WWI Poets of the Somme

4 days /3 nights

From only £199pp


4 days /3 nights From only £199pp

Our tour to the Somme blends history and poetry to reveal the true landscape of war; locations and events with the experiences of those who bequeathed to us some of the most emotionally potent literary works of the 20th Century. We provide a copy of each of the poems discussed during the tour for you to read at each site.

Although this tour is to the Somme, we can also arrange WWI Poets tour to Ypres or combine both destinations, with expert guides in each.

An actor, dressed in authentic uniform, can accompany this tour, reading each of the poems, evoking the powerful imagery portrayed in this poetry in the very place they were written. Many poets’ work can be covered on this tour. Prices from £10pp

Curriculum focus

  • AQA AS A: WWI Literature

What's included in the trip?

  • Executive coach travel
  • Use of the coach during the tour
  • Return ferry crossing via Dover / Calais
  • Accommodation on a B&B basis
  • Multi-bedded rooms for students
  • Single/twin rooms for leaders
  • Free itinerary planning and visits booking service
  • Comprehensive travel pack
  • 1:10 leader place ratio

Sample itinerary

  • Day 1

    Travel from school to your accommodation in the Somme.

  • Day 2

    Meet your guide for full day tour. Visits include Thiepval memorial (Tom Kettle) – Ovillers-la-Boiselle and the Lochnagar Crater (Ivor Gurney) – Fricourt (Victor Ratcliffe – Siegfried Sassoon – Noel Hodgson) – Mametz (Robert Graves – David Jones) – Meaulte (Leslie Coulson).

  • Day 3

    Morning guided tour focussing on Wilfred Owen. En route to Serre where Wilfred Owen fought visit the original trench system at Newfoundland Park. On your return stop at Louvencourt to visit the grave of Roland Leighton. Afternoon visit to Ors to visit the memorial and visitor centre dedicated to Wilfred Owen and then his grave.

  • Day 4

    Return to school.