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World War I Battlefields in Nord-Pas de Calais

World War I Battlefields in Nord-Pas de Calais

The fields and valleys of France’s Nord-Pas-de-Calais region saw some of the most brutal and significant battles of World War I. While this corner of northern France is now peaceful, the weight of history still hangs heavily. Here are a few must-see WWI battle sites in Nord-Pas-de-Calais and surrounds.

Battle of Arras

From April 9 to May 16, 1917, British soldiers attacked German strongholds in the countryside just outside the town of Arras, on the Western Front. As battle raged for over a month, British forces achieved one of the Great War’s longest land advances. As the Brits focused on the territory between Vimy and Bullecourt, the stage was set for the Battle of Vimy Ridge—one of the Arras offensive’s encouraging (for the Allies) opening battles.

Battle of Vimy Ridge

From April 9 to 12, 1917, Vimy Ridge was a key site in the Battle of Arras. During the now infamous Battle of Vimy Ridge, soldiers from the Canadian Corps advanced upon the German 6th Army—successfully claiming the strategically important high ground and protecting Allied forces from German gunfire.

Battle of Artois

The Battle of Artois was actually three different clashes that took place through 1914 and 1915. The first followed the Battle of Ypres and saw a stalemate between opposing sides trying to claim territory on the Western Front. In the second, French forces attacked German rail lines to cut off communications and resources. The third battle saw French and Allied forces capitalize on their larger numbers over the Germans.


Battle of Loos

From September 25 to October 1915, the Battle of Loos involved a huge attack by British and French forces on the German defenses in Artois and Champagne. Despite having replenished ammunition stocks and superior weaponry, the Allied forces were unable to surmount the German defense; the battle ended with severe British casualties.

 

Battle of Cambrai

Although relatively short-lived, the Battle of Cambrai is considered among the most significant struggles in Nord-Pas-de-Calais’ WWI history. The 1917 battle was focused largely on British and German forces. Following an initial British intrusion into German lines, German soldiers mounted a violent counterattack. 

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WWI Arras & Vimy Ridge Battlefields Small-Group Day Trip from Paris

WWI Arras & Vimy Ridge Battlefields Small-Group Day Trip from Paris

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Spend a day immersed in French WWI history with a visit to Arras and Vimy from Paris. On this full-day tour, you’ll see famous battlefields in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, visit commemorative sites like Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery in Souchez and the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, and learn fascinating details about WWI from your guide. Enjoy personalized touring with your small group as well as free time to explore Arras, home to Monchy-Le-Preux Memorial.
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  • 11 hours
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$256.71
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Canadian Somme and Flanders battlefield tour 2 days starting from Lille or Arras

Canadian Somme and Flanders battlefield tour 2 days starting from Lille or Arras

If you’re a history buff visiting France, this guided tour from Lille is the perfect way to immerse yourself in World War I history and landmarks. This two day tour takes you to pay your respects at Europe’s largest World War I cemetery and several memorials. Visit the Passendale 1917 Museum, located on a major battlefield site and see the actual trenches and no-man’s land where the soldiers fought.  Leave transportation and navigation to your professional guide.
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  • 2 days
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$709.67
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The Battle of the Somme Guided Day Tour from Arras

The Battle of the Somme Guided Day Tour from Arras

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Discover the trenches and terrible story of World War I’s Battle of the Somme on a full-day battlefield trip from Arras with an expert guide. Traveling to key battle sites and memorials by minivan, learn about the planning, execution and human cost of the infamous 1916 Western Front campaign. Visit must-sees including Pozieres Ridge and the Beaumont Hamel trenches; pay homage at Thiepval and other memorials; hear soldiers’ individual stories; and explore the grim events further at the Thiepval visitor center. Numbers are limited to eight for a small-group experience and entry fees and round-trip transport from Arras train station are included.
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  • 8 hours
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$163.10
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Vimy and Flanders Fields Canadian Battlefield Tour from Lille

Vimy and Flanders Fields Canadian Battlefield Tour from Lille

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Explore the Canadian World War I battlefields of France and Belgium on a private full-day tour from Lille or Arras. Witness the preserved tunnels and trenches of Vimy, where Canadian troops stormed German forces in April 1917. Learn about the Canadian assault and visit the Hill 145 memorial. After lunch, see some key Belgian WWI sites including the St Julien Memorial and Tyne Cot Cemetery, and attend Ypres’ Last Post Ceremony. The itinerary is flexible, so inform your guide if there’s anything you want to see more or less of.
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  • 9 to 12 hours
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$330.78
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Private Canadian WW1 Vimy & Somme Battlefield Tour from Arras or Lille

Private Canadian WW1 Vimy & Somme Battlefield Tour from Arras or Lille

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Explore the battlefields of France on this 9-hour Canadian World War I Somme battlefield tour from Arras or Lille. Travel into the WWI battlefields of the Somme with your guide. Explore the tunnels from which Canadian troops attacked German lines in the Battle of Vimy. Walk through Canadian and German trenches as your guide details the struggles the soldiers faced. Sights you'll see include Courcelette Memorial to fallen Canadian soldiers, Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park, and Thriepval Memorial.
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  • 9 hours
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$366.86
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2day Australian WW1 battlefield tour in Flanders the Somme from Lille and Arras

2day Australian WW1 battlefield tour in Flanders the Somme from Lille and Arras

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Discover the most important WWI battlefields, museums, and monuments on a 2-day sightseeing tour from Lille or Arras. Skip the stress of car rental and navigation, and relax in private end-to-end transportation on both days. The comprehensive itinerary takes you to a long list of locations which are of particular interest to Australians, including Fromelles and the Australian Memorial Park. Enjoy having entrance to all museums included, as well as a delicious lunch.
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  • 2 days
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$625.47
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Full-Day Canadian WW1 Vimy and Somme Battlefield Tour from Arras

Full-Day Canadian WW1 Vimy and Somme Battlefield Tour from Arras

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Leave Arras to trace the fates of Canadian soldiers on World War I’s Somme battlefields on this private day trip. With an expert guide providing in-depth commentary, visit Vimy to experience the tunnels and trenches of the famous Canadian offensive in April 1917. Walk around the Canadian Cemetery No 2 and Courcelette Memorial, and pay tribute to the lost at the Thiepval Memorial and Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park, where a 1916 attack by the Newfoundland Regiment saw terrible losses. Air-conditioned transport, entrance fees and a light lunch are included.
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  • 9 hours
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$414.97
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$414.97
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3-Day Small Group Tour of French and Belgian WWI Battlefields from Lille

3-Day Small Group Tour of French and Belgian WWI Battlefields from Lille

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Delve into the poignant history of World War I during a 3-day small-group tour of French and Belgian battlefields from Lille. Accompanied by either a professional guide or ex-army personnel, visit battlefields shrouded in historical legacy and see soul-stirring sights like the Lochnagar mine crater and the Hooge Crater and Museum. Explore the sites of the Loos, Poxières and Somme battles and luxuriate in 2 nights of hotel accommodation in Ypres. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to 15 people.  
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  • 3 days
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$645.69
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$645.69
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