Join us for this once in a lifetime event on the battlefields to get a true experience and
immerse yourselves into the night before the Armistice
The Arras district is organising ‘The Great Vigil’ on the evening of the 10th November
2018. Over 250 Commonwealth, French, German and other Nation’s cemeteries and
memorials will be candlelit to mark the last day of fighting before the Armistice was
signed some 12 hours later. The local population, schools, associations and
businesses are already showing their support.
Part of this tour will include attending a ceremony and lighting candles in
remembrance as well as some night laning on the battlefield to reach some of
the cemeteries that are off the beaten track so that they too are remembered.
Tour dates: Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th
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
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.
To book, click on the link above. 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 1Independent travel to Arras, Pas-de-Calais. 1pm: Welcome, introductions and briefing. The tour starts with a drive along some tracks 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 Lichfield crater and the Maison Blanche German Cemetery before heading into Arras to arrive around 16:45 for a visit to the Wellington QuarryWe 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 €30pp excluding drinks.Day 2We 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 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. The Great Vigil is due to start at dusk, we aim to be at the Arras memorial in time to participate in the launch of the vigil and then head out to some remote cemeteries to view and light up a cemetery to mark our contribution.Day 3During 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. We include the Arras Memorial and Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery where over 37,000 casualties are commemorated and take part in the Centenary Service of Remembrance of the Armistice. Tour ends early afternoon.(Non-contractual Tour example, subject to alteration when necessary as timing of local commemorations are yet to be confirmed – All times are local)
Tour cost includes your vehicle, driver and one passenger
•Extra adults are £149 each for the tour•Children aged 11-15 are £99 when sharing a room with parents•Children aged 10 and under are free, when sharing a room with parents
What’s included in the tour?
A twin hotel room - based on two sharing. Extra rooms are charged at cost,
currently around £200 for the two nights
Hotel rooms are twin bedded (can be changed to double room on request, subject
to availability) and include breakfast
An information pack that includes a colour bound booklet containing a series of
photographs pertinent to the Tour as well as additional reading pages (not taster
•Museum visits as part of the tour
A memorable Tour using your own vehicle
Loan of a handheld CB radio if required
What's not included:
Food and refreshments
•Ferry or Eurotunnel Crossing•Any extras at campsite
Any extras, bar, restaurants etc at hotel.
Visits to museums and visitor centres outside of the tour