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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 December 2013

Had a great time having Sebastian as my tour guide. It was awesome to see the exact location where Vimy Ridge was and bringing to life what I had learned in high school in Canada. It was humbling also to see the monument that was erected where the top of the hill was. I would recommend the tour to any Canadian who is in Paris and has time for a day trip. This is worth your while to know how it was that Canada became a nation. Also, have the ability to have the pick up from the hotel was nice although since I registered pretty last minute, that option was not available for me. Regardless, 5 star tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

We had our tour at the end of our Paris stay. We had a couple of people on our Paris tour cancel, so it was just my mom and I with Sebastian, the greatest tour guide in Paris! Nothing like having a history teacher give you a tour of a WW1 sites. As a Canadian, I must say this tour is a must for any trip to France. Kudos to Viator for having WW1 tours leave from Paris! Much appreciated. Would do the tour again if I could..
Kyle A

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