Galina Group Tours

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Arras Christmas Market Tour

Arras Christmas Market: Grand'Place

Arras Christmas Market Tour: Suggested Three-Day Itinerary

Day One (Outward):  Local pick-up & travel to Dover. Ferry to Calais. Onward travel to your accommodation in/near Ypres (B&B for two nights). Check-in & evening free.
(Note:  This itinerary can be adapted for groups wishing to travel via P&O North Sea Ferries sailing overnight from Hull. Please ask our staff for details).

Day Two (Arras):  A day in Arras to explore the city & visit the Christmas Market:  
  • Arras Memorial to the Missing:  Commemorates almost 35,000 soldiers who fell in the three battles of Arras in the First World War & who have no known grave. The Air Services Memorial & Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery are also at this location.
    Mur des Fusillés:  Memorial to the 218 members of the French Resistance executed in Arras between 1941 & 1944.
  • Grand'Place & Place des Place des Héros:  Both squares were destroyed during the First World War & were rebulit according to the original plans in the Flemish baroque style of the 17th & 18th centuries.
  • Hotel de Ville:  16th century town hall in the Flemish baroque style completed in 1517
  • The Belfry:  75 metres high, the original belfry took was built  between 1463 & 1554. Both the town hall & belfry were destroyed in the first World War & rebuilt in the 1920s.
  • The Boves:  A system of underground tunnels & store-rooms used by the merchants of Arras since the 10th century.  The Boves were used by the British during World War One
  • Wellington Quarry:  Part of a system of tunnels & chambers housing more than 20,000 British & Dominion troops during the First World War.
  • Arras Christmas Market:  Held in the Grand'Place; almost 100 chalet stalls, selling Christmas gifts, traditional crafts & regional food & drink from across France. There is also a skating rink, ferris wheel & a carousel. Open from Friday 25th November.
Day Three (Arras & Return):  Spend the morning in Arras before departing after lunch. Visit:
  • Arras Museum of Fine Arts:  Located in the rebuilt Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Vaast, the museum has a wide range of collections including ceramics, sculpture, tapestries, costume & furniture as well as paintings from the 17th to 19th centuries.
  • Works by Breughel the Younger, Vignon, Lebrun, Largillière, Rubens, Delacroix, Corot & Douanier Rousseau.
  • Alternatively, visit Vimy Ridge to see the reconstructed trenches & Canadian Memorial.
Depart for Calais & ferry crossing to Dover. Return to your local drop-off point(s).

Add a Day with a Somme Battlefield Tour:  A full-day guided tour including visits to the  Accrington Pals' trench at Serre, Newfoundland preserved battlefield, Ulster Tower, Thiepval Memorial, Ovillers & Mash Valley, Lochnagar Crater & Pozières
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