The two World Wars saw significant developments in tactics and technology, making a history school trip to Normandy and the Somme idea for those studying the history of warfare!

In the Somme, your students will be able to learn more about the weaponry, tactics and technology and how it evolved over the course of WW1.And in Normandy, your students will see first-hand some of the impressive new technologies that were employed during WW2, including the famous Mulberry Harbours which were used during Operation Dynamo.

Want to look back even further? We also offer a history of warfare school trip to Ypres, Waterloo and Dunkirk, giving your students the chance to look at the Napoleonic Wars, as well as WW1 and WW2.

Suggested Itinerary (4 days, 3 nights)

Day Morning Summary Afternoon Summary Evening Summary
1

Travel to Normandy

Visit Pegasus Bridge

Evening meal

2

Visit Arromanches Landings Museum and Gold Landing Beach

Visit to Mulberry Harbour, German Battery at Longues-sur-mer and Bayeux War Graves Cemetery

Evening meal

3

Drive to the Somme

Visit 1916 Somme Museum

Evening meal

4

Visit Thiepval, the Lochnager Crater and Newfoundland Park

Return to school

4 days, 3 nights Price from £490 pp
  • 3 nights' half-board accommodation
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • Detailed info pack
  • Free staff place ratio 1:8
  • Itinerary planning service
  • Motorway tolls and taxes
  • Return Channel crossings
  • Return executive coach travel
  • Vamoos - our easy-to-use travel app
  • VAT at current rate to tour operators

Accommodation

Educational Activities

Arromanches Landings Museum

Arromanches Landings Museum

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Built on the harbour at Arromanches overlooking Gold Beach, this museum uses original artifacts, dioramas and audio-visual presentations - including… Read More

Bayeux British Cemetery

Bayeux British Cemetery

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The largest British military cemetery in France, this site on the outskirts of Bayeux is the last resting place of… Read More

Gold Beach

Gold Beach

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Gold Beach was the Allied code name for the centre invasion beach during the invasion of Normandy on June 6,… Read More

Lochnagar Crater

Lochnagar Crater

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On the morning of the first day of the battle of the Somme, Welsh miners blew a huge mine under… Read More

Longues-sur-Mer Battery

Longues-sur-Mer Battery

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Part of the infamous Atlantic Wall built by the Germans to protect the French coast, Longues sur Mer Battery could… Read More

memorial

Newfoundland Memorial Park, Beaumont-Hamel

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On the first day of the battle of the Somme, eight hundred men of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment went over… Read More

Pegasus Bridge Museum

Pegasus Bridge Museum

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This museum tells the story of the airborne invasion, in particular the 6th Airborne Division's capture of this strategically vital… Read More

Somme 1916 Museum

Somme 1916 Museum

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From the ninth to the sixteenth centuries, the people of Albert, like many in the region, got used to hiding… Read More

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

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The slaughter on the Somme wiped out a generation, and continues to cast a shadow on Britain’s popular consciousness. This… Read More

Cultural Activities

Bayeux Tapestry

Bayeux Tapestry

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Justifiably famous as one of the most extraordinary artefacts to survive from the eleventh century, the Bayeux Tapestry is a… Read More

Mont Saint-Michel Abbey

Mont Saint-Michel Abbey

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The long history of Mont Saint-Michel is thought to date back to 708AD when Aubert, Bishop of Avranches had a… Read More

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