Behind The Lines on The Somme

5 days from £539pp

About the tour: Behind The Lines on The Somme

Tour Introduction

It is easy to believe that soldiers spent all their time in the front line, but they actually spent just as much of it behind the front in the villages and training areas of France. This new tour explores some of these forgotten WW1 locations, seeing some of the less visited cemeteries, WW1 graffiti and brand new museums.

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 in northern France, where we stay for four nights.

Day 2 - Villages Behind the Lines

We start our tour by driving through the villages behind the lines on the Somme front, many of which have barely changed since 1916.

At Puchevillers, we look at medical arrangements behind the lines and visit the cemetery where many soldiers who died of wounds received on the Somme were buried. From here, we follow the casualty evacuation route to Bagneux British Cemetery in Gezaincourt to visit the graves of nurses who were killed here in 1918.

In Doullens, we visit the town hall where a key conference took place; seeing the memorial window and the preserved conference room. The conference in March 1918 was an impactful moment in the war, as Allied commanders discussed the city of Amiens and the important part it would play in the battles to come.

After lunch, we visit Vignacourt to see the ‘House of the Australians’. This is a new museum that has been built on the grounds of where a local man photographed thousands of soldiers in WW1, now featured in the book ‘The Lost Tommies’. While there, we visit Vignacourt Cemetery with its unique French soldier statue and later venture underground into the Naours Caves to see graffiti left by British and Commonwealth soldiers in WW1.

Included meals: Breakfast

Doullens Town Hall

Doullens Town Hall (4)

Key Visits

  • Doullens Town Hall
  • Naours Caves
  • The House of the Australians
  • Vignacourt Cemetery
  • Puchevillers British Cemetery
  • Bagneux British Cemetery

Day 3 - Rouen & Amiens

Today we travel to Rouen, which was the main Base Depot for the British Army during the Battle of the Somme. Here we visit St. Sever Cemetery and Extension seeing the graves of padres, senior officers, women and men from every corner of the Commonwealth.

After lunchtime in Rouen we return to the Somme and look at the story of the Chinese Labour Corps, visiting their unique cemetery. Back in Amiens we go to the Cathedral to see the memorials and look at the story of the British Army in this city in 1916.

Included meals: Breakfast

St Sever Cemetery & Extension, Rouen

St. Sever Cemetery & Extension, Rouen (3)

Key Visits

  • St. Sever Cemetery & Extension, Rouen
  • Chinese Cemetery, Noyelles

Day 4 - Continuing Behind the Lines

Continuing Behind the Lines Today we continue with our journey behind the lines, visiting the small hamlet of Blangy-Tronville to see a chapel which is covered in the names of WW1 Soldiers. Moving on to Querrieu, we visit the château used by General Rawlinson as the Fourth Army Headquarters in 1916 and, following lunchtime in Corbie, we see where the Red Baron crashed. Later, we visit the site of ‘The Grandstand’ – an observation tower used by General Rawlinson to oversee the Somme offensive in 1916. At Louvencourt, we look at the story of Roland Leighton, who was posthumously immortalised in the memoir ‘Testament of Youth’ which was written by his fiancée Vera Brittain.

At Couin, we visit the Animals Memorial at the site of the old WW1 Water Point, and in the cemetery look at the story of the ‘King of No Man’s Land’, Dick Travis VC DCM MM. We end the tour following a route to the front line at Serre, where the Northern Pals battalions marched into a baptism of fire at the Battle of the Somme.

Included meals: Breakfast

Louvencourt Cemetery

Louvencourt Cemetery (4)

Key Visits

  • Serre Battlefield
  • Louvencourt Cemetery
  • Blangy-Tronville
  • Querrieu Château
  • Corbie
  • Site of 'The Grandstand'
  • Couin Animals Memorial
  • Couin British Cemetery

Day 5

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Entrance fees to museums, places of interest and optional excursions are at extra cost.

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 3-star Hotel Ibis Amiens Centre Cathedrale.

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


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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