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The Battle of the Somme Guided Day Tour from Arras

From US$148.82
  • 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
  • Pause at the Thiepval Memorial and learn the in-depth story of the campaign at the Visitor Center
  • Visit other pivotal sites and monuments, including the Australian Memorial and Lochnagar Mine Crater
  • Hear the stories of soldiers and the main Somme offensives from a knowledgeable guide
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of eight people for a more personalized atmosphere
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The Battle of the Somme Guided Day Tour from Arras
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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.
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Stop At: Australian Corps Memorial, Le Hamel, Oise, Hauts-de-France

Your guide will explain the tactics and battlefield where Monash commanded Australian and American troops on the 4th July, you will also visit the Memorial.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Franco-Australien Museum, Villers-Bretonneux, Somme, Hauts-de-France

You will see the Victoria School built with money raised by the people of Victoria. We will also visit the Museum above the school.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sir John Monash Centre, Fouilloy, Somme, Hauts-de-France

You will see the Australian National Memorial and the Sir John Monash Centre. You will have the chance to get some lunch from the cafe there.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: 3rd Australian Division Memorial, Sailly-le-Sec, Somme, Hauts-de-France

You will see the Memorial en route to Albert

Stop At: Lochnagar Crater, Ovillers-la-Boisselle, Somme, Hauts-de-France

Learn all about the mining in WW1, you will see the largest mine crater on the Somme as we begin to follow the path of the soldiers along Sausage Vally to the German second line at Pozieres

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: 1st Australian Division Memorial, Pozieres, Somme, Hauts-de-France

See the remnants of the Gibraltar Blockhouse, captured by the 2nd Battalion AIF on the 25th July 1916, learn about the offensives to take the German positions.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Windmill Memorial, Pozieres, Somme, Hauts-de-France

The highest point on the ridge, you will see how important this position was and what it cost to take it. You will see the remains of the Windmill captured by the 2nd Division and the War Animals Memorial and Pozieres field of Remembrance. You will also hear abut the roll of Tanks and see the Tank Memorial.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Historial de la Grande Guerre - Musee de Thiepval, Thiepval, Somme, Hauts-de-France

You will visit the interpretation centre at Thiepval and see the British Memorial to the Missing for the 1916 Battle of the Somme

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, Hauts-de-France

Here you will walk through preserved trenches from the 1916 Battle of the Somme, hear about the offensives on the 1st July and the 13th November when the area was captured. Your guide will explain the tactics used and why things went so badly on the 1st July.

Duration: 30 minutes
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Better than years of history lessons!

We joined Rod for the half day tour - absolutely brilliant - I learned so much and the atmosphere that was created as we stopped at certain points along the trail really made us think about this part of our history. We stopped off to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Jane S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile
Informative history tour

We were met promptly at the Arras train station with Jackie as our tour guide. She was very informative on all aspects of the history of the area. We visited most of the Australian memorials including Villers-Bretoneux John Monash Museum and School Museum. It is...More

Thank Steggies
Reviewed 4 February 2019
A generous, informative & moving tour.

Our guide, Jackie, arrived punctually to collect our family from our hotel. From there she treated us to a full days private touring that was informative, fascinating and at times, moving. Whilst our trip was technically a tour of the Somme Battlefields, Jackie, knowing that...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank KirunaSnow
Reviewed 31 October 2018
Full day tour of the somme

Me and my Husband were picked up at Arras train station on time for our day tour of the battle of the somme by Jackie, who was really knowledgeable and a super tour guide. She took us round all the interesting sites and gave us...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Caroline W
Reviewed 26 September 2018
Visit to Thievpal and the Somme

Jackie was great as my grandson and I were the only ones on the tour she was able to make it a very personal and emotional visit to see my uncle's name at Thiepval . She then took us to Y ravine where he died...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Mary J
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