The Battles of Amiens

5 days from £579pp

NEW About the tour: The Battles of Amiens

Tour Introduction

The city of Amiens on the Somme stood at the centre of so many important battles in the First World War. Join us on this new tour looking at the fighting here during all four years of the conflict and staying in the heart of Amiens.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in central Amiens, where we stay for four nights. The hotel is close to the Cathedral, the Somme River and many restaurants.

Day 2 - French Battlefields – The Kaiser’s Battle

Amiens saw the arrival of Allied soldiers in 1914, and briefly the Germans, but soon the battle moved to the flat fields beyond the city. This morning, we follow the battles between the French and Germans here in the early part of the war.

We visit the preserved trenches at Soyecourt, the massive German Cemetery at Vermandovillers, one of the ‘destroyed villages’ of France at Fay, and the graves of French soldiers at Lihons. This includes the memorial to Alan Seeger, the American poet and writer who fell with the French Foreign Legion on the Somme in 1916.

After lunchtime in St. Quentin, we look at the German attack here in March 1918, the so-called ‘Kaiser’s Battle’. We look at the defence of Manchester Hill, visit Savy British Cemetery where many of the dead from March 1918 are buried, look at the defence of the Somme Canal and finish at the Pozières Memorial to the Missing.

Included meals: Breakfast

Pozières Memorial

Pozières Memorial (3)

Key Visits

  • Manchester Hill
  • Savy
  • St. Quentin Town Hall
  • Soyecourt Trenches
  • Vermandovillers German Cemetery
  • Pozières Memorial

Day 3 - Behind the Lines on the Somme

This morning, we start in Amiens and visit the important St Pierre Cemetery where dead from both WW1 and WW2 are buried. At Vignacourt, we visit the museum, which was a photographic studio during the conflict, and see the amazing collections of images showing ordinary ANZACs, British Tommies, and French Poilu.

After lunch, we look at how soldiers went on rest away from the battlefields and did their training, and the role of the medical services looking at Nurses and Doctors who worked in the Base Hospitals. We visit Abbeville Communal Cemetery and Extension, see the impressive Chinese Cemetery at Noyelles which commemorates men of the Chinese Labour Corps, and visit Mont Huon Cemetery on the French coast, close to where one of the Base Hospitals was located.

Included meals: Breakfast

Mont Huon Military Cemetery

Mont Huon Military Cemetery (4)

Key Visits

  • Chinese Cemetery at Noyelles
  • Mont Huon Military Cemetery
  • Vignacourt Museum
  • St. Pierre Cemetery
  • Abbeville Communal Cemetery

Day 4 - Amiens 1918

Today we look at the final battles around Amiens in the summer of 1918, when the path to Victory began and are often seen as the birth of modern warfare. We examine the battlefield at Villers-Bretonneux where Australian and British soldiers stopped the Germans in their advance on Amiens, seeing Adelaide Cemetery and discovering the story of Australia’s Unknown Warrior. We visit the Australian Museum in the town and see how local French school children still remember the ANZACs.

After lunchtime in Corbie, we visit the Sir John Monash Centre at Villers-Bretonneux, seeing the cemetery and Australian Memorial to the Missing, as well as spending time at this important new centre which remembers the Australian contribution on the Western Front.

We then visit the Australian Memorial Park at Le Hamel, seeing the memorial and preserved trenches, and follow the Canadian attack in August 1918 seeing their Memorial at Le Quesnel.

Included meals: Breakfast

Australian Corps Memorial, Le Hamel

Australian Corps Memorial at Le Hamel (5)

Key Visits

  • Villers-Bretonneux
  • Adelaide Cemetery
  • Australian Museum
  • Australian Corps Memorial at Le Hamel
  • Canadian Memorial, Le Quesnel

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 in the heart of Amiens at the B&B Amiens Centre Cathédrale.

B&B Amiens Centre Cathédrale

About the hotel

Just an 8-minute stroll from Saint-Roch station is the B&B Amiens Centre Cathédrale, a modern, 3-star hotel. It's perfectly positioned a mere 14-minute walk from the 11th-century Cathédrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens and only 2 km away from the Parc Zoologique d'Amiens. Guests can enjoy the convenience of free Wi-Fi and a TV in every room.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • 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.

Silver Service Coach

Silver Service, refreshments
Silver Service, lounge
Silver Service, entertainment

Silver Service Features

  • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
  • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
  • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
  • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
  • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
  • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
  • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
  • Onboard toilet

Silver Service Seating Plan


Luxuria Coach

Luxuria - Charging sockets
Luxuria - TV
Luxruia - Seating

Luxuria Features

  • Deluxe armchair-style seats with leather exterior, central arm rests with cup holders and retractable calf rests give you a more comfortable journey.
  • Every seat has its own, fully interactive, touch screen T.V. offering a wide choice of entertainment so you can control what you want to watch and when.
  • There’s also a selection of double and single seats, including four seats face-to-face with tables. And with a total of 7 single seats available, these are ideal for passengers travelling independently.
  • Plug sockets and USB points at each seat mean you can keep your devices fully charged throughout your journey.
  • Onboard toilet.

Luxuria Seating Plan

Luxuria Seating Plan

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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