WW1 War Poets: Oh What A Literary War!
5 days from £489pp
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 fascinating battlefields experience will offer a new perspective of World War 1.
- 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
- Specialist Battlefield Guide
- Convenient local joining points
(Deposits from £50pp)
Once you have booked your battlefield tour either online, or by telephone (01709 385 624), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can -
Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.
For customers living outside of the UK, if you want to make a booking you will need to provide a UK postcode on our online booking system. If you are not able to provide a relevant UK postcode then you can enter the postcode for London Victoria Coach Station – SW1W 9TP. You should then be able to proceed to complete your booking.
If you do encounter a problem then you can speak to one of our friendly advisors who will be happy to help.
Please Note : After completing your booking, a member of our Customer Service team will be in touch to make sure everything is okay.
Either e-mail our Reservations Department or call on 01709 830 333 and they will check to see whether you can visit a particular cemetery on any of our Battlefield Tours, if we are not able to fit it into our itinerary then you could take some time out of the tour and do this independently by taxi or public transport.
Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in northern France where we stay for four nights.
Day 2 - ArrasWe begin our 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, seeing the ground where Owen died in the last battle of WW1, visiting his grave and also seeing the Wilfred Owen Visitor’s Centre, a small museum to him in the nearby Mormal Forest.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 3 - Flanders & Ypres
Today we are in Flanders, where we start on the Pilkem Ridge looking at Irish war poet, Francis Ledgwidge, and Welsh poet, Ellis Evans or ‘Hedd Wyn’. We visit their graves, and look at the battlefield where they were fighting, seeing Yorkshire Trench and the nearby Visitor’s Centre. After lunch at Hooge, we look at the poems and writing of Edmund Blunden, seeing the battlefield at Mousetrap Farm where he fought during Third Ypres, and visit Vlamertinghe Château which he wrote about in 1917. At Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery we visit the grave of war poet Harold Parry, and we then travel to Ploegsteert, or ‘Plugstreet’, to look at the writing of Henry Williamson and his description of the Christmas Truce in 1914. We end the day in Ypres for the moving Last Post Ceremony.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 4 - The SommeWe look at the poets and writers on the Somme today, including the story of Will Streets, at Serre, seeing 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 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
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.
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.
If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.
No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.
All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.
We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.
We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.
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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 hotel's facilities include a bar, a restaurant, lounge, fitness room and Wi-Fi/internet corner.
- English Speaking Staff
- Guest Lounge
- WiFi Available
- Bath and/or Shower
- Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
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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+ Find out more
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
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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.