Somme Advance to Victory Centenary Tour

About the tour: Somme Advance to Victory Centenary Tour

Tour Introduction

Described by German general Erich Ludendorff as the "black day of the German Army", this fascinating Centenary tour looks at the opening phase of the Allied offensive, the Battle of Amiens, on 8th August 1918. This battle, was also known as the Third Battle of Picardy which heralded the last one hundred days of WW1, and saw many German forces surrender. Accompanied by a Specialist Battlefield Guide, join us as we attend the anniversary ceremonies in the Somme area, plus visit memorials, battlefield cemeteries and the famous bridge at Riqueval.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Regional joining points
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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 -

  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.
  2. Send payments via online banking.
  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.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Regional departure by coach, then to our hotel in northern France or Belgium, where we stay for four nights.

Day 2 - Villers-Bretonneux

We begin by looking at the Second Battle of the Somme in 1918, from the fighting around Villers-Bretonneux in April 1918, to the Australian attack on Le Hamel in July, and the British and Commonwealth advance on 8th August 1918, visiting memorials and battlefield cemeteries. We will also visit the new Monash Centre at Villers-Bretonneux.

Included meals: Breakfast

Villers Bretonneux

Villers-Bretonneux (2)

Key Visits

  • Villers-Bretonneux

Day 3 - Anniversary Ceremony

On the 8th August 2018 we will operate a battlefield tour in the morning, with our own Remembrance event on the battlefield before dropping ticket holders in Amiens to attend the commemorative event. Non-ticket holders will have free-time in the city that afternoon.

Included meals: Breakfast

Somme Battlefields

Somme Battlegrounds (2)

Key Visits

  • Amiens
  • Somme Battlegrounds

Day 4 - Riqueval; Battle of the Sambre Canal

Today we look beyond the breakout to the last 100 days of the conflict, starting at Bourlon Wood, then visiting the American Somme Cemetery before seeing the famous bridge at Riqueval, captured by British troops in the Breaking of the Hindenburg Line. In the afternoon, we examine the Battle of the Sambre Canal, and end in Mons where the war came to a conclusion for Britain on 11th November 1918, seeing the cemetery where the first and last casualties are buried.

Included meals: Breakfast


Mons (3)

Key Visits

  • Mons
  • Bourlon Wood
  • Riqueval Bridge
  • Sambre Canal

Day 5

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

A commemorative event is being organised by the UK Government Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and local partners on the Somme, and this will take place in Amiens Cathedral at 3pm on 8th August. The event is being led by the UK Government in partnership with the Governments of Australia, Canada, France and the United States of America. 

To attend this event you must be a ticket holder. Tickets are given via a Public Ballot and applications for the Ballot have now closed.

On the 8th August 2018 we will operate a battlefield tour in the morning, with our own Remembrance event on the battlefield before dropping ticket holders in Amiens to attend the commemorative event. Non-ticket holders will have free-time in the city that afternoon.

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. Full details of your hotel will be advised with your travel documents.

Ibis Styles Peronne Asseviller

About the hotel

The Ibis Styles Péronne-Assevillers is located 6.2 miles (10 km) from the town of Péronne at the Assevillers rest area on the A1 highway and 3 miles (5 km) from the TGV train station.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • Bureau de Change
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • 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.

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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Call our friendly advisors on: 01709 385 624