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Pay your respects to French and British military history with 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 Deville 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 16 for a personalized and informative tour.

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

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 approximately 2-hour drive north.

Stop in Longueval to visit the Deville 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.

Customer Reviews

The Tracey

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our tour guide Regis was amazing and you could tell had a real interest in WW1 history. Tour is well worthwhile if you want to really experience the battlefields of WW1.

Annette C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We would recommend the tour to the Somme to,anyone. It was am amazing,day with Nicola our guide who was so informative. Her knowledge of the places we visited and more were amazing.

Christine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide was very knowledgeable. Questions answered and made the tour quite personal adjusting stops which made the tour even more interesting. Would recommend this tour.

Anne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

great trip - very moving to visit the cemeteries and battle fields. highly recommended.

Vanessa I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This trip is a fantastic 'first' trip to WW1 battlefields, gave us a taste of the locations and definitely inspired us to return and revisit at length these locations. Guide and bus driver were fantastic, nothing was too much trouble, made extra stop just to assist one passenger find the location of a family members name, which everyone on the trip thought was very special.

KERRIE Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

THIS IS A MUST DO TOUR FOR ALL AUSTRALIANS. OUR TOUR GUIDE WAS AN EXCELLENT HISTORIAN ON WORLD WAR 1. SIGHTS WERE MAGNIFICENT. TRANSPORT WAS EXCELLENT.

Mark S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our guides Regis and Julien were excellent, friendly, very informed and very flexible. The spots we visited were inspiring and our guides were flexible and made a couple of side trips that our group was interested in

Maryann D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It wa a fantastic tour. Very informative and interesting. The tour was made even better by the friendliness and knowledge of our guide Nicola.

clytle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The trip to :a Somme was beyond expectations! Ricardo, our guide, was knowledgeable and had a terrific personality.

Carole L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing tour with a great host. Extremely knowledgeable about the history of the Somme and very eye opening experience into the history of the ANZACs. Tour was very organised and not rushed.

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