Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
The 1914-1918 battlefields of the Somme are located in the beautiful, rural landscape of the region of Picardy and the Département de la Somme. The River Somme flows through the Vallée de la Haute Somme. Winding its way through a gently rolling landscape the beautiful Somme river, with its famous marshes (marais) and swamps (marécages), makes its way westwards through the battlefield area from St. Quentin in the east, through Amiens and on to the coast.
• Return P&O Ferry Crossing from Dover to Calais
(other crossings available on request)
• 3 Nights at the Mercure Hotel, Arras
• Buffet breakfast each morning
• Detailed Road Book featuring; Maps, WWI Battlefields, Monuments and Museum Information
• 2020 tours also include entrance to Arras La Bourse d'echanges
• Commemorative Tour Rally Plate
• Car Parking at the Hotel (charges payable locally)
A "Big Thank You" to the team at Scenic Car Tours for a most enjoyable WW1 Battlefields Tour. The tour was well planned and there were no hitches with any part of it and we all thought that the Novotel in Ypres was a really good choice. It has a large underground car park which is ideal for the type of vehicles on the tour, while its central location made it ideal for going to the Menin Gate to listen to the "Last Post", and also for visiting the Flanders Museum. On the Friday we took the coast road to Ostend and spent most of the afternoon visiting and walking the "Atlantic Wall" to observe the German fortifications and defences, a remarkable site. Saturday we visited Messines ridge where our grandfather lost his life on July 27th 1917. We also went to Hill 62 to see the trenches, as well visiting the New Zealand, Irish and Sikh war memorials. Our last visit of the day was Tyne Cot Cemetry, a really sobering site, with 70% of the grave headstones having no name, just "A Soldier known only to God". Saturday evening we went to the 8.00pm "Last Post" ceremony, a really moving experience. Sunday morning we walked round the walls of Ypres and visited a beautiful small war graves cemetry in the town. Sunday afternoon we drove to the small cemetry just outside Ypres where our grandfather is buried. (He passed away on July 27th 1917 after being injured in the third battle of Ypres). Our late father never had the opportunity to visit the grave, so it was wonderful that at long last his blood relatives (Philip and myself) finally in the 100th Anniversary Year achieved this. Monday morning after breakfast the Novotel upon our checking out allowed us to leave the cars in their underground car park so that we could visit the wonderful Flanders Museum in the central square. To sum up a really enjoyable and at sometimes emotional tour, well planned with a good hotel. We would like to make this trip again in 2018, so that the closure of this terrible event can be marked? My best regards, and thanks for making such a trip possible. David Allman
The Somme will ever remained scarred by war. The remains of trenches, shellholes and the many cemeteries and memorials are a constant reminder of the pain that was suffered here 100 years ago. The Remembrance Trail, a circuit linking Albert and Péronne, two symbolic towns of the Great War, enables visitors to discover the main sites of remembrance.
From £299.00 Per Person
4 Days, 3 Nights from £339.00
Return Ferry Crossing
3 Nights Hotel in Ypres
Parking & Meals as per the Itinerary
Arras & Somme Attractions
10 Days, 9 Nights from £1049.00
Return Ferry Crossing
9 Nights at the Hotel Accommodation
Car Parking & Meals as per the Itinerary
The Somme Battlefields
The D-Day Landing Beaches
Arras is famous for its two gems that are the Grand Place and the Place des Héros. Surrounded by 155 houses of Flemish Baroque style, these two paved squares are magnificent and make an enchanting scene! Very lively, the Héros square, lined with covered galleries home to fine food shops and cafés, is dominated by the belfry of the town hall.
Monuments & Memorials commemorate military units, individuals and a number of memorials commemorate the thousands of men serving with the military on both sides of the wire known to have been killed but whose remains have never been discovered or identified.
Cemetaries - The 1914-1918 battlefields of the Somme are the final resting place of many thousands of soldiers who served with the British, French and German Armies during the Great War.
Museums - Visitors to the battlefields in the Département de la Somme will find a good selection of public and private museums.
WWI Trenches at Vimy Ridge
Place des Héros, Arras