LEST WE FORGET! Battlefields

This packaged tour takes us back through history on a journey through some of the tragic events of the First World War, visiting some of the most important locations and attractions. Our itinerary focuses on the Battle of the Somme and the Battles of Vimy Ridge & Arras, remembering the sacrifices made by millions of young men and discovering incredible stories of courage and heroism.
Day 1 Arrival
Today, we cross the Channel and make our way to Arras, arriving at our hotel late in the afternoon.

Day 2 The Somme
This morning, our step-on tour guide will meet us at our hotel from where we begin our 2.5 hour guided tour. We will first visit the Lochnagar Mine Crater Memorial at La Boisselle before visiting Thiepval where we see the Franco-British Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, the largest and one of the most emotive memorials. We bid farewell to our guide before making our way to Péronne, where we have time to explore the Historial de la Grande Guerre Museum prior to enjoying lunch in the museum or the town. We then return to Arras, where we will have some free time to explore the old town.

Day 3 Battles of Arras & Vimy Ridge
Today we focus on the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Second Battle of Arras, both of which occurred during the spring of 1917. We will begin at Vimy Memorial Park, where 10,000 Canadian soldiers were killed or wounded during their quest to capture Vimy Ridge from the Germans, which they successfully achieved on 12th April 1917. We will be provided with an informative guided tour of the short tunnels and trenches before returning to Arras for lunch. This afternoon, we visit the atmospheric underground Wellington Quarry Museum, which was founded in memory of the thousands of men of the British Army and Dominion Forces who lived, worked and died under the town during the Great War of 1914-1918. The museum has been carefully created in a section of the many kilometres of tunnels dug by the British Army. Equipped with running water and electricity supplies, the labyrinth of rooms in the tunnels accommodated the soldiers’ living quarters as well as a large hospital housing operating theatres and 700 hospital beds.

Please note:  the Vimy tunnels tour may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties due to uneven ground.

Day 4 Departure
After breakfast, we board our coach for the journey home.
Legend

Mercure Arras Centre Gare

Arras, Nord-Pas-de-Calais
AAA+ Central Location Double for Single Occupancy
This well-kept 4 star hotel has benefitted from renovation in 2018. The hotel is located in the very centre of Arras and is an excellent base for touring the area. Each of the 80 bedrooms are equipped with modern facilities including TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a modern bar and a welcoming ground floor restaurant. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge
3 Nights Bed & Breakfast

24/05/2019 Twin from £205pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement £104
19/07/2019 Twin from £178pp
16/08/2019 Twin from £178pp
23/08/2019 Twin from £178pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement £92
06/09/2019 Twin from £194pp
27/09/2019 Twin from £194pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement £105
22/11/2019 Twin from £174pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement £90

* 3 course dinner (set menu) also available

Inclusions


  • Return Short Sea Crossing

  • Hot/Cold Buffet Breakfast

  • Glass of wine on arrival

  • Porterage on arrival & departure

  • The Battlefields Experience – 2.5 hour step-on guided tour of Arras

  • Entrance to Historial de la Grande Guerre (self-guided tour)

  • Group Entrance to National Vimy Memorial (FOC)

  • Entrance to Wellington Quarry with audio guide

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Prices starting from...

£174 for 4 days

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Features of this tour


  • The Battlefields Experience – 2.5 hour step-on guided tour of Arras

  • Entrance to Historial de la Grande Guerre (self-guided tour)

  • Group Entrance to National Vimy Memorial (FOC)

  • Entrance to Wellington Quarry with audio guide