Vimy Ridge and Arras 100th Anniversary Tour
(Four day battlefield tour)
The Battle of Arras was a British offensive on the Western Front that took place from 9 April to 16 May 1917 and incorporated the Canadians attack at Vimy Ridge.
Originally planned as a diversionary attack to enable the French to deliver the main assault on the Chemin des Dames, the battle became one of the most costly battles of the Great War with almost 160,000 British and 125,000 German casualties.
Rifleman Tours has constructed a four day tour of remembrance, visiting the battlefields which will enable us to see where the British, Canadian and Australian soldiers fought as well as the many memorial sites around the city of Arras.
These include Monchy le Preux with the 37th Divisional Memorial and New Foundland Caribou Memorial, Canadian Corps Artillery Memorial, 9th Scottish Division Cairn, Fampou, Roeux, Bullecourt as well as the Arras Memorial to the missing.
We will attend one of the official ceremonies that will be taking place in Arras or at the Canadian National Memorial at Vimy Ridge.
Which ceremony we attend will depend on the security that has been arranged by the French and Canadian authorities and the consequent restricted access. More detail
Lunch will be provided for the tour party on touring days as well as any Museum entrance fees.
Our four day anniversary tour will be based in the beautiful city of Ypres where you will have ample time to explore the many sights including St Martin’s Cathedral, the Cloth Hall that houses the ‘In Flanders Field Museum’, St George’s Church and the Ramparts.
Take a meal or Belgian beer in the traditional restaurants around the Grote Markt and witness the Last Post Ceremony that takes place at the Menin Gate every evening at 8pm.
If you are interested in this battlefield tour please contact us.