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Vimy
Among history buffs, the historic French town of Vimy—located just southwest of Lille—is a popular day trip destination from Paris. This World War I battle site and its Canadian National Vimy Memorial honors the more than 10,000 Canadian soldiers who were killed and wounded during the 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge.

The Basics
Canada’s victory at Vimy proved essential in the advancement of British forces, and today the Canadian National Vimy Memorial covers a 250-acre (101-hectare) portion of the former battleground. Visit the memorial cemetery, which serves as the final resting place for most of the 3,598 Canadian soldiers who were killed in the fighting with German troops, and take in the monumental twin statuary memorial, on which the names of all who fought in the battle are inscribed.

Learn about the history and significance of the battlefield and its underground tunnels on a guided tour. Groups typically depart from Paris, Lille, Ypres, Brussels, and Bruges. Many WWI-themed tours also stop at Arras, the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, and the Monchy-Le-Preux Memorial.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • WWI history enthusiasts especially will enjoy touring the battlefield.
  • A portion of the site is off limits to the public due to dangerous wartime trenches and craters.
  • Most battlefields and memorials are outside, so wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.
  • Not all battlefields and war memorials are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers; confirm in advance.
 
How to Get There
Vimy is located at the junction of the D51 and the N17 roads. It is on the crest of Vimy Ridge, which overlooks the Artois region. There is no public transportation to the battlefield, so choose a tour that includes transportation to avoid the hassle of renting a car.

When to Get There
The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is open daily, with a late morning opening time on Mondays. In December and January, it is open only by appointment. 

The Arras Memorial
Tours of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial often include a stop at the Faubourg d'Amiens British Cemetery in the nearby town of Arras. The memorial commemorates almost 35,000 soldiers from the United Kingdom, South Africa, and New Zealand who died in the battles fought here between 1916 and 1918.
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Private Vimy and Belgium Canadian Battlefield Tour from BrugesPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Vimy and Belgium Canadian Battlefield Tour from Bruges

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Follow the path of WWI Canadian troops with a full-day, private tour of Flanders from Bruges. Visit the Grange subways and tunnels where the Canadian Divisions launched their Vimy assault in 1917. Pause for lunch in Ypres, then visit the Hill 62 Canadian War Memorial and the largest CWGC cemetery in Europe that records the names of 35,000 soldiers. Enjoy free time to explore Ypres, then attend the moving Last Post ceremony before returning to Bruges.
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Round trip transfer: Arras or Lens to Vimy RidgePrivate Transfers

Round trip transfer: Arras or Lens to Vimy Ridge

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We pick you up at the train station or at your hotel and we drive you in a comfortable vehicule for a visit to the Vimy Canadian Memorial. We deposit you on the site where you will find english and french speaking guides. We set together the time of return, we pick you up at Vimy and we drop you off at the train station or at your hotel.Remember that this is more of a transportation service than a tourist guide service. However Michel and Rahma are native to the region and know perfectly the sites on which they take you.You are traveling in a VW Tiguan Carat. 
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Small-Group Day Trip to Arras and Vimy Ridge WW1 Battlefields from ParisDay Trips

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

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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.
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Vimy and Belgium Canadian Battlefield Tour from LilleHistorical & Heritage Tours

Vimy and Belgium Canadian Battlefield Tour from Lille

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Explore the Canadian World War I battlefields of France and Belgium on a private full-day tour from Lille or Arras. Witness the preserved tunnels and trenches of Vimy, where Canadian troops stormed German forces in April 1917. Learn about the Canadian assault and visit the Hill 145 memorial. After lunch, see some key Belgian WWI sites including the St Julien Memorial and Tyne Cot Cemetery, and attend Ypres’ Last Post Ceremony. The itinerary is flexible, so inform your guide if there’s anything you want to see more or less of.
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9 Hour Canadian WW1 Somme Battlefield Tour departing from Arras or LilleHistorical & Heritage Tours

9 Hour Canadian WW1 Somme Battlefield Tour departing from Arras or Lille

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Explore the battlefields of France on this 9-hour Canadian World War I Somme battlefield tour from Arras or Lille. Travel into the WWI battlefields of the Somme with your guide. Explore the tunnels from which Canadian troops attacked German lines in the Battle of Vimy. Walk through Canadian and German trenches as your guide details the struggles the soldiers faced. Sights you'll see include Courcelette Memorial to fallen Canadian soldiers, Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park, and Thriepval Memorial.
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Canadian Somme and Flanders battlefield tour 2 days starting from Lille or ArrasPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Canadian Somme and Flanders battlefield tour 2 days starting from Lille or Arras

