5 Days by Coach Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Departure by coach then onward to your hotel in northern France for three or four nights.

Day 2 - Gommecourt & Serre

Walk1: We start our walks on the battlefield at Gommecourt, the northernmost area of attack and the scene of a costly diversionary operation. We see the ground where the 46th (North Midland) Division lost heavily and walk down No Man's Land. We also venture into the area where the London battalions attacked close to Gommecourt Park.

Walk 2: After lunch we look at the Pals battalions who took part in the assault on Serre. Here men from many northern towns and cities suffered crippling casualties and we walk the battlefield around the Sheffield Memorial Park seeing the battlefield cemeteries and memorials, and the remains of British trenches. We end the day at Serre Road No 1 cemetery and contrast the fighting at the beginning of the battle with the end in November 1916. B

Day 3 - Redan Ridge and Thiepval

Walk 3: We begin today at Redan Ridge; an often overlooked part of the 1st July story but where more than 10% of the casualties that day were suffered. We see the battlefield cemeteries on the ridge and walk down to the famous Sunken Lane at Beaumont Hamel where the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers made their advance. We see where Geoffrey Malins filmed the battle and then walk up onto the Hawthorn Ridge, discussing the mine explosion here on 1st July and seeing Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery.

Walk 4: After lunch we walk the battlefield at Thiepval. Starting in the village we contrast the village of today with the one of 1914 - one of the biggest on the Somme. We walk across to the battlefield where the 36th (Ulster) Division fought and follow the tracks to where the Schwaben Redoubt was. We end in the nearby village of St. Pierre Divion and walk across to the river Ancre. B

Day 4 - Norfolk and Fricourt New Military Cemeteries and Thiepval Somme Museum

Walk 5: Our final walk looks at the story of the regiments from Yorkshire which attacked here on 1st July 1916. Starting at Norfolk Cemetery we examine the 'When The Barrage Lifts' toast given by men of 9th King's Own Yorkshire Ligh Infantry and visit the grave of Yorkshire VC Loudoun-Shand. Walking out to the high ground above Fricourt we see where the attacks went in and visit the evocative Fricourt New Military Cemetery where the graves of men from East and West Yorkshire lay side by side. We end in Fricourt village and look at the German story of 1st July, seeing the German cemetery here. In the afternoon we visit the new Thiepval Somme Museum, spend time at the Thiepval Memorial and look at the fighting beyond 1st July with the story of the South African Brigade at Delville Wood. B

Day 5

To Calais and return home.

Included Meals B=Breakfast

5 Day Tour Departure Dates & Prices 2017

Leger Brochure Price in Black

Travel 55 Discount Price in Red

Tel: Leger Reservations on 01709 786 554 and quote Travel ref: T55 and tour code

5 days by Executive coach: tour code ref 5FRS-W
September 4 2017
5 days by Silver Service coach: tour code ref 5FRSV-W
June 19 2017
July 31 2017
July 10 2017
August 7 2017
All prices shown are per person based on two sharing a room, unless otherwise stated.
Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; travel insurance essential, call or see website for details; single room supplement £119.
Please note: prices may change and will be confirmed when you call to make a booking. Departure dates and joining points are subject to availability. All holidays subject to Leger Holidays Terms & Conditions
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Leger Holidays
Walking the Somme

Coach Tours 5 Days - 5% Discount

Specialist Battlefield Guide on Every Tour. Prices from only £456

The Battle of the Somme is famous chiefly on account of the loss of 58,000 British troops (one third of them killed) on the first day of the battle, 1 July 1916. The attack was launched upon a 30 kilometre front, from north of the Somme river between Arras and Albert, and ran from 1 July until 18 November, at which point it was called off. This Leger Holidays leisurely exploration of the infamous killing fields has been planned by their expert battlefield guide, Paul Reed. You will see the key areas along the front line treading the ground and walking across the land where so many casualties fell. 

Book this Walking the Somme battlefield tour direct with Leger Holidays and receive a 5% discount per person off of the brochure price. Call on 01709 786 554 and quote the Travel 55 code T55.

To book with Leger and claim your 5% discount*, call them direct on 01709 786 554 or email Leger and quote Travel 55 code T55. *Excludes Oberammergau tours.

Your Hotel

You will stay for three or four nights at the 3-star Ibis Peronne Assevillers Hotel. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, the hotel is situated approximately 6 miles from the centre of Peronne in the heart of the Somme Battlefields area.

Walking the Battlefields

Leger's popular guided battlefield walking tours created by head guide, Paul Reed, are a great way to get close to ground and experience the ‘lay of the land’ as well as visiting the memorials and cemeteries along the way.

Led by their expert guides, the walks are two to four hours long, with plenty of stops along the way where you will hear stories of the valour and sacrifices made and see at first-hand what the combattants faced. They are suitable for anyone with a basic level of fitness.

What's Included

5 days by coach

  • 4 nights’ accommodation with continental breakfast
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach, upgrade to Silver Service luxury coach with extra legroom available
  • Specialist Battlefields Guide
  • Battlefield walks, each approximately 2 to 4 hours

Please note: Entrance fees to museums and places of interest are at extra cost

View Joining Points

Silver Service Coach..

You’ll be delighted with your Silver Service ‘experience’ right from the moment you meet your tour coach at the port and you’re invited on board.

Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats*, with footrests and more legroom** than standard coaches. Enjoy your own reserved seat. Personal tables. Porterage† at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger. Free personal headphones, so you can enjoy the radio channels, listen to music, or watch DVDs*** Follow your journey’s progress on the satellite navigation display.

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