World War 1 Battlefield Tours – 2018 (page 5)

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: Verdun and Somme special – with sound and light show

19th–23rd July
5 Days, 4 Nights

Including an evening visit to 'Des Flammes à la Lumière sound and light show.

Day 1 – We depart for an afternoon ferry to France and on the way to our hotel will visit Vimy Ridge Canadian Memorial and trench systems.

Day 2 – The second day starts with a visit to the Somme Battlefields, taking in the Lochnagar Memorial Crater, Thiepval, Delville Wood and Albert, before we make our way south to Verdun.

Day 3 – On our third day we'll visit the, now quiet and beautiful, countryside around this ancient Citadel of France – now the World Peace Capital – to see for ourselves the terrible pounding the French troops took throughout the First World War, 1916 in particular.

We'll see the site of the enormous German gun that fired the first shells on Verdun and visit the German concrete village – where the blockhouses were experimentally constructed in concrete.

We'll go on to visit Fort Vaux and see Fort Douamont, Bayonet Trench, Pidgeon Memorial, Colonel Driant’s Headquarters, the destroyed villages, the Ossuary, Verdun Memorial Museum and the Maginot Memorial.

Day 4 – Today we visit the Left Bank, seeing the Mort Homme Skeletal Memorial, the Butte De Vauquois and the Underground Citadel where the French Unknown Soldier was selected and where his comrades in death lie in the Cemetery. We'll also visit the Montfaucon Memorial, the Meuse-argonne, the American Cemetery and many other places of interest.

Day 5 – Journey to Calais to catch the afternoon ferry back to the UK.

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

Douaumont Ossuaire

On one of the evenings on this tour we will visit Des Flammes à la Lumière – a magnificent outdoor show depicting the history of Verdun before, during and after the War – with over 300 actors, 1000 projectors and 900 costumes.

Morte Homme

Union Jack WORLD WAR 1: 100th Anniversary Battlefield Tour – Advance to Victory

7th–11th August
5 Days, 4 Nights

A special 100th year Anniversary Tour covering the Advance to Victory. Please click here for full details of this battlefield tour.

WORLD WAR 1: Mons/Marne, First and Last Shots

20th–25th August
5 Days, 4 Nights

A five-day battlefield tour visiting Mons, Le Cateau, Nery, The Marne and Aisne.

3 Nights in Cambrai
2 Nights in Chateau Thierry

Day 1 – This Mons/Marne battlefield tour visits Vimy Ridge en-route to the hotel on the first day.

Day 2 – On day two we will be in and around the famous town of Mons, where the First World War started and finished as far as the British and Commonwealth were concerned.

We see where Corporal Thomas fired the first shot of the 'War to end all Wars', and where his Officer, Captain Hornby drew his sword and charged, putting the Germans to flight.

We then traverse the battlefield, covering first the actions to the east and north of the town, including Oburg Station and then Nimy Railway Bridge, to visit the sites of action that resulted in the first two Victoria Crosses of the War, awarded to Lieutenant Dease and Private Godley.

We then visit St. Symphorien Cemetery where many of the fallen lie, including Lieutenant Dease VC. After which we will cover the actions of various units along the Mons-Conde canal, including those of Lance Corporal Jarvis and Captain Wright of the Royal Engineers, who were both awarded the Victoria Cross for their efforts in blowing bridges.

The cavalry charge at Elouges/Audriginies, up to the Sugar Beet Factory, and the saving of the guns will be followed, before we trace the first stages of the long retreat to Le Cateau.

Day 3 – Today we visit the site of the signing of the Armistice at Compiegne, then the scene of the famous affair at Nery, where men of L Battery Royal Horse Artillery were awarded three Victoria Crosses for rebuffing the German advance.

From here we go to Villers Cotterets where the Guards Brigade fought a desperate rear guard action. We then continue to La Ferte sous Jouarre, where part of the BEF crossed the River Marne, and visit the magnificent Memorial to the Missing standing alongside the River Marne.

Day 4 –We follow part of the last phase of the retreat visiting the interesting cemeteries
at Perreuse Chateau and Sablonieres where we learn of the plans for and the execution of the Battle of the Marne.

The axis of advance of the BEF is then traced to the River Aisne. We cross the river at various points where the BEF crossed under fire, including Venizel, Missy, Vailly, Pont-Arcy and Bourg, and then advanced up the steep slopes
of the hills to the north towards the Chemin de Dames.

Desperate actions on the spurs overlooking the River Aisne will be examined and several cemeteries visited including Vailly, where Captain Wright VC is buried.

Day 5 –Travel back to the UK.

La Ferte Bridge, 1914

1914 World War One Lorry

Having just completed a tour with your organisation, we felt that we just had to write to you to express our very real thanks for what can only be described as a truly magnificent trip. The knowledge, enthusiasm and the concern for everyone's private requests could not be faulted. The detailed organising of the tour was amazing.

Shirley & Peter Wakefield, Cheshire

WW1 medal

First World War gunners

The amount of research and planning was amazing, more than exceeded my expectations.

Libby Capstick