WW1 Somme Battlefields - Private tour from Paris aboard a Van (2 pax)

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

Visit to the WW1 Somme Battefields main sites from Paris (Including Lochnagar crater, Thiepval, the Newfoundland Memorial Park, Delville Wood and the South African National Memorial).

Travel with your own group of passengers (2 travellers) aboard a Private Air- conditioning Minivan.

See the huge landmine « Lochnagar Crater » in La Boisselle.

Walk along the last preserved WW1 original trenches at Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park.

Discover inside the Thiepval museum the gallery devoted to the "Battle of the Somme" opens onto a panoramic mural by illustrator Joe Sacco. it depicts the harrowing day of 1 July 1916, hour after hour. Reproduced onto 60 metres of back-lit glass, it provides a panoramic view of the battlefield, a graphic narrative of military operations.

Pay your respect to the fallen soldiers at the South African National Memorial located in the heart of "Delville Wood".

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

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

Impressives sites such as the huge mine crater in « La Boisselle » detonated by the british tunneling companies in July 01th 1916.

The Lochnagar Crater was created by a large mine placed beneath the German front lines on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, it was one of 19 mines that were placed beneath the German lines from the British section of the Somme front, to assist the infantry advance at the start of the battle.

The British named the mine after ‘Lochnagar Street’, a British trench where the Tunnelling Companies of the Royal Engineers dug a shaft down about 90 feet deep into the chalk; then excavated some 300 yards towards the German lines to place 60,000 lbs (27 tons) of ammonal explosive in two large adjacent underground chambers 60 feet apart. Its aim was to destroy a formidable strongpoint called « Schwaben Höhe » in the German front line, south of the village of La Boisselle in the Somme département.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Ulster Memorial Tower, Route de Saint-Pierre-Divion, 80300 Thiepval France

The Ulster Memorial Tower stands on what was the German front line during the Battle of the Somme, July to November 1916. It was erected on the site of the Schwaben Redoubt, a strongly fortified position, which the Ulster Division eventually captured from the enemy. It is opposite Thiepval Wood from where the 36th (Ulster) Division made its historic charge on the 1st July 1916, and is in close proximity to the village of Thiepval.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Historial de la Grande Guerre - Musee de Thiepval, 8 rue de l Ancre, 80300 Thiepval France

At the entrance a large animated map, enriched with period photographs and film, shows the impact that the battles of the First World War had on the Somme.

The gallery devoted to the Battle of the Somme opens onto a panoramic mural by illustrator Joe Sacco; it depicts the harrowing day of 1 July 1916, hour after hour. Reproduced onto 60 metres of back-lit glass, it provides a panoramic view of the battlefield, a graphic narrative of military operations.

In the centre of the hall, a vast display pit covered by glass presents collection pieces and archaeological remains of the war. Short videos provide complementary information about the mural: commentary on the scenes presented, historical information, archive footage, and educational animations.

At the end of the hall, a Maxim machine gun captured by a British regiment at Thiepval reminds visitors of how heavily the Germans defended this location: Thiepval ridge was an Allied objective of the 1 July 1916; it was not taken until the end of September.

Opposing the multitude of Missing, the exhibition examines the creation of great heroic figures. This large hall presents a life-size replica of the aeroplane belonging to Georges Guynemer and portraits of First World War aviators.

From 1916, the role of aviation in war had affirmed itself, encouraging the advent of great heroic figures. Individual heroes, like the “Knights of the Sky”, emerged in the face of the continuing death of the masses.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, Rue de l'Eglise, 80300 Beaumont-Hamel France

Following, the guide is now taking you to visit the Newfoundland Memorial Park in Beaumont Hamel. Over there, quite a large portion of the battleground has been preserved and so while walking through the network of the now-serene originals trenches you will see the scars of the battle which still remain on the ground.

The Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial is a memorial site in France dedicated to the commemoration of Dominion of Newfoundland forces members who were killed during World War I. The 74-acre preserved battlefield park encompasses the grounds over which the Newfoundland Regiment made their unsuccessful attack on 1 July 1916 during the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

On 1 July 1916 at 8:45 a.m. the Newfoundland Regiment and 1st Battalion of the Essex Regiment received orders to move forward. Of the 780 men who went forward only about 110 survived unscathed, of whom only 68 were available for roll call the following day.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Delville Wood War Memorial, Route de Ginchy, 80360 Longueval France

You will pay your respects to the « South African Memorial" in Longueval.

The location of the memorial marks the role played by South African forces in the Battle of Delville Wood (part of the Somme Offensive), the first action seen by the forces of South Africa in Flanders and France. Other battles commemorated here, include the participation of South African forces at the Battle of Arras and the Battle of Passchendaele.

