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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

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.

Keith D B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a very full day. The experience of visiting the battle fields was very moving. Our guide was excellent.

Jeffery H Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was by far, the best tour we have been on. It was recommended by a family member who had experienced it. As an Australian, it was important and an honour to be able to visit these places and walk through them and remember what the soldiers had gone through not just our soldiers but all. The tour guide was fantastic, he knew his history, was very engaging, funny and although French, he spoke English well. The small group of 10 made it easier to get through the day without a problem. This was a memorable and emotional day, one we would recommend to anyone, but particularly Australians.

kim t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wow such an emotional tour and so glad it was only 10 of us. Our tour guide was brilliant, very knowledgeable. To see where our soldiers are and to walk around the most beautifully looked after cemetery was completely eye opening. This place is huge so much bigger than I ever imagined.

Gavin C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was exellent. The guide and driver were very good with a very extensive subject knowledge.

John W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A long day but great! First, our guide for the day was perfect. Very informed open and paced the visits perfectly to visit all locations and being back in Paris on time. The visit to the British, New Zealand, Australian, and Canadian as well of French of course battles was eye-opening. I suggest viewing the series Apocalypse WW I before visiting the battlefields. Learning the history first and then experiencing the locations and visuals that the soldiers saw and experienced is all the more moving. For those interested in WW I and wishing to become more immersed in the experience I highly recommend this tour.

nest

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A moving day which gave us a lot of time to explore the Somme area. Our guide Regis had great knowledge of the area and with his iPad brought many interesting pictures and facts to life for us The Australian memorial was most moving and the the visit to the first and third division memorials gave great insight into the huge loss of life and a generation. A must tour for Aussies

Vicki R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

While the weather on the day was not good,it helped put in perspective the conditions that the soldiers had to endure. For an Australian with a grandfather who had served in France in WW1 it was both sobering and uplifting to see the recognition that is still present at Villers Bretonneux and Poziers. Regis the tour guide was very passionate and his knowledge was encyclopaedic when it came to WW1. He was very accommodating and on request made a minor amendment to the schedule to show the Australians the famous windmill site at Poziers. The wind was absolutely howling at the time which added to the effect. It was a rewarding experience.

Viator

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Tour was very informative and the whole experience so moving. Our guide was extremely knowledgable of the war history and went out of his way to show us all he could.

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