Vimy Ridge & Arras

About the tour: Vimy Ridge & Arras

Tour Introduction

On this new tour we take an in-depth look at the battlefields around Arras. We’ll spend a full day exploring Vimy Ridge, a very important battlefield site in World War 1, before seeing the Ring of Remembrance Memorial at Notre Dame de Lorette, visiting places connected to the film ‘1917’ and much more. Our hotel is situated close to the city centre, so you’ll 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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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 Visitors' 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. Then, at Thélus, we look at the role of the Canadian Artillery, visit their memorial and see where the Canadians buried their dead in an old mine crater, before visiting another original 1917 memorial. At Farbus, we look at the far end of the ridge, before travelling down into the Douai Plain to see where the battle ended.

Included meals: Breakfast

Vimy Ridge Memorial

Vimy Ridge Memorial (6)

Key Visits

  • Vimy Ridge Memorial
  • Canadian Cemetery, Vimy Ridge
  • Vimy Ridge Trenches
  • Mont Saint Eloi
  • Zivy Crater Cemetery

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 and see the Sunken Lane battlefield near Fampoux, including the memorial to the Seaforth Highlanders. Later we 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

Sunken Lane, Fampoux

Sunken Lane, Fampoux (6)

Key Visits

  • Notre Dame de Lorette
  • Ring of Remembrance
  • Lens 1418 Museum
  • Point du Jour Scottish Memorial
  • Sunken Lane, Fampoux

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 Visitors' 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

Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery & Arras Memorial

Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery & Arras Memorial (6)

Key Visits

  • Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery & Arras Memorial
  • Agny Military Cemetery
  • Bullecourt Tank Memorial
  • Australian Memorial, Bullecourt
  • 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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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.

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...

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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