Trenches at Vimy

Arras – 1917

Tour Over Three Days (One full day and two half days) -

Cost Includes your Vehicle, Driver and One Passenger

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Costs below are for your vehicle,

driver and one passenger.

Just £100 deposit required at booking

to secure your place

2017 DATES

Battlefieldsby4x4 offer a guided tour starting just North of Arras. Over three days we

aim to show you the seldom seen views of this famous battlefield.

As    many    cars    speed    south    down    the    motorway    The    Battle    of    Arras    is    often overlooked,   but   in   the   spring   of   1917   it   had   a   daily   death   rate   higher   than   that   in   the Somme nine months earlier. From   our   start   on   the   outskirts   of   Vimy   Ridge   you   will   become   aware   of   its   strategic significance,   and   have   a   guided   visit   of   the   tunnels   used   by   the   soldiers   prior   to   the attack   on   the   9th   of   April   1917.   The   Tour   will   then   head   south   over   the   land   that   had been    previously    held    by    French,    German    and    British    soldiers.    We    will    visit    the immense   Maison   Blanche   German   Cemetery   containing   almost   45,000   burials.   The Scarpe   valley   and   the   canal   system   within   it   saw   intense   fighting   as   the   British   armies advanced   towards   the   small   town   of   Monchy   le   Preux   that   had   been   fortified   by   the German   armies.   The   British   success   in   taking   this   key   point   overlooking   the   Plain   of Douai   came   at   great   cost.   We   will   pass   numerous   small   battlefield   cemeteries   such as   Happy   Valley   which   was   quite   the   opposite   in   the   heat   of   battle.   Further   south   we visit   a   German   bunker   system   that   directed   machine   gun   fire   onto   the   advancing Commonwealth    troops.    We    see    the    footprints    left    one    hundred    years    ago    by labourers as they constructed these sections of the immense Hindenburg Line. While   we   cannot   assure   you   of   good   weather,   we   will   be   traveling   in   the   comfort   of heated   vehicles,   whilst   almost   100   years   previously   the   soldiers   had   been   advancing on   foot   and   in   the   depths   of   late   winter   snow   storms.    The   last   day   of   the   Tour   will   see us   travel   to   the   famous   town   of Arras.   We   will   end   here,   in   time   for   lunch,   where   you are   free   to   take   in   the   splendour   of   this   centuries   old   market   town   before   your   return or onward travel with only 10 minutes to the nearest motorway. To   book,   click   on   the   link   for   your   chosen   date.   We   only   require   a   £100   deposit   per vehicle   or   full   payment   if   the   tour   is   less   than   six   weeks   away.   Eight   weeks   before   the tour   we   will   send   you   a   balance   request   and   invoice.   Once   the   balance   is   paid   we   will send   you   an   information   pack   including   meeting   places,   times,   booking   references etc
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SPECIAL CHRISTMAS MARKET TOUR
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Combine our 3-day Arras tour with two nights to enjoy the largest Christmas market in Northern France

HOTEL BASED

£599

for two people

CLICK HERE FOR 2018 DATES

This year, for the first time, we

are combining our Arras tour

with the opportunity to

experience one of the best

Christmas markets in Europe! You

will stay in the IBIS hotel in the

centre of Arras, literally a stone’s

throw from the market.

In addition to our normal Arras tour, this

special Christmas market tour will include:

Two night’s accommodation in a twin bedded

room on a bed and breakfast basis, a stones

throw from the market

An optional three course meal with wine on

the Friday evening, in a restaurant adjacent to

the market. Allow around €30pp

Saturday evening will be free to do as you

wish - eat and shop in the market and take in

some of the multitude of entertainments on

offer

Christmas themed adaptions to our normal

tour, including a visit to the locations of  the

famous Christmas truces

Please be aware that at this time of year, lanes are likely to be wet! Be prepared to get your vehicle muddy!
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