If you’re a history buff visiting France, this guided tour from Lille is the perfect way to immerse yourself in World War I history and landmarks. This two day tour takes you to pay your respects at Europe’s largest World War I cemetery and several memorials. Visit the Passendale 1917 Museum, located on a major battlefield site and see the actual trenches and no-man’s land where the soldiers fought.  Leave transportation and navigation to your professional guide.
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Private Vimy and Belgium Canadian Battlefield Tour from BrusselsPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Vimy and Belgium Canadian Battlefield Tour from Brussels

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Follow the path of Canada’s WWI troops on this private full-day battlefield tour from Brussels. Cross the French border and head to Vimy to walk the battlefields, trenches, and Grange subways, where the Canadian Divisions came under attack in April 1917. After lunch, return to Belgium soil to pay your respects at the Tyne Cot Cemetery; visit Essex Farm, where John McRae wrote ‘In Flanders Fields’; and attend the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres. This private tour includes hotel pick-up, lunch and round-trip transport from Brussels.
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Private Full-Day Canadian WW1 Vimy and Somme Battlefield Tour from BrugesHistorical & Heritage Tours

Private Full-Day Canadian WW1 Vimy and Somme Battlefield Tour from Bruges

Visit one of Europe’s most infamous battle sites on this private full-day Canadian World War I Somme battlefield tour from Bruges. Explore trenches dug by British Engineers before the Battle of Vimy with a private guide. See remnants of battle including huge craters created by underground explosions, such as Lochnagar Crater. After a light lunch, visit Thiepval Memorial to the Missing and explore the Beaumont Hamel New Foundland Memorial Park — where deep WWI trenches and iconic statues line the landscape.
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Private Full-Day Canadian Vimy and Somme Battlefield Tour from BrusselsPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Full-Day Canadian Vimy and Somme Battlefield Tour from Brussels

Commemorate the Canadian troops that fought in Belgium and northern France during WWI on this private full-day tour from Brussels. Cross the French border and learn about the fateful Battle of Vimy as you walk the battlefields of Vimy Ridge, see the Canadian and German trenches and peer into mine craters. After lunch, pay your respects with a visit to the Newfoundland Memorial Park, and the Courcelette Canadian Memorial. This private tour includes pickup frim Kortrijk Station, lunch, and drop-off at your Brussels hotel.
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Full Day Canadian WW1 Vimy and Somme Battlefield Tour from YpresDay Trips

Full Day Canadian WW1 Vimy and Somme Battlefield Tour from Ypres

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Gain insight into World War I history and visit famous battle sites around the Somme on this full-day Canadian WWI battlefield tour from Ypres. Delve into tunnels used by British and Canadian soldiers before the Battle of Vimy with your guide. Gaze over the battle-torn landscape, where mine and shell craters dot the terrain. Visit Memorial de Vimy, and the Courcelette Canadian Memorial, and honor the fallen soldiers. Afterward, visit Thiepval Memorial to the Missing then finish at the Beaumont Hamel New Foundland Memorial Park.
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2 day Canadian Somme and Flanders battlefield tour starting from Ypres or BrugesPrivate Sightseeing Tours

2 day Canadian Somme and Flanders battlefield tour starting from Ypres or Bruges

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Visit some of the most significant World War I sights in Belgium and France, and pay tribute to all the soldiers who lost their lives during fighting, on this in-depth, 2-day tour. On the first day, depart from your Ypres or Bruges hotel and travel to the largest WWI cemetery in Europe. You’ll also visit a local war museum and other memorial sites. On the second day, tour the tunnels and trenches at Vimy Ridge, see where the Battle of the Somme was fought, and more.
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3 day tour Canadians in WW1 starting from Lille or YpresCultural Tours

3 day tour Canadians in WW1 starting from Lille or Ypres

I am very flexible, it is possible to make a detour to go to visit the grave of one of your relatives.You will visit the battlefields on an easy way, I provide a personalized service.For transport I use a Mercedes Vito Tourer fully equiped for tours.I can provide a walker or a wheelchair.
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