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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

Mariebride

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent guide who went out of his way to find relatives of a fellow passenger. Informative, over whelming at times but well worth doing. Highly recommended.

Sue R Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Extremely well organised. Small vehicle with only two other couples on the tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and took us to places that would interest all of us according to our nationality. The Australian National Memorial and Villers-Bretonneux were very special places and quite emotional to visit. We found that we didn't have enough time to explore the area so would recommend to others either a two day tour or an overnight stay in one of the lovely villages.

Mrs. M I R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

A full day of sights that are an awesome experience as an Australian. To walk the same ground as those blokes from 100 years ago, many of whom did not come home as we did, was very emotional and inspiring. Villers-Bretonneux, Poziers, Amiens. Names that are very familiar but the big surprise was the time spent reading the panels telling the story of Le Hamel, site of Sir John Monash's epic victory was worth the trip in itself. Also it was so much easier as a passenger returning to Paris in their nightmare traffic.

Ken E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

One of the best days of our holiday, the guide Nicola was very passionate and informative about the history of the battle, and there was not much she didn't know. There were 6 on tour and all thoroughly enjoyed it thank you Nicola

gazmacca

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Regis is an amazing guide. The day we visited, there was a South African couple on our tour of mostly Australians. Regis adapted the day cutting 10 minutes or so for free time from a few of the locations so that we could visit the only South African memorial site. This was special for everyone, as it truly is a beautiful memorial, with a museum attached.
Visiting the various sites was a very moving experience, enhanced by the expert knowledge provided by Regis. I could not recommend this tour enough.

vickibainbridge

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour Nicola was very informative and as there were only 4 of us we weren't rushed . A very moving place highly recommend this tour.

John B Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

For us the Australian flavour was poignant and relevant. The Australian memorial, Villers Bretonneux and the lunch options were excellent. If you wish to learn in a practical and informative fashion about the Commonwealth involvement in the battle of the Somme and WW1 this tour is a must. The French people have such respect for the commitment shown by the allies in defending their country they have never forgotten, nor will they ever forget. These battles and the loss of young lives had such an impact on Australian history it should be a compulsory learning experience for all Australians and Commonwealth citizens. The bus trip wasn't onerous and the guides were informative and knowledgeable. They were flexible enough to adjust their schedule to suit the needs of the group. A great tour.

Patricia L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Nikolai was so informative. The tour was more than I expected.

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a wonderful tour, made even better by the in-depth information given by our guide Regis. This man has a passion for this period in history and he very much makes every site visited come alive. Each place we arrived at held much significance for Australians. Visiting the War Cemetery was a moving experience - such a dreadful loss of young lives. I would encourage every person, regardless of nationality, to take the time to do this tour.

mjoh7428

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Brilliant. Guide was very knowledgeable and informative. Lunch was great. Recommend to anyone with any interest in this period of our history.

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