Western Front End to End

About the tour: Western Front End to End

Tour Introduction

We take a unique journey along the whole length of the Western Front from End to End, starting on the Belgian coast and reaching the far end on the border with Switzerland. As we set out along the Western Front, we see many sites from the beaches near Nieuport, to the battlefields of the Somme, the trench systems at Massiges and at Le Linge and Verdun, the ‘Meat-Grinder’ of WW1.

Tour Includes

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

Day 1

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for and overnight stay.

Day 2 - Nieuport and Flanders

We start on the beach near Nieuport where the Western Front began in the sand dunes. We visit the new Yser Museum and then travel through Flanders to Hooge where we see the trenches and museums and have lunch. In the afternoon we travel across the Messines Ridge for an overnight stay in the Albert area.

Included meals: Breakfast

Messines Ridge

Messines Ridge (4)

Key Visits

  • Messines Ridge
  • Hooge Museum
  • Yser Musuem
  • Nieuport

Day 3 - Somme and Chemin des Dames

Today we see the battlefields of the Somme visiting the Thiepval Memorial with its museum and visitors’ centre. We walk the trenches in Newfoundland Park and have lunch at the Ulster Tower before visiting the Chemin des Dames, then onto Reims for a two-night stay.

Included meals: Breakfast


Newfoundland Park (5)

Key Visits

  • Newfoundland Park
  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Ulster Tower
  • Thiepval Museum
  • Chemin des Dames

Day 4 - Marne and Château-Thierry

We proceed to Meaux and look at the Battle of the Marne in September 1914, seeing the excellent Meaux WW1 Museum, and after lunch, follow the Old Contemptibles at La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, the Americans at Château-Thierry and then proceed to the battlefields around Soissons where the Second Battle of the Marne took place in 1918.

Included meals: Breakfast


Marne (4)

Key Visits

  • Meaux
  • Marne
  • WF End to End: Soissons Memorial
  • Château-Thierry
  • La Ferté-sous-Jouarre

Day 5 - Massiges Trenches and Meuse-Argonne

Departing Reims we visit the impressive reconstructed trench system at Massiges, where a whole battlefield has been restored to what it looked like in WW1, with an amazing system of trenches to explore. In the afternoon we look at the Meuse-Argonne Offensive involving American troops, seeing the impressive cemetery and museum at Romagne. We then travel to Nancy for an overnight stay.

Included meals: Breakfast


Massiges (3)

Key Visits

  • Romagne Museum
  • Meuse-Argonne Offensive
  • Massiges

Day 6 - Vosges Mountains

We follow the Western Front from Nancy down into the Vosges and see the amazing trenches at Le Linge; trenches cut into rock and the scene of fierce combat on what was then German soil. We then spend two nights in the Colmar area.

Included meals: Breakfast

Trenches at Le Linge

Trenches at Le Linge (2)

Key Visits

  • Trenches at Le Linge
  • Vosges
  • Nancy

Day 7 - The End of the Front

Today we visit the end of the Western Front at Pfetterhouse, seeing where the front lines ended, visiting the area on the Swiss border and seeing some of the bunkers. After lunch in Altkirch we look at the battlefield around Hartmannsvillerkopf, where fighting took place in the Vosges Mountains.

Included meals: Breakfast

Key Visits

  • Pfetterhouse
  • Hartmannsvillerkopf battlefield

Day 8 - Verdun Battlefields

Leaving the Vosges we travel to Verdun, the ‘Meat-Grinder’ of WW1, and visit the impressive new museum at Fleury and also the battlefield around Douaumont. We then travel to Reims for our final night.

Included meals: Breakfast

Verdun: Trench of Bayonets

Verdun: Trench of Bayonets (3)

Key Visits

  • Verdun: Trench of Bayonets
  • Douaumont Cemetery
  • Verdun Memorial & Museum

Day 9

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast


Thiepval Memorial is undergoing major restoration work from March 2020 through to 2021. We will still be visiting Thiepval Memorial during your tour but various parts of the structure will be inaccessible. Visitors wishing to see relatives’ names, will be able view the relevant panels via a new digital exhibition. The exhibition will also feature some of the casualties commemorated and the wider work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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 overnight in Belgium, followed by one night in the Albert area. You will then have a two-night stay in Reims., before an overnight stay in the Nancy area. You then stay for two nights in the Colmar area, Finally, you will stay for one night in Reims.

All hotels throughout the tour will be minimum 3-star hotels.

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, a Door-to-Door pick up 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.

Door-to-Door service

On Battlefield tours of 7 days’ duration or more, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point. If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining points we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer vehicle, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. The cost is just £30 per booking each way for up to four people per booking.

If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge – please enquire at the time of booking.

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