Our tour will take you through the Somme battlefield to all the major sites and many minor ones. Together we will explore the opposing trenches that still silently face each other across the shell-pocked expanse of No Man's Land, memorials, cemeteries and silent, atmospheric, poppy splattered fields (in season).
You will be able to pay your respects at the world's largest Commonwealth War Memorial (an awesome structure that commemorates the tens of thousands who are still missing). You will see the Ulster Tower, Pozieres, and much more, including sites such as Newfoundland Park where the men of the Commonwealth built such an enduring reputation.
One stop on our tour is by far the most dramatic. It is to the truly massive mine crater, the largest on the Western Front, that was the result of 27 tonnes of explosive detonated deep beneath the German line! Today it sits like a massive eye staring coldly up into the clear blue sky. An eternal symbol of the incredible destructive power of the First World War.
Note - Our tour always visits Anzac and Canadian sites. Special visits to Fromelles and Aubers Ridge are available. Special Canada Day and Anzac Day excursions are regular features of Salient Tours.
All of our tours can incorporate a visit to a particular cemetery and war grave where practical or others by special arrangement. Talk to us and let us know what you want to see and we'll see if we can help.
• Canada Day tour available to Vimy Ridge and/or Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Park. Contact us for more information.
• Anzac Day tour to Polygon Wood Dawn Service and the Tyne Cot Cemetery ceremony, and Fromelles. Contact us for more information.
As at Ypres, Salient Tours were the first company in modern times to offer daily minibus tours around the battlefields. Since it's inception in 1993, our Somme tour has taken literally thousands of visitors from all around the world to the various sites, both to the obvious ones and to the quiet, lesser known spots that we have discovered in many years of living on and exploring the battlefields.
We know the battlefields like no one else and our guides are chosen for their knowledge, personality and passion for the subject. Dealing with a subject as important as the Great War demands great sensitivity and our reputation has been built on the respect and dedication shown by these guides . We have been featured on TV and radio, the Wall St Journal, the Sunday Telegraph and the New York Times, but it is the comments in our visitors' books of which we are most proud.
We are fully registered, licensed and insured in France and Belgium for transporting the paying public.