Discover the trenches and terrible story of World War I’s Battle of the Somme on a full-day battlefield trip from Arras with an expert guide. Traveling to key battle sites and memorials by minivan, learn about the planning, execution and human cost of the infamous 1916 Western Front campaign. Visit must-sees including Pozieres Ridge and the Beaumont Hamel trenches; pay homage at Thiepval and other memorials; hear soldiers’ individual stories; and explore the grim events further at the Thiepval visitor center. Numbers are limited to eight for a small-group experience and entry fees and round-trip transport from Arras train station are included.
Full-day Battle of Somme battlefield tour from Arras, with air-conditioned transport
Explore the key sites of the World War I attritional campaign of 1916
Walk in the footsteps of soldiers at Beaumont Hamel's trenches, Pozieres Ridge and Schwaben Redoubt
Pause at the Thiepval Memorial and learn the in-depth story of the campaign at the Visitor Center
Visit other pivotal sites and monuments, including the Australian Memorial and Lochnagar Mine Crater
Hear the stories of soldiers and the main Somme offensives from a knowledgeable guide
Small-group tour with a maximum of eight people for a more personalized atmosphere
The highest point on the ridge, you will see how important this position was and what it cost to take it. You will see the remains of the Windmill captured by the 2nd Division and the War Animals Memorial and Pozieres field of Remembrance. You will also hear abut the roll of Tanks and see the Tank Memorial.
Here you will walk through preserved trenches from the 1916 Battle of the Somme, hear about the offensives on the 1st July and the 13th November when the area was captured. Your guide will explain the tactics used and why things went so badly on the 1st July.
This day trip was excellent. We caught the train from Paris and were collected at the train station at promised. Travel by air conditioned van which was very comfortable. Rod's commentary was interesting and he's obviously very knowledgeable. Thank you. We both enjoyed the day.
Excellent tour. They provided a thorough perspective on the history of this important battlefield in World War I. It was a thought provoking experience and seeing the tunnels and trenches and getting a sense of what it must have been like and seeing the memorials was profoundly moving. The guide was incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of the Somme. I brought my children along 2 and 13 because I believe it is important for them to know about these things and that they not be forgotten about. My children loved the tour and I think it will provide a foundation for a future greater understanding of history and the world we inherited and in which we live.
This was an amazing tour and our Guide was so knowledgeable. The included meal was in her home, baked by her! This added to the cultural experience of the tour. She went out of her way, at the end of the day, to find the cemetry and find the grave of my uncle. She led us in saying the Oath! VERY SPECIAL. We would HIGHLY recommend this tour and it was cost effective!
We stayed in Arras for the Vimy Ridge Celebration in April. Rod was our guide and he was an excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable about WW1 and about anything military! He was awesome. We had a very enjoyable day. We would definitely recommend this tour. Thank you!
We were in Arras for the Vimy Ridge 100 year Memorial We were extremely pleased with Jacquie's information, she took us to many sites that we would not have been able to locate. She kept the information on point and managed to manoeuver our small group through many large tours that were attending some sites at the same time. Would highly recommend and when we return will definitely rebook.
An excellent tour with a very knowledgeable tour guide. It was well structured and really brought the scale and locations of the battles to life. It was a small group and our guide made every effort to tailor the visits to suit what we wanted to see. We were able to stay at Thiepval to attend the memorial service and she had researched where to find the names if our relatives who were killed in the battle. I would definitely recommend it and we have booked other Viator tours because we enjoyed this one so much.
If you are looking for French history, pick this company! Knowledge was the best, took time to explain the different areas and even though we had the WW1 tour, Ron explained about events that took place in WW2 in our area.He picked us up from our hotel and started the tour before he had us driving! He took the time and patience with my special needs adult son to make him feel at home and enjoy the trip!
The Battlefields Experience - If you are in the area, USE THIS COMPANY! You wont regret it!