War Poets & War Literature

5 days from £709pp

About the tour: War Poets & War Literature

Tour Introduction

The experience of both World Wars provoked a huge amount of war poetry and literature. On this new tour, Head Battlefield Guide Paul Reed is joined by Dr Victoria Humphreys – the author of two novels about WW2 – who will offer a fascinating insight into conflict through the eyes of poets and writers. We’ll hear the stories of Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves and Frank Richards, before exploring the complex life and relationships of Edward Thomas. With other highlights including Newfoundland Park, Wilfred Owen’s grave and visits to several cemeteries, this is an ideal tour for those looking to learn about the importance of war literature and poetry.

Tour Includes

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

Day 1

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

Day 2 - Somme Poets – Wilfred Owen

We begin on the battlefields of the Great War where we examine the Battle of the Somme. At Mametz and High Wood we bring together the stories of three poets and writers to bring the battle into sharp focus; Siegfried Sassoon who took part in the opening phase of the battle; Robert Graves who was wounded at High Wood; and Frank Richards, a working-class miner who wrote the classic ‘Old Soldiers Never Die’. We then examine some of the lesser-known writers and poets, and how the losses in the war affected the women left behind. In the afternoon we travel to Ors to look at the battlefield where one of the most iconic war poets, Wilfred Owen, fought. We see the canal where he died, walk the battlefield and visit his grave.

Included meals: Breakfast

Mametz Wood

Mametz Wood (5)

Key Visits

  • Mametz Wood
  • High Wood
  • Sambre Canal at Ors
  • Wilfred Owen's grave at Ors

Day 3 - Edward Thomas – Normandy

This morning we return to the First World War Battlefields, examining the complex life and relationships of poet and nature writer Edward Thomas, seeing his grave at Agny. We then examine the depiction of trench warfare in the pages of Great War literature via the preserved trenches at the Newfoundland Park on the Somme. After lunch we travel to Normandy, and move on to the subject of writing about the Second World War. At Ranville War Cemetery we visit the grave of John Jarmain – one of the WW2 war poets – and look at how the story of the Normandy campaign was depicted in poetry. We then continue to our hotel in Normandy for two nights.

Included meals: Breakfast

Ranville War Cemetery

Ranville War Cemetery (5)

Key Visits

  • Ranville War Cemetery
  • Trenches in Newfoundland Park
  • Agny Military Cemetery
  • Edward Thomas grave at Agny

Day 4 - War Poetry & Literature of WW2

In Normandy, we uncover the details of the battles beyond D-Day in the Bocage Hedgerows, following the experiences of war poet Keith Douglas, visiting his grave at Tilly War Cemetery, and seeing the battlefield where he fought. We also examine some of the lesser-known soldier-authors, and how war trauma haunted many writers. Our afternoon is spent looking at the American involvement in Normandy through the writing of American authors who were there, and we’ll also hear more about the depiction of the French Resistance in fiction. Rounding the tour off at Bayeux War Cemetery, we look at how war continues to inspire writers and poets today.

Included meals: Breakfast

Normandy French Resistance Memorial

Normandy French Resistance Memorial (5)

Key Visits

  • Bayeux War Cemetery
  • Omaha Beach
  • Tilly War Cemetery
  • Normandy French Resistance Memorial

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 two-nights at the Holiday Inn Express Arras or similar then two-nights at the Ibis Styles Ouistreham, close to the centre of town and Sword Beach.

Ibis Styles Ouistreham

Ibis Styles Ouistreham
Mercure Paris Velizy
Mercure Paris Velizy

About the hotel

Situated in central Ouistreham, the Ibis Styles Ouistreham is just 6 minutes’ walk from the beach and the fishing harbour. The beaches of Ouistreham were codenamed Sword Beach during the WW2 Normandy Landings.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

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

Holiday Inn Express Arras

About the hotel

The hotel Des Acacias Lille Tourcoing is near to the towns of Halluin, Roncq, Tourcoing, Bondues, Comines, Bousbecque, Linselles and Roubaix in a calm and leafy setting. The hotel offers facilities of guest lounge, a bar and Wi-Fi/Internet Access. The bedroom features desk, telephone, Wi-Fi/Internet access, Tea and Coffee making facilities, TV with major channels, hairdryer and en-suite bathroom.

Hotel Features

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

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • 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


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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