5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 Reviews

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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration:  11 hours (approx.)
Discover France’s World War 1 history on this small-group day trip from Paris to some of northern France’s most famous battlefields and cemeteries. Venture to the region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais, formerly known as Artois, famous for the many WW1 battles that took place there. With your guide, visit the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery in Souchez and the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, commemorating of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Enjoy free time to explore Arras, the capital of the Pas-de-Calais department, and learn about the Battle of Arras at the Monchy-Le-Preux Memorial.

Highlights

  • Small-group day trip from Paris to World War 1 sites of Nord-Pas-de-Calais
  • Hear stories from your guide about the WW1 battles that took place in this area of northern France
  • Visit the Canadian National Vimy Memorial and learn about the Battle of Vimy Ridge
  • See one of the largest cemeteries in the area, the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery in Souchez
  • Explore the historic town of Arras, the capital of the Pas-de-Calais region
  • Discover the Monchy-Le-Preux Memorial and learn about the Battle of Arras
  • Small-group tour limited to 18 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Day Trip to Arras and Vimy Ridge WW1 Battlefields from Paris

Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery in Souchez

After pickup from your hotel in Paris, enjoy a scenic drive to the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of northern France. First, visit the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in the farming town of Vimy. With your guide, explore the 250-acre (100-hectare) park and learn how it served as the battlefield for the famous Battle of Vimy Ridge during World War 1. See the monument in the center of the park, where the names of thousands of soldiers are inscribed into the stone.

Next, head to the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, located in the nearby town of Souchez. Named after a house that once stood there, this cemetery was designed by the architect Sir Frank Higginson and is one of the largest in the region. Follow your guide around the cemetery and learn about the 7,655 Commonwealth soldiers buried here.

Drive south to the capital of the Pas-de-Calais region, Arras, and enjoy free time to explore on your own and discover the city’s spectacular squares. This historic center of the former Artois region, located on the Scarpe River, dates back more than 2,000 years. Your guide will happily recommend some places to enjoy lunch (own expense).

Lastly, visit the Monchy-Le-Preux Memorial. This commemorates a unit of the Canadian Army, the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. Then, relax on the drive back to your hotel in Paris.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Nicola was an amazing tour guide. She offered an overview of WWI and we agreed we needed a refresher. Her overview was detailed yet succinct and I wished I had had a tape recorder with me. She answered everyone's questions well and we did not feel rushed at any of the three sites.
The bus driver Natalie was also great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Our tour guide was well organized and very informative. We liked his choice of stops in addition to the Vimy War Memorial. Sebastian was entertaining and added to our understanding of World War I. It has been hard to imagine the conditions for the soldiers like my grandfather and for the local people. My husband and I would recommend this tour to others. There were 5 of us on the tour: 2 from BC, 1 from ON and the 2 of us from PEI.

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