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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration:  11 hours (approx.)
On this small group tour of the Somme battlefields, you will discover a part of France that suffered severely in the violent and bloody battles of the Great War. A dramatic period of history took place here, and you will see the major sites including memorials, cemeteries and traces of battles. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 16 people, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your knowledgeable guide.

Highlights

  • Somme Battlefields of WWI tour of Paris by minivan
  • Personalized small group (maximum 16 people)
  • Visit the Delville Wood cemetery at Longueval
  • See the landmine Lochnagar crater
  • Visit the Australian battlefield sites at Poziere and Mouquet Farm
  • British memorial at Thiepval and Ulster Tower
  • Visit the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux
  • Tour the Historial Peronne WWI museum

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What You Can Expect

Small-group WWI Somme Battlefields Day Trip from Paris

The Historial, Peronne

Visit the cemetery of Delville Wood at Longueval, situated on the edge of the Somme. See the Lochnagar Crater "Located at La Boisselle" - an impressive mine hole 100 meters across and 30 meters deep.

See the Australian flag flying over Poziere in recognition of the sacrifices made by the ANZAC's in the battle that took place here during the battle of the Somme. This battle was followed by the battle of Mouquet Farm which you will also visit today.

Continuing to Thiepval, you will see the largest memorial dedicated to missing British Soldiers. You will also visit The Ulster Tower, a memorial to the men of the 36th Ulster division, the Beaumont-Hamel and the Newfoundland Memorial which offers a realistic and moving view of these battles in its remarkably well-preserved trenches system. During this day-trip you will also see the the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.

Finish the tour with a visit to the Historial at Peronne, an international and cultural museum of the first world war (1914-1918) which explains the conflict, its origins and its consequences.The museum boasts a unique collection of over 50,000 original objects and documents of everyday life during the war. Return to your Paris hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Extremely interesting, at times emotional, funny and educational. Our driver and guide were entertaining and very knowledgeable. I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in this subject despite the early start

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Despite the rain, the WWI Somme Battlefields Day Trip was an engaging and informative tour. Nicola was a most knowledgeable and friendly guide, willing to help with tracing relatives who served at the Somme and to go out of her way to discover what her group are most interested in experiencing. She provided a detailed history, which was thorough without being too simplistic. Julian, the driver, was friendly and always willing to help out, whether it be offering advice on where to eat or by opening the bus up early so we could escape from the teeming rain. We couldn't have asked for a better pair to guide us through the once-chaotic battlefields.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had a wonderful tour and could not have asked for a better guide or driver. They were so friendly and full of knowledge. This tour made our trip to France well worth while and is embedded as a memorable time in France I can highly recommend Viator

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Would highly recommend this tour. Our guide Nicola and driver Julian were the best. We had a fantastic day. Nicola is very knowledgable and enthusiastic about history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fantastic! Better than I ever hoped it would be. Guide Nicola was knowledgable, informative and sensitive to war-related issues. I hear tily recommend this tour.

Rosalie T
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

What a great tour! Our guide, Nicola, was fantastic. I learned so much about the history of the First World War on this trip. Tip... bring tissues.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was the best day I have had. Tour guide was brilliant. Would recommend tour to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Bertrand was a very knowledgable and professional guide who detoured appropriately to particular points of interest for the different nationalities in the party. As Australians we particularly appreciated his fulsome tributes to the achievements of General Monash and the Australian Corps in the battles of 1918. Several facts he might add to his commentary are that in 1918 Australia' s 5 divisions were combined into the Australian Corp and Monash was appointed by the Australian government as its first commander, he was previously commander of the 3rd Australian Divisionalso that in recognition of his outstanding leadership and achievements he was knighted in the field by King George V , the first time in 200 years that a British sovereign bestowed this honour on a commander. He also had American troops fight under his command which I think is the first and last time the American government allowed its soldiers to fight under foreign command. It was a long day with a very early start , the information about the tour should include the fact that a short stop is planned for a quick breakfast and that lunch is to be taken at Peronne . We thought the tour was very worthwhile an tell conducted and would highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Would highly recommend this tour. Our guide Nicola was the best. We had a fantastic day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was an excellent day out. Advertised a small group tour of up to 16, there were only 3 of us. Our guide, Herbert, was very knowledgeable about Australia's part in the Western Front. He took us to many of the battlefields and cemetries relevant to Australian troops, as well as those of many other nations.

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