01 Apr - 31 Oct: Monday, Thursday & SaturdayDuration
12 hoursStart time
Your hotel in Paris
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Your hotel in Paris.
Discover the most important sites of the Battle of the Somme in World War 1 with an expert guide.
The battlefields are peaceful now but the scars of the Great War are still visible in the form of trenches, mine craters, bunkers and shell-holes that bear testimony to the horror and carnage of 1916.
At the Historial Museum in Péronne you will learn more about WWI and its causes and consequences. With its superb collections of posters, pictures, and objects from civilian and military daily life, the museum strives to place the conflict in a social context, stressing the common suffering of soldiers and civilians.
You will be given a guided tour of the battlefields, cemeteries and memorials and visit famous places such as Villers-Bretonneux and La Boisselle, where the Australian, British and Canadian troops earned renown.Lunch is included in the package and gives you a chance to sample the local cuisine as you ponder the great events of early 20th century history.
For the WWI Somme Battlefields Tour you will be picked up from your hotel in Paris in a mini-bus. Your experienced bi-lingual driver (English and French) will act as your guide.
You will drive out to the Somme Valley, which saw some of the most violent battles of the First World War. The Battle of the Somme was fought by the combined forces of the British and French against the troops of the German Kaiser. It was one of the largest battles of World War 1 and more than 1,000,000 British, German and French soldiers were killed or wounded.
Your guide will take you to the Historial Museum in Péronne. This world-class museum shows the experiences of the major participants in the Great War and the effects of this conflict on the 20th century. The museum boasts a fascinating collection of more than 50,000 original objects and documents illustrating daily life during the war. The displays and films show not only conditions in the trenches, but also behind the lines. The impact of the War on the civilian populations under occupation and those who were forced to leave their homes is an important part of the exhibitions.
As well as the battlefields, cemeteries and memorials, you will visit towns and villages which played key roles in the fighting. These include Villers-Bretonneux, the site of the world’s first tank battle. The Germans took the town on 24 April 1918 but next day it was recaptured thanks to heroic action by the Australian forces who suffered heavy casualties.
Another important site is La Boisselle village which was destroyed in the carnage. Close to La Boiselle is the Lochnagar Crater, 100 meters in diameter and 30 meters deep. It was created on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle.
Your tour includes lunch in Péronne at a traditional local restaurant.At the end of the tour you will be dropped back at your hotel in Paris.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
Please carry a copy of your booking voucher.
Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.
Fabulous day, very informative and our guide trailered the experience to suit us. Would highly recommend it to all Australians....Susan j mason
Guide extremely knowledgeable and very pleasant, vehicle comfortable and clean...BARRY JOHNSTONE
Brilliant day, vehicle VW people mover perfect for the tour, condition like a new van..........driver outstanding,she was very friendly, ideal personality with sound English...T W GALE