Trenches at Vimy

Christmas Special

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

Cost Includes your Vehicle, Driver and One Passenger

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Our Christmas Special Tour starts on the outskirts of Albert. We will head North

towards Arras, visiting sites and locations unique to this tour, with a special stop or

two along the way. On arrival in Arras, we will check you in to your hotel, the Ibis,

which is a one minute walk to the Christmas Market - the largest in Northern France!

You can wander around the market at your leisure and take in some of the various

entertainments on offer. We’ll have a group meal in a very nice restaurant adjacent to

the market - a great opportunity to relax and meet your fellow travellers. This is of

course optional - allow approx €35pp plus drinks.

In the morning, after a healthy breakfast, we continue the tour, traversing the areas of the Battles of Loos, a visit to Fromelles and other sites and cemeteries, including a visit to the site of the famous truce and football match. Whilst we’ll drive through the Battlefield areas of the Somme and Arras, covered in depth on other tours, this tour will take a very different route... along with the usual expert commentary via CB radio. At a certain point, we’ll leave the dirt tracks behind for a short tarmac drive up to Ypres, where we will check in to your hotel for the night - the four star Ariane Hotel in the centre of town. In the evening there will be time to visit the Ypres Christmas market before a short walk to attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. Afterwards there will be another optional group meal or you are free to do as you wish before we retire for the evening. We will continue the tour the next morning, with visits to some impressive sites, such as Tyne Cot cemetery and Pond Farm in Passchendaele and it’s amazing museum. The tour will end at approximately 1pm, about an hour’s drive from Calais. Please be aware that at this time of year lanes are likely to be wet! Be prepared to get your vehicle muddy! Also, please note there are no driveable ‘green lanes’ in Belgium, so the off-road sections will end when we head to Ypres, with no off-road sections on the Monday. 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 twelve weeks away. Six 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

Starting in Albert and heading

North to Arras and then on to

Ypres. We will visit sites not on

any of our other tours and you

will have the opportunity to

experience one of the best

Christmas markets in Europe, in

Arras! For the first night, you will

stay in the IBIS hotel in the centre

of Arras, literally a stone’s throw

from the market. The second

night will be spent in the 4-star

Ariane hotel in Ypres where we

will take in the Last Post

ceremony at the Menin Gate and

enjoy the Christmas market there

too!

In addition to our normal tours, this special

Christmas tour will include:

Two night’s accommodation in a twin bedded

room on a bed and breakfast basis - first

night in Arras and the second night in the 4-

star Ariane Hotel in Ypres, both a stones

throw from the markets

An optional three course meal with wine on

the first evening, in a restaurant adjacent to

the market. Allow around €30pp

On Sunday evening we will attend the Last

Post ceremony at the Menin Gate. Afterwards

you are 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 adaptations to our normal

tours, including a visit to the locations of the

famous Christmas truces and the location of

the famed football match!

Please be aware that at this time of year, lanes are likely to be wet! Be prepared to get your vehicle muddy! Also, please note there are no driveable ‘green lanes’ in Belgium, so the off-road sections will end North of Arras
The Battle of Loos Fromelles Arras Christmas Market Football match location
Tyne Cot Pond Farm Ypres Christmas Market Menin Gate
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Due to the current situation, all tours for the months of March, April, May and June are Cancelled. If you are booked on a tour later in the year, we will contact you directly as the situation develops. If you would like to secure a place on a future tour, please use the link below. NO deposit is required and your booking is fully amendable. We will give priority to secured places and booking when we resume tours. Stay safe and well!
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