Somme, Arras & Vimy Ridge (3 Days)

The Somme, 1st July, 1916, 07.30 hours: The men of Rawlinson’s Fourth Army rose from their trenches and began to climb the gently sloping gradient towards the German lines on the Somme. As this force, composed predominantly of Kitchener volunteers, advanced heavy machine-gun fire swept No Man’s Land. Within minutes 20,000 men fell; by the end of the day, nearly 60,000 were casualties. Belief in a breakthrough gave way to endurance in the face of attritional warfare. Meanwhile, on the other side of No Man’s Land, the Somme was to become “the muddy grave of the German Army.”

In contrast, the Canadian Corps achieved a dramatic success in its assault on Vimy Ridge on Easter Monday, 1917 during the opening phase of the Battle of Arras. After months of meticulous planning, training, air reconnaissance, tunnelling and mining the defences were overwhelmed and the Germans driven from positions hitherto considered impregnable.


Day One: Outward TravelSomme Battlefield Tour: Caribou_Memorial
06.00 hours (approx): Local pick-up & travel to Dover for cross-Channel ferry to Calais. Onward travel & check-in at accommodation in/near Arras
Evening meal arrangements as chosen by the group


Day Two: The Somme
09.00 hours: Depart after breakfast to visit:
Newfoundland Park: Preserved battlefield
The Ulster Tower: Experience of trench warfare
Thiepval Memorial to the Missing: Remembrance
Lunchtime in AlbertThiepval_Ridge_&_Memorial
Ovillers & “Mash” Valley: Defences on the Somme
Pozières: Australian 1st Division Memorial
La Boisselle & Lochnagar Crater: Tyneside Scottish & Irish
Mansel Copse & Devonshire Cemetery: Noel Hodgson
Return to accommodation
Evening meal arrangements as chosen by the group


Day Three: Arras, Vimy & Return
09.00 hours: Depart after breakfast to visit:
Arras Memorial to the Missing: Remembrance
Vimy_SunriseVimy Reconstructed Trenches: Mine warfare
Grange Tunnel (Apr-Nov: subject to weather & availability)
Vimy Memorial & Visitor Centre: The Canadian Corps
Depart for Calais & cross-Channel ferry to UK
Disembark in Dover & return to drop-off point


Pick-up & drop-off times are dependent upon the group’s proximity to Dover. This is a suggested itinerary & can be amended to suit the requirements of the group.


Somme, Arras & Vimy: Useful Links

Click on the links below for information about Memorials on this tour:

Thiepval Memorial Vimy Ridge Itinerary via Hull
Key Sites

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