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
SPECIAL CHRISTMASMARKET TOUR
Combine our 3-day Arras tour with two nights to enjoy the largest Christmas market in Northern France
Please be aware that at this time of year, lanes are likely to be wet!Be prepared to get your vehicle muddy!
Example Itinerary:Day 1Independent travel to the agreed meeting point (details confirmed in advance of departure date)13:00Arrival at meeting point, North of Arras. Explanations, questions, discussions and distribution of Tour material13:45 to 17:00 The tour begins. We set off along some greenlanes visiting Vimy Memorial amongst other sites. 17:15 to 18:30Set up camp/check in hotel.19:30Travel to a local restaurant for a sumptuous meal (optional)Day 209:30Depart local supermarketDuring the day we will travel at a pace to suit all, visiting Cemeteries and sites across the Artois battlefields such as The Hindenburg Line of defences, German Cemeteries and bunkers, front line positions, Monchy le Preux and the Vis en Artois Memorial 17:30 to 18:30Return to campsite or hotel, the evening is free for you to spend as you wishDay 309:30Depart local supermarketWe will travel towards Arras, crossing the supply lines behind the front line and villages that were devastated in 1917, and then again in the spring of 1918.13:00 to 13:30Approximate arrival in the centre of Arras 14:00Farewell(Non-contractual Tour example, subject to alteration when necessary – All times are local)
Tour cost includes your vehicle, driver and one passenger
•Extra adults are £149 each for the tour•Children aged 11-15 are £99 when sharing a room with parents•Children aged 10 and under are free, when sharing a room with parents
What’s included in the tour?
Hotel room for Hotel based tours - based on two sharing. Extra rooms are
charged at cost, currently around £200 for the two nights
Hotel rooms are twin bedded (can be changed to double room on request, subject
to availability) and include breakfast
An information pack that includes a colour bound booklet containing a series of
photographs pertinent to the Tour as well as additional reading pages (not taster
All campsite and electric fees for camping based tours
•Museum visits as part of the tour
A memorable Tour using your own vehicle
Loan of a handheld CB radio if required
‘Special Anniversary Tours’ include a three/four course meal at a local restaurant
and other exclusive offerings
What's not included:
Food and refreshments
•Ferry or Eurotunnel Crossing•Any extras at campsite
Any extras, bar, restaurants etc at hotel.
Hotel on camping based tours
Visits to museums and visitor centres outside of the tour