First & Last Shots
4 days from £329pp
On this emotive Battlefield Tour, we take an in depth look at the WW1 battle grounds around the city of Mons in Belgium and Nimy Bridge. It was here where the first and last shots of The Great War were fired by the British and Commonwealth forces, and where the first and last soldiers are known to have died. Led by one of our Specialist Battlefield Guides, we visit many memorials, including that of Canadian soldier George Lawrence Price, know as the last to die during World War one. Plus, see the St. Symphorien Cemetery and the fascinating Mons War Museum.
- 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
- Specialist Battlefield Guide
- Regional joining points (call for your nearest)
(Deposits from £50pp)
Once you have booked your battlefield tour either online, or by telephone (01709 385 624), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can -
Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.
For customers living outside of the UK, if you want to make a booking you will need to provide a UK postcode on our online booking system. If you are not able to provide a relevant UK postcode then you can enter the postcode for London Victoria Coach Station – SW1W 9TP. You should then be able to proceed to complete your booking.
If you do encounter a problem then you can speak to one of our friendly advisors who will be happy to help.
Please Note : After completing your booking, a member of our Customer Service team will be in touch to make sure everything is okay.
Either e-mail our Reservations Department or call on 01709 830 333 and they will check to see whether you can visit a particular cemetery on any of our Battlefield Tours, if we are not able to fit it into our itinerary then you could take some time out of the tour and do this independently by taxi or public transport.
Regional departure by coach, then to our hotel in Belgium, where we stay for three nights.
Day 2 - First & Last Shots Memorials; Mons
We start our tour at Casteau, just outside Mons, where we see the 4th Dragoon Guards Memorial close to the spot where they engaged the Germans just before the Battle of Mons, firing the first shots of the British Army on the Western Front. On the other side of the road, we visit a Canadian memorial on the site of their final advance on 11th November 1918: four years of war separated by a few yards of ground. From here, we move on to the Battle of Mons on 23rd August 1914 and see the battlefield around Nimy Bridge where the first two Victoria Crosses of the war were awarded to men of the Royal Fusiliers. In central Mons, we see the memorials at the Town Hall and the ‘Guardroom Monkey’ and have lunch here before going to the western side of the battlefield to see where the Norfolks were at Elouges, and the Cheshires close by. We also see where British cavalry made a classic charge at Audregnies, resulting in the award of two Victoria Crosses.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 3 - Mons War Museum; St. Symphorien Cemetery
Today we begin at the Mons War Museum, an excellent museum which explains the role of Mons in conflict over many centuries, but in particular, the First World War. We then look at the areas where fighting took place around the city in November 1918. After lunch we visit the Memorial to George Lawrence Price, the last British and Commonwealth casualties at 10.58am on 11th November 1918, just two minutes before the end. We end the tour at the moving and impressive St. Symphorien Cemetery, which contains the graves of the first and last casualties, as well as German casualties from the battle.
Included meals: Breakfast
Included meals: Breakfast
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.
If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.
No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.
All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.
We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.
We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.
Best Western Plus Hotel Casteau Resort+ View more
About the hotel
The Best Western Plus Hotel Casteau Resort is only 8km from Mons and also near to the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and central command of NATO military forces. The hotels facilities include sauna, Jacuzzi, Wi-Fi/Internet corner, a bar, a restaurant, lounge and Bureau de Change. All bedrooms feature T.V with BBC channels, Tea and Coffee making facilities, hairdryer, Telephone and en-suite bathroom.
- Bureau de Change
- English Speaking Staff
- Guest Lounge
- WiFi Available
- Bath and/or Shower
Executive Coach+ View more
Silver Service Coach+ View more
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+ Find out more
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
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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.