Explore Canada’s role in World War I on this full-day Somme battlefield tour from Arras. Explore tunnels and trenches used by Canadian forces during the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1916 with a guide. Visit the Courcelette Canadian Memorial, Neuville St. Vaast Canadian N°2 Cemetery, and Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, and learn of the many lives laid down in battle. After lunch, visit WWI battle trenches at the Beaumont Hamel New Foundland Memorial Park. Tour includes round-trip travel from your Arras hotel.
Following a 9am pickup at you hotel or accommodation in Arras, meet your guide then travel onward into the Somme battlefields of WWI to begin your 9-hour tour.
First, visit tunnels dug by the British Engineers and used by Canadian troops to attack German lines at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1916. Explore the Canadian and German trenches, and discover craters left in the landscape from mines and shells.
During your tour, visit the Neuville St. Vaast Canadian N°2 Cemetery and Courcelette Canadian Memorial, and perhaps pay your respects to the fallen Canadian soldiers. After a light lunch, visit Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme — a memorial bearing the names of over 72,000 soldiers with no known grave.
See WWI battle trenches at the Beaumont Hamel New Foundland Memorial Park and take in key sites of interest including Y Ravine, the statue of a 52nd Highland Division soldier, and the Danger Tree — the only tree in the area that was there during WWI.
When your time in the Somme comes to an end, return in comfort to your hotel or accommodation in Arras to conclude your tour.