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Somme WWI Battlefield Day Tour from Arras

Highlights
  • Full-day Battle of Somme battlefield tour from Arras, with air-conditioned transport and lunch
  • Explore the key sites of the World War I attritional campaign of 1916
  • Walk in the footsteps of soldiers at Beaumont Hamel's trenches, Pozieres Bridge and Schwaben Redoubt
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The Battle of the Somme Guided Day Tour from Arras
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The Battle of the Somme Guided Day Tour from Arras
US$155.62
Overview
Discover the trenches and terrible story of World War I’s Battle of the Somme on a full-day battlefield trip from Arras with an expert guide. Traveling to key battle sites and memorials by minivan, learn about the planning, execution and human cost of the infamous 1916 Western Front campaign. Visit must-sees including Pozieres Ridge and the Beaumont Hamel trenches; pay homage at Thiepval and other memorials; hear soldiers’ individual stories; and explore the grim events further at the Thiepval visitor center. Numbers are limited to eight for a small-group experience, and lunch, entry fees, and round-trip transport from Arras train station are included.
What to Expect
At 0900hrs – Your guide will collect you at your hotel or at Arras Station,
The guide will meet you at the glass doors at the station entrance.
0940hrs Albert
Firstly we discover the underground warfare and see the awe inspiring Lochnagar mine crater at La Boiselle.
We follow the path of the soldiers through Sausage Valley up to the line in Pozieres and stop at the Casualty Corner, every soldier wounded at Pozieres Ridge passed through this triage point.
Pozieres Ridge and the Gibraltar Blockhouse, The Australian First Division Memorial, The Windmill and the Tank Corps Memorial.
Thiepval visitors centre
Beaumont Hamel preserved trenches, here we can see a preserved section of the original 1916 front line and discuss tactics and why it all went so badly on the 1st July 1916.
Now we will follow the path of the German Advance with the 1918 Battles around Amiens, visiting the new Monash Centre
where you can get some lunch and explore at your leisure,

To get the most out of your visit to the Sir John Monash Centre we recommend you do the following before arriving.

1.Download the SJMC app from Google Playstore or Apple App Store 
2.Fully charge your mobile device
3.Bring headphones or ear buds for each member of your party.
The Australian Memorial to the Missing and Cemetery, where 11000 names are etched to ensure that, although they have no known resting place, they will never be forgotten.
Villers Bretonneux School and Museum the living evidence of ‘Mateship ‘ between the Australian and French peoples
Le Hamel and Monash's command of the Australian Corps and the Americans.
We will see the Crash site of the Red Baron before returning to Arras, dropping off at 1800hrs.

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1 - 5 of 6 reviews

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Illuminating Tour

My friend and I were picked up by Jackie at our hotel in Albert which, in itself, was a most helpful start to our half-day tour. From the first stop at Lochnagar Crater, it was clearly going to be an emotional experience. I had a...More

Thank angiey2kuk
Reviewed 22 June 2018
Organisational issues led to extra expense and let down an otherwise fascinating trip

We booked on three tours with Jackie and Rod and cannot fault their undeniable knowledge and experience. This was our last day and we opted to take this as a half day tour. Until this point the trip had been faultless. However, as with the...More

1  Thank deborahpullen
Jackie B, Owner at The Battlefields Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2018

Dear Deborah, thank you for your review, I am glad your enjoyed your tour and I apologise for the delay in responding to your e mail, The period in question was during the train strikes in France, that said I should have ensured that you...More

Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile
Thanks Jackie Best Guide I’ve Ever Met

Jackie Thanks for a full packed day of info. and visits particularly the tailoring for my Great Uncle, what can I say. As I said take the time at some point and put your knowledge in a book. I can’t put down in words but...More

Thank LanceSmallshaw
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile
Great tours of the Somme and Ypres

I did the Ypres and Somme one day tours with Rod. I had an amazing time tracing the footsteps of my relatives and seeing exactly where my grandfather fought at the Somme and Ypres, along with visiting the memorials where three of my great uncles...More

1  Thank Boogster54
Reviewed 7 November 2017
Visiting the once forgotten

We took the train up from Paris for a 1/2 day specialized tour based on the last days of my Great Uncle James Crozier. Jackie picked us up at the station and took us through the areas that James would have been in those last...More

Thank ken c
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