WW1 Australians in the Somme -Villers Bretonneux, Le Hamel - Day trip from Paris

Duration: 12 to 13 hours
Destination: France, Île-de-France, Paris
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Overview

HIGHTLIGHTS

Day trip from Paris to the Somme in France’s Picardy region.

Follow the footsteps of the braves australians soldiers who fought in the Somme in WW1.

Walk along the graves and pay your respect in front of the wall of the missing australians soldiers at the Australian Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux

Discover the "Sir John Monash Centre" in Villers-Bretonneux

See the huge landmine « Lochnagar Crater »

Browse thousands of war-objects collected and displayed at the Historial of Peronne

Itinerary
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Stop At: Australian National Memorial, route de Villers Bretonneux D23, 80800 Fouilloy France

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is the main memorial to Australian military personnel killed on the Western Front during World War I. It is located on the Route Villiers-Bretonneux (D 23), in the Somme département, France. The memorial lists 10,773 names of soldiers of the Australian Imperial Force with no known grave who were killed between 1916, when Australian forces arrived in France and Belgium, and the end of the war. The location was chosen to commemorate the role played by Australian soldiers in the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux (24–27 April 1918).

Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the memorial consists of a tower within the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, which also includes a Cross of Sacrifice. The tower is surrounded by walls and panels on which the names of the missing dead are listed. The main inscription is in both French and English, on either side of the entrance to the tower. The memorial and cemetery are maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Australian Corps Memorial, 80800 Le Hamel France

This commemorates and interprets the battle of Le Hamel which took place on 4 July 1918, when, with the support of the Americans, General Monash launched a hugely victorious attack by combining for the first time infantry, artillery, air forces and tanks, thus heralding the tactics of modern warfare.

This memorial park was created in the village of Le Hamel by the Australian state and inaugurated on 7 August 1998. The site’s panoramic displays and explanatory panels help visitors to understand the strategic challenge which it represented during the battle. Several trenches have been preserved.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Lochnagar Crater, Route de la Grande Mine, 80300 Ovillers-la-Boisselle France

The Lochnagar mine south of the village of La Boisselle in the Somme département was an underground explosive charge, secretly planted by the British during the First World War, ready for 1 July 1916, the first day on the Somme. The mine was dug by the Tunnelling Companies of the Royal Engineers under a German field fortification known as Schwabenhöhe (Swabian Height).

The British named the mine after Lochnagar Street, the British trench from which the gallery was driven. The charge at Lochnagar was one of 19 mines that were placed beneath the German lines on the British section of the Somme front, to assist the infantry advance at the start of the battle.

The mine was sprung at 7:28 a.m. on 1 July 1916 and left a crater 98 ft (30 m) deep and 330 ft (100 m) wide, which was captured and held by British troops. The attack on either flank was defeated by German small-arms and artillery fire, except on the extreme right flank and just south of La Boisselle, north of the Lochnagar Crater. The crater has been preserved as a memorial and a religious service is held each 1 July.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Windmill Memorial, D929, 80300 Pozieres France

The Windmill site at Pozières was established as an Australian memorial in the 1930s at the suggestion of Australia's official war historian, Charles Bean, because, 'The Windmill site marks a ridge more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other place on earth'. Over seven weeks in 1916, at the Battle of the Somme, the Australian Imperial Force suffered 23 000 casualties, more than 6700 of whom died, in the countryside around the Windmill. On 11 November 1993 soil from the Windmill site was cast over the coffin of Australia's Unknown Soldier during his funeral at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: 2nd Australian Division Memorial, 123 avenue des Australiens, 80200 Peronne France

Mont Saint-Quentin Australian war memorial, located in Mont Saint-Quentin region of Picardy, is an Australian First World War memorial.

The Australian Second Division has a war memorial on the road from Bapaume to Péronne. It is the only one of the five Australian division memorials initiated by members of the division. The base was erected in 1925. It has bronze bas-reliefs by May Butler-George of men hauling and pushing a gun and of men advancing with bayoneted rifles and hand-grenades. It had on its top an Australian soldier thrusting his bayonet through a German eagle. The sculptor was Charles Web Gilbert.

However, in 1940, German soldiers smashed the memorial. A replacement statue by Stanley Hammond of a thoughtful Australian soldier looking down was erected in 1971

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Historial de la Grande Guerre, Chateau de Peronne Café du musée & terrasse en accès libre, 80200 Peronne France

After lunch and to end that very moving day, you will get a free access to explore the «Great War Historial and museum" in Péronne. A 13th century medieval castle house the WW1 museum which display a a large exhibits of uniforms and weapons all worn, designed and used by the soldiers during the conflict.

The historial of peronne museum also offers a permanent collection of Trench Artists such as « Otto Dix » who did testimony of the atrocities of the war with sketching some very graphic etchings.

Duration: 1 hour

Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Driver Guide
  • Admission to the Historial of the Great War in Péronne
  • Entry/Admission - Historial de la Grande Guerre

Exclusions
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Departure Point

Lido, 116 bis Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France


Departure Time

6:30 AM


Return Details

Lido, 116 bis Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

12 to 13 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Camper15881373993

05 Feb, 2020

We did the Somme-Villiers Bretonneux Tour from Paris in Dec 2019 with my teenage daughters. The tour guide Regis had a vast historical knowledge of the region.His Enthusiasm and Passion made the tour unforgettable and a definite highlight for our whole family. He even went out of his way to help us find a resting place of my Wifes Great Grandfather . We would highly recommend this tour and with Regis as your guide.

nicolaj124

23 Nov, 2019

Régis went above and beyond on this tour. We visited all key sites and memorials of the Somme battles, including a tour of remaining trenches, all of which were very moving. Régis was extremely informative throughout the day, providing information and explanations about the war even as we visited museums and drove throughout the Somme region. This provided in depth insight which allowed for greater engagement during the day - there was never a dull moment. Régis was even able to provide some helpful tips and recommendations for Paris. In addition to all else, Régis was very kind and accommodating. Overall, I would highly recommend a day trip with Adrian Road tours to anyone interested in or with a connection to WWI.

robwc123

19 Nov, 2019

This is a must do tour for any Australian interested in WW1. Adrian was great, he has so much knowledge and explains in detail the role of Australians during WW1 in France. If you are thinking about a tour in this region I would highly recommend Adrian.

Jeffrey C

28 Oct, 2019

This tour was certainly one of the highlights of my recent trip to France. The guide was very knowledgeable and provided excellent commentary on the sites visited. I would have no hesitation in recommending this to particularly the time poor visitor to the Somme. It was a real eye opener.

cowlin052

26 Sep, 2019

Spent the day with our tour guide, Regis, who had exceptional knowledge of the WW1 battles of the Somme. We were picked up and dropped off on time from Paris in a comfortable van. Each place that we stopped at Regis would give us an insight into the background around what we were about to see and then would allows us time to then experience on our own. There was a variety of both actual battle field visits as well as war museums. We could not fault this tour and would recommend to anyone interested in seeing and learning about the WW1 battles. Thankyou Regis for a great day that our family will never forget.

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