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The Old Contemptibles at War

5 Day Tour from £469.00

More than a century after some of the first shots of the Great War were fired, join us as we travel through Belgium and France following the Old Contemptibles – the regular army who fought some of the first battles of the war at Mons, Le Cateau and Ypres.


5-Day Tour

  • Day 1 – We make our way to the port of departure and coach interchange where you will join your tour coach for the crossing to the Continent. Upon arrival in France we continue to Belgium and our hotel for a four-night stay.
  • Day 2 – This morning we start with the Battle of Mons and travel to Casteau to see were the first shots were fired in August 1914. Following on to Nimy Bridge looking at the story of the first Victoria Crosses awarded to British troops and see the excellent new Mons War Museum. Following lunch in Mons we then travel to St Symphorien Cemetery where some of the first and last casualties of WWI are buried. We end the day at Audregnies examining the largest use of cavalry; when two regiments of war horses charged the Germans in 1914. Breakfast
  • Day 3 – Following Mons the British Army split and at Le Cateau General Smith-Dorrien’s men fought a substantial battle to hold their ground. We start following the retreat south from the Belgian border and drive down near the Mormal Forest to the Le Cateau area. We look at the Guards at Landrecies, seeing their memorial, and then see where the Suffolk Regiment fought in August 1914, seeing their battlefield memorial site. After lunch we visit the Le Cateau Cemetery and follow the positions held on 26th August to the left flank at Esnes where General Snow’s men held the vital left flank. Breakfast
  • Day 4 – The remnants of the Old Contemptibles fought their largest battle in 1914 at Ypres. We start just outside the Menin Gate and walk through Ypres town cemetery, seeing the 1914 burials. We then visit the In Flanders Fields Museum, one of the most important WWI museums in Europe. Following lunch at Hooge we travel to Zillebeke Churchyard seeing the Aristocrats Cemetery, where many officers who fell in 1914 are buried. In Messines we see the new WWI museum and visit the church crypt where Adolf Hitler sheltered from British Shells in 1914. We end with the story of the Christmas Truce at St Yvon, seeing the new Christmas Truce memorial at Prowse Point. Breakfast
  • Day 5 – We leave the hotel after breakfast and travel to the Channel port. You will leave your tour coach behind as you join your transfer vehicle for your return journey to your original departure point. Breakfast