Day One (Outward): Local pick-up
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.