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2015 Tours


World War 1 Battlefield Tours – 2014 (page 3)

The tour list gives the full index of all of our battlefield tours, pilgrimage tours and war graves tours for the First World War. Expanded details of all tours is also available in our brochure, contact us for a copy.


WORLD WAR 1: Battles of the Woods

The attack on Mametz Wood, High Wood and Delville Wood

11th – 14th July
4 Days, 3 Nights


We'd just like to thank you for the time spent taking us around the area in which my Grandfather fought and died. It was a very illuminating and moving experience. The whole holiday was the best organised we've been on.

Roy & Lynne Farmer

Mametz Wood memorial

A truly memorable tour with visits to the Somme Battlefields. On this trip we cover the attacks on Mametz Wood by the 38th Welsh Division, using the trench maps used by RSM Charles Alexander of the 14th Welsh Regiment on the 10th July 1916, when he was severely wounded.

We will walk the ground, following the attack through the 'Valley of Death', down from White Trench, across the open ground and into Mametz Wood.

Here we visit the grave of veteran Harry Fellows, buried in the wood, where we have a short Service of Remembrance. After which we contine to follow the attack on High Wood, brilliantly described in The Hell They Called High Wood by the late Terry Norman, using his original maps to bring the battle alive.

From here we continue to the village of Longueval and the scene of the Battle for Delville Wood, with the 9th Scottish Division including the South African’s, so graphically described by Ian Uys in Delville Wood and Rollcall.

The walk will take place over two days, at a fine gentle pace with rest stops en route where explanations will be given at specific points. We also visit the battlefields around La Boisselle, Thiepval and Beaumont Hamel.



WORLD WAR 1: Battle of the Somme War Walk

Walk the Front Line of 1st July 1916 – our most popular war walk.

1st – 4th August
4 Days, 3 Nights



Somme battlefield war graves tour

Thank you for such and excellent trip, it is obvious that you undertake these trips because it is a passion rather than as a business ...

Bert and Chris Hanson

This tour visits the Loos Battlefield and Memorial on route to our Hotel. The next day sees us at Gommecourt, the most northerly part of the British Front Line on the fateful morning of Saturday 1st July 1916. With the assistance of trench maps that will be issued to you, we will follow the line down through Serre, visiting the Sheffield Memorial Park, along through Beaumont Hamel, through the Ancre Valley, and up to Ulster Tower and Thiepval, Leipzig Salient, Ovillers and La Boiselle.

On day three we start off at La Boisselle, visiting Sausage and Mash Valleys, Fricourt, Mametz, Mansell Copse, Carnoy, and eventually Maricourt, where we visit the start of the French Front Line Trenches.

Day four is taken up with a visit to Vimy Ridge, where we have a guided tour of the tunnels, and Special Visits. Our afternoon ferry then takes us back to Dover, where we continue our journey home.

The coach and courtesy car will be accompanying us during the walk, which will be completed at a leisurely pace, with regular breaks and battlefield presentations by the staff. Stout walking shoes are recommended. Special Visits can be undertaken in the car/coach during the walk.



WORLD WAR 1: Advance to victory

The last 100 days of the war, visiting Villers Bretonneux and Mons

7th – 10th August
4 Days, 3 Nights


Mons battlefield map

A big thank you for a wonderful weekend in France and showing me where my great uncle fought.
Kris Taylor

Day 1 – After travelling over to France we will visit the Loos Battlefield and Memorial on route to our hotel.

Day 2 – Starting today with the well planned attack of the Australians and Americans at the Battle of Le Hamel, then on to the Villers Bretonuex area, where we cover the action of the first tank versus tank battle. Also covering the action of the Australian and American Forces and the Big Push of the 8th August 1918 (the blackest day in the history of the German Army).

We walk and talk through the battle of Morlancourt Ridge, the Battle of Albert, Mont St Quentin and the Hindenburg Line.

Day 3 – Our third day covers the attack on the Hindenburg Line, through Cambrai, Sambrai and Sambre Canal and the various VC actions, all the way through to Mons and the final shots of the War.

Day 4 – On the final day we will make a visit to the beautiful town of Ypres, seeing Messines Ridge, the Menin Road and the Menin Gate.

This tour will take us through the historical countryside of the 1918 battlefields which our guides will 'bring alive' with descriptions of the battles and encounters of the period. There will be an opportunity to make Special Visits in all the areas mentioned.



WORLD WAR 1: 100th Anniversary tour of the First Battle of Ypres

17th – 20th October
4 Days, 3 Nights



A special 100 year anniversary tour covering the actions during the First Battle of Ypres in 1914.

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WORLD WAR 1: Anniversary of Armistice in Ypres, and Somme visit

9th – 12th Nov
4 Days, 3 Nights


Thank you for an enjoyable tour of the Somme. I was travelling on my own and everyone was friendly, and I did not feel left out.

Barbara Wheatcroft

Menin Gate Remembrance Service

Day 1 – This Somme and Ypres tour accommodates Special Visits en-route to the hotel on the first day.

Day 2 – On day two we visit Albert, Thiepval, Beaumont Hamel, Delville Wood (Devils Wood), South African Memorial & Museum, Mametz Wood, High Wood, Lochnagar Memorial Crater, Pozieres, Ginchy, Guillemont and Butte De Warlencourt, taking in Special Visits and many other places of interest.

Day 3 – Armistice Day, we visit Ypres and participate in the Service of Remembrance at the Menin Gate, after which we have a tour of the Ypres Salient seeing such places as Passchendaele, Tyne Cot, Langemark, Pilkem Ridge, Essex Farm, Messines Ridge, Ploegsteert, The Cloth Hall, St George's Chapel and many other places of interest.

Day 4 – En-route home we visit Vimy Ridge, to see the preserved trenches and the Canadian Memorial.