorial to the Canadians who defended Ypres in 1915. At Langemarck German Cemetery we see how Germany commemorated her dead and look at the story of ‘Fritz’ on the other side of No Man’s Land.

    Our day ends in Ypres where we attend the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial, held at 8pm each evening.

    Breakfast

  • Day 3

    The Battle of the Somme began on a summer’s day in July 1916 and ended in a snowstorm four and a half months later. It was a battle of contrasts from the blackest day when 57,000 became casualties to the first use of tanks and the change in approach to fighting on the Western Front.

    We look at all these stories and start our tour at Peronne where we visit the excellent Historial de la Grande Guerre museum which helps to put into context not just our Somme day, but the whole tour.

    We then walk among the trees of Delville Wood – known as Devil’s Wood – where the South Africans fought their deadliest ever battle. Following lunch, we visit the trenches in the Newfoundland Park and then at La Boisselle we see Lochnagar, the largest British mine crater surviving on the battlefields. We finish at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing which commemorates more than 72,000 missing soldiers on the Somme.

    We also take time to see the Thiepval Visitors’ centre and visit the new Somme Museum which opened in 2016.

    Breakfast
  • Day 4 – We leave the hotel after breakfast and travel to the Channel port. You will leave your tour coach behind as you join your transfer vehicle for your return journey to your original departure point. Breakfast

5-Day Tour

  • Day 1 – We make our way to the port of departure and coach interchange where you will join your tour coach for the crossing to the Continent. Upon arrival in France we head to our hotel in northern France or Belgium for a four-night stay.
  • Day 2 – The tour starts in Flanders around the Belgian city of Ypres. Here, one in three of Britain’s Western Front dead fell by 1918 and it has been a place of pilgrimage ever since. We begin in the preserved trenches at Sanctuary Wood Trench Museum, some of the last original WW1 trenches still surviving in Flanders together with an amazing collection of relics and stereoscopic photos. We then look at the battlefield around Hill 60, one of the most fought over corners of the Ypres area, and examine the war underground, seeing craters that still scar the hill today. After lunch at Hooge Crater Café we look at the commemoration of Britain’s dead at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest British war cemetery in the world, taking time to also see the visitors’ centre. At Vancouver Corner we examine the use of gas in the trenches and see the moving ‘Brooding Soldier’ memorial to the Canadians who defended Ypres in 1915. At Langemarck German Cemetery we see how Germany commemorated her dead and look at the story of ‘Fritz’ on the other side of No Man’s Land. Our day ends in Ypres where we attend the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial, held at 8pm each evening. Breakfast
  • Day 3 – We spend a day in northern France visiting the ‘Forgotten Front’ between Flanders and the Somme. Starting on the Loos Battlefield, the scene of the first major British offensive of WW1, we see where the fighting took place and also the Loos Memorial and Dud Corner Cemetery. Later at Vimy Ridge we examine the Canadian assault on Vimy Ridge in April 1917, seeing preserved trenches and the moving Canadian Memorial on Hill 145. After lunch in Arras we look at life beneath the Western Front in the Wellington Quarries, going underground to see where thousands sheltered on the eve of battle. At the Arras Memorial we pay our respects to the Missing and see the Air Services Memorial to those who died above the battlefield in WW1. Breakfast
  • Day 4 – The Battle of the Somme began on a summer’s day in July 1916 and ended in a snowstorm four and a half months later. It was a battle of contrasts from the blackest day when 57,000 became casualties to the first use of tanks and the change in approach to fighting on the Western Front. We look at all these stories and start our tour at Peronne where we visit the excellent Historial de la Grande Guerre museum which helps to put into context not just our Somme day, but the whole tour. We then walk among the trees of Delville Wood – known as Devil’s Wood – where the South Africans fought their deadliest ever battle. Following lunch, we visit the trenches in the Newfoundland Park and then at La Boisselle we see Lochnagar, the largest British mine crater surviving on the battlefields. We finish at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing which commemorates more than 72,000 missing soldiers on the Somme. We also take time to see the Thiepval Visitors’ centre and visit the new Somme Museum which opened in 2016. Breakfast
  • Day 5 – We leave the hotel after breakfast and travel to the Channel port. You will leave your tour coach behind as you join your transfer vehicle for your return journey to your original departure point. Breakfast

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