months - a total of 141 days - and men from every part of Britain and across the Empire took part.
had been wounded, captured, or killed.
•Somme 1916 underground tunnel museum •Ovillers Military Cemetery •The vistas of the Frontline and the ground fought over•Thiepval Memorial to the Missing •Lochnagar Crater •Fricourt German Cemetery •South African National Memorial & Delville Wood Cemetery •Pozieres British Cemetery and Memorial •Newfoundland Memorial Park •The Sunken Lane, Beaumont Hamel
Our tour starts from the historical town of Albert, a place in which soldiers of 1916 were billeted just behind the British lines. Most visitors travel around the battlefields by car or bus; however, on our tours we rarely see other vehicles on the lanes we use to traverse the area. Over three days we will give you an insight from a different perspective of this famous battlefield, travelling in a small convoy of 5-6 vehicles, on tracks once trod by infantry. You’ll receive CB commentary as we drive along our route so you can really get a sense of where troops came from and what their objectives were. To book, click on the link for your chosen date. We only require a £100 deposit per vehicle or full payment if the tour is less than six weeks away. Six weeks before the tour we will send you a balance request and invoice. Once the balance is paid we will send you an information pack including meeting places, times, booking references etc.If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Example Itinerary:Day 1 Independent travel to Albert, Somme. Welcome, introductions and briefing. The tour starts with a guided tour of the tunnels beneath the Basilica of the town that were used as a refuge by the civilians who remained throughout the fighting, but now house the Somme 1916 museum. On leaving the museum we head out of town and drive along a some tracks stopping in Mash Valley, our route then takes us near Courcelette, Mouquet Farm and finishing the day at Thiepval Memorial to the Missing which contains the names of more than 72,000 British and South African soldiers who have no known grave. Arrival time back at Albert around 17:30 We usually have a table booked for 19:30 at a well-appointed restaurant just outside Albert. This is optional but gives you chance to relax after your journey and also get to know each other over four delicious, typically French courses in a local restaurant. The cost is approximately €35pp including wine.Day 2 Meet at a local supermarket so you can stock up on fuel and provisions for the day before setting out, using many green lanes, to venture to key areas of the battlefield.We visit the Lochnagar Crater, caused by the detonation of 28 tons of high explosive at 07.28 on that fateful day. We move on to Fricourt German cemetery to see how Germany commemorates its war dead. We cover Mametz Wood and the Welsh Dragon just before our lunch stop at Delville Wood. In the afternoon, we travel on tracks once trod by infantry as they advanced to their start points in the attack that saw the Tank go into action for the very first time. We visit a German bunker and will see villages that were occupied, fought over and liberated but in the process, were completely destroyed. We finish the day at Pozieres British Cemetery and Memorial, normally around 17:00 Day 3During the last day of the Tour we travel up the Ancre Valley, use tracks adjacent to the Frontlines and visit the Newfoundland Memorial Park at Beaumont Hamel where preserved trenches can be seen and walked in. The landscape here hasn’t changed in over 100 years. We move on to the Sunken Lane, Redan Ridge and the battlefields around Serre, land that saw intense and devastating fighting as we head via the Schwaben Redoubt towards the final stop, close to Albert around 1pm. (Non-contractual Tour example, subject to alteration when necessary)
From £199 pp based on minimum of 2 persons per vehicle, if travelling alone a
single supplement of £149 applies. Children 11-15 are £149, under 11’s free.
Experienced 4x4 and Battlefield Guides for the duration of the tour.
CB commentary delivered straight to your vehicle (loan of a CB radio if you
don’t have one)
Entrance and guided tour of the Somme 1916 underground tunnel museum
Our bespoke BattlefieldsBy4x4 booklet pertinent to the Tour.
A pack containing various information leaflets, flyers, stickers and pens.
Accommodation – you choose!
Feedback tells us that some customers prefer the camping option, some a hotel and
others prefer to make their own arrangements. To better meet your needs, we’ve
now left this for you to choose:
1 Twin room for 2 nights including continental breakfast - £209 (typically the
Ibis hotel, Albert)
1 camping pitch for 2 nights - £40 (Camping du Velodrome, Albert. A spacious
and well-appointed campsite with electric hook up available for all pitches)
You are also welcome to arrange your own accommodation - £0
What's not included:
Food and refreshments
•Ferry or Eurotunnel Crossing•Any extras at campsite
Any extras, bar, restaurants etc at hotel.
Hotel on camping based tours
Visits to museums and visitor centres outside of the tour
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