Offensives of 1917 – Arras & Cambrai

5 days from £469pp.

British Soldiers Arras 1917

Visit: British Soldiers Arras 1917, Battlefields

The year 1917 in France saw two major offensives involving British and Commonwealth troops: Arras in April-May 1917 and the first mass use of tanks at Cambrai in 1917. This new tour looks at these two major battlefields of the First World during this important centenary year.

    Entrance fees to museums & places of interest (extra cost)

    Local departure by coach, then to Amiens for a four-night stay.

    We start our tour north of Arras at Mont St Eloi where the Royal Flying Corps operated an aerodrome below the ruined abbey, which is still there. We then travel to Vimy Ridge and look at the Canadian attack in April 1917, seeing the new visitors centre (due to open in early 2017). After lunch in Arras we go back out onto the battlefield and see the Scottish Memorial at Pont du Jour, look at the fighting in the Sunken Lane at Fampoux, visit the site of the Chemical Works in Roeux, seeing a large German bunker and then at Monchy le Preux look at the use of cavalry here in April 1917 and the defence of the village by the Newfoundland Regiment. We end the day at Agny, to visit the grave of war poet Edward Thomas who died on the first day of the battle.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    We start the day at the Arras Memorial to the missing which commemorates more than 35,000 soldiers who have no known grave, and also visit the Faubourg D’Amiens cemetery with its many Arras graves. We then go underground and see the Wellington Quarry, a huge area of caves used as a shelter by the British Army in 1917. After lunch we visit the southern flank of the Arras Battlefield seeing Croisilles and Bullecourt, visiting the Bullecourt Museum and the Australian Digger Memorial Park.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    In November 1917 the newly formed Tank Corps led the first major armoured assault of the First World War on the German Hindenburg Line at Cambrai. We start at the Cambrai Memorial to the missing, which commemorates those fell in the battle who have no known grave. At Hermies we look at the story of the ‘Boy General’, Roland Boys Bradford VC, and travel through the battlefield between Havrincourt and Gouzeaucourt. After lunch in central Canbrai we see Bourlon Wood, the scene of heavy fighting in 1917, and look at the tank attack on Flesquières Ridge, seeing the tank memorial. We end in the Marcoing-Masnières area seeing where the Newfoundland Regiment fought in November 1917.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Includes

    • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
    • Specialist Battlefield Guide
    • Convenient local joining points
    • Travel by Silver Service coach

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Battlefield visits as described

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Entrance fees to museums & places of interest (extra cost)




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    You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Ibis Amiens Centre Cathedrale. The hotel is situated only five minutes walk from the heart of the city with its bars and restaurants. All bedrooms have T.V. and telephone. The hotel has a bar, lift and restaurant.



    Ibis Amiens Centre Cathédrale

    Ibis Amiens Centre Cathédrale

    Ibis Amiens Centre Cathédrale

    The Ibis Amiens Centre Cathedrale hotel is located near the city centre. The hotel is only 984yards (900m) from the train station and is also near to the Maison de la Culture, the Coliseum sports centre, the beginning of the pedestrian area, the cathedral and the Les Hortillonnages tourist area. The hotels facilities include Wi-Fi/Internet access, a Restaurant and Bar. All bedrooms feature modern furnishings, desk, Internet, T.V. with all the main channels and en-suite bathroom.

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

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    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

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