World War 1 Battlefield Tours – 2018 (page 3)

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

WORLD WAR 1: Somme Battlefield and Ypres Tour

11th–14th May
4 Days, 3 Nights

7th–10th September
4 Days, 3 Nights

This tour takes us into the heart of the Somme and Ypres battlefields, discovering the stories of the valour of the ordinary soldier, fighting against great odds, a determined enemy, sometimes in bad weather and with logistical problems.

Offering a choice of two dates (May and September) for this ever popular trip into the heart of the Ypres and Somme battlefields.

Day 1 – We take the ferry to Calais and then travel south to St. Omer where we visit the Air Services Memorial, before traveling to our hotel in the Cambrai area.

Day 2 – We travel around the Ypres Salient, visiting Messines Ridge, travel along the Menin Road, and pay a visit to the Hooge Museum before visiting Tyne Cot, Vancouver Corner, Langemark, Pilkem Ridge and many other places of interest on the battlefield.

After our evening meal in Ypres we attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Day 3 – On our third day we visit the infamous Somme battlefields of 1916, where we traverse the entire front line of the 1st July 1916, from Hebuterne to Maricourt, visiting Sheffield Memorial Park Serre, Beaumont Hamel, Thiepval, the town of Albert, Lochnagar Memorial Crater, Mametz Wood and Delville Wood.

Day 4 – During our homeward journey we'll visit Vimy Ridge Canadian Memorial and the tunnel systems under the town of Arras.

Thiepval Memorial aerial view

Trumpeters at Last Post Ceremony

Thank you for a wonderful trip to the Somme, we'll be sure to come back again.

Julia & Mark

Camaraderie, lovely to see some old faces and make some new friends.

Anne & Peter Copley

WORLD WAR 1: Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and Ypres visit

30th June – 3rd July
4 Days, 3 Nights

Day 1 – depart for afternoon ferry to France; this battlefield tour will include Special Visits en-route to and from our overnight hotel.

Day 2 – at 7:30am on the 1st July, we will join the the Friends of Lochnagar at their Service of Remembrance at Lochnagar Memorial Crater on the 1st July.

Following this we have breakfast in the town of Albert, before attending the Official Service
at Thiepval under the auspices of the Royal British Legion.

This will be followed by a full tour of the fields of conflict visiting Delville Wood (Devil's Wood), Mametz Wood and the South African Memorial and Museum, High Wood, Beaumont Hamel, Serre, Albert, Fricourt and Pozieres.

Day 3 – Today we spend a full day in the Ypres Salient, seeing Ploegstreet, Messines Ridge, Tyne Cot, Passchendaele, Langemark,
Vancouver Corner, Plikem Ridge, Essex Farm, The Cloth Hall, St George's Chapel; we'll make a visit to a museum and many other places of interest.

Day 4 – En-route home on the final day we can pay Special Visits as requested.

Bells Redoubt

Somme Anniversary

Somme Anniversary tour

Union Jack WORLD WAR 1: 100th Anniversary Walking Tour – Battle of Le Hamel

3rd–6th July
4 Days, 3 Nights

A special 100th year Anniversary Walking Tour covering the Battle of Le Hamel. Please click here for full details of this battlefield tour.

WORLD WAR 1: Battles of the Woods

Covering the attack on Mametz Wood, High Wood and Delville Wood.

9th–12th July
4 Days, 3 Nights

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'll 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 continue 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 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.

Battle of the Woods painting

Somme trenches tour

It was very special to me to be at Mametz Wood 100 years to the day on 10th July.

Angela, Tonypandy