Walking the Somme
5 days from £599pp
Following the line of the 1st July, we walk the World War 1 Somme battlefields in Northern France seeing sites such as Mash Valley, Mametz Wood, Theipval and The Hindenburg Line. Our first walk begins at Thiepval, where we see the impressive Thiepval Memorial and the site of the German front line at Leipzig Redoubt. Our second walk takes us to Mash Valley, where we follow the front line across to the Lochnagar Mine Crater. Our third walk takes us Mametz Wood and Poziéres and our final walks see us follow the story of the fighting at the Somme in 1918.
- 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
- Specialist Battlefield Guide
- Convenient local joining points
- Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service
(Deposits from £50pp)
Once you have booked your battlefield tour either online, or by telephone (01709 385 624), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can -
Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.
For customers living outside of the UK, if you want to make a booking you will need to provide a UK postcode on our online booking system. If you are not able to provide a relevant UK postcode then you can enter the postcode for London Victoria Coach Station – SW1W 9TP. You should then be able to proceed to complete your booking.
If you do encounter a problem then you can speak to one of our friendly advisors who will be happy to help.
Please Note : After completing your booking, a member of our Customer Service team will be in touch to make sure everything is okay.
Either e-mail our Reservations Department or call on 01709 830 333 and they will check to see whether you can visit a particular cemetery on any of our Battlefield Tours, if we are not able to fit it into our itinerary then you could take some time out of the tour and do this independently by taxi or public transport.
Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in northern France, where we stay for four nights.
Day 2 - Thiepval & Mash Valley
Walk 1: Our first walk starts at Thiepval, where we see the huge Thiepval Memorial and then walk out to the site of the German front lines at the Leipzig Redoubt. We then follow the front line looking at the fighting here on 1st July 1916, see the Lonsdale Cemetery and walk across The Nab to Ovillers. Walk 2: Our second walk starts in Mash Valley at Ovillers and follows the front line across to La Boisselle and the Lochnagar Mine Crater.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 3 - Mametz Wood & Poziéres
Walk 3: Our walks today began as we follow the attack of the 38th (Welsh) Division on Mametz Wood, walking up Death Valley, seeing the Welsh Dragon memorial and Flat Iron Copse Cemetery before ending in Bazentin. Walk 4: In the afternoon we start in the village of Pozières where Australian soldiers fought in July-September 1916, and walk across the battlefield here to the site of Mouquet Farm, or Mucky Farm to the troops.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 4 - The Somme
Walk 5: Our final walk looks at the fighting on the Somme in March and September 1918, where we walk from Villers-Guislain to Pigeon Ravine, across an area of the Hindenburg Line battlefields. After lunch in St. Quentin, we see some of the 1918 sectors here, including the canal bridge at Riqueval and the US Cemetery and Memorial at Bony.
Included meals: Breakfast
Included meals: Breakfast
OPTIONAL PACKED LUNCH/MUSEUM PACKAGE 1 x packed lunch/museum package available whilst on tour approx. cost €25. This package comprises of a packed lunch on day two and day three of the tour - which includes a baguette sandwich, packet of crisps and bottle of water - and entry to Thiepval Visitor Centre on day four. It also includes a 15 page booklet. Please note this is offered as a complete package only and must be paid in Euros (cash).
OPTIONAL SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW Join us on a unique evening out on the Somme on day three, where we attend a moving Sound and Light Show with extracts from WW1 accounts, music, and re-enactors in uniform, all combined with a typical WW1 meal from the trenches. This will take place in a covered area in the historic Bernafay Wood, the scene of heavy fighting in July 1916, and is organised by 'Digger Cote 160', a local remembrance group.
Please note: this show is subject to minimum numbers and favourable weather conditions and may be cancelled with short notice.
The tour is a walking tour of the Somme battlefields, with five walks - each of around three hours duration.
The ‘Walking the Somme’ tour takes place in France only. As such you will only need euros (€).
What to Bring
Because this is a walking tour you will need a good pair of walking boots. Ones that are already waterproof or easily made so are ideal. Your walking boots will be kept on the coach when not walking, and so you will also require some shoes to wear outside of the time we are not walking. Given the often changeable weather conditions you are also advised to have wet-weather gear, a hat for the sun, sun lotion for the same purpose, and a small walker’s rucksack to carry all your gear in. Again, one that is waterproof is a good idea.
All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.
Please note: On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.
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 the 3-star Ibis Amiens Centre Cathedrale.
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Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?
You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £38 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, 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
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Join your tour coach at the interchange.
On most tours 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.
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