Above the Battlefield


5 days from £449pp

About the tour: Above the Battlefield


Tour Introduction

The war above the Western Front witnessed planes being used for observation in 1914, to air fighting and then as bombers by 1918. On this new tour we look at the other battlefield of WW1: the sky. Visit key battlefield sites around Northern France and visit the graves of Victoria Cross heroes Albert Ball VC, Major James McCudden VC and Major Hawker VC. We will also pay our respects in Ypres as we attend the moving Last Post Ceremony on the final day of this informative tour.

Tour Includes


  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Battlefield visits as described
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Entrances to museums and places of interest (extra cost)
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in northern France/Belgium, where we stay for four nights.

Day 2 - Arras

We start in Northern France and visit the grave of Albert Ball VC, one of the great British air fighters who was shot down and buried by the Germans. We also visit his crash site and see the memorial.

In Arras we see the Air Services Memorial at the Arras Memorial. After lunch we travel to Butter Lane to see where Major Edward ‘Mick’ Mannock VC was shot down in 1918 after a long and distinguished flying career.

We then visit the grave of an unknown airmen who could be Mannock: an amazing detective story!

Included meals: Breakfast

Albert Ball VC Grave

Albert Ball VC Grave (3)

Key Visits

  • Air Services Memorial at Arras Memorial
  • Albert Ball VC Grave

Day 3 - St. Omer & Bertangles

We begin today at the St. Omer airfield, one of the main bases of the Royal Flying Corps and RAF in WW1.

We then travel to Wavans to visit the grave of Major James McCudden VC, one of the leading pilots of the Great War.

We have lunchtime in Doullens before seeing the site of Vert Galant Farm airfield, base of the famous 56th Squadron.

At Bertangles we see where the Red Baron was originally buried before travelling to the site of his crash behind Australian lines in 1918.

Included meals: Breakfast

St Omer

St. Omer Airfield (2)

Key Visits

  • St. Omer Airfield
  • Wavans British Cemetery
  • Bertangles

Day 4 - Flanders & The Last Post

In Flanders we visit the new Guynemer Air Museum at Poelcapelle, where a new display of artefacts relating to the war and a replica of French ace Georges Guynemer aircraft is on display.

We also see the Guynemer memorial, and then look at the story of German pilot Werner Voss at Langemarck.

After lunch at Hooge, we see where Major Hawker VC shot down German airman Hans Roser and then travel to Bailleul to look at the site of the aerodrome there and visit Bailleuil Communal Cemetery and visit the grave of Thomas Mottershead VC, who was killed with the Royal Flying Corps in 1917.

We end the tour in Ypres, and attend the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Included meals: Breakfast

Ypres & The Last Post Ceremony

Ypres & The Last Post Ceremony (3)

Key Visits

  • Langemarck
  • Ypres & The Last Post Ceremony
  • Guynemer Air Museum
  • Bailleul Communal Cemetery

Day 5

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Specialist Battlefield Guides

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.

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Hotel

10 June departure will stay for four nights at the 4-star Hotel Ambassador in Menen. The hotel does not have a restaurant.

21 October departure will stay for four nights at the 3-star Hotel des Acacias in Neuville-en-Ferrain.  The hotel has a restaurant and enjoys a peaceful location in a leafy setting.

Travel Options

All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from.

Silver Service Coach

Silver Service, refreshments
Silver Service, lounge
Silver Service, entertainment

Silver Service Features

  • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
  • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
  • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
  • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
  • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
  • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
  • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
  • Onboard toilet

Silver Service Seating Plan

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Travel Extras

With an overnight stay or the option to meet us at the interchange, our travel extras allow you to create a travel experience to suit your needs...

Stay overnight near Dover

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

Join coach at Interchange

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.

Excludes tours to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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