• Location: Arras, France
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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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 lunch, entry fees, and round-trip transport from Arras train station are included.

Highlights

  • Full-day Battle of Somme battlefield tour from Arras, with air-conditioned transport and lunch
  • 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 Bridge 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

What You Can Expect

The Battle of the Somme Guided Day Tour from Arras

Original WW1 trenches

Customer Reviews

Deborah R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great day and very informative. Guide on time and knowledgeable and we were with a fun group. Throughly enjoyed the day and would recommend.

Jan M Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

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!

Gay G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Jackie was an amazing guide, went far beyond our expectations. Would recommend this tour to any traveller.

tlforeman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

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!

sueb84

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

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.

Cath E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

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.

margolism

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

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!

Mike H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

An excellent your with a very knowledgeable and friendly guide, and the transportation was also very comfortable. I can highly recommend this tour.

Patrick G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic day. Jackie was not only highly knowledgable but also very entertaining. I was there to try and find out more about my Great-Uncle who fought with the 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and Jackie was a great help to the extent of driving to a point where I could get a good view of the slope where they would have attacked across on 1st July 1916. Lunch was very good and all-in-all a really interesting day and well worth it. Highly recommended.

Ian B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

What a fantastic day, worth every penny! Rod our guide was incredibly knowledgeable. The whole day was very relaxed yet we managed to fit so much in. I don and #39;t believe there could be a better way to tour the Somme, see so much and get such detailed background and information. Can and #39;t recommend it enough

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