The tour will start with apick up at Watford Gap Services before heading south to Ebbsfleet International Station offering superb convenient links from London rail hubs and in addition provides secure parking at a reasonable rate.
Transport is via an executive standard coach and return channel crossings are also included throughout. The tour is limited to 25 spaces to ensure quality and make this tour feel like a personal pilgrimage as opposed to a large coach group. Personal visits to relatives or people of interest to you are positively encouraged and will be incorporated into the tour itinerary whilst these will be reflected as the group fills up a preliminary itinerary is planned as follows:
Departing from a early afternoon Dover crossing to Calais, on route to our hotel we will visit Villers Cotteret as we pick up the retreat of the BEF 110 years on and study a number of actions in and around the forest. As in previous tours, Jack Sheldon will provide some context to the battlefield from a German perspective, Clive Harris will focus on the BEF and French participation and movements. There will be a welcome drink on arrival at the hotel.
A full day studying the end of the retreat, from Nery the scene of 'L' Batterys VC action 1 September 1914, we then visit the French National WW1 Museum at Meaux before the afternoon sees us visit La Ferte-sous-Jouarre and the CWGC Memorial to the Missing. We then visit Fismes an important crossing over the Marne and Bourg-et-Comin as the allies start to advance towards the Aisne
We continue our study of 1914 with a full day on the Aisne by visiting Soupir and the highground, scene of a vicious Guards action and described so poinantly by John Lucy in 'Theres a Devil in the Drum'. We continue to Pont Arcy, scene of a VC action before Vendresse and the race and battle for Cerny Crossroads complete our day.
Our final morning sees us visit the Soissons Memorial before we head back to Calais and onward travel back to the UK