9 Hour Canadian WW1 Somme Battlefield Tour departing from Arras or Lille
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Thiepval Memorial, 8 rue de l Ancre, 80300 Thiepval France
See the Memorial and spend some time in the visitor Center.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Chemin des Canadiens Route D55, 62580 Vimy France
You will visit the trenches where Canadian and German soldiers stood just before the assault. You will go down in the Grange Tunnel where The PPCL and the Black Watch stood. You will visit the newly built Visitor Center and will walk around the impressive Memorial on ridge 145.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, Rue de l'Eglise, 80300 Beaumont-Hamel France
You will stand at the trenchesfrom where New Foundland troops went over the top on 1 July 1916, walk along the Danger Tree, stand near the Caribu and will have a sight on this preserved battlefield.
Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: Lochnagar Crater, Route de la Grande Mine, 80300 Ovillers-la-Boisselle France
You will see the crater cretaed by a mine explosion on 1 July 1916.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Courcelette Canadian Memorial, Nord Route Nationale, 80300 Courcelette France
You will stand near the Canadian Memorial, a Granit stone at Courcelette.
Duration: 15 minutes
- Private tour
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- A booklet recording the event
- Entry/Admission - Thiepval Memorial
- Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Most travelers can participate
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
- A maximum of 8 people per booking
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
This excursion was completely over and above anything we expected! Claude, our guide, is top notch. Very knowledgeable and helpful. We would highly recommend this excursion.
Our guide, Claude, was outstanding. We originally planned to tour the WW1 sites by ourselves, but opted for the tour. Solo would have been very difficult due to poor signage and other factors. The tour was good value and well worth the money. We departed from Lille. Claude was knowledgeable!
We saw what was advertised including Vimy Ridge, Neuville Saint Vaast Canadian N2 Cemetery, Courcelette Canadian Memorial, Thiepval Memorial, and the Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial. We also stopped in front of but did not get out to walk around a number of other memorials including a memorial to one of the Australian divisions involved in the Battle of the Somme I'm pretty sure that we would have been able to walk around if we had asked. Probably my favourite location was Vimy Ridge although every stop was quite interesting in its own way. The Thiepval Memorial to the missing is really quit staggering with the 73,000 names of soldiers with no known graves. Our guide, Claude, spoke excellent English, was quite personable and really knew his stuff. He provided in-depth descriptions of each site and was able to easily answer every question we asked. We also never felt rushed.