About our J15 – Messines & Western Front – Jun 19
The Battle of the Somme (French: Bataille de la Somme, German: Schlacht an der Somme), also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire.
It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the River Somme in France. It was one of the largest battles of World War I, in which more than 1,000,000 men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.
Start Date: 06/06/2019
These 5 day tours cover the area from Ypres in Belgium down to the Somme battlefields in France paying particular attention to Messines. We can include all Commonwealth actions such as Loos, Fromelles, Neuve Chapelle, Aubers Ridge, Arras, Vimy Ridge, Villers Bretonneux, Cambrai etc.
All of our tours are individually tailored according to the requirements of the guests and we follow the actions of relatives with the aid of trench maps and the unit war diaries.
We generally base ourselves for two nights at the 3 star hotel Beatus in Cambrai and for 2 nights at the 4 star Ariane hotel in Ypres. Now named Ieper it was commonly known to the British Tommy as "Wipers". Flemish is the language used here in the province of West Flanders, Belgium.