Why not enjoy your stay in France for a day visit to the main sites of the Battle of the Somme ? Indeed the Somme is only a one hour train trip from Paris, meaning your battlefield tour will easily fit into your holiday itinerary.
The tour starts in Amiens, in the heart of the Somme.
You start your tour with the 1918 Battlefield of Villers-Bretonneux where we will pay our respect at the Australian Memorial, that commemorates the names of 11.000 Australian soldiers who died in France, and have no know grave. We will also visit the Victoria school, that was built after the war thanks to the money raised by children of Victoria, Australia. It now houses the Franco-Australian- Museum.
After a break for lunch, we will visit the Battle of the Somme battlefields, starting with the Lochnagar mine crater: it was caused by a huge mine blown up underneath the German line on the 1st day of the battle. We will then visit the village of Pozieres, that was the theatre of intense fightings during several weeks. We will see there the memorial to the first AIF division, and what is left of the German bunker "Gibraltar".
We willl drive to Thiepval ridge, a high ground that British fought from the 1st July 1916 to the 28th September 1916, and there we will visit the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, that commemorates the names of 72.000 British and South African soldiers who died on the Somme and have no known grave. There the Thiepval visitor center, with its nice exhibition about the Battle of the Somme, is well worth visiting.
We will finish this moving day with the visit of the Newfoundland Memorial Park and the preserved trenches.
The tour finishes in the late afternoon in Amiens, from where you can easily get a train back to Paris.
This tour is a perfect way to discover the main sites of the Battle of the Somme in just a day.