6, Place Mendès France - BP 99 - 59028 Lille Cedex
Tél : (33) 03 20 14 57 57
Fax : (33) 03 20 14 57 58
The price includes:
- 1 night at the Hôtel de l’Univers (3 stars) in Arras in a double
or privilege twin room for two people.
- buffet breakfasts and dinner (3 course regional menu in the Le Clusius restaurant excluding drinks),
- a visit to the Wellington quarry for two people plus tourist taxes.
The price does not include: transport, lunch, or personal expenses.
In November 1916, the Allies were preparing to launch a diversion operation, before the offensive of the Chemin des Dames. Their ingenious idea was to employ New Zealand tunnellers to connect the chalk quarries that had been dug underneath Arras since the Middle Ages in order to create a network of underground barracks, able to accommodate up to 24,000 soldiers while waiting for the next offensive. On 9th April 1917, thousands of soldiers emerged from this underground network to launch a surprise attack on the German positions.
The site of the Wellington quarry was designed a place of Remembrance. The above ground section consists of a memorial garden and wall which honours the memory of the regiments of the First, Second, Third and Fifth British Armies involved in the battle of Arras.
Accommodation: The Best Western de L’Univers, a former 16th century Jesuit monastery, is situated in the town centre and offers 38 comfortable and intimate rooms. The dishes served in its restaurant “Le Clusius” make full use of local produce, which are further enhanced by the quality of the service and the prestigious surroundings.
The region in pictures
Carnaval de Dunkerque 2013
Orchids bloom beneath the Cistercian vaults of Vaucelles
Le Jardin des Boves in Arras
International Kite Festival at Berck-sur-Mer
Paris-Roubaix cycle race 2013
Les Turbulentes – Street arts festival in Vieux-Condé
Z’Arts Up in Béthune
Lille flea Market 2013
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