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Small-group WWI Somme Battlefields Day Trip from Paris with John Monash Centre

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Pay your respects to French and British military history on a full-day tour of the Somme battlefields. Walk on the sites where one of the bloodiest battles in history was fought during World War I, while learning about the battle’s causes and repercussions from your historian guide. See the Delville Wood cemetery where thousands of fallen soldiers were laid to rest, and visit several war memorials and the Historial Great War museum in Peronne. Numbers are limited to eight for a personalized and informative tour.
  • Somme Battlefields of WWI tour of Paris by minivan
  • Personalized small group (maximum eight people)
  • Visit the Delville Wood cemetery at Longueval
  • See the landmine Lochnagar crater
  • Visit Sir John Monash Centre
  • 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
The 1916 Battle of Somme marks one of the darkest chapters in French history and remains among the bloodiest battles ever recorded. Your full-day tour of this hallowed military site begins in the early morning, when you’ll meet your guide in central Paris and board a minivan for the drive north.

Stop in Longueval to visit the Delville Wood cemetery, the final resting place of more than 5,500 fallen soldiers from World War I. In La Boisselle, see the enormous Lochnagar mine crater that stretches 330 feet (100 meters) across and has been preserved as a memorial.

Visit several other memorials throughout the area, including a site dedicated to missing British soldiers in Thiepval, the Ulster Tower, and the well-preserved battlefields and trenches of the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial.

Throughout the day, take note of tributes to the contributions of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during the Battle of Somme, such as the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux and the Australian flag that still flies over Poziere.

Toward the end of the day, visit the Historial in Perrone, a well-curated museum dedicated to the Great War. Learn more about the origins and aftermath of the conflict and view more than 50,000 historic objects relating to military and civilian life in wartime France.

Rest and reflect on the return drive to Paris, where you’ll be dropped off back at the original departure point in the early evening.
Itinerary
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Thiepval Memorial
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Australian National Memorial
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Paris Bus Service Tours
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Paris Trip
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Historial de la Grande Guerre
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Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial
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Viator la Somme Tour
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Ulster Memorial Tower
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Lochnagar Crater
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Delville Wood War Memorial
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akdevlin
, Nov 2019
This tour is awesome... every place we visited was significant and beautifully maintained. The tour guide was very knowledgeable
star-5
Incredible tour with Wilfred
Roxanne A
, Nov 2019
This tour was incredible. Long day but definitely worth it. Our tour guide was fantastic. The John Monash memorial was outstanding. Very emotional day and learnt tonnes! Highly recommend.
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I wasn't able to go on this trip.
owenvjohnson
, Oct 2019
I fell ill on the morning of this scheduled trip, so unfortunately I couldn't go. I have now been ill for four days.
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A Day to Reflect, Remember and learn!
anilsen2016
, Sep 2019
I attended with my husband, daughter and close friends. My husband is ex-RAN and our friend is ex-Army. We wanted to learn and pay our respects to all the Australians that had died on the Somme battlefields. We had a very remarkable day with our guide who was extremely informative. We attended not only Australian memorials but also English and Canadian. The John Monash Centre is truely worth a visit as were all the places we attended that day including the crater. It leaves you tired, weary and sad but we were all pleased we had learnt so much and paid our respects to not only the fallen Australians but the many other soldiers who had given their lives in battles sometimes even when they had no chance of survival,. Definitely recommend this tour, we did stop for a coffee in the morning and a baguette from a local patisserie for lunch which we ate in the a church garden. Can also do some memorabilia shopping.
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A must do.
BrentT623
, Jul 2019
We had a fantastic day touring the battlefields of the Somme and Villers-Bretoneux. Our tour guide Matt was full of knowledge and gave us a great insight into the area and history of the battles as well as events leading up to WW1. A tour that will live in our memories.
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Great tour of battlefields
Ann-Maree B
, Jun 2019
I would definitely recommend this tour. If you have limited time to see the battlefields this is a good way to do it It made it easy to cover a lot of history and large area in 1 day from Paris Our guide Julian was very informative and made the day enjoyable as well. It was good to get extra time at the John Monash centre.
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Great but room for improvement
Rach198813
, Jun 2019
We planned this trip to VB to pay homage to our fallen soldiers. As Australians we knew this was to be a great yet emotional experience and had been looking forward to it for some time. I think this tour definitely needs a little tweeking to take it to the next level. There needs to be more time at the John Monash Centre, especially, as with our group, when most or all of the group is composed of Australians. It is too rushed and does not allow sufficient time to see everything (even quickly) and then pay your respects at the graves. Some people in our group had actual relatives buried there and to think they were rushed in paying their respects saddened us. We basically had to run through to graves to make it to the bus on time after departing the JMC museum. For people who have come SO far to see this important site, being given less than one hour here was quite annoying to say the least. Unfortunately we were also not instructed by our guide that in order to view the interactive exhibits at the centre you need to download an app as well as have a pair of headphones. We only figured this out with about 15 mins left in the centre which only exacerbated how rushed we felt during our time here. There is probably too much time granted for lunch and the final museum and not enough time for the John Monash centre. If this was tweeked the day would be far more enjoyable. The other stops and memorials were great and moving and our guide Max did a good job of explaining the history of the area, the war and the Australian involvement in the war. In general, I think it was a very enjoyable day. Everyone on our trip had similar comments, so I hope the owners/managers please take this into account to take this day to the next level.
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Although this tour was a very long...
wentone
, Aug 2018
Although this tour was a very long one it was very interesting and informative. We had a great Tour Driver/Guide who had vast knowledge and was only too willing to answer questions and allow time for extended breaks at points of interest. Would rate this Tour as follows Driver /Guide 8/10, Tour 9/10, Value for Money 8/10. As previously stated the only problem being the long time getting to and from the Battlefields.
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Loved this trip and our guide was so...
Vicki F
, Feb 2018
Loved this trip and our guide was so friendly and helpful
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Loved this tour. Our tour guide was...
Susan W
, Jan 2018
Loved this tour. Our tour guide was excellent, went out of his way to assist people with us to find their Great Uncles grave and was very informative. Would highly recommend.

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