Normandy & The Somme

The two World Wars saw significant developments in tactics and technology, making Normandy and the Somme a fantastic trip for those studying the changing nature of warfare. In Normandy, your students will see first-hand some of the impressive new technologies that were employed during WWII, including the famous Mulberry Harbours which were used during Operation Dynamo. When your group visits the Somme, they will gain a deeper understanding of trench warfare. 

Curriculum focus:

  • KS3 curriculum's 'Changing Nature of Conflict and Cooperation Between Countries and People'
  • Edexcel GCSE History B: The Changing Nature of Warfare
  • Edexcel A Level (unit 2C 1): Britain's Experience of Warfare
  • OCR A Level (unit F966): The Changing Nature of Warfare
  • AQA GCSE B: Britain at War

Day 1 Travel to Normandy Visit Pegasus Bridge Evening meal
Day 2

Arromanches Landings Museum

Gold Landing Beach

Mulberry Harbour

German Battery at Longues-sur-mer

Bayeux War Graves Cemetery

Evening meal
Day 3 Drive to the Somme Visit 1916 Somme Museum Evening meal
Day 4


Lochnager Crater

Newfoundland Park

Return to school

This price includes:

  • Return executive coach travel (TV/DVD/WC/seatbelts)
  • Return ferry or tunnel crossings (Dover/Folkestone-Calais)
  • Accommodation for 3 nights half board (breakfast and evening meal)
  • Free staff ratio 1:8
  • Detailed Final Itinerary Pack with relevant maps and visit confirmations
  • Travel and medical insurance including I.P.T.
  • Motorway tolls and taxes
  • VAT at current rates to tour operators 
  • Free itinerary planning service
  • Access to the Vamoos App, to download all tour related travel documents.
N.B. Activities listed in the itinerary are not neccessarily included in the price. Contact us for further information.
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Pegasus Bridge Museum

Pegasus Bridge Museum

This museum tells the story of the airborne invasion, in particular the 6th Airborne Division's capture of this strategically vital bridge and holding of the Eastern end of the landing grounds.

Arromanches Landings Museum

Arromanches Landings Museum

Built on the harbour at Arromanches overlooking, Gold Beach, this museum uses original artefacts, dioramas and audio-visual presentations - including archive film of the building of the Mulberry harbours - to document the landings on the Normandy coast and the subsequent battle of Normandy.

Gold Beach

Gold Beach

Gold Beach was the Allied codename for the centre invasion beach during the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. The task of invading Gold Beach was given to the British 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division and the British 8th Armoured Brigade. Their primary objectives were to seize the town of Bayeux, the Caen-Bayeux road, and the port of Arromanches with the secondary objectives being to make ...

Longues-sur-Mer Battery

Longues-sur-Mer Battery

Part of the infamous Atlantic Wall built by the Germans to protect the French coast, Longues-sure Mer could have fired on both Gold and Omaha beaches. Today, it is the only German coastal battery in Normandy, which has survived intact, and with its guns still in place.

Bayeux British Cemetery

Bayeux British Cemetery

The largest British military cemetery in France, this site on the outskirts of Bayeux is the last resting place of some of the 17,000 British soldiers who died in Normandy in 1944.

Somme 1916 Museum

Somme 1916 Museum

From the 9th to the 16th centuries, the people of Albert, like many in the region, got used to hiding underground to avoid attacks from the invaders from Normandy and then Spain. During the First World War Albert became a British garrison town. It was from Albert that the doomed offensive on July 1st 1916 was launched. Later in 1918, at the time of the Ludendorff offensive, most of the town was be...

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

The slaughter on the Somme wiped out a generation, and continues to cast a shadow on Britain’s popular consciousness. This colossal brick structure records the names of 72,000 British soldiers whose bodies were never found.

Lochnagar Crater

Lochnagar Crater

On the morning of the first day of the battle of the Somme, Welsh miners blew a huge mine under the German trenches here. The crater it left, an immense, permanent scar on the landscape, is still clearly visible today.

Newfoundland Memorial Park, Beaumont-Hamel

Newfoundland Memorial Park, Beaumont-Hamel

On the first day of the battle of the Somme, eight hundred men of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment went over the top here. Half an hour later, only 68 were left alive and uninjured. The preserved trenches and Caribou monument are a fitting memorial to these men who died thousands of mile from home. Please note that it's no longer possible to book guides in advance and so tours are now offered o...

Poppies d'Albert

Poppies d'Albert is a purpose built hotel, catering exclusively for school groups. It is located in the historic town of Albert, in the very heart of the battlefields of the Somme.

The Hotel can accommodate 3 coaches at a time and each group of 45 people or more is allocated sole occupancy of their floor.

Students are accommodated in multi-bedded rooms all of which have en-suite shower, toilet and washbasin. Breakfast is served at the hotel, but the evening meal is taken in a local restaurant.

Each floor has a games room with a pool table and a drinks machine. There is also a staff lounge on each floor with computer, free internet access and minibar. A room is available for group activities. Next to the hotel are a football pitch and a swimming pool, both of which are happy to be used by the hotel's guests. View on map

Centre Bon Sejour

Situated on a fine, sandy beach, the centre has a lounge, classrooms and restaurant, together with a leisure and games area. It also provides outdoor activities such as mini-golf, tennis and sailing. Indoor facilities include table tennis, pool and karaoke.

Students will be accommodated in one of 70 twin, triple or quad rooms all with en-suite facilities. A lift makes for easy access to the 3 floors. View on map

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