Ypres, Arras and the Somme

The Ypres, Arras and Somme tour

This tour transports you on a voyage to key battlegrounds, memorials and cemeteries related to three of the most widely known battles of the Great War. Equal parts enthralling, informative and moving, this journey is not to be missed. Contact Battlefield Select Tours.
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The battles of Ypres, Arras and the Somme

Located in the Belgian province of Flanders, Ypres is now synonymous with the Great War, and is known as the site of some of the war's bloodiest battles, claiming thousands of casualties from both sides.

In fact, Ypres played host to five battles over the course of the war, with the most infamous being that of Passchendaele, in which British forces, under the leadership of Sir Douglas Haig, attempted to capture a crucial rail junction located in the area. The offensive resulted in massive losses and has been a source of controversy ever since.

The Second Battle of Arras took place between 9th April and 16th May, 1917, and represents a concerted effort by the Allies to gain ground after the catastrophic losses incurred at Verdun and the Somme. Initially successful, the advance of the British was ultimately slowed by German forces, inhibiting the gains they had hoped to achieve. Though the British would emerge with the strategic advantage, having seized the valuable Vimy Ridge, the battle was costly for both sides, claiming 84,000 casualties for the British, and 75,000 for the Germans.

The Somme
The Somme Offensive was fought between the German Empire and the British and French forces, between 1st July and 18th November, 1916. Intended to be a decisive victory for the Allies on the Western Front, it proved to be a monumental disaster, with more than one million fatalities suffered by both sides. The Somme has left an indelible mark on history, having come to represent the perceived futility and human tragedy of war.
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Tour dates for 2018

Tour itinerary

6 days and 5 nights

Day one
Depart - pick-up points for Hull

Day Two
Ypres town cemetery - Set the scene
First Battle of Ypres - Gheluvelt
Lunch at Hooge Crater Museum and cafe
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917
Brandhoek Cemetery and the story of Captain Noel Chavasse RAMC, Double VC.
Day Three
Vimy Ridge Memorial and trenches
La Targette French and British Cemeteries
Lunch in Arras
Wellington Quarries
Monchy Le Preux
Arras Memorial to the Missing and Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery

Day Four
Museum of the Great War, Peronne
Devonshire Cemetery
Lochnagar Crater
Lunch at Blighty Tea Rooms
Thiepval Memorial to the Missing
Newfoundland Memorial Park
Sunken Lane, Beaumont Hamel

Day Five
Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing
Prowse Point Cemetery and Christmas truce site
Irish Peace tower
Lunch at Hooge crater 
Free time Ypres
Depart for Zeebrugge

Day Six
Depart Hull for drop-off points

(itinerary subject to change)
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Just returned from a WW1 Battlefields Tour with Battlefield Tours Select, which is run by John Marr and his wife. From the first experience we had on joining the bus in Inverness, we knew this was going to be an enjoyable, friendly and well organised tour. All our personal needs were well taken care of by John and Peter throughout the week and the professional service provided by our English speaking tour guide was invaluable. The travel arrangements by luxury coach, and North Sea ferry as well as the excellent hotel accommodation in Ypres could not be faulted...Tremendous value for money and already looking forward to our next trip with the company.
Based in Inverness, we pick up travellers from various locations in England and Scotland. To book your place on our Ypres, Arras and Somme tour, please fill in the form below with your details.
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