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Arras & the Somme Battlefields

(Tour code: RSB6)Explore the battlefields from delightful Arras

From our base in delightful Arras, we explore the World War I battlefield sites and moving memorials in the Somme, discover how Arras was restored to its former glory and ride the P'tit Train historic military railway.

Tour Highlights
  • Beaumont-Hamel
  • Thiepval Visitor Centre and Memorial
  • Lochnagar Crater
  • Museum of the Great War
  • P’tit Train de la Haute Somme
  • Tank Corps Memorial
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

All departures on this tour depart on Eurostar after 12pm, allowing morning travel into London from most of the UK. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Day 1

London to Arras

Our tour begins at St Pancras International, where we meet at our departure office and board the Eurostar service to Lille. We transfer by coach to Arras, where we spend the next four nights at the Mercure Arras. Tonight we enjoy a talk from Jeremy Banning on the the secret war fought beneath the battlefield, and the tunnellers' role in the 1916 Somme offensive.

  • Dinner
Day 2

Arras & its battlefields

This morning we visit Neuville St Vaast German cemetery and Vimy Ridge with our guest speaker or specialist Tour Manager, we return for a walk around its historic squares before an afternoon at leisure.

  • Breakfast
  • Tour of Arras
P’tit Train
Day 3

Péronne and the P’tit Train

Our excursion today begins in the town of Péronne, where we visit the Museum of the Great War. After time for you to enjoy lunch, we head to nearby Froissy for a return journey on the "P'tit Train de la Haute Somme", a heritage railway running through the region at the heart of the Battle of the Somme, on the last remaining section of the military railway network built by the British and French armies in 1916. We return to Arras and visit the Wellington Caves, a network of tunnels where Allied soldiers lived during the war.

  • Breakfast
  • Excursions
Lochnager Crater
Day 4

The Battlefields of the Somme

This morning we travel to Sheffield Park, which remembers soldiers from several of the Pals Battalions who came from the North of England, as well as the Tank Corps Memorial in Pozieres. The Somme was the first time the British forces used tanks in combat. We then visit Lochnagar Crater, formed by the detonation of an explosive-packed mine on July 1st 1916, before continuing to the Thiepval Visitor Centre and Memorial, which bears the names of 72,000 missing soldiers. Our final stop is Beaumont- Hamel, which was just behind the German front line until the Battle of the Somme. Here, the poignant Newfoundland Memorial remembers the actions of the 1st Regiment. Tonight we have dinner at a local restaurant

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursions
Day 5

Return to London

We travel by coach to Lille, where we board the Eurostar service for the short journey to London.

  • Breakfast
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