Tanks & Trenches


4 days from £369pp

About the tour: Tanks & Trenches


Tour Introduction

WW1 saw the birth of the tank, and its first use in battle on the Somme. On this new tour we look at the use of tanks by the British. We start the tour looking at Pozieres looking at the first use of tanks before moving on to Bullecourt looking at the April 1917 attacks. We visit Hooge Crater museum before ending our first day at the moving Last Post Ceremony in Ypres. Our second day we spend looking at the Cambrai battlefields, seeing the Cambrai memorial, investigating the use of tanks between Havrincourt and Flesquieres and completing our tour at the newly opened Cambrai Tank Museum which includes an original MkIV tank used in 1917

Tour Includes


  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Battlefield visits as described
  • Convenient joining points
  • Entrances to museums and places of interest (extra cost)
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in northern France where we stay for three nights.

Day 2 - Pozieres, Flanders & Ypres

We start the tour at Pozieres, seeing the original Tank Corps memorial and looking at the first use of tanks at Flers-Courcelette.

We then travel to Bullecourt, where tanks were used to support the attacks here in April 1917. The museum includes many tank parts found on the battlefield.

After lunchtime at Arras, we travel to Flanders to look at the use of tanks here in 1917, seeing the Tank memorial at Poelcapelle and visiting Hooge Crater Museum which has Tank Corps exhibits.

We end the day in Ypres for the Last Post Ceremony: the Menin Gate commemorates tank crews killed at Passchendaele.

Included meals: Breakfast

Pozieres Tank Memorial

Pozieres Tank Memorial (5)

Key Visits

  • Pozieres Tank Memorial
  • Last Post Ceremony
  • Poelcapelle
  • Bullecourt Tank Memorial

Day 3 - Cambrai

Today we travel to the Cambrai Battlefields to see where over 400 tanks broke the German Hindenburg Line in November 1917.

We visit the Cambrai Memorial, see the grave of Brigadier General Bradford VC – the Boy General – before looking at the use of tanks between Havrincourt and Flesquieres, seeing the tank memorial.

After lunch at Cambrai we visit the Tank Museum at Flesquieres and end the day in Bourlon Wood.

Included meals: Breakfast

Tank Museum Flesquieres

Tank Museum Flesquieres (3)

Key Visits

  • Cambrai Memorial
  • Bourlon Wood
  • Tank Museum Flesquieres

Day 4

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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Hotel

You will stay for three nights at the 3-star Ibis St Quentin. The hotel is situated in the heart of the town, with a choice of restaurants and bars within walking distance.

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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