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Tour code: 5045ARRAS
Spend a day immersed in French WWI history with a visit to Arras and Vimy from Paris. On this full-day tour, you’ll see famous battlefields in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, visit commemorative sites like Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery in Souchez and the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, and learn fascinating details about WWI from your guide. Enjoy personalized touring with your small group as well as free time to explore Arras, home to Monchy-Le-Preux Memorial.

Highlights

  • 11-hour guided tour to WWI sites in Arras and Vimy Ridge from Paris
  • Step upon Nord-Pas-de-Calais’ most famous battlefields and learn about the struggles that ensued there
  • Pay tribute to WWI soldiers at famous memorial sites like Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery and Monchy-Le-Preux Memorial
  • Roundtrip transport by minivan included
  • Small-group format ensures a 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

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 Paris.

Customer Reviews

Melanie F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Even though it was a wet and rainy day, our tour guide went above and beyond to make sure we had a great day. Nicola was a wonderful guide and answered all questions asked. There is no doubt the day was a great success because of her! We would highly recommend this tour!

Holly J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a wonderful day. Our guide was friendly and very knowledgeable.

Neil F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Tour sites were quite spectacular. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and very personable. Her ability to explain the sites and the historical background and significance made the trip very special. The small group size also helped to make it more personal. Highly recommended.

Gauths Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

An all Canadian tour! The cemetery visits were very moving as was the Memorial. The chance to walk through the trenches and tunnels - we'll remember a long time. This was a wonderfully paced tour, with a great guide who knew his stuff. If you are looking for a name on the memorial, see if you can find someone to help - its not strictly alphabetical.
Would highly recommend.

Weescot

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fantastic tour...would highly recommend to ww1 history buffs........
Tour guide was wonderful.....well worth the price

John Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I highly recommend this tour. Our guide Sylvain was a wealth of knowledge. He made the tour more memorable.

loreen h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This is a great tour. We had a very knowledgable guide who spoke excellent English. Touring Vimy Ridge was very impressive and emotional. Learned a lot. Highly recommend it.

stevenp9

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

although there were only my husband and I on the tour, the company went ahead with it. It was very easy to confirm with the local company. Our tour guide/driver, Bertrand, was excellent. He was extremely knowledgeable and if he did not know an answer, he said so. This tour encompassed everything we wanted to see, especially the Canadian Memorial at Vimy Ridge. It was an awesome day and well worth the money paid. Would highly recommend.

James C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was an excellent tour with a knowledgeable guide. A must see site for anyone interested in Canadian history.

jatypan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was everything we expected and more! Our wonderful guide was Nicola. She is extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. The drive through the French countryside was delightful, and as we drove along Nicola explained many things that happened in the area along the way. We had no idea such a large area of France had been devastated by World War I. So many little French towns that we drove through had been destroyed and rebuilt, and as you drove along there were many little cemeteries here and there. The memorials at Vimy Ridge are stunning and moving. Seeing the large Allied cemeteries, and the German cemetery was moving. The preserved landscape was incredible to see, and for us the highlight was being able to walk in the preserved trenches and no man's land. Climbing down into the preserved bunker was also a highlight. The tour helped to give us a sense of the scope and horrors of that war. Anyone with an interest in World War I battlefields should take this tour! We were two of the rare Americans who take it - almost everyone else is Canadian or British, and while they expressed mild surprise that we were interested in it, the tour is applicable to anyone with a desire to learn more about this conflict. There were many options for lunch in the quaint town we stopped at mid-tour. A very enjoyable day, and well worth every bit!

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