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Somme Battlefield Tour from Paris

with Villers-Bretonneux Cemetery & John Monash Centre

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Visit the Somme battlefields where some of the bloodiest battles of WWI were fought. On this small group tour you’ll learn about the Great War and the many struggles faced by the Australian, British, and Canadian soldiers who fought in it. As you walk on the still scarred battlegrounds of the Somme region on this fascinating day trip from Paris.

You’ll walk in the trenches at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, visit the Sir John Monash Center, marvel at the huge Lochnagar mine crater. You’ll also pay your respects to the fallen soldiers in Pozieres at the Windmill, the Australian National Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux, and at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. Finishing off the day with a visit to the 13th century Cathedral of Amiens, the largest Cathedral in France.

We focus on providing a personal and in depth experience of the Somme region in order to help the memory of these brave men live on. As such we limit the size of our groups to no more than 8 people. This means we can avoid the confusion, and delays, that are caused during big group tours and share more important places and historical moments of interest with you.

Trenches at Beaumont-Hamel
Trenches at Beaumont-Hamel

War of the Trenches

Your day of exploration will start with a pleasant drive through the French countryside from Paris to the Somme region. The first historical stop on this tour is the massive Lochnagar Mine Crater. On July 1st 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 30 tons of explosives were tunneled under and used to obliterate German dugouts creating this crater. On that day alone more than 72,000 casualties occured on all sides of the battle lines.

To honor these men, you’ll visit the massive and very moving Thiepval Memorial of the Missing, where row after row of tombs are marked with only: “A soldier of the Great War, known unto God”. The stories shared by your guide and the grandiose nature of this memorial will impress on you the great sacrifices of the soldiers it commemorates.

Afterwards you’ll discover the largest Somme battlefield site that has been preserved: The Newfoundland Memorial at Beaumont-Hamel. Your guide will explain the hardships faced by the men who lived and fought on this battlefield as you walk in the original trenches, dug out by hand back in 1916.

Lochnagar Mine Crater
Lochnagar Mine Crater

The Great War

Then your guide will take you to the crash site of the infamous “Red Baron” who shot down more than 80 allied planes before he himself was shot down in 1918. Following that you’ll explore the little town of Pozieres where the heaviest Australian casualties occurred. In Poziere you’ll visit the site of “the Windmill”, “Mouquet’s Farm”, and also the 1st Australian Division Memorial.

Then you’ll have about one hour of free time to eat lunch at “Le Tommy”. This restaurant is owned and operated by a man named Dominique who is a local legend for his strong character and his passion for the history of the Somme during WWI. He serves good, classic, meals at very reasonable prices and will let you explore his private collection of artifacts from the Battle of the Somme.

After lunch you’ll visit the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux and learn even more about the soldiers who travelled farther than any others to fight for freedom in Europe, the brave men from Australia. Between 1916 and the end of WWI almost 11,000 Australian men were killed and their graves are still unknown today.

The War to end all wars

Then your explore the fascinating Sir John Monash Center. There video testimonials and interactive displays will help you to be immersed in the personal stories of how other brave men lived through the hardships and horrors of the Great War first hand.

On your drive back to Paris your guide will make a special stop for the stunning 13th century Cathedral of Amiens, the largest Cathedral in Europe. You’ll learn about the Cathedral from your guide and then have free time to visit inside of it. Then you’ll continue your trip back to Paris arriving around 7:30pm.

WWI was massive and horrific. Those who lived through it called it: The War to End all Wars because it marked them deeply. Our day trip from Paris will also mark you, but in a good way. As you explore the most important historical sights of the Somme and learn about the true stories of the soldiers who fought here, their stories will become a part of your own life story and continue to be remembered for years to come.

Australian National Memorial
Australian National Memorial

Good to Know:

  • Our easy to find meeting point is next to the Arc de Triomphe. We’ll send you more details in a confirmation email once you book the tour.
  • It takes less than 2 hours to drive to the Somme region from Paris.
  • You can expect to be back in Paris around 7:30pm depending on traffic conditions.
  • There will be frequent opportunities to use restrooms during this day trip.
  • The lunch stop in Poziere is at your own cost. So make sure to bring a little cash to pay for it. The food is down to earth dinner style food. So bring between 10€-20€ for your meal.
  • Tipping in France is never an obligation but, if you enjoyed your tour, you are always welcome to show your gratitude to the guide by giving them a tip.

Group size

Max. 8 pers. per tour

Language

All of our tours are commented in English

Duration

All day
Back in Paris around 6:30PM

Dates & Times

April to October

Tues / Thur / Sati / Sun at 7AM

What's Included

  • Transportation by luxury A/C minibus
  • Friendly & Knowledgeable guide
  • Somme Trench Museum tickets

Meeting point

6 Avenue de Wagram, Paris

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Reservation required

Frequently Asked Questions

How many people are in the group?
We keep our group small in order to give you a better service. Only 8 people in the group.
What is the Cancellation Policy?

We allow you to cancel, for any reason, up to 24 hours before the start of your tour. It’s easy to cancel just send us an email then we’ll give you a full refund.

If you fail to email with your cancellation at least 24 hours before the tour starts then we will not be able to provide you with a refund.

How far in advance should I book?
You should book your spots on this tour at least 2 weeks before the date of the tour you want to take
Can kids join this tour?

We accept children that are at least 7 years old on this tour. While this tour’s content was not planned out with kids in mind we do allow children that are aged at least 7 years old to join it with one of their parents. Kids younger than 7 years cannot join this tour as we do NOT have the suitable baby/child seats for them to ride in that are required by European law.

The tour that I want is full, is there a waiting list?
No, sorry but we do not keep waiting lists. You can always send us an email and see if we can open up another group for you but we can’t promise that any of our guides will be available on the date you want to join.
I have a special dietary restriction (vegan/gluten-free/kosher), what is there for me to eat?
On this tour we stop at Le Tommy restaurant in Pozières. It’s got a pretty classic menu with a little bit of everything on it. We’re sure you can find something that is tasty and that fits your dietary needs (salads for example).
Can you take me to a specific cemetery in the Somme as I have some family buried there?
We will do everything we can to take your there, please send us an email before hand so the guide can prepare for this specific detour. Note that on the day of the tour the rest of the group has to agree with the detour (it’s always the case so long that it is not too far off). In any case you can always book a private tour and we’ll for sure take you to a specific location.

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