Somme 106th Anniversary

5 days from £489pp

About the tour: Somme 106th Anniversary

Tour Introduction

The 1st July 2022 marks the 106th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the defining battles of the Great War and a turning point in British history. Heralded as the ‘Big Push’, in one day alone more than 57,000 men became casualties, and in a battle that lasted 141 days it would become the graveyard of the Pals, of Kitchener’s Army. Join with us as we travel to the haunting Somme battlefields and attend the ceremony at Thiepval on the anniversary.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining point
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(Deposits from £50pp)

Once you have booked your battlefield tour either online, or by telephone (), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can -

  1. Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
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  3. Send payments via cheque.
  4. Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

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

Day 2 - Gommecourt, Serre & Vignacourt

We begin our tour of the Somme Battlefields in the northern sector, visiting the area at Gommecourt, and later at Serre. Here we walk up onto the battlefield where the Northern Pals battalions fought on the Somme, with men from Accrington, Barnsley, Bradford, Hull, Leeds, and Sheffield went into action, and fell in such great numbers.

After lunch in Albert we visit the Somme 1916 Museum beneath the town, and then look at life behind the lines on the Somme seeing Heilly Station Cemetery and then going to Vignacourt where we look at the amazing collection of WW1 images in the ‘Maison des Australien’ museum, which showcases a unique archive of portraits of soldiers taken in the village.

Included meals: Breakfast

Gommecourt Cemetery

Gommecourt Cemetery (5)

Key Visits

  • Serre Battlefield
  • Gommecourt Cemetery
  • Albert
  • Heilly Station Cemetery
  • Vignacourt Museum

Day 3 - Beaumont-Hamel, High Wood & Delville Wood

We start today at Beaumont-Hamel, visiting the Sunken Lane and the Hawthorn Mine Crater, which was blown on the opening day of the Somme offensive. At Thiepval we visit the Ulster Tower Memorial and spend time at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing and the nearby Visitors' Centre.

After lunch, we look at the later fighting on the Somme, seeing the battlefield areas at High Wood, Delville Wood, Flers and the Le Transloy Ridge.

Included meals: Breakfast

Delville Wood

Delville Wood (6)

Key Visits

  • Beaumont-Hamel
  • Delville Wood
  • Thiepval Memorial
  • High Wood
  • Hawthorn Mine
  • Le Transloy Ridge

Day 4 - Somme 106th Anniversary

Today is the 106th Anniversary of the First Day of the Somme. We attend the morning ceremony at the Thiepval Memorial, arranged by the local British Legion Somme Branch. In the afternoon we visit some 1st July battlefields at Ovillers, La Boisselle, Mametz and Montauban.

Included meals: Breakfast

Somme Commemoration

Somme Commemoration (4)

Key Visits

  • Ovillers Military Cemetery, Somme
  • Somme Commemoration
  • 34th Division Memorial, La Boisselle
  • Montauban
  • Mametz

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 a minimum 3-star hotel in Belgium or northern France.

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

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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