‘Breakthrough’ – 1-day Arras and Vimy Tour

Tour Introduction

On 9 April 1917, across a 32 kilometre front east of the town of Arras, 200,000 men of the British Army launched an assault of the German lines. An attack designed to be a precursor to the French  ‘Nivelle Offensive’ which would follow a week later and which, it was intended, would break through the German defences on the Aisne inside 48 hours. With tactics forged in the crucible of the Somme the previous summer and supported by far greater weight of artillery than had been made available only 9 months before, the Battle of Arras has rightly gone down in history as victory – but what a  cost.

With 159,000 casualties over just 39 days, the average daily casualty of the Battle of Arras would be far greater than either 3rd Ypres (Passchendale) or the Somme.

This fully-guided 1-day programme is designed to place the 1917 Offensive in its historical and geographical context. A tour of the Wellington Quarry tunnels allow students the opportunity to examine the underground war, whilst visits to British, French and German cemeteries bring home the true cost of the fighting which raged outside Arras for almost 4 years.

Tour Information


  • France

Key Locations:

  • Notre Dame de Lorette
  • Neuville St Vaast German Cemetery
  • The Faubourg d’Amiens
  • Wellington Quarry
  • Vimy Ridge

Transport Options:

  • Coach


  • 1-day

The pre-trip service was efficient and organised, nothing was too much trouble

Etonbury Academy

Price Includes:

  • Fully guided
  • 1 free teacher place for every 10 paying students
  • Return crossings with ferry or Eurotunnel
  • An executive coach for your exclusive use
  • Tailor-made itinerary
  • All entrance fees associated with your visit

Topics Supported

These tours support all programmes of study and specifications covering:

War and British Society

Causes and Events of the First World War

Britain, Europe and the Wider World: 1901-Present Day

Britain at War

The Impact and Experience of war in Britain

The Changing Nature of Warfare

Warfare Through Time

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