This special commemorative Centenary tour will tell the story of the final year of the war. A highpoint of the tour will be to stand, 100 years to the day, where British troops broke the Hindenburg Line; this historic event which led directly to the Armistice. The year 1918 saw many of the most dramatic events of the conflict, which include the onslaught of the German Spring offensives and the Allied campaigns of the Summer and Autumn leading to the final victory.
The following itinerary is intended as an illustration of a typical tour. The itinerary can be varied to accommodate the particular interests of the group, the weather or any other factor beyond the organiser’s control.
Day 1; 28th September
We will travel to Calais by Eurotunnel and en route to our hotel in Arras we will stop at St Laurant- Blangy Cemetery. Amongst the casualties of the German Spring offensives buried here is poet Isaac Rosenberg. We will also visit the nearby German cemetery, containing the graves of over 30,000 German soldiers.
Day 2; 29th September
Day two includes a stop at Manchester Hill, where men from the Manchester Regiment were overwhelmed in the March Spring offensive. However, the main focus of the day will be the breaking of the Hindenburg Line and we will visit sites 100 years to the day of this turning point of World War 1. Sites visited will include the Riqueval Bridge, captured by the British 46th Division, and the American Cemetery and Memorial at Bony.
After lunch, we travel to Villers-Brettoneux. The German advance was halted here in April and the village was the scene of the first tank on tank encounter. Our next stop is the striking Australian National War Memorial. At Chipilly, we will see the moving memorial to the 58th London Division, who fought here in The Battle of Amiens. We then drive across the Somme battlefields of 1918 and stop at the Pozières memorial to the missing of 1918.
Day 3; 30th September
On the morning of day three we visit sites from the April German Spring offensive. At Neuve-Chapelle we see where Portuguese soldiers bore the brunt of the initial German onslaught and at Givenchy where the 55th West Lancashire Division stemmed the tide of the German advance. We will also visit the atmospheric Nieppe Forest, which was the scene of bitter fighting.
After lunch we drive to Ypres and, en route, stop at Mount Kemmel, where the German offensive of April was finally halted by British and French troops. Ypres was the scene of major events in 1918. It was from in front of Ypres that Allied forces began the final liberation of Flanders in September. We will stay in Ypres for dinner and attend the Last Post Ceremony before returning to our hotel.
Day 4; 1st October
To complete our tour we visit two memorials to the events of 1918; the Vis-en-Artois memorial to the missing and the Canadian memorial at Bourlon Wood. Our tour completed, we return to Calais for our Eurotunnel crossing to Folkestone.
28 September – 1 October 2018
£555 per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room. There is a single room supplement of £100
The price of your tour includes:
- all travel from the pick-up point
- hotel accommodation and buffet breakfast
- all entrance fees
- all excursions
- the services of a full time guide and a tour manager who are available throughout the day and evening
- an evening presentation (where appropriate)
- an information pack
- tea and coffee
- bottled water each day
There are no additional charges for entry to museums or any of our excursions.
We donate 10% of all profits from Guided Battlefield Tours to Pula Children’s Trust, a charity which gives aid to children in need.
A donation of £1 will be made to The British Legion from each booking
For this tour you will stay at 4 star Mercure Arras Centre Gare; you can see the hotel at: