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The Somme

Our sample itinerary visits five varied locations. We begin with an early visit to ‘La Grande Mine’ usually known as the Lochnagar Crater, at La Boisselle. It remains a burial ground and is the largest mine crater on the Western Front.

We move on to the sombre and impressive Anglo-French Memorial to the missing at Thiepval. A short distance away we visit the Newfoundland Memorial Park at Beaumont Hamel, ground sacred to all Newfoundlanders. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides escort the group around the entire battlefield and explain all that took place here.

Lunch may be taken at Avril William’s auberge at Auchonvilliers. After lunch Avril will show the party the former trenches and bandaging station underneath the house.

Finally, we visit Vimy Ridge where there are many opportunities for learning, including the opportunity to explore with a guide the tunnels by means of which the Canadians undermined German positions prior to their heroic capture of the Ridge in 1917.

There are many other sites in the Somme you could fit into a one or two day tour. As always we are here to discuss all your itinerary options with you.

Overnight Tour

For your overnight visit to the Somme we would suggest starting with a trip to Vimy Ridge.

The cost for this trip includes visits to Thiepval Memorial, Newfoundland Park; any additional visits will incur a small supplement. There are many other sites in the Somme that could be fitted into a two or three-day programme and we are always happy to accommodate your needs for such a visit.

Sample Itinerary
Day trip to the Somme
00.00-01.00 Depart School
Services stop
03.30 Check in at Dover
07.00 Ferry docks in Calais (local time)
09.30 Visit Lochnagar Crater at Boisselle
10.00 Visit Thiepval Memorial
11.00 Visit Newfoundland Park
12.30 Lunch
14.15 Visit Vimy Ridge
17.00 Visit Cité Europe
18.45 Check in at Calais
20.15 Ferry docks in Dover
23.45-00.45 Coach arrives School
Day One
05.30-06.30 Coach departs School
Services stop
09.00 Check in at Dover
12.30 Ferry docks in Calais (local time)
14.30 Visit Vimy Ridge
17.15 Check in at hotel in Arras
19.00 Evening meal
Day Two
08.00 Breakfast
10.00 Visit Historial de La Grande Guerre (Peronne) or Musée des Abris (Albert)
13.00 Visit Thiepval Memorial
14.00 Visit Newfoundland Park and memorial
17.45-19.45 Hypermarket visit Cité Europe
20.00 Check in at Calais
21.30 Ferry docks in Dover (local time)
00.00-01.00 Arrive school
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