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All Quiet on the Western Front


4 - 5 days from £299pp

About the tour: All Quiet on the Western Front

  • Campaign: The Great War (WW1)
  • Campaign Dates Covered: Oct 1914 - July 1917

This tour will cover the following key events

  • First Battle of Ypres - 31 October 1914
    One of the first fights to breakout between the Germans and the Britians during WW1, the First Battle of Ypres was fought in 1914. It saw a battle that lasted for 34 days, as the Germans faught to get to the English Channel, and the beginning of trench warfare on the Western Front.
  • Second Battle of Ypres - 22 April 1915
    The second battle of Ypres involved four battles which were faught in the northern part of the Ypres Salient. The first battle saw the Germans launch an attack on the French on the Allied Front with poisonous gas, this battle was the first time that this weapon was used.
  • Battle of Loos - 25 September 1915
    The Battle of Loos was the biggest British attack in 1915, and saw the British Army use poisonous gas for the first time. The plan was for the British to attack the Germans in Loos, whilst the French faught for ground in Champagne. Unfortunately the battle did not go to plan and the British losses were twice as high as the German.
  • Battle of the Somme - 1 July 1916
    One of the bloodiest battles of WW1, the Battle of the Somme saw the Britsh and French armies fight the Germans for five long months, with the aim to weaken the Germans and relieve the French Army who were fighting in Verdun.
  • End of the Battle of the Somme - 18 November 1916
    After four months of bloody battles, the British Commander in Chief called a halt to the battle, which turned out to be a disaster and amounted to more than 600,000 British troops being wounded, killed or missing.
  • Battle of Arras - 9 April 1917
    The WW1 battle saw the British achieve the longest advance since trench warfare began, as they attacked the German defences near Arras. The first day saw huge gains for the British, however there was no breakthrough.
  • Battle of Messines - 7 June 1917
    Arguably one of the most successful operations of WW1 on the Western Front, the Battle of Messines saw nineteen mines being detonated underneath the German mines, in a bid to secure Messines Ridge.
  • Third Battle of Ypres - 31 July 1917
    Known as The Battle of Passchendaele, the Third Battle of Passchendaele began in July 1917 and was fought for four long months. The attack was Haig’s attempt to break through Flanders.

Tour Introduction

Looking for that perfect introduction to the battlefields of World War One? Then we have the best tour for you to begin your battlefield journey. Focusing on the key sites of WW1 on the Western Front in Belgium and France, we spend five days visiting the surrounding area of Ypres, The Somme, Arras and the Vimy Ridge. See the Thiepval Memorial at Menin Gate and pay your respects to the fallen that are commemorated there. Visit the original WW1 trenches preserved at Sanctuary Wood, as you discover what the Great War was all about.

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Tour Includes


  • 3 or 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service or Luxuria
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All Quiet on the Western Front - Feefo Rating

Good value for money. Interesting and piqued our interest in learning more. We will return on another tour.
Linda Savage

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in Belgium or northern France for a three-night stay.

Day 2 - Ypres & Passchendaele

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.

Included meals: Breakfast

Ypres Soldier at Memorial Stone, Ypres

Ypres Soldier at Memorial Stone, Ypres (7)

Key Visits

  • Menin Gate
  • Tyne Cot
  • Ypres
  • Sanctuary Wood
  • Hill 60
  • Langemarck German Cemetery
  • Last Post Ceremony

Day 3 - The Somme

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.

Included meals: Breakfast

Delville Wood

Delville Wood (3)

Key Visits

  • Delville Wood
  • Newfoundland-Park
  • Thiepval
  • Peronne
  • La Boisselle

Day 4

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in Belgium or northern France for a four-night stay.

Day 2 - Ypres & Passchendaele

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.

Included meals: Breakfast

Tyne Cot

Tyne Cot (7)

Key Visits

  • Tyne Cot
  • Ypres
  • Menin Gate
  • Sanctuary Wood
  • Hill 60
  • Langemarck German Cemetery
  • Last Post Ceremony

Day 3 - Arras & Vimy Ridge

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.

Included meals: Breakfast

Vimy Ridge

Vimy Ridge (3)

Key Visits

  • Vimy Ridge
  • Loos Memorial
  • Dud Corner Cemetery
  • Wellington Quarry
  • Arras Memorial

Day 4 - The Somme

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.

Included meals: Breakfast

Thiepval Memorial

Thiepval Memorial (4)

Key Visits

  • Delville Wood
  • Newfoundland-Park
  • Thiepval-Memorial
  • Peronne
  • La Boisselle

Day 5

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

DISCOUNTS FOR CHILDREN DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS - We have many parents and grandparents who wish to take their children on a battlefield tour to share the experience and learning together. We are pleased to offer a significant reduction for children aged between 8 & 17 year olds during the school holidays. Children pay half price on the following dates:

2017

26 & 29 May; 28 Jul; 7, 18 & 28 Aug; 23 & 26 Oct
2018

12 & 15 Feb; 30 Mar; 2 & 6 Apr; 28 & 31 May; 20 Jul; 13, 24 & 27 Aug; 22 & 25 Oct

*Please note this offer is only available when travelling by Silver Service or Executive coach. 

2 x packed lunch/museum package available whilst on tour approx. cost €40 (4 days) and €45 (5 days).

Pre-Tour Reading

A selection of related books for pre or post tour reading.

