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Western Front End to End


9 days from £929pp

About the tour: Western Front End to End


Tour Introduction

For the final year of the World War 1 Centenary we are pleased to announce the return of this popular tour from 2014 in a new, amended format, in which we take a unique journey and travel 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.

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Tour Includes


  • 8 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Battlefield visits as described
  • Local joining points
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Regional departure by coach, then to our overnight hotel in Belgium, where we stay for one night.

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 near Peronne.

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

Newfoundland-Park (5)

Key Visits

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

Day 4 - Marne and Chateau 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 Ferte 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

Marne (4)

Key Visits

  • Meaux
  • Marne
  • Western Front
  • Chateau Thierry
  • La Ferte 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

Meuse-Argonne Offensive

Meuse-Argonne Offensive (2)

Key Visits

  • Romagne Museum
  • Meuse-Argonne Offensive
  • Trench system at Meassiges

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 Mulhouse/Colmar area.

Included meals: Breakfast

Trenches at Le Linge

Trenches at Le Linge (2)

Key Visits

  • 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

Altkirch

Altkirch (2)

Key Visits

  • Altkirch
  • 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

Verdun (3)

Key Visits

  • Verdun
  • Douaumont Cemetery
  • Verdun Memorial & Museum

Day 9

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 one night in Belgium, followed by one night in Peronne and two nights in the Reims area. We then stay for one night in the Nancy area and two nights in the Colmar/Mulhouse area. Our final night will be in the Reims area. All hotels will be minimum 3-star hotels.

Ibis De Panne

Ibis De Panne
Ibis De Panne
Ibis De Panne

About the hotel

The Ibis De Panne hotel is located on the French borders and near to some local attractions such as Plopsaland amusement park in Belgium, museums for both World War I and World War II and the Coast Tram which leads you from De Panne beach to Knokke and back. The hotels facilities include Wi-Fi/Internet access, 24hr reception, a breakfast restaurant and bar. All bedrooms feature a desk, Wi-Fi/Internet access, LCD flat screen T.V with all major channels and en-suite bathroom.

Hotel Features

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

Room Features

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

Novotel Reims Tinqueux

About the hotel

The Novotel Reims Tinqueux has good highway links to the A4 and A26 and of course is in the Champagne region of France. The hotel is located near to the Champagne Ardenne TGV station and Gare de Reims and UNESCO World Heritage sites plus other attractions such as Norte Dame Cathedral, Saint Remi Basilica and the famous wine cellars. Novotel Reims Tinqueux facilities include air conditioning, 24 hrs reception, dry cleaning/Ironing service (payable), swimming pool (unheated)*, restaurant, bar and Wi-Fi/Internet access. *The swimming pool can close without prior notice.

Hotel Features

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

Room Features

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

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. The hotels facilities include Wi-Fi/Internet access, a restaurant with terrace, a bar and snack and beverage machine. All bedrooms features flat-screen LCD T.V. with all major channels, en-suite bathroom and air conditioning.

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.

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

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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...

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.

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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