With 2014 marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, Leger Holidays is launching three special battlefield tours to commemorate some of the key dates and locations.
One of the new tours, the ‘Great War Centenary Tour: The Western Front from End to End’ is unique to the market. The Western Front dominated the soldiers’ experience and also our modern understanding of World War One, and this tour will, for the first time, allow travellers to take in the full 450-miles of the front, from the beaches of Belgium to the Swiss border. In addition to the well-known battlefields, it also takes in sites less commonly explored – from massive trench systems tucked away in the woods to the still blood-stained floors in a church which was used as a dressing station.
Two further anniversary tours are ‘First Shots and the Battle of Mons 100 years’, visiting the battlefields where British troops first went to war, and the ‘First Battle of Ypres Centenary’, the longest and most costly British battle in 1914, with 56,000 casualties.
Other available WWI and WWII battlefield tours include trips to Germany, Belgium, Italy, Jersey and France. For clients looking to find out more about conflicts further afield or from different periods in history, the company also offers tours to sites involved in the American Civil War, Vietnam, the Boer and Zulu wars and the battle of Waterloo.
Prices lead in at £579 per person for seven days including breakfast accommodation, specialist battlefields guide, a series of related excursions, travel by luxury Silver Service coach and free local joining points.
For more information see http://battlefields.leger.co.uk/ or call 0844-324 9256.