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Battle of Cambrai Centenary Tour


5 days from £399pp

About the tour: Battle of Cambrai Centenary Tour

  • Campaign: The Great War (WW1)
  • Campaign Dates Covered: Nov 1917

This tour will cover the following key events

  • Battle of Cambrai - 20 November 1917
    The Battle of Cambrai was faught in November/December 1917, was the first major battle in which tanks were used on a large scale. A surprise attack was sprung and initially overwhelmed the German defences, however the Germans launched a major counterattack, forcing the Britians to retreat.

Tour Introduction

The Battle of Cambrai saw the first major use of tanks in World War 1, when in November 1917 more than 400 Mark IV tanks broke the Hindenburg Line. On this centenary tour heralding the true birth of tank warfare, we spend time visiting Cambrai and the battlefields that surround the city. In Cambrai, we attend any major commemorations that will be taking place, before we visit the Cambrai Memorial at Louverval. We also see the sites of Canal du Nord and Bourlon Wood, where heavy fighting took place, and Havrincourt and Flesquieres where the tanks attacked.

Tour Includes


  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Regional joining points
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service
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Tour Itinerary

Nov 17

Regional departure by coach, then to northern France and our hotel for a four-night stay.

Nov 18 to 20 - Cambrai Commemorations

We will attend any major commemorations in the Cambrai area on 20th November and during our battlefield tour look at the Cambrai Memorial at Louverval, discover the story of the Boy General at Hermies, see where the heavy fighting took place along the Canal du Nord and Bourlon Wood, and follow where the tanks attacked between Havrincourt and Flesquieres. We will also visit the city of Cambrai itself on this tour.

Included meals: Breakfast

Cambrai Memorial

Cambrai Memorial (2)

Key Visits

  • Bourlon Wood
  • Canal du Nord
  • Cambrai Memorial
  • Cambrai Commemorations
  • Havrincourt
  • Flesquieres

Nov 21

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

You will stay for four nights at a minimum 3-star hotel in northern France such as the Novotel Lille Grand Place or Novotel Valenciennes Aerodrome.

 

Novotel Lille Centre Grand Place

Novotel Lille Centre Grand Place
Novotel Lille Centre Grand Place
Novotel Lille Centre Grand Place

About the hotel

The Novotel Lille Centre Grand Place is only a 15min walk from the train station and is in the heart of the French Flanders capital. The hotels is in walk distance of the Grand Place where you can explore some of the local sights like the bell tower and Vieux Lille or you can have food and drinks in one of the local bars and restaurants. The hotels facilities include fitness centre, Wi-Fi/Internet access, a restaurant, a bar, lounge, air conditioning and 24hrs reception. All bedrooms feature air conditioning, T.V with international channels, Telephone, Tea and Coffee making facilities, hairdryer and en-suite bathroom.

Hotel Features

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

Room Features

  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

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.

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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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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