WW1 War Poets: Oh What A Literary War!


5 days from £459pp

About the tour: WW1 War Poets: Oh What A Literary War!


Tour Introduction

The Great War inspired a myriad poignant poetry and moving literature, from the horrors of life in the trenches to the tragedy of a lost generation, uncover the work and the story behind some of Britain's most-famous war time poets. Work from the First World War gives us a fascinating insight into the period and the battles that were fought. On this new tour we look at some of the key voices to emerge from the war, including Wilfred Owen. Visiting Arras, Flanders, Ypres and the Somme, this unique and fascinating battlefields experience will offer a new perspective of World War 1.

Tour Includes


  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Battlefield visits as described
  • Convenient local 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 Belgium where we stay for four nights.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 2 - Arras

We start the tour at Arras where we visit the grave of war poet and country writer, Edward Thomas, at Agny, also looking at the battlefield where he died.

We move on to look at Bailleul Road East Cemetery learning about the work of Jewish poet Isaac Rosenberg and visiting his grave.

After lunch in Arras, we travel to the Sambre Canal battlefield at Ors, where we see the ground where Owen died in the last battle of WW1. We visit his grave and also see the Wilfred Owen Visitor’s Centre, a small museum to him in the nearby Mormal Forest.

Included meals: Breakfast

Agny Military Cemetery

Agny Military Cemetery (5)

Key Visits

  • Sambre Canal at Ors
  • Wilfred Owens Grave
  • Agny Military Cemetery
  • Edward Thomas grave at Agny
  • Bailleul Road East Cemetery

Day 3 - Flanders & Ypres

Today we are in Flanders to look at the writing of Henry Williamson, and the poetry of Ivor Gurney, Francis Ledwidge and Welsh poet, Hedd Wynn. We see the battlefields where they fought and visit the graves of Ledwidge and Hedd Wynn.

After lunch at Hooge, we attend a new production by the MESH Theatre Company where they bring alive the literature and poetry of WW1 in a new stage show, giving a unique feel to the theme of this tour.

We also have time to visit the In Flanders Fields Museum, and stay in Ypres for the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Included meals: Breakfast

Flanders

Flanders (5)

Key Visits

  • Flanders
  • Mesh Theatre Company Stage Show
  • Flanders Fields Museum
  • Last Post Ceremony

Day 4 - The Somme

We look at the poets and writers on the Somme today, including the story of Will Streets, at Serre, where we see the battlefield where he and his comrades from the Sheffield City battalion fought on 1st July 1916, as well as visiting his grave at Euston Post Cemetery.

We then see the Thiepval Memorial to the missing before having our lunch period in Albert.

In the afternoon we follow poet Ivor Gurney from Ovillers to Pozières, then look at the poets and writers from the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, including Siegfried Sassoon, who described the battlefield at Fricourt. We also make a visit to the Point 110 Cemeteries.

At the Devonshire Cemetery we see the grave of poet William Noel Hodgson, before we end our day at High Wood, one of the costliest corners of the Somme, where Robert Graves and ‘Old Soldiers Never Die’ author Frank Richards fought.

Included meals: Breakfast

Thiepval Memorial

Thiepval Memorial (5)

Key Visits

  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Serre
  • Fricourt
  • Devonshire Cemetery

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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Hotel

5 August departure will stay for four nights at the 4-star Hotel Alize, conveniently located in the heart of Mouscron. Whilst the Alize does not have a restaurant, the hotel is within walking distance of Mouscron Market Place and its bars and restaurants. 

28 October departure will stay for four nights at the 4-star Hotel Horizon on the outskirts of Ghislenghien. The hotel has a restaurant.

Des Acacias Lille Tourcoing

Des Acacias Lille Tourcoing
Hotel des Acacias
Hotel des Acacias

About the hotel

The Des Acacias Lille Tourcoing hotel is set in a leafy area near to the towns of Halluin, Roncq and Tourcoing to name a few. The hotels facilities include a bar, a restaurant, lounge, fitness room and Wi-Fi/Internet corner. All bedrooms feature a flat screen T.V with BBC channels, Tea and Coffee making facilities, Telephone, hairdryer and en-suite bathroom.

Hotel Features

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

Room Features

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

Hotel Alize Mouscron

Best Western Plus Hotel Alize Mouscron
Hotel Alize

About the hotel

The Alize Hotel Mouscron is located in the heart of Mouscron. Whilst the Alize does not have a restaurant, it is just a short walk from Mouscron Market Place and its bars and restaurants.

Hotel Features

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

Room Features

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

Hotel Horizon Ath Lessines

Hotel Horizon
Hotel Horizon
Hotel Horizon

About the hotel

Providing modern guest rooms, the Horizon Ath Lessines is situated in the area of Ghislenghien, close to the towns of Ath and Lessines.

Hotel Features

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

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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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