The memorial was designed by Sir Herbert Baker, assistant architect was Arthur James Scott Hutton, with sculpture by Alfred Turner. It consists of a flint and stone screen either side of an archway, with a shelter at each end of the screen.On top of the arch is Turner's bronze statue of two men and a war horse. The two male figures, symbolising Castor and Pollux, represent the two white races of South Africa.

Duration: 40 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.

Museum Layout

The Historial, Museum of the Great War in Péronne opened in 1992. A highly respected museum devoted to the history of the First World War, the Historial studies the full cultural, social and military scale of this important chapter of history.

The central part of each gallery pays testimony to life at the front, that which concerned every population at war the most.

Soldiers of various nationalities are represented by mannequins dressed in their uniforms with their weapons and personal effects by their sides. These bodies, lying in white marble pits cut out of the museum’s floor, symbolise the entire territory of the Somme riddled by trenches, and the common suffering of the men at war.

Weapons and military equipment are displayed in the centre of the galleries; placed on the ground, in pits, they pay testimony to the common suffering of the soldiers. The lives of the civilians, each and everyone ‘mobilised’ by war, are studied in the wall cabinets, divided into three sections and respectively dedicated to Germany, France and Great Britain.

Duration: 1 hour

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

Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off in the following listed Paris districts only: 75008, 75007 and 75016.

Due to new traffic rules in Paris which ban on the majority of vehicular traffic crossing the city center in 2022 and if your hotel is located in others Paris districts (instead of the listed ones above), the meeting point for the tour (pick-up and drop-off) will be in front of the following adress: Lido de Paris, 116 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris.


Departure Time

6:30 AM

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

Marge_K

20 Oct, 2021

Many thanks to Regis for an outstanding tour of the Somme. We saw both sides of the battlefield, the English/French line and the German line so got a real feel for the distance the the men had to walk through the area called no-mans-land. Also saw probably the last German bunker still standing from WW1, the American and the German war cemeteries, and the most enormous crater caused by a shell ever seen in either WW1 or WW11. There was more including an art installation mural and throughout it all Regis offered information in a historically interesting and professional way. I strongly urge anyone interested in the history of the world wars to take this tour.

L3505NSmaryw

11 Nov, 2020

November 11th is a day of remembrance in the US for all of our veterans but this day holds a very special meaning to everyone affected by WW1. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the War to End All Wars was over. I had very little knowledge of the details other than my grandfather’s recently discovered military records from his service in Europe during WW1. Regis was able to use these few details to discover my grandfather’s exact battlefield locations and the significance of his unit’s contribution to the war effort. I was so enthralled by my 1st tour in November of 2019, that I booked another private tour with Regis in February 2020. Regis was able to expand on my knowledge of the war and of my grandfather’s role in the overall Allied effort. Now after a year has passed, I can reflect on this experience and humbly try to express my thanks to Regis for his extraordinary knowledge and interest in the history of his country and the Allies during WW1 and WW2. I hope to be able to return soon when the situation allows, and to explore more of the lessons of this important time. On this special day, I want to extend a special thanks to Regis for 2 incredible tours and for my deepened understanding of a grandfather’s legacy.

L3505NSmaryw

27 Jan, 2020

I have been on tours all over the world, and this was by far the best tour I have ever taken. Regis gets 10 stars from me. I had recently received my grandfather’s WW1 military records and booked a couple tours to try to trace his steps. Regis reached out to me to determine just exactly what I wanted to see and from the information I had, built a private tour to the exact spot that my grandfather fought. We were able to pinpoint the area where his division camped and exactly where he fought to push through the Hindenburg Line. What an experience...I was able to stand on the ground where my grandfather fought in WW1. My grandfather survived the war but unfortunately died when my father was about 19 years old but my father kept his memory alive with stories of his life so that we are able to know him. Regis took me to all the sites where my grandfather was and with his detailed knowledge of WW1, painted a picture for me of my grandfather’s war experience. We also visited off the beaten track sites of bunkers and battlefields. He had planned additional areas to visit and let me pick the ones that were most meaningful to me. Since my grandfather’s US National Guard unit was assigned to the brilliant Australian commander General John Monash, Regis took me to the wonderful Monash Center. I highly recommend the Monash Center to anyone interested in WW1 in this area. Every point was carefully thought out and planned just for me. Regis is not only very knowledgeable about WW1 and WW2 history but is also a wonderful travel companion. He obviously loves the history of his beloved France but also loves showing it to others. I highly recommend Adrian Roads and Regis for any history or cultural tours in this area. I’m already looking for another opportunity to book with him and to enjoy another wonderful experience.

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