Your full-day, private guided WWI Somme tour.
- Tour lasts twelve hours (12h)
- Private deluxe air-conditioned vehicle
The perfect choice! Your Licensed Guide and your driver are one and the same! Whilst an “in-house" Driver-Guide” can give general information about the main monuments or places of interest from the outside, our “Licensed Driver-Guide”, who has an official Guide-Interpreter license, will be able to accompany you all the way; sharing his complete knowledge of French History & Culture. He can accompany you inside numerous famous sites, notably: Versailles, Louvre Museum, Sainte Chapel, Abbey of Mont St Michel, Loire Valley Castles, bringing to life each of these places that have helped shape France’s history and culture.
Your Licensed Driver-Guide will pick you up at your hotel, or your apartment. He will then escort you to the Somme region; where many of the bloodiest battles of WWI were played out, sharing with you his knowledge & passion for this part of France, driving you in a private deluxe air-conditioned vehicle. It is your Tour, totally custom-made to fit your desires: YOUR way, and nobody else's.
This is above all a day of remembrance, but also of thoughts and discoveries. The gun-smoke may have long-since settled, and the sounds of the canons silenced on the Battlefields of the Somme, but during your visit you will be able to have an inkling; albeit small, of what it must have been like to have been there at that time.
We will retrace the remnants left by “The Great War”, or “The War to end all Wars” as it was optimistically named after its conclusion, by visiting sites such as The Lochnagar Crater in La Boisselle; the World’s largest man-made crater, the result of exploding over 26 tons of explosives behind German-held frontline positions. You may visit the villages of Pozières and Thiepval, both completely destroyed during the conflict, since rebuilt and home to many War memorials in recognition of Australian and British losses respectively. The village of Beaumont-Hamel, where the largest single allied offensive was launched, and home to the Newfoundland Memorial as well as remarkably well-preserved war trenches.
An integral part of the visit will be Villers-Bretonneux, where the first-ever battle between two Tank Forces took place, home to the Australian Memorial, and to the annual ANZAC Ceremony.
Other places could be included, such as the Cemetery of Delville Wood in Loungueval, or the Historial in Peronne, where you could visit a museum which contains more than 50,000 genuine objects and documents of the time.
Once this poignant trip through a painful episode of French history has reached its end, your Licensed Driver-Guide will then drive you back to your hotel or apartment.