The tour will start at Ebbsfleet International Station offering superb convenient links from London rail hubs and in addition provides secure parking at a reasonable rate. Transport via an executive standard coach and return channel crossing are also included throughout. The tour is limited to 25 spaces to ensure quality and make this tour feel like a personal pilgrimage as opposed to a large coach group. Personal visits to relatives or people of interest to you are positively encouraged and will be incorporated into the tour itinerary whilst these will be reflected as the group fills up a preliminary itinerary is planned as follows:
Day 1 – Friday 23 June 2017:
Departing from Ebbsfleet International around 100hrs we travel onwards to Dover for our ferry crossing to Calais. Upon arrival in France we travel down to Arras with a stop en-route at the impressive new International Memorial at Notre Dame De Lorette. After checking in to our Hotel in Arras and a welcome drink Jack Sheldon will provide a lecture on the German Army on the Western Front in 1917.
Day 2 – Saturday 24 June 2017:
Our morning is spent visiting the Vimy Ridge sector from Cabinet Rouge CWGC, the nearby German Cemetery at La Targette and up onto the Ridge itself with plenty of time to see what the centenary exhibition has to offer. After free time for lunch in the town, we follow the Scottish troops advance from Saint Laurent Blangy to the Pont du Jour, we also look at Roeux, its infamous chemical works, Gavrelle and Fampoux.
Day 3 – Sunday 25 June 2017:
Today we study the southern sector of the battlefield around the village of Neuville Vitasse and the outer fringes of the Hindenburg Line around Heninel and Guemappe, the entire area scattered with cemeteries, memorials and bunkers now a century old.
Our afternoon is spent with a visit to Bullecourt where British and Australian troops fought in atrocious conditions throughout April & May 1917, including memorials, cemeteries and sites of extreme valour we also have a rare opportunity to visit a private museum in the area and find out about some of the finds made locally in recent years. We end our day with a visit to the Arras Memorial.
Day 4 – Monday 26 June 2017:
Our final morning offers a comprehensive study of the strategic hilltop village of Monchy-le-Preux, scene of bitter fighting involving British infantry, cavalry and armour, Newfoundland troops played a vital roll in its defence against a German counter attack. We then head back to Calais and our onward journey to the UK arriving at Ebbsfleet around 1600hrs