Aftermath of WW1: The Treaty of Versailles
5 days from £529pp
On this tour, we look at events from over one hundred years ago, examining the aftermath of the conflict from the Peace Treaty to reconstruction and the creation of the war cemeteries. We begin our tour in Paris, looking at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior before travelling to the Palace of Versailles to learn about the Versailles Peace Treaty. We travel to Compiegne, where the armistice was signed and the the headquarters of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Our final day we spend looking at the original cemeteries built by the then Imperial War Graves Commission including Louvencourt and Foreceville before seeing the impressive Thiepval Memorial.
- 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
- Specialist Battlefield Guide
- Battlefield visits as described
- Convenient local joining points
- Travel by Silver Service luxury coach
(Deposits from £50pp)
Once you have booked your battlefield tour either online, or by telephone (), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can -
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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 Compiegne, where we stay for two nights.
Day 2 - Paris and VersaillesWe begin our tour at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at the Arc de Triomphe to discuss the whole process of unknown soldiers in the Great War.
We visit the WW1 Galleries in the Paris War Museum and in the afternoon travel to Versailles Palace.
Here we look at the history of the Versailles Peace Treaty which was signed here on 28th June 1919, bringing the formal end to the war.
We see the Hall of Mirrors where it was signed and examine the implications for Europe and the World, and discuss whether it laid the path to another war or not.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 3 - Compiegne & ArrasToday we start at Compiegne, where the Armistice was signed on 11th November 1918 leading to the Versailles Treaty the following year. We see the Armistice Carriage Museum, which has displays relating to the aftermath.
After lunch we travel to Arras in northern France where we visit the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Headquarters and discuss the creation of cemeteries after WW1.
We also visit the unique memorial at La Targette to the reconstruction of northern France after the war, when most of it lay in ruins. We continue to our hotel in St. Quentin or Douai for two nights.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 4 - The SommeOur focus today is on the original cemeteries built by the then Imperial War Graves Commission after the war.
On the Somme we visit Louvencourt and Forceville Cemeteries which were two of the three originally constructed as ‘experimental cemeteries’. We see the Thiepval Memorial and Thiepval Somme Museum to discuss the missing of the First World War.
In the afternoon we travel to Le Treport to visit the military cemetery, which was also one of the three original cemeteries, and also see Mont Huon Military Cemetery close by.
Included meals: Breakfast
Included meals: Breakfast
Thiepval Memorial is undergoing major restoration work from March 2020 through to 2021. We will still be visiting Thiepval Memorial during your tour but various parts of the structure will be inaccessible. Visitors wishing to see relatives’ names, will be able view the relevant panels via a new digital exhibition. The exhibition will also feature some of the casualties commemorated and the wider work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
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.
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About the hotel
The 3-star Kyriad Hotel Douai is located 6km from the centre of Douai. The rooms are modern and comfortable and there is air-conditioning and Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
- Fully Health and Safety Compliant
- WiFi Available
- Smoke Detectors in Every Room
- Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
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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+ Find out more
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.
Excludes tours to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.