Remembering the Somme

About the tour: Remembering the Somme

  • Campaign: The Great War (WW1)
  • Campaign Dates Covered: Jul 1916 - Nov 1916

This tour will cover the following key events

  • 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.
  • Flers-Courcelette and first use of tanks - 15 September 1916
    A subsidiary attack of the Somme battle. The Flers-Courcelette saw the first occasion that tanks were used in a battle.
  • 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.

Tour Introduction

On this fascinating tour we take a look at the key sites of the Somme battlefield, the Somme being an epitome for the British sacrifice in World War 1, as more than 150,000 British Commonwealth soldiers died fighting during this battle. We visit key sites from the Sheffield Memorial Park at Serre, to Sunken Lane and the Thiepval Memorial. We also see the Lochnagar Mine crater and Butte de Walencourt, where the Somme battle come to a conclusion. Between all these well-known sites we see many memorials and cemeteries, such as Mametz Wood and High Wood, where the Welsh Divison was wiped out.

Tour Includes

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

Day 1

We make our way to the port of departure and coach interchange where you will join your tour coach for the crossing to the continent. We continue to northern France and our hotel for a four-night stay.

Day 2 - First Day of the Somme

Today we look at that terrible first day of the Somme and follow the line of 1st July 1916. We start at Gommecourt, then see where the Northern Pals battalions fought at Serre, walking up to the Sheffield Memorial Park and seeing the battlefield cemeteries. Following lunch, we look at the Beaumont Hamel battlefield, seeing the Sunken Lane where the Lancashire Fusiliers sheltered before Zero Hour and Hawthorn Ridge, where a huge mine was blown and filmed for posterity. We then examine the fighting for Thiepval Ridge, seeing the memorial to the 36th (Ulster) Division and visiting the Thiepval Visitors’ Centre and Thiepval Memorial. We end the day at the Leipzig salient, seeing the memorial to the Dorsetshire Regiment.

Included meals: Breakfast

Beaumont Hamel


Key Visits

  • Beaumont Hamel
  • Thiepval-Memorial
  • Gommercourt
  • Serre
  • Sheffield Memorial Park
  • Sunken Lane
  • Hawthorn Ridge
  • Leipzig Salient

Day 3 - La Boisselle & Mametz

Continuing the story of 1st July 1916 we begin in Mash Valley at Ovillers, looking at the fighting there, then move to the Lochnagar Mine crater at La Boisselle, before seeing where regiments from Yorkshire fought at Fricourt. After lunch, we look at the story of Devonshire Trench at Mametz, and see where Captain Billie Neville and his men kicked footballs over the top and where the British lines met with the French. We end the day looking at the next stage of the battle with the fighting at Mametz Wood involving the 38th (Welsh) Division.

Included meals: Breakfast

Lochnagar Mine crater


Key Visits

  • Mash Valley
  • Lochnagar Mine Crater
  • Fricourt
  • Devonshire Trench
  • Mametz Wood

Day 4 - Delville Wood & Albert

The battle of the Somme continued beyond July and we follow the course of the fighting at High Wood and Delville Wood, seeing ‘Crucifix Corner’ and Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, following the story of New Zealand’s Unknown Warrior. We spend lunchtime in Albert with time to visit the Somme Museum. In the afternoon we look at the Australian attack on Pozieres, visiting the Gibraltar Bunker and Windmill site, and seeing where tanks were used for the first time at Flers-Courcelette. We end the tour at the Butte de Warlencourt, now a memorial site, where the Somme battle came to a conclusion on 18th November 1916.

Included meals: Breakfast

Delville Wood


Key Visits

  • Pozières
  • High Wood
  • Caterpillar Valley Cemetery
  • Albert
  • Gibraltar Bunker
  • Pozieres Windmill Site
  • Flers-Coucelette
  • Butte de Warlencourt

Day 5

We leave the hotel after breakfast and travel to the Channel port. You will leave your tour coach behind as you join your transfer vehicle for your return journey to your original departure point.

Included meals: Breakfast

1 x packed lunch/museum package available whilst on tour approx. cost €25. The package comprises a packed lunch on day two of the tour - which includes a baguette sandwich, packet of crisps and bottle of water -  entrance to Thiepval Visitor Centre on day two and entrance to the Somme Museum on day four. It also includes a 15 page tour booklet. Please note this is offered as a complete package only and must be paid in Euros (cash).

OPTIONAL EVENING MEAL PACKAGE AVAILABLE for £75 PER PERSON includes a 3-course meal at the hotel on days two and four (buffet starter and dessert and choice of main from pre-advised menu at breakfast each day) and one additional 3-course meal on day three: "Join us on a unique evening out on the Somme on day three where we attend a moving 'Sound and Light' show with extracts from WW1 accounts, music, and re-enactors in uniform - all combined with a typical WW1 meal from the trenches. This will take place in a covered area in the historic Bernafay Wood, the scene of heavy fighting in July 1916 and is organised by 'Digger Cote 160' a local remembrance group."

The local 'Sound and Light' show with meal on day three is subject to minimum numbers and favourable weather conditions and may be cancelled with short notice.

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. Call for details.

Pre-Tour Reading

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

  • Coombes, Rose - Before Endeavours Fade (After the Battle – many editions)
  • Kendall, Paul - Somme 1916 (Frontline Books 2015)
  • MacDonald, Lyn - Somme (many editions)
  • McCarthy, Chris - The Somme: Day By Day (many editions)
  • Middlebrook, Martin - First Day on The Somme (many editions)
  • Reed, Paul - Walking the Somme (Pen & Sword Ltd new edition 2012)

Passenger Information

The Tour

This tour will look at the famous Great War battlefield of the Somme, where so many British soldiers fought and died in 1916. Occasionally it is possible, depending on time, for us to visit a cemetery or memorial outside the main tour itinerary. However, clients will appreciate there are more than 300 British military cemeteries in the Somme region and we are not in a position to visit them all. Such visits are at the discretion of your Specialist Guide/Drivers. It is advisable you speak them as soon as possible on the first day of your tour.

Foreign Currency

The ‘Remembering the Somme’ tour takes place in France only 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 France do not provided currency exchange services.

What to Bring

The weather in northern France can be changeable, and it is advisable to bring sensible clothes and always pack a jumper and waterproofs. Good, stout shoes are essential – remember this was once a battlefield and most of the time we are in rural France! Walking boots are ideal. In warm weather always bring a hat and sun cream, and it is advisable to have a supply of water.

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 Ibis Styles Peronne Assevillers Hotel. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, and is situated approximately six miles from the centre of Peronne.

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.

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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