Aftermath of WW1: The Treaty of Versailles

About the tour: Aftermath of WW1: The Treaty of Versailles

Tour Introduction

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.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Battlefield visits as described
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service luxury coach
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in Compiegne, where we stay for two nights.

Day 2 - Paris and Versailles

We 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

Tomb of the Unknown Warrior

Tomb of the Unknown Warrior (3)

Key Visits

  • Palace of Versailles
  • Tomb of the Unknown Warrior

Day 3 - Compiegne & Arras

Today 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

CWGC Experience, Arras

CWGC Experience, Arras (5)

Key Visits

  • Arras
  • Armistice Museum, Compiegne
  • La Targette
  • CWGC Experience, Arras

Day 4 - The Somme

Our 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

Louvencourt Cemetery

Louvencourt Cemetery (6)

Key Visits

  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Louvencourt Cemetery
  • Forceville Cemetery
  • Le Treport Cemetery
  • Mont Huon Military Cemetery

Day 5

Return home.

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.

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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You will stay for two nights at a minimum 3-star hotel in Compiegne, such as the Kyriad or Ibis Styles. You will then stay for two nights at the 3-star Ibis Saint-Quentin or Kyriad Douai.

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.

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...

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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