It is not yet possible to provide a final itinerary for the Battle of Arras Centenary tour as the official programme of Centenary commemoration events has not yet been published. However, our current plans are described below.
Day 1; 8th April
En-route to our hotel we visit Étaples, the site of the largest British military camp of World War 1. It was the site of the infamous bullrings and the scene of the only British army mutiny in 1917.
Day 2; 9th April
We will visit the town of Arras on the centenary day of the battle. The day’s first stop will be at the magnificent Lutyens’ memorial to the missing. The town was a major military base from March 1916 and we plan to visit the town to join in the commemorative programme; the details are not yet available. After lunch, we stop at the Point du Jour position, captured on 9 April 1917, and now site of the 9th Scottish Division Memorial. The Point du Jour cemetery is also the burial place of “The Grimsby Chums”, buried here in 2002 after their discovery beneath a building site. The tour moves on next to Bullecourt, site of the disastrous Australian attacks during the later stages of The Battle of Arras. The village is now site of a fascinating museum and of the striking “Digger” memorial.
Day 3; 10th April
We begin the day at the stunning Ring of Remembrance. Dedicated in 2014, the memorial bears the names of over 500,000 service men and women who died in the Arras area during World War 1. Our next stop is Cabaret Rouge Cemetery, which is the largest British Cemetery on the Arras battlefield. The tour then moves on to Neuville St Vaast, the site of the vast German military cemetery, which is the largest in France. After lunch, we visit Vimy Ridge. The Canadians captured the ridge on the first day of the battle and it is now the site of the dramatic Canadian Memorial and of preserved trenches. Our final stop of the day is Oppy Wood, which became one of the most notorious points on the Arras battlefield.
Day 4; 11th April
We complete our tour with a visit to Monchy le Preux, which we visit on the centenary day of its capture. The village was the objective of the only cavalry charge of The Battle of Arras and was also the site of a heroic stand by the Newfoundland Regiment. Our tour completed, we drive to Calais and begin our journey home.
Date and price for this tour
8 – 11 April 2017 £545
The price includes:
- all travel from the pick-up point
- hotel accommodation and buffet breakfast
- all entrance fees
- all excursions
- an evening presentation (where appropriate)
- the services of a full time guide and a tour manager who are available throughout the day and evening
- an information pack
- tea and coffee
- bottled water each day
There are no additional charges for entry to museums or any of our excursions.
We donate 10% of all profits from Guided Battlefield Tours to Pula Children’s Trust, a charity which gives aid to children.
A donation of £1 will be made to The British Legion from each booking.
All prices are per person based on two people sharing a room. A single room supplement of £90 is payable for single occupancy.
The hotel for this tour has yet to be confirmed.
Tour price: £545 per person sharing a twin or double room. There is a single room supplement of £90