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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.

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

JaneandCharles

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

My husband and I were really glad we visited Vimy Ridge Battlefields - it was something we'd wanted to do for a long time. From start to finish it was a very moving day! Nicola was great - very informative and we enjoyed the background history she gave the group on the way as to what led up to WWI - it helped fill in the gaps. She explained the sites, cemeteries and monuments really well - lots of great info. As well, she had a map of the area and her overview of the battlefields/lines of battles was truly fascinating. We really enjoyed visiting the tunnels and trenches also - you can only imagine what the soldiers endured! If we had one suggestion to make though it would be to add an additional site to visit after lunch in Arras. We visited a lot of sites in the morning but after lunch we just returned to Paris - we felt the afternoon fell flat. Overall though, this was a great tour and we highly recommend it.

Connie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The guide is very knowledgeable and very engaging. The bus driver was also amazing. The sites are fantastic.

Christy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Lindsay O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a powerful and educational tour. An amazing day , our guide Nicola was friendly and helpful ! A wonderful day to learn about an import part in Canadian history !

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.

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