Vimy Ridge & Arras


5 days from £559pp

NEW About the tour: Vimy Ridge & Arras


Tour Introduction

In this new tour we look in-depth at the battlefields around Arras, having time to spend all day at Vimy Ridge with time to properly explore this impressive WW1 site. With a hotel close to the centre of the city, you also have time to discover Arras at night with its many restaurants and bars.

Tour Includes


  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefields Guide
  • Local joining points
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(Deposits from £50pp)

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in central Arras for four nights.

Day 2 - Vimy Ridge - Memorials, Trenches and Tunnels

We spend the whole day in and around Vimy Ridge, a position taken by Canadian troops in April 1917. We travel to Vimy via the approach to the battlefield in 1917, stopping at the ruined abbey at Mont St Eloi, and then start at the Canadian Memorial Park.

Here we begin with the Visitor’s Centre and preserved trenches, having a tour of the tunnels (weather conditions permitting). We then take a short battlefield walk to see the mine craters that scar the ridge. We also visit the battlefield cemeteries in the Canadian Memorial Park, and then look at the impressive Canadian Memorial on the highest point of the ridge, Hill 145 – taking time to walk round it and see it from below.

After lunch we return to the ridge and see one of the original Canadian Memorials, and then at Thélus look at the role of artillery seeing their memorial, see where the Canadians buried their dead in an old mine crater and see another original 1917 memorial. At Farbus we look at the far end of the ridge, and then travel down into the Douai Plain to see where the battle ended.

Included meals: Breakfast

Vimy Ridge

Vimy Ridge (2)

Key Visits

  • Vimy Ridge

Day 3 - Arras Battlefields and The Ring of Remembrance

We start on the battlefields close to Arras where the offensive began in April 1917. At the Pont du Jour we visit the impressive memorial cairn to the 9th (Scottish) Division, see the Sunken Lane battlefield near Fampoux including the memorial to the Seaforth Highlanders and later visit the grave of war poet Isaac Rosenberg and see the nearby German war cemetery from the fighting here in 1917.

In the afternoon we visit the Lens 14-18 Centre, which explains the history of the region, and then see the Ring of Remembrance Memorial at Notre Dame de Lorette, which commemorates all those who died in the region: British, Commonwealth, French and German alike. We also see the massive French Military Cemetery with more than 44,000 graves: the largest French Military Cemetery in the world.

Included meals: Breakfast

Arras

Arras (2)

Key Visits

  • Arras

Day 4 - CWGC Experience & ‘1917’ – The True Story

We begin at the Arras Memorial to the Missing and Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, seeing where many of those who fell at Arras are buried or commemorated. We then visit the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Experience, a new Visitor’s Centre at Beaurains, which explains the history of the cemeteries and memorials, and the organisation that maintains them.

In the afternoon we visit the grave of war poet Edward Thomas, and see some of the places connected to the film ‘1917’ near Croisilles and Ecoust.

Later we explore the battlefield at Bullecourt and then see the ground where the final battles around Arras took place in 1918.

Included meals: Breakfast

CWGC Experience, Arras

CWGC Experience, Arras (2)

Key Visits

  • CWGC Experience, Arras

Day 5

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Specialist Battlefield Guides

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

Please note: On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.

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Hotel

You will stay for four nights at the 4-star Mercure Arras. The hotel is situated just a short walk from the historic heart of the city. 

Travel Options

All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from.

Silver Service Coach

Silver Service, refreshments
Silver Service, lounge
Silver Service, entertainment

Silver Service Features

  • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
  • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
  • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
  • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
  • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
  • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
  • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
  • Onboard toilet

Silver Service Seating Plan

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Travel Extras

With an overnight stay or the option to meet us at the interchange, our travel extras allow you to create a travel experience to suit your needs...

Stay overnight near Dover

Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £38 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

Join coach at Interchange

Join your tour coach at the interchange.

On most tours if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines.

Excludes tours to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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