WWI Tour:

Battlefields of the Somme, Arras, Ypres, and Dunkirk Evacuation

No of nights:

4 nights

Key sites:

Lochnager Crater
Thiepval Memorial
Ulster Tower/Thiepval Woods
Newfoundland Memorial
Canadian National Vimy Memorial
Int. Memorial (Notre Dame de Lorette)
Essex Farm
German Cemetery at Langemark
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Menin Gate (Last Post Ceremony)
Beaches at Bray Dunes (Dunkirk)


Car, minibus/coach & ferry


26–30 March
5–9 May
27 June – 1 July
16–20 July
2–6 September


(Single supplement +£175)

Menin Gate at Last Post Ceremony

This 5-day tour will take in the major sites of the battlefields in France and Belgium and give us chance to explore the history of the First World War.

With a maximum of 15 guests, you will have a truly personalised trip, getting the most from your own personal guide and meeting others that are passionate about First World War remembrance.

Your Guide

Hello, I am Andy Oliver, your guide.

I am now retired from 22 years in the military service which took me around the world and the battlefields of the Western Front and Far East.

I have studied, toured, and guided on the Western Front battlefields for the last few years since retiring from the Armed Forces. I have built up an extensive knowledge of the Great War and I look forward to sharing it with you.

Tour Highlights

Thiepval Memorial-World war one tour

Thiepval Memorial

Newfoundland Memorial at Beaumont-Hamel - world war one tour

Newfoundland Memorial at Beaumont-Hamel

Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Canadian National Vimy Memorial

German Cemetery at Langemark

German Cemetery at Langemark

Tyne Cot Cemetery

Tyne Cot Cemetery

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Making our way down to the Somme

  • Pick up from a convenient location for you – we make our way to the Somme region in France
  • Make our way to the South African National Memorial to their fallen on the Somme battlefields on World War One or visit 38th Welsh Division Memorial
  • Check into the No.56 B&B for a night stay
  • After checking in and drinks take a slow walk down to visit Lochnagar Crater while the sun is setting on the Somme

Day 2 - Battle of the Somme

  • After a good breakfast we make our way to visit the Somme 1916 Museum in the town of Albert which is at the heart of the Somme Battlefield
  • Visit the Lochnagar Crater for those who didn’t walk down the night before
  • We then visit Le Tommy’s Café for lunch
  • Take in the Thiepval Memorial and discuss the losses inflicted to the British Army during the Battle of the Somme
  • Head to the Ulster Tower and take in the Thiepval Woods tour and walk up to Mill Road cemetery
  • Walk through original trenches at the Newfoundland Memorial at Beaumont-Hamel
  • We will be visiting locations like the Sunken Lane which was the staging point for the Lancashire Fusiliers on 1st July 1916
  • We would finish our time on the Somme by visiting Serre Road No2 cemetery, which is one of the biggest on the Somme
  • Check into the Mercure Arras Centre hotel in Arras for a two-night stay

Day 3 - Arras and Vimy Ridge

  • After a good breakfast we make our way to Oppy where the Hull Pals Battalions fought in 1917
  • Take in the Canadian National Vimy Memorial and take in a guided tour around the preserved trenches at Vimy
  • After leaving Vimy we make our way over to the French cemetery of Notre Dame de Lorette and visit the International Memorial
  • We return to Arras and take in the Arras Memorial
  • We finish of the day visiting the Wellington Quarry tunnel Museum
  • We return the Mercure Arras Centre hotel in Arras for our second night stay

Day 4 - Ypres and Passchendaele

  • After a good breakfast we make our way to the Le Paradis Massacre Memorial on our way back into Belgium
  • We visit Essex Farm Dressing Station and cemetery, close to where ‘In Flanders Fields’ was written and see the grave of Valentine Strudwick, just 15 years old when he was killed
  • We visit the Yorkshire Trench which highlights the preserved trench system around the town of Ypres
  • Visit the German cemetery at Langemark and see the difference in styles of remembrance
  • Take in the Canadian Memorial at Vancouver Corner and discuss the use of gas in the First World War
  • Head to Tyne Cot, the largest Commonwealth War Graves site in the world
  • Walk through original trenches at Hill 62 (Sanctuary Wood)
  • Check into the Novotel hotel in Ypres for a one-night stay
  • Attend the moving Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate
  • We finish off the evening with a meal at Captain Cook restaurant (meal included in overall cost)

Day 5 - Dunkirk and Home

  • After a good breakfast we make our way back towards home, but before we leave the region, we visit the beaches at Bray Dunes for an understanding of the evacuation of Dunkirk
  • We finish off visiting the Operation Dynamo Museum in Dunkirk
  • Ferry home and drop off at a convenient location for you

Price Includes

5 days, 4 nights

  • Services of a full-time guide
  • Pick up and drop off from a convenient location
  • All transportation and return ferry crossing
  • 4 nights in 3* or 4* hotels (based on 2 sharing)
  • Restaurant on night 4
  • Breakfast every day
  • Any applicable entry fees
  • Welcome drink on arrival

Cost: £925pp (Single supplement +£175)

No-56 B&B on the Somme


To make a booking, contact me at 07947 362 747.

If these dates do not work for you or you would prefer to take a private tour, just get in touch with myself so I can make the arrangements for you.