Embark on a journey of remembrance and discovery. For 2020 we return to France, taking us back through history on a journey through some of the tragic events of the First World War, visiting some of the most important locations and emotive memorials including the Somme, Thiepval, the Canadian Memorial Vimy Ridge and the Great War Museum.
This 4 star hotel boasts comfortable rooms and is ideally located close to many interesting famous attractions, such as the Notre Dame de Lorette, just a short walk from the city’s pedestrian streets and the Town Hall belfry which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each of the comfortable en-suite rooms have been tastefully decorated with a TV, tea and coffee making facilities and free WiFi. The hotel has a lift.
Friday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive to Folkestone, during which a light breakfast is served. Upon reaching France we continue our journey to Arras to arrive at our hotel late afternoon, with time to enjoy a welcome glass of white wine and settle in before this evening’s dinner.
Saturday After breakfast, we will be met by our local tour guide at our hotel, where we will begin our guided tour. We will first visit the Lochnager Mine Crater Memorial at La Boiselle before visiting Thiepval where we are able to view the Franco-British Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, the largest and one of the most emotive memorials. After bidding farewell to our guide we make our way to Peronne, where we have time to explore the Historical de la Grande Guerre Museum. We then return to Arras for some free time to discover the old town before taking dinner at our hotel.
Sunday Today we focus on the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Second Battle of Arras, both of which occurred during the spring of 1917. We will begin at Vimy Memorial Park, where 10,000 Canadian soldiers were killed or wounded during their quest to capture Vimy Ridge from the Germans, which they successfully achieved on 12th April 1917. We can take an informative guided tour of the short tunnels and trenches before returning to Arras for lunch. This afternoon, we visit the atmospheric underground Wellington Quarry Museum, which was founded in memory of the thousands of men of the British Army and Dominion Forces who lived, worked and died under the town during the Great War of 1914- 1918. The museum has been carefully created in a section of the many kilometres of tunnels dug by The British Army. Equipped with running water and electricity supplies, the labyrinth of rooms in the tunnels accommodated the soldiers’ living quarters as well as a large hospital housing operating theatres and 700 hospital beds. After a day of commemoration we return to our hotel with time to relax before dinner.
Monday After breakfast we make our way back to the Channel port for the mid-afternoon shuttle train back to Folkestone. We arrive in our home area late afternoon, to be greeted by awaiting taxis after a weekend of remembrance.
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