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

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kmgray

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

We thoroughly enjoy our tour of Vimy Ridge. The guide was very knowledgeable and had excellent communications skills. We had a great day.

judith s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Although our guide had to be changed at the last minute to a chap whose specialty was The Somme, I was impressed with the depth and breadth of his knowledge about the Vimy battle as well. I was glad we started with the poignant pilgrimage to a number of Allied as well as German cemeteries. The loss of hundreds of thousands of young men in a war that resolved nothing was staggering. Of particular interest was the German cemetery with its stark rows of black crosses sprinkled with a few domed white ones with a Star of David. Even in death it seemed a point had been made: they were not true Germans. Had these young Jewish men survived these battles, I believe they would have been subjected to the death camps a few years later. When we finally arrived at Vimy, we went through the tunnels, a claustrophobic experience and one that would have been terrifying to the young men huddled in the dark for days, imagining the fate that faced them once they poured through the doors and into the trenches. Of course, the highlight was the stunning and stark white monument itself that towered over the ridge itself. More than one in the tour left with a bit of a tear in their eye.

Michel L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Excellent trip with and excellent guide: Sylvain. Vimy is a pilgrimage for any Canadian. Very interesting visit. We were well looked after by Sylvain with lots of information. I recommend to anyone.

Melissa S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Long day but lots of interesting things to see and ponder!

Robert C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Nicola was fantastic, she is knowledgable, answered all of our questions and explained a number of things. Our children learned a lot about WW1 and how Canada was an important part of history. The lunch in Arras was terrific, a bit more time to shop there would have been good, but understandable.

sl_chow

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

This is a tour every Canadian should go on to better appreciate the bravery and sacrifices made at Vimy Ridge. Visiting a few of the over 600 cemeteries in Northern France, our tour included the Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery as well as the German cemetery, Neuville-St. Vaast. The knowledgeable Nicola, provided us with a great recounting of the Canadian military strategy and events leading up to this pivotal battle. The monument itself is an amazing tribute of our nation's grief and respect for all the lives lost. My daughter and I will never forget this visit.

Debbie O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

This was a very informative trip. Our guide, Nicola, was very knowledgeable, and also a lot of fun. The places we stopped at on the way to Vimy Eodge were very interesting, and sobering. We would highly recommend this tour. Wonderful experience.

harrisonleslie04

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Even if you had no one directly related to you who participated in this battle, you cannot help but to be moved by the sacrifice and courage by the troops who helped win this significant battle. It makes you appreciate the times you live in so much more after visiting these places and learning more about the historic significance of this epic battle. Our tour guide had a degree in history, which made every story and event spoken of come alive.

Dennis W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

Our Guide spook perfect English, most of them do! She was from England. Very very knowledgeable and enjoyed her job.I would do the tour again. Emotional and impressive.

Muriel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

Our guide Nicola made the day very interesting and enjoyable for us. She was quite knowledgeable about the area and events. The visit to the monument was moving and the tour of the tunnels and trenches enlightening.

Pamela G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

This was an unforgettable experience. Our guide, Sylvain, was knowledgeable, very informative, and a pleasure to spend the day with. He clearly and thoroughly explained the background and historical significance of the sites we visited. He also paced the tour well, letting us visit each site without feeling rushed. And he was a great driver! The visit to the Vimy Ridge memorial was especially moving, and I would recommend this tour to any Canadian.

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.

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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