Picking up at Arras railway station or your hotel, the Somme day tour visits the momentous locations of the War's most infamous campaign, from the disasters of the 1st july 1916 to the attrition of the autumn. You will visit the must see sights, trenches, mine craters, learn about the weapons, communications and mining. In the morning we concentrate on the 1918 battles around Amiens and includes a visit to the Australian Memorial to the Missing at Villers Bretonneux and new Monash Centre ). If you have a relative or a particular interest we can build that into your itinerary, using the latest GPS software you will literally walk in the footsteps of heros.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Australian Corps Memorial, Le Hamel, Oise, Hauts-de-FranceYour guide will explain the tactics and battlefield where Monash commanded Australian and American troops on the 4th July, you will also visit the Memorial.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Franco-Australien Museum, Villers-Bretonneux, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceYou will see the Victoria School built with money raised by the people of Victoria. We will also visit the Museum above the school.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Sir John Monash Centre, Fouilloy, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceYou will see the Australian National Memorial and the Sir John Monash Centre. You will have the chance to get some lunch from the cafe there.Duration: 2 hoursPass By: 3rd Australian Division Memorial, Sailly-le-Sec, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceYou will see the Memorial en route to AlbertStop At: Lochnagar Crater, Ovillers-la-Boisselle, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceLearn all about the mining in WW1, you will see the largest mine crater on the Somme as we begin to follow the path of the soldiers along Sausage Vally to the German second line at PozieresDuration: 10 minutesStop At: 1st Australian Division Memorial, Pozieres, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceSee the remnants of the Gibraltar Blockhouse, captured by the 2nd Battalion AIF on the 25th July 1916, learn about the offensives to take the German positions.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Windmill Memorial, Pozieres, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceThe highest point on the ridge, you will see how important this position was and what it cost to take it. You will see the remains of the Windmill captured by the 2nd Division and the War Animals Memorial and Pozieres field of Remembrance. You will also hear abut the roll of Tanks and see the Tank Memorial. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Historial de la Grande Guerre - Musee de Thiepval, Thiepval, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceYou will visit the interpretation centre at Thiepval and see the British Memorial to the Missing for the 1916 Battle of the SommeDuration: 45 minutesStop At: Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, Hauts-de-FranceHere you will walk through preserved trenches from the 1916 Battle of the Somme, hear about the offensives on the 1st July and the 13th November when the area was captured. Your guide will explain the tactics used and why things went so badly on the 1st July.Duration: 30 minutes