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; 3rd August
We arrive at Calais and, en route to our hotel, we take a short walk around the Arras battlefield. Using new tactics, the British attack on the first day saw considerable success, though Arras eventually became one of the most costly battles of the war.
Day 2: 4th August
Day two begins with a walk on the Somme at Beaumont Hamel. We learn the story of the men of the 29th Division who attacked here on 1 July 1916. We see the sites of the Hawthorn Mine crater and the sunken road used by the Lancashire Fusiliers in the battalion’s ill fated attack on the village. We then follow the front line across the Ancre Valley and complete our walk at the Ulster Tower, built to commemorate the attack of the Ulster Division.
After lunch, we move to the Cambrai battlefield of November 1917. Our walk begins in Havrincourt and our walk follows the advance of British troops towards Flesquières, where a number of tanks were destroyed during the famous attack. One of these tanks, Deborah, has since been excavated and we end our walk in the cemetery where a number of her crew are buried
Day 3; 5th August
Our first walk on day three is on the Ypres battlefield around Hooge and the Menin Road. This hamlet was a focal point of the Ypres Salient, changing hands on several occasions. Our walk takes us over Hill 62, through Sanctuary Wood and over the Bellewarde Ridge, still marked by numerous craters from the mine warfare which raged there.
Our afternoon walk begins by Ploegsteert Wood. Our walk takes us past the site of the famous Christmas Truce of 1914, after which we walk over Hill 63. This hill gave the British commanding views over the Messines Ridge during the famous mine attack of June 1917. We then walk to the village of Messines passing the remains of German bunkers and the New Zealand memorial
Day 4; 6th August
The final walk of the tour is around the town of Arras. Arras became a British military town and there is still much evidence of the British presence. This walk ends at the striking Lutyens Arras Memorial.
Dates and prices for this tour
3- 6 August 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.