Somme Tour - 3 nights

The Battle of the Somme between 1st July and 18th November 1916 was one of the bloodiest battles in human history. Over 1,000,000 men were killed or wounded. On the first day alone almost 20,000 British troops were killed and nearly 40,000 more wounded. Today, the rolling countryside of the Somme is in stark contrast to the horrors of a century ago. However, it’s almost impossible to drive more than a few miles without seeing the distinctive “Cross of Sacrifice” that mark the sites of the numerous Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries. These “silent cities” can be found in towns, by the side of a main road and in the middle of fields. Sometimes with just a few dozen graves or, in the case of Serre Road No 2 or Caterpillar Valley, several thousand.


It would be impossible to see all of the battlefields, memorials and cemeteries in the Somme area in a few days. Even a few weeks here would barely scratch the surface but this tour gives good opportunity to visit some of the most iconic sites of one of the most terrible battles ever.
 

Day 1

Morning departure to France by ferry or Eurotunnel

Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.
 
Check in to our accomodation.

Day 2

After breakfast, leave the hotel and head to Beaumont Hamel where we'll spend the morning visiting;

Serre Road No 2 Cemetery
Beaumont Hamel British Cemetery
The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Memorial
The Sunken Lane
View where the Hawthorn Ridge mine footage was filmed from
Newfoundland Memorial Park

After Lunch: 

Ulster Tower Memorial
Thiepval Memorial
Lochnagar Crater
Ovillers British Cemetery
 
End of day 2 and back to the hotel.

Day 3

Leave the hotel after breakfast and drive to Albert where we will visit the Somme 14-18 museum

Dartmoor British Cemetery
Welsh Memorial at Memetz Wood
Caterpillar Valley Cemetery

Day 4

Breakfast and check out of the hotel. We'll then drive to:
 

Vimy Ridge Canadian memorial
Notre Dame de Lorette French cemetery-the largest French Military cemetery in the world where the remains of over 40,000 soldiers lie.

After Lunch: 

South African Memorial and Museum at Delville Wood
New Zealand Forces Memorial
Australian 1st Division Memorial and Tank Corps Memorial at Pozieres
 
End of day 3

 

After Lunch: 

Pheasant Wood (Fromelles) Cemetery and visitor centre
 
Return home late afternoon by ferry or Eurotunnel

 

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  • 51st (Highland) Division Memorial at the Newfoundland Memorial Park
    51st (Highland) Division Memorial at the Newfoundland Memorial Park

  • The Sunken Lane near Beaumont Hamel
    The Sunken Lane near Beaumont Hamel

  • Memorial to the Accrington Pals at the Sheffield Memorial Park
    Memorial to the Accrington Pals at the Sheffield Memorial Park

  • Lochnagar Crater
    Lochnagar Crater

  • The statue of 'Mother Canada' at the Vimy Ridge Memorial near Arras, France
    The statue of 'Mother Canada' at the Vimy Ridge Memorial near Arras, France

  • The Newfoundland Memorial Park, Beaumont Hamel
    The Newfoundland Memorial Park, Beaumont Hamel

  • Vimy Ridge Canadian Memorial
    Vimy Ridge Canadian Memorial

  • Beaumont Hamel Cemetery looking towards Hawthorn Ridge
    Beaumont Hamel Cemetery looking towards Hawthorn Ridge

  • Thiepval Memorial
    Thiepval Memorial

  • Ulster Tower Memorial to the 36th (Ulster) Division
    Ulster Tower Memorial to the 36th (Ulster) Division

  • 38th Welsh Division Memorial Mametz Wood
    38th Welsh Division Memorial Mametz Wood

  • Our tour vehicle-Land Rover Discovery 4
    Our tour vehicle-Land Rover Discovery 4

  • Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme
    Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme

  • Villers Bretonneux
    Villers Bretonneux

  • Australia Corps Memorial at Le Hamel
    Australia Corps Memorial at Le Hamel

  • Hawthorn Ridge No 2 Cemetery Beaumont Hamel
    Hawthorn Ridge No 2 Cemetery Beaumont Hamel

  • Trenches in Thiepval Wood
    Trenches in Thiepval Wood

  • Australian Memorial Park at Fromelles
    Australian Memorial Park at Fromelles
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