Small-Group Day Trip To Arras And Vimy Ridge WW1 Battlefields From Paris

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 11 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    6:50 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Le Royal Opéra, 19 Avenue de l'Opéra, 75001 Paris, France
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Discover France's World War 1 history on this small-group day trip from Paris to some of northern France's most famous battlefields and cemeteries. Venture to the region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais, formerly known as Artois, famous for the many WW1 battles that took place there. With your guide, visit the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery in Souchez and the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Enjoy free time to explore Arras, the capital of the Pas-de-Calais department, and learn about the Battle of Arras at the Monchy-Le-Preux Memorial.

Highlights

  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

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Enjoy a scenic drive to the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of northern France. First, visit the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in the farming town of Vimy. With your guide, explore the 250-acre (100-hectare) park and learn how it served as the battlefield for the famous Battle of Vimy Ridge during World War 1. See the monument in the center of the park, where the names of thousands of soldiers are inscribed into the stone.
Next, head to the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, located in the nearby town of Souchez. Named after a house that once stood there, this cemetery was designed by the architect Sir Frank Higginson and is one of the largest in the region. Follow your guide around the cemetery and learn about the 7,655 Commonwealth soldiers buried here.
Drive south to the capital of the Pas-de-Calais region, Arras, and enjoy free time to explore on your own and discover the city's spectacular squares. This historic center of the former Artois region, located on the Scarpe River, dates back more than 2,000 years. Your guide will happily recommend some places to enjoy lunch (own expense).

Then, relax on the drive back to Paris.

Inclusions

Transport by Air-Conditionned Minibus (Maximum group size 16)

Guided tour of Vimy Ridge site

Free time in Arras

Entry/Admission - Memorial de Vimy

Entry/Admission - Cimetiere du Cabaret Rouge

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case, the confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • The duration is approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Please arrive at your designated meeting point at least 10-15 minutes before departure.
  • We cannot accommodate late arrivals and cannot refund missed tours.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 17-Sep-2019

    Richard was generally knowledgeable about the first world war and Canada's specific role. (But not as much in depth info as the Normandy tour we took later in the week). In particular he said several times that there were no Canadian First World War cemeteries (there are in fact two at the Vimy Memorial site). Also kept us waiting a half-hour while we went to wash the car - he ran into an unexpected queue - but still.

  • 14-Aug-2019

    We did not get the guide mentioned in most of these reviews. Instead, we got Julian. Out of the 8 of us on the tour, two were French speaking and he spent most of the time talking to them in French. Most of the way there we got the odd tidbit and the other French couple got a private tour. After spending $600, we realized we could've spent much less by getting ourselves to Arras and taken a few taxis. The guide at Vimy was great because it wasn't Julian. So disappointed as this was a bucket list trip.

  • 18-Jul-2019

    This small group trip was amazing! Our guide, Nicola, was so knowledgeable about WWI. Her running commentary and stories through the day really brought the war to light. We learned so much about what our ancestor probably went through as he fought and died at Vimy Ridge. We highly recommend this day trip.

  • 20-Sep-2018

    Nicola was a very knowledgeable and affable guide. She was able to bring home the horror and magnitude of loss of WW1. We were all Canadians on this trip so she tailored the information to our interests. Her historical knowledge is encyclopedic!
    We visited several national grave sites, the Vimy memorial, the Canadian centre where the trenches are, and then Arras. This trip is a must for any Canadian. It's a long day but well worth it.

  • 22-Oct-2017

    We arrived at at Vimy at 10:25 and were given 30 minutes to walk amongst the monument. Vimy itself is beautiful and emotionally thought provoking. We were then told we needed to be at the visitor centre which opened at 11 so we could be on the first tour of the trenches. Apparently, you can not prebook the trench tours. A guide takes 25 people down through the trenches on a first come basis. This tour is very worthwhile. When we arrived the visitor centre had a sign saying they would not open until 12, not 11 as we were told. Our guide had to scramble and find something for us to do for an hour, so we visited a small cemetery and walked through a recently dug farmers field to see if we could discover some artifacts. When we arrived back to the visitors centre we then found out that the first trench tour would not be until 1:00. I do not understand how the tour guide and tour company did not know that their itinerary was incorrect by 2 hours. We had an hour in the visitor centre which was too much time. The centre is fairly small and self explanatory. While at the visitor centre, I came across information about the monument that would have been nice to know while we were walking amongst the monument itself. Our guide was a lovely lady but was not very knowledgeable about Vimy and the historical aspect of the trip. For the 591 we paid we were expecting to have our guide provide us with additional historical insight. We arrived for lunch in Arras around 2:15 and due to the delay at Vimy we had a little over an hour in Arras. Vimy itself was worthwhile seeing but this trip was very disappointing. We had done another tour in Edinburgh the last week in September with another company that was a quarter of the cost and far more informative. This trip turned out to be a very expensive bus ride, not a tour with all kinds of scheduling issues and a guide that was not very knowledgeable about the historical content of this tour. I would try and find another way to see Vimy.

  • 10-Oct-2017

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

  • 20-Sep-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.

  • 19-Sep-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.

  • 13-Sep-2017

    A wonderful experience! A very young county just starting to come together. They have a sense of pride and purpose that is reflected in how they welcome tourists into the country, not to mention how quickly they have turned around their economy after 2008. They area very health conscious, and a nation committed to the well being of the environment and our planet. So refreshing in a time when the rest of the world is upside down.
    And did I not mention, the landscape of Iceland is a world treasure. We spent three days here and had a life memory experience thanks to Rey Apartments, Viator and our travel hosts Nicetravel and Thor!
    A wonderful experience form beginning to end!!!

  • 31-Aug-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.

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