  • Coombes, Rose - Before Endeavours Fade (After the Battle – many editions)
  • MacDonald, Lyn -They Called It Passchendaele (many editions)
  • MacDonald, Lyn -Somme (many editions)
  • Middlebrook, Martin -F irst Day On The Somme (many editions)
  • Reed, Paul - Walking the Somme (Pen & Sword Ltd new edition 2012)
  • Reed, Paul -Walking Ypres (Pen & Sword new edition 2015)

Note: The last two books are written by one of the Leger Specialist Guides and although primarily walking guides, they are profusely illustrated and also double as general guides to these locations.

Passenger Information

Foreign Currency


The tour takes place in Belgium and therefore you will only need the Euro. You are advised to get Euros – in cash – in advance of your tour, as nearly all banks in Belgium do not provided currency exchange services.

What to Bring


The weather in Belgium can be changeable, and it is advisable to bring sensible clothes and always pack a jumper and waterproofs. Good, stout shoes are essential. In warm weather always bring a hat and sun cream, and it is advisable to have a supply of water. As the re-enactment and other events mean long periods in one place and seating is likely to be limited, you are advised to prepare for this and perhaps bring some form of small portable stool/seat. It is unlikely large seats/stools will be permitted.

Noise Levels


The noise levels are likely to be high. You may wish to bring suitable ear-plugs or headphones to mitigate the noise levels.

Umbrellas


In order to ensure good visibility for all spectators, umbrellas or other objects that may impede visibility will not be permitted. In addition, there are no cloakroom facilities available

Rucksacks


Rucksacks will be allowed but a search of the bags may take place depending on the security measures.Public ToiletsPublic toilets will be provided at several locations

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

Executive coach departures will stay for three or four nights at the 4-star Best Western Ambassador in Menen. The hotel has a bar and lift.

Silver Service and Luxuria departures will stay for three or four nights at the 4-star Best Western Hotel Alize in Mouscron. The hotel does not have a restaurant, but snacks are available from the bar. There are also a number of restaurants and bars nearby. The hotel has a lift.

When demand is high on both executive and Silver Service departures, other hotels of a similar 3 and 4-star standard may be used, such as the 3-star Hotel Des Acacias Lille Tourcoing in Neuville en Ferrain and the 3-star Best Western Hotel Horizon Ath Lessines.

3-star Novotel Ypres On selected dates you can choose to stay in central Ypres, just a few hundred yards from the Menin Gate at the 3-star Novotel. The hotel has a lift, bar and restaurant. 

Best Western Ambassador Hotel Menen

Hotel Ambassador
Hotel Ambassador
Hotel Ambassador

About the hotel

The Best Western Ambassador Hotel is situated within walking distance from the Market Place and the railway station. The hotel is a stylish and calm environment and offers the facilities of a bar, free wi-fi/internet corner and lounge. The hotel is close to the main centre and you can buy chocolates, liquor or tobacco in one of the several shops in Menen. All bedrooms feature telephone, T.V. with BBC channels, tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer and en-suite bathroom.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

Best Western Plus Hotel Alize Mouscron

Hotel Alize

About the hotel

The Best Western Plus Hôtel Alize Mouscron is conveniently located in the heart of Mouscron. Whilst the Alize does not have a restaurant, the hotel is within walking distance of Mouscron Market Place and its bars and restaurants. The hotel has become a firm favourite with Leger clients and is ideally based for exploring the Battlefields of Flanders and Ypres. All bedrooms feature modern furnishings, large flat screen T.V.s with English channels, tea and coffee-making facilities and free wi-fi. Guests enjoy a full breakfast buffet in a stylish dining setting. Other hotel amenities include a fitness room and sauna.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

Novotel Ypres Centrum

Novotel Ypres Centrum
Novotel Ypres Centrum
Novotel Ypres Centrum

About the hotel

This excellent hotel is located in the heart of historic town of Ypres, only a couple of minutes' walk from the Menin Gate Memorial, where the 'Last Post' is sounded every evening. The hotel is a firm favourite within Leger’s Battlefields programme and makes the ideal base for exploring the rich military heritage of the area. All the comfortably furnished bedrooms are en-suite with T.V., telephone and air-conditioning. The hotel has a small bar area and restaurant.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

Best Western Hotel Horizon Ath Lessines

Hotel Horizon
Hotel Horizon
Hotel Horizon

About the hotel

The Best Western Hotel Horizon Ath Lessines, is situated in the area of Ghislenghien. The hotels facilities include a restaurant, a guest lounge, a bar and wi-fi/internet corner. The bedrooms feature T.V. with BBC channels, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities and en-suite bathroom.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

Travel Options

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

Executive Coach

Executive Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Drinks machines
  • Onboard toilet
  • Reclining seats

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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Luxuria Coach

Luxuria - Charging sockets
Luxuria - TV
Luxruia - Seating

Luxuria Features

  • Deluxe armchair-style seats with leather exterior, central arm rests with cup holders and retractable calf rests give you a more comfortable journey.
  • Every seat has its own, fully interactive, touch screen T.V. offering a wide choice of entertainment so you can control what you want to watch and when.
  • There’s also a selection of double and single seats, including four seats face-to-face with tables. And with a total of 7 single seats available, these are ideal for passengers travelling independently.
  • Plug sockets and USB points at each seat mean you can keep your devices fully charged throughout your journey.
  • Onboard toilet.

Luxuria Seating Plan

Luxuria Seating Plan

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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