Battlefields of the Somme

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  • Benefit from the services of a knowledgeable Battlefields Guide
  • Gain insight into key events of the Battle of the Somme
  • Visit the Somme 1916 Museum, Albert and the Historial de la Grande Guerre, Peronne

This Battlefields tour will take us through the moving events of the Battle of the Somme, and will allow us to pay our respects to the brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in 1916. A dedicated Battlefields tour guide will accompany us on our included excursions and will give us all the information concerning the terrible trench warfare which took place, as well as explaining the methods and happenings of this part of the war.
We’ll visit a number of important locations relating to the Battle of the Somme, and will be based in Valenciennes at the Grand Hotel. This will provide us with an excellent base from which we can explore the local area, starting with our excursion to the battlefields of the Somme towards Peronne. Here, we’ll learn all about the battles that took place here, and will then visit the Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum (the Museum of the Great War).

Our next included excursion will be to the Arras and Albert areas of the Somme, where we’ll take a tour of the Somme 1916 Museum and its detailed recreations of scenes from the war.


Full Day: Arras And Albert area (Included)

With our expert guide we explore key sites of the Arras and Albert areas including the Somme 1916 Museum in Albert, which shows scenes of trench life in World War I; the Arras Memorial, Vimy Ridge, an important strategic area; and the Canadian Memorial Park.

The Somme 1916 Museum is located within a tunnel that dates from the 13th century and which displays various weapons and items used by soldiers in the trenches to give us a greater understanding of what life would have been like for these men. Many scenes of trench-life have been recreated at the museum as well, including scenes of the winter months, first aid post and more.

Full Day: Peronne Area (Included)

With our expert guide we travel through the fields of the Somme to Peronne, where we visit key sites including the interesting Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum; Impressive Thiepval Memorial and moving Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park.

The Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum is dedicated to displaying the events of World War I, and includes artefacts and information relating to it. This will give us a better understanding of what happened during the Great War, including why it happened and how it was resolved.

Half Day: Ypres

We'll take a trip to Ypres today to explore this incredibly historical town in Belgium. Ypres is home to a great many fascinating sights, such as the 13th century Cloth Hall and Saint Martin’s Cathedral, which features remarkable Gothic architecture.

During our time in Ypres, we’ll be able to tour these attractions at leisure, as well as enjoying walks through the town to see the local sights.


Grand Hotel - Valenciennes (primary)

This family-run hotel is located in the heart of historical Valenciennes. This is an art-nouveau style restaurant and a more informal brasserie. 

  • Europe
  • France
  • Lille
  • Valenciennes
Tour Types
  • 50 plus
  • Seniors
  • Battlefields
  • History
  • UK Coach Departures
  • Foodie
Departure Points
  • South East
  • East Midlands
  • Yorkshire & Humberside
  • North East
  • North West & North Wales
  • West Midlands
  • South West

Day 1: UK to Valenciennes

We depart the UK today and cross the channel to Calais before continuing to our base in Valenciennes. (Dinner)

Day 2: Somme Battlefields

With our expert battlefields guide we explore the battlefields area around Arras and Albert stopping at all the major battlefields and sights including the Somme 1916 Museum. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3: Valenciennes

A day at leisure to enjoy your host town of Valenciennes or join an optional excursion to Ypres. Our hotel is centrally located in the town of Valenciennes which makes exploring the main attractions and sights easy. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4: Somme Battlefields

Our expert battlefields guide accompanies us to the key memorials in and around Peronne. This will include Thiepval Memorial, Newfoundland Park and the Historial de la Grand Guerre Museum. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5: Valenciennes to UK

We depart Valenciennes today and retrace our steps back to Calais. On arrival back in the UK we will continue our journey home. (Breakfast)

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

Dates Price Single Availability
16-May-2021 for 4 Nights Visit Website
15-Aug-2021 for 4 Nights Visit Website
19-Sep-2021 for 4 Nights Visit Website

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