Tour Over Three Days (One full day and two half days) -
The Battle of Arras is often overlooked, but at the end of 38 days of fighting in the spring of 1917, along a front stretching 20 kilometres from Vimy Ridge to the plain of Bullecourt, 300,000 personnel on both sides were listed as wounded, missing or dead. The British Army suffered an average of 4,000 wounded and killed every day - the highest average daily casualty rate of any British offensive on the Western Front. For many, their experiences at Arras were the most brutal of the war.Most visitors travel around the battlefields by car or bus; however, on our tours we rarely see other vehicles on the lanes we use to traverse the area.
•Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery•Vimy Memorial and trenches•Lichfield Crater•Wellington Tunnels•Hindenburg Line•Vis-en-Artois•Alf Razzell’s story•Arras Memorial
Our tour starts near the historical market town of Arras; the frontline for much of
Over three days we will give you an insight from a different perspective of this
famous battlefield, traveling in a small convoy of 5-6 vehicles, on tracks once trod by
You’ll receive CB commentary as we drive along our route so you can really get a
sense of where troops came from and what their objectives were.
For camping based tours, Battlefieldsby4x4 use a comfortable campsite just 15 minutes drive from the centre of Arras, with electric hook up available for all pitches. There is an on site restaurant, and in the high season an outdoor heated swimming pool. For hotel based tours, we use a centrally located hotel. Full details of all accommodation will be sent upon payment of the balance.To book, click on the link for your chosen date. We only require a £100 deposit per vehicle or full payment if the tour is less than six weeks away. Eight weeks before the tour we will send you a balance request and invoice. Once the balance is paid we will send you an information pack including meeting places, times, booking references etc.If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Example Itinerary:Day 1 Independent travel to Arras, Pas-de-Calais. Welcome, introductions and briefing. The tour starts with a drive along some tracks with our first stop at Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery, we then drive the lanes of the Zouave Valley towards Vimy Ridge where you soon become aware of its strategic significance. We visit the Canadian National Memorial, Vimy and trenches before moving on to the Zivy and Lichfield craters. We make a short stop at the Maison Blanche German Cemetery before heading into Arras to arrive around 17:30.We usually have a table booked for 19:30 at a well-appointed restaurant in the centre of Arras. This is optional but gives you chance to relax after your journey and also get to know each other over deliciously, typically French courses in a local restaurant. The cost is approximately €35pp including wine.Day 2 Meet at a local supermarket so you can stock up on fuel and provisions for the day before setting out, using many green lanes, to venture to key areas of the battlefield.We start the day with a visit to the Wellington Tunnels and visitor centre before heading south of Arras to visit the last remaining vestiges of the Hindenburg Line. We’ll pass many small ‘battlefield’ cemeteries, where soldiers buried their comrades during or shortly after the battle and at one stop relate a very personal story. We continue to Bullecourt, where British and Australians troops attacked. We then move north to the Wancourt sector, finishing the day at Vis-en-Artois.Day 3 During the last day of the Tour we cover the Battles of the Scarpe and land over which saw intense fighting as the British armies advanced towards the small town of Monchy-le-Preux that had been fortified by the German armies. The British success in taking this key point overlooking the Plain of Douai came at great cost. We then head towards our final stop, the Arras Memorial and Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery where over 37,000 casualties are commemorated.(Non-contractual Tour example, subject to alteration when necessary – All times are local)
From £199 pp based on minimum of 2 persons per vehicle, if travelling alone a
single supplement of £149 applies. Children 11-15 are £149, under 11’s free.
Experienced 4x4 and Battlefield Guides for the duration of the tour.
CB commentary delivered straight to your vehicle (loan of a CB radio if you
don’t have one)
Entrance to the Wellington Tunnel museum and visitor centre
Our bespoke BattlefieldsBy4x4 booklet pertinent to the Tour.
A pack containing various information leaflets, flyers, stickers and pens.
Accommodation – you choose!
Feedback tells us that some customers prefer the camping option, some a hotel and
others prefer to make their own arrangements. To better meet your needs, we’ve
now left this for you to choose:
1 Twin room for 2 nights including continental breakfast - £209 (typically the
Ibis hotel, Arras)
1 camping pitch for 2 nights - £40 (A spacious and well-appointed campsite
with electric hook up available for all pitches)
You are also welcome to arrange your own accommodation - £0
What's not included:
Food and refreshments
•Ferry or Eurotunnel Crossing•Any extras at campsite
Any extras, bar, restaurants etc at hotel.
Hotel on camping based tours
Visits to museums and visitor centres outside of the tour
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