Enjoy a great steam gala at the unique and historic WW1 Somme line at Froissy, a day exploring the scenic Baie de Somme line and a day commemorating those who fell in the Battle of the Somme almost a hundred years after the end of the war. Fittingly, our final visit is to the replica of the Armistice Carriage at Compiègne, a railway carriage in which the German surrender was made.
Thursday 27 September 2018
Froissy-Cappy-Dompièrre Steam Gala
Full day at the superb Baie de Somme line
Visit St Valery, a delightful Baie De Somme coastal resort
Tour of the WW1 trenches at Beaumont Hamel
Remember the fallen at the poignant Thiepval Memorial to the Missing
Visit the massive Lochnagar Crater
End the tour at the Armistice Carriage in Compiègne
Based at historic Amiens on the banks of the River Somme
Thursday 27 September - We depart London St. Pancras International circa 12.57 hrs (Ebbsfleet 13.15 hrs) by Eurostar to France and by local train service to Amiens where we stay for four nights at the Hotel Campanile. We dine tonight in the hotel.
Friday 28 September - Today is a day of poignant remembrance as we visit sites synonymous with the devastating Battle of the Somme. We commence our day with a poignant visit to one of the best preserved WW1 battlefield sites at Beaumont-Hamel and a tour of the trenches may leave you aghast at the close proximity of the rival forces. Here it is possible to envisage how the battlefield looked and the original trench patterns remain. The moving Newfoundland Memorial remembers the unsuspecting young Canadians who were all but wiped out within minutes on 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. We then continue to the Thiepval Memorial, one of the largest memorials in the world bearing the names of 72,000 soldiers who went missing during the battle. During the day we have lunch at a tea room with its own museum and also visit the Lochnagar Crater, an enormous crater formed by an explosion on the first day of the battle.
Saturday 29 September - After breakfast we travel by local train to Noyelles to enjoy a day of steam on the beautifully rural and rustic Baie de Somme railway. In addition to the fabulous steam railway itself the railway's coastal resort of St Valéry is a delightful resort famed for its local restaurants and the local speciality - mussels.
Sunday 30 September - We enjoy a day at the fabulous and friendly 2ft gauge Froissy-Cappy-Dompièrre railway for its steam gala. Also known as the P'tit Train de la Haute Somme, this former First World War line runs alongside the Somme Canal and is now a popular tourist line, with an excellent railway museum, roadside and canal-side running, a switchback and a tunnel. Many locomotives will be in steam offering passenger rides and demonstration freight runs. Also in steam will be the 7.25" miniature line plus model displays in the museum. As there is so much going on we are including a sandwich lunch at the railway. Back in Amiens, explore the attractive café culture along the riverside and marvel at its cathedral.B, L
Monday 1 October - Our final day begins with a transfer southwards to Compiègne. Here we visit the Armistice Carriage, where the 1918 Armistice was signed 100 years ago, thus ending the First World War. We then continue by train into Paris for our Eurostar back to London St Pancras International.B
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Hotel Campanile, Amiens
A good quality, modern, hotel adjacent to the station complete with café, bar and restaurant. Spacious, light rooms have been designed to offer you a relaxed stay: courtesy tray with tea, coffee and biscuits, flat screen TV, direct telephone and Internet connection for your computer. Extensive local produce continental buffet breakfast with freshly baked bread and pastries.
5 days by train standard class
From London St Pancras International
Single Room Supplement
Fare inclusive of:
4 nights bed & breakfast accommodation
2 dinners and 2 light lunches
Standard class rail travel and seat reservations where available
All excursions & admissions as detailed
Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager
Fare based upon sharing a twin-bedded en-suite room; single rooms available supplement as shown.
GUARANTEED FARE no currency surcharge
Important Note: Whilst the arrangements for all described steam train travel are in place we do reserve the right to make substitutions should it be deemed necessary for whatever reason. Your acceptance of this is a condition of your booking.
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