Battles on the Hindenburg Line

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Tour Introduction

Join us on a battlefield tour looking at the key battles on the German Hindenburg Line defences during the final years of the Great War, and uncover the true story of the film '1917'. Alongside a knowledgeable Specialist Guide, visit Quéant Road Cemetery, Bourlon Wood, Flesquières Tank Museum, Lock House No 1 and more.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

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

Day 2 - Withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line – Bourlon Wood

This morning, we start on the northern area of the Somme battlefields near Gommecourt, looking at how the Germans began their withdrawal from these battlefields in February to March 1917, and at the ground near Rossignol Wood or Copse 125 as the Germans called it.

We then follow the German withdrawal via Bapaume to the area around Lagnicourt where the battles in the Advance to the Hindenburg Line took place in March 1917. We examine the Australian attacks here and the action involving Captain Percy Cherry, which resulted in the award of a Victoria Cross, also seeing his grave at Quéant Road Cemetery.

We then look at the real story behind the film ‘1917’ which covered the early battles on the Hindenburg Line in 1917 around Ecoust and Croisilles, seeing the battlefields there. After our lunch period in central Arras, we visit the battlefield at Bullecourt. Looking at the Australian and British actions here in April to May 1917, we have an included visit to the Bullecourt Museum, as well as the Digger Memorial.

We continue to the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, which commemorates many of those who fell in the battles for the Hindenburg Line and have no known grave. See the site of the Drocourt-Quéant Switch Line positions taken by Canadian troops in September 1918, and then look at the crossing of the Canal du Nord and the Canadian attack on Bourlon Wood, seeing the Canadian Memorial.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Gommecourt Battlefield

Gommecourt Battlefield (6)

Key Visits

  • Bullecourt Memorial
  • Canadian Memorial
  • Gommecourt Battlefield
  • Quéant Road Cemetery
  • Vis-en-Artois Memorial
  • Bourlon Wood

Day 3 - Battles on the Hindenburg Line – Cambrai 1917

Today we examine the British advance at Cambrai in November 1917, when hundreds of tanks helped break the Hindenburg Line defences. We start at Rocquigny-Equancourt Road Cemetery, the site of an important Casualty Clearing Station in 1917, and then visit key sites across the Cambrai battlefield at Gouzeaucourt, Trescault and the Flesquières Ridge, seeing the tank memorial.

After our lunch period in central Cambrai, we see the Cambrai Memorial to the Missing, and later have an included visit to the Tank Museum at Flesquières, where the recovered wreck of a MkIV Tank ‘Deborah’, recovered in 1998, is now on display. We then examine the fighting around Masnières, seeing the Newfoundland Memorial, and the crossing of the St. Quentin canal at Marcoing.

After our return this evening, we visit the nearby Le Tommy Café, a WW1-themed establishment with its own private museum and trench system, where we have an included dinner in the café.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Flesquières Tank Museum

Flesquières Tank Museum (5)

Key Visits

  • Le Tommy Café
  • Cambrai Memorial
  • Flesquières Battlefield
  • Flesquières Tank Museum
  • Rocquigny-Equancourt Road Cemetery
  • Newfoundland Memorial

Day 4 - Breaking the Hindenburg Line – 1918

We begin at the Somme American Cemetery, looking at the fighting here in September 1918 when Australian and American soldiers fought side by side breaking the German defences. We visit the American Memorial at Bellicourt, look at the Ricqueval area and the St. Quentin Canal Tunnel entrance, and, at Ricqueval Bridge, see the amazing exploits of British troops who captured it intact.

After lunchtime in central St. Quentin, we look at the final battles on the Hindenburg Line in October 1918 in the battlefields around Beaurevoir and Joncourt, seeing where the war poet Wilfred Owen was awarded a Military Cross for his bravery.

We then follow the route of the British advance to the Sambre Canal, seeing the Lock House No 1 where two Victoria Crosses were awarded for bravery in November 1918. And, at Ors, we see where British soldiers crossed the canal and visit the grave of Wilfred Owen, buried alongside others who fell in the final great British battle on the Western Front.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Lock No 1, Sambre Canal

Lock House No 1 (5)

Key Visits

  • Lock House No 1
  • Ors Communal Cemetery
  • Somme American Cemetery
  • St Quentin Canal
  • Joncourt
  • Bellicourt

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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You will stay for four nights at the Ibis Albert.

Ibis Albert

Ibis Albert

About the hotel

The Ibis Albert hotel in France offers a relaxed stay, conveniently located just 2km from both the Albert train station and the Le Musée des Abris-Somme 1916. Guests can enjoy their comfortable rooms, featuring free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and en-suite bathrooms.

Hotel Features

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

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • 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.

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


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...

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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