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Battlefields of the Somme

 

First Australian Division Memorial, Somme
  • Overview

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    • Benefit from the services of a knowledgeable Battlefields Guide
    • Gain insight into key events of the Battle of the Somme
    • Visit the Somme 1916 Museum, Albert and the Historial de la Grande Guerre, Peronne

    This Battlefields tour will take us through the moving events of the Battle of the Somme, and will allow us to pay our respects to the brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in 1916. A dedicated Battlefields tour guide will accompany us on our included excursions and will give us all the information concerning the terrible trench warfare which took place, as well as explaining the methods and happenings of this part of the war. Read More

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    We’ll visit a number of important locations relating to the Battle of the Somme, and will be based in Valenciennes at the Grand Hotel. This will provide us with an excellent base from which we can explore the local area, starting with our excursion to the battlefields of the Somme towards Peronne. Here, we’ll learn all about the battles that took place here, and will then visit the Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum (the Museum of the Great War). 

    Our next included excursion will be to the Arras and Albert areas of the Somme, where we’ll take a tour of the Somme 1916 Museum and its detailed recreations of scenes from the war.
  • Itinerary

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    LOCATIONS


  • The Hotel

    YOUR HOTEL


    Grand Hotel - Valenciennes

    • Grand Hotel  Valenciennes
    • Grand Hotel  Valenciennes
    This family-run hotel is located in the heart of historical Valenciennes. This is an art-nouveau style restaurant and a more informal brasserie. 
    • All bedrooms have telephone, flat screen satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities, minibar and hairdryer
    • Lift
    • Restaurant 
    • Bar/lounge
    • Official three-star rating
  • Gallery
  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    First Australian Division Memorial, Somme
    Full Day: Arras & Albert area

    With our expert guide we explore key sites of the Arras and Albert areas including the Somme 1916 Museum in Albert, which shows scenes of trench life in World War I; the Arras Memorial, Vimy Ridge, an important strategic area; and the Canadian Memorial Park.

    The Somme 1916 Museum is located within a tunnel that dates from the 13th century and which displays various weapons and items used by soldiers in the trenches to give us a greater understanding of what life would have been like for these men. Many scenes of trench-life have been recreated at the museum as well, including scenes of the winter months, first aid post and more.

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    Full Day: Peronne Area

    With our expert guide we travel through the fields of the Somme to Peronne, where we visit key sites including the interesting Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum; Impressive Thiepval Memorial and moving Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park.

    The Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum is dedicated to displaying the events of World War I, and includes artefacts and information relating to it. This will give us a better understanding of what happened during the Great War, including why it happened and how it was resolved.

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


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    Half Day: Mons

    During this excursion, we’ll visit the city of Mons, which can be found in Belgium and was the site of the Battle of Mons during World War I. This was the first battle that the British took part in in 1914. The city wasn’t re-captured by the Allies until the final days of the war, when the Canadian army took back control.

    Here, we’ll learn more about the city’s history during the war, and will also get to explore some of Mons’ attractions, such as the Grand Palace and the Belfry.

 


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What's included

  • Coach travel
  • Four nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, four evening meals
  • Porterage
  • Two included excursions
  • One optional excursion
Grand Hotel  Valenciennes

Grand Hotel - Valenciennes

This family-run hotel is located in the heart of historical Valenciennes. This is an art-nouveau style restaurant and a more informal brasserie.

Learn more about the hotel

Grand Hotel - Valenciennes

  • Grand Hotel  Valenciennes
  • Grand Hotel  Valenciennes
This family-run hotel is located in the heart of historical Valenciennes. This is an art-nouveau style restaurant and a more informal brasserie. 
  • All bedrooms have telephone, flat screen satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities, minibar and hairdryer
  • Lift
  • Restaurant 
  • Bar/lounge
  • Official three-star rating
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  • British Travel Awards
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