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Anzac Day on the Somme (5 Days)

Anzac Day on the Somme (5 Days)

5 Days/4 Nights From
AU$1,989 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Coach TourCoach TourEscorted TourEscorted Tour
  • France Region
    Somme
  • Duration
    5 Days/4 Nights
  • Theme
    History & culture
  • Tour Code
    ALB-18-4799
5 Days/4 Nights From
AU$1,989 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Coach TourCoach TourEscorted TourEscorted Tour
  • France Region
    Somme
  • Duration
    5 Days/4 Nights
  • Theme
    History & culture
  • Tour Code
    ALB-18-4799
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 4 nights accommodationMealsMeals Daily breakfast, 1 snack lunch & 2 dinnersAdmissionAdmission All entrance fees includedEscorted TourEscorted Tour Fully escorted by an expert tour guideInclusionInclusion Personal audio system TransportationTransportation Coach for transfers and sightseeing

Summary

This 5-day tour offers you a comprehensive insight at the main sights and monuments of the Somme region. Get to experience the Anzac Day ceremony at the Australian National Memorial.

Itinerary

Day 1,  22 April 2018 (Paris to Somme)
We depart Paris at 9am and travel north to Fromelles, scene of Australia’s first major battle on the Western Front, to visit VC Corner (Australian Cemetery), Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery and the Australian Memorial Park at Fromelles.  We also visit the Museum of the Battle of Fromelles. From here we travel across the old Bullecourt battlefield to view the moving statue of an Australian soldier at the Bullecourt ‘Digger’ Memorial. Your home for the next 4 nights is in the heart of the Somme region. Our hotels are superbly located in the very heart of Amiens, & Saint Quentin within easy walking distance of all the major sights.  This evening we have included a welcome drink and dinner at your hotel.

Your Hotel: Campanile Amiens Centre Gare or Ibis Saint Quentin Basilique

Day 2, 23 April 2018 (Somme)
Today we experience the tragedy of the 1916 Somme battlefield including the Australian memorials at Pozières, which recall the loss of 23,000 men in six weeks. Also visited today are the vast and tragic Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, including entrance to the Thiepval Interpretation Centre which details the battles of the Somme between 1914 and 1918, the Ulster Tower Memorial to the 36th Ulster Division and the Newfoundland Memorial Park. A snack lunch has been included today. (B, L)

Day 3,  24 April 2018 (Somme)
Today we explore the 1918 Somme Battlefields including the Adelaide Cemetery (site of the exhumation of Australia’s Unknown Soldier in November 1993) and the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux. It was here on April 25, 1918, exactly 3 years after the Gallipoli landings, that Australian courage and determination provided a stunning victory that ended the German advance in this area. It is a place to think about how Australia’s story on the Western Front between 1916 and 1918 has been commemorated. We have included a visit to the fascinating Franco-Australian Museum at the Victoria Primary School in the village of Villers-Bretonneux. Later we visit the Australian Corps Memorial at Le Hamel and the 2nd Australian Division Memorial at Mont St Quentin, on the outskirts of the historical town of Péronne. (B)

Day 4, 25 April 2018 (Somme - Anzac DAY)

This morning we attend the Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial near Villers Bretonneux. At the conclusion of the Dawn Service, we also plan to attend the local wreath laying ceremony, hosted by the Mayor, at the French monument near the town hall in Villers Bretonneux*. A breakfast pack has been included today.

In 1918, Australian soldiers played a prominent part in the defence of the city of Amiens. Your Battlefield Tour Manager will accompany you to visit one of the gems of French medieval architecture - Amiens Cathedral, where the Australian and New Zealand soldiers have been honoured. Arriving back at your hotel, the rest of your day is at leisure. This evening you enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

*Attendance at the Mayors wreath laying service in Villers-Bretonneux remains subject to confirmation & is dependant upon traffic arrangements in & around Villers-Brettoneux on 25 April. (B, D)

Day 5, 26 April 2018 (To Paris)

This morning, we visit the Armistice Carriage at Compiègne, where the Armistice of 11 November 1918 was signed. Your Western Front Tour ends on arrival in Paris. Drop off points will be Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris Gare du Nord station. We recommend that you book flights or trains that depart Paris after 3:00 pm today. (B)

Inclusions

  • All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Fully escorted by our specialist Battlefield Tour Manager
  • Personal audio system whilst on tour
  • Travel in a first class air conditioned touring coach
  • End of tour tips to your Tour Manager and Driver
  • 4 nights specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast daily (B), 1 snack lunch (L), 2 dinners including farewell dinner in a local restaurant (D)
  • Welcome drink at your hotel on Day 1
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Extensive touring of the Somme Battlefields

Important Notes

  • Departs on 22 April 2018 from Paris.
  • Single supplement apply

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