WW1 Battlefield Tours
World War One (WW1/WWI) Battlefield Tours.
Williamsomme tours have operated very successfully for the past nine years and offers individually tailored, personal and memorable tours of the first world Western Front. The company offers bespoke and individual tours for two to seven people and takes great pleasure in hosting children, grandchildren, great grand children and other relatives of men and women who participated in The Great War.
The base for the tours is a beautiful 200 year old farmhouse and barn conversion close to the infamous battles of the Somme where so many brutal and tragic conflicts took place in 1916 and 1918.
The tours offer an unforgettable experience and we enhance the service by undertaking research for those wishing to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors. Many important battlefields are visited during the tour, along with museums, visitors' centres and towns and cities behind the lines. Occasionally visits are made to sites well off the beaten track to follow in the footsteps of soldiers who fought in this devastating conflict. Tours can be lengthened or altered to enable visits to be made to other nearby historical sites; Crecy (1346), Agincourt (1415), La Coupole V2 launch site, 1943 and the VI Bois Carre launch site, around 500m from the farmhouse.
WW1 Battlefield Tour Options.
Faversham in Kent is Williamsomme tours base in the UK, which can easily be reached by a regular train service from London Victoria or St. Pancras. Customers can be met at the station and for those travelling by car, parking can be arranged.
Other pre arranged pick up points for continental travellers can be Lille, Arras, Amiens, Calais, Abbeville or TGV Haute Picardie.
As Faversham is only a half hour's drive from the Channel ports and the Eurotunnel, the tours are extremely good value for money, as many poignant and memorable sites can be visited on the first and last days.
The centre of the operation is situated in Yvrench, a village 40 minutes from the city of Amiens, and during the four days we encompass battle areas to include the Somme, Artois (The Hindenburg Line, Arras, Vimy Ridge, Loos, Neuve Chapelle, Fromelles), Flanders (The Messines Ridge, The Ypres Salient). The daily act of remembrance at the Menin Gate in Ypres is a truly moving and unforgettable experience.
Many of the places visited, on a day to day basis can be found in the itinerary section. Tours are carefully planned with our customers, allowing them to follow in ancestors' footsteps if they so wish, thus enabling them to submerse themselves in this important and tragic episode in our nation's history.
Williamsomme tours offer all inclusive, specialised tours to the battlefields of World War One. There are no hidden extras. All travel, tolls, accommodation, food and drink, including restaurants, museum and tunnel visits are covered by the price. There is no extra charge for single occupancy of double bedrooms and dietary requests are catered for. However, beware, because the French restaurants often think chicken and salmon are vegetables!
Williamsomme Battlefield Tours
The Battle of the Somme took place during the First World War. It was one of the most bloody, brutal and devastating battles in history. During the battle that lasted for nearly 5 months, more than a million men were left dead, wounded or missing in action. July 1st 1916 became the worst day in British military history, when, in the space of two hours, almost twenty thousand men were killed in their attempt to attack the German positions and help bring about their defeat. With such tremendous loss of life on both sides, this battle resonates with more clarity in British history than any that of any other.
Many areas of the First World War battlefields have been preserved allowing visitors a glimpse of the conditions that the soldiers fighting in the Great War had to endure. The battlefields have hundreds of cemeteries and memorials that bear testament to the price paid in blood by a generation for God, their King and country.
Williamsomme tours offer a range of battlefield tours that allow you to visit several landscapes fought over in this brutal and unforgettable war.
As you see firsthand, the kinds of conditions these men had to live and fight in, you can start to appreciate the great sacrifices they made for the cause they believed in. It's almost impossible for anyone who didn't experience it to truly understand the horrors of life in the trenches, but a Williamsomme battlefield tour will give you a valuable insight into the horrors of life on the front line.