The Battle Of The Somme Guided Day Tour From Arras

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    09:00 AM Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Gare d'Arras, Pl. du Maréchal Foch, 62000 Arras, France
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Picking up at Arras railway station or your hotel, the Somme day tour visits the momentous locations of the War's most infamous campaign, from the disasters of the 1st july 1916 to the attrition of the autumn. You will visit the must see sights, trenches, mine craters, learn about the weapons, communications and mining. In the morning we concentrate on the 1918 battles around Amiens and includes a visit to the Australian Memorial to the Missing at Villers Bretonneux and new Monash Centre ). If you have a relative or a particular interest we can build that into your itinerary, using the latest GPS software you will literally walk in the footsteps of heros.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour by minibus
  • Small group ensures personal service

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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Australian Corps Memorial, Le Hamel, Oise, Hauts-de-France

Your guide will explain the tactics and battlefield where Monash commanded Australian and American troops on the 4th July, you will also visit the Memorial.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Franco-Australien Museum, Villers-Bretonneux, Somme, Hauts-de-France

You will see the Victoria School built with money raised by the people of Victoria. We will also visit the Museum above the school.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sir John Monash Centre, Fouilloy, Somme, Hauts-de-France

You will see the Australian National Memorial and the Sir John Monash Centre. You will have the chance to get some lunch from the cafe there.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: 3rd Australian Division Memorial, Sailly-le-Sec, Somme, Hauts-de-France

You will see the Memorial en route to Albert

Stop At: Lochnagar Crater, Ovillers-la-Boisselle, Somme, Hauts-de-France

Learn all about the mining in WW1, you will see the largest mine crater on the Somme as we begin to follow the path of the soldiers along Sausage Vally to the German second line at Pozieres

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: 1st Australian Division Memorial, Pozieres, Somme, Hauts-de-France

See the remnants of the Gibraltar Blockhouse, captured by the 2nd Battalion AIF on the 25th July 1916, learn about the offensives to take the German positions.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Windmill Memorial, Pozieres, Somme, Hauts-de-France

The highest point on the ridge, you will see how important this position was and what it cost to take it. You will see the remains of the Windmill captured by the 2nd Division and the War Animals Memorial and Pozieres field of Remembrance. You will also hear abut the roll of Tanks and see the Tank Memorial.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Historial de la Grande Guerre - Musee de Thiepval, Thiepval, Somme, Hauts-de-France

You will visit the interpretation centre at Thiepval and see the British Memorial to the Missing for the 1916 Battle of the Somme

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, Hauts-de-France

Here you will walk through preserved trenches from the 1916 Battle of the Somme, hear about the offensives on the 1st July and the 13th November when the area was captured. Your guide will explain the tactics used and why things went so badly on the 1st July.

Duration: 30 minutes

Inclusions

Pickup and drop-off in central Arras

Guide

Air-conditioned vehicle

Entry/Admission - Franco-Australian Museum

Entry/Admission - Thiepval Memorial

Exclusions

Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Infant seats available

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 01-Nov-2022

    It was a fantastic (albeit sobering) day. Rod is an excellent guide. I could not recommend this day more highly to anyone interested in the military history of the time. Thankyou Rod for an experience I will always remember. Thankyou. Marco.

  • 28-Oct-2022

    Thankyou Jackie for being an amazing tour guide. Your knowledge of WW1 , individual battles , war strategies , memorials & cemeteries was superb. We had plenty of time to chat as a group and constantly ask questions as we went. No question was too daft ! I felt we learnt so much more about WW1 doing your tour than we would have by simply visiting sites independently. We used it as a platform to then explore other war sites independently in our car over the next 3 days. We gained so much knowledge from you , it really made a difference to our understanding of other areas we explored independently. Jackie , a huge personal thankyou for finding out so much information about my 2 great uncles. It meant so much to have a greater depth of knowledge about them both and their war involvement prior to paying our respects at their graves.

  • 26-Oct-2022

    My tour guide was Rod Bedford, an ex-Regimental Sergeant Major and former Police Officer. We were driven to many significant locations in France Rod's knowledge of all military matters, battlefields, cemeteries and general history of the whole area is beyond belief. He imparts this knowledge clearly and very well indeed. I particularly enjoyed the Monash Centre and Rod's account of the battles in that area. I was also glad to be shown a Memorial to the Kings Royal Rifle Corps in which my Great Uncle served, aged 21. He was killed at Bullecourt. I also saw areas where my grandfather served as a Machine Gunner aged 18.

  • 18-Oct-2022

    My 'drawn straw' for the day was Jackie. We punters, a group of two, the other, a woman from Canada. As a middle aged, plus Australian male, my years of reading has moulded my first interest along the lines as to what role and context did the brand new Federation of Australia play in the huge International conflict that was WW1. Other Empire member Countries would have had the same interest, then and now. The horrors of war, the strategies and tactics are compounded in your mind as you read, and shocking as they are: 'what was it all about and meant' as a Nation is still debated. I didn't broadcast my interest outright but Jackie was onto it early and all dealings were done in good and respectful humour. A terrific day and I'll be back for more of the same in 2024.

  • 05-Oct-2022

    We took the full-day tour of the Somme Battlefields with our excellent guide, Jackie. She was highly knowledgeable about the conflict and very personable. We visited numerous sites, including Beaumont-Hamel and the Newfoundland Memorial, Thiepval, Ovillers-la-Boisselle, and Le Hamel. Jackie provided a detailed understanding of why and how these battles were fought. Highly recommend.

  • 26-Sep-2022

    This was an experience that I had wanted to do for many years and at last at the age of 78 I had the opportunity to do it and thanks to Jackie and Rod It has become an unforgettable memory. My uncle Thomas was killed on the first day of the carnage of the Somme. Not only did we get to see and touch his headstone but to get all the background story and explanation of the action was incredible. Jackie and Rod were friendly and knowledgeable hosts. Highly recommended.

  • 28-Aug-2022

    Fantastic unforgettable day with my son. Jackie is a wealth of knowledge and relates exceptionally well with her audience. She adapted the day based on our questions and interests rather than running a script which so many other companies tend to do. I highly recommend the guides from the Battlefield Experience Tour Company.

  • 27-Aug-2022

    I thoroughly enjoyed the day tour of the Somme battlefield. Rod the guide who lives in the area, was witty, entertaining and enthusiastic to share his vast knowledge of the history of the Somme battlefield. Rod tailored the tour to suit the participants (Australian and Irish), which we all enjoyed very much.

  • 03-Aug-2022

    I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to better understand the Battle of the Somme. Jackie is an experienced and knowledgeable guide who works hard to make sure everyone has a very positive experience. You will learn a lot and get to see some of the most significant sites up close.

  • 31-Jul-2022

    The overwhelming majority of reviews giving full marks speaks for itself, you’re more or less guaranteed a fascinating day of exploration and in-depth commentary. It’s more than I would ordinarily pay for an activity abroad, but seeing the battlefields has been on my to-do list for years and I’m fascinated by 20th century history. As they say, you get what you pay for, and this was well worth the price! Rod really is the best of the best, reeling off dates, explaining tactics, getting into the granular detail, and bringing history from over one hundred years ago to life.

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