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ANZAC Day on the Western Front (10 days)

ANZAC Day on the Western Front (10 days)

10 Days/9 Nights From
AU$3,989 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Coach TourCoach TourEscorted TourEscorted Tour
  • Itinerary
    Paris - Ypres - Amiens - Paris
  • France Region
    Ypres
  • Duration
    10 Days/9 Nights
  • Theme
    History & culture
  • Tour Code
    BTAWF1016
10 Days/9 Nights From
AU$3,989 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Coach TourCoach TourEscorted TourEscorted Tour
  • Itinerary
    Paris - Ypres - Amiens - Paris
  • France Region
    Ypres
  • Duration
    10 Days/9 Nights
  • Theme
    History & culture
  • Tour Code
    BTAWF1016
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 9 nights accommodationMealsMeals Daily breakfast, 2 snack lunches & 4 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 commemorative tour takes you to historic World War I battlefields, world-renowned war museums and memorials of France and Belgium. Remember the ANZAC Day by attending the moving Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - 18 APRIL 2017 (PARIS)
Your tour commences in Paris this evening. We have included a welcome drink and dinner. This is an ideal chance to meet and get to know your Tour Manager and fellow travellers. (D)

Your Paris hotel: Hotel Pullman Paris Montparnasse.

DAY 2 - 19 APRIL 2017 (PARIS)
This morning, enjoy a Paris panoramic tour which will bring alive the city from the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées and Arc de Triomphe (including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier), to the Louvre and Notre Dame. Your afternoon and evening are at leisure. (B)

DAY 3 - 20 APRIL 2017 (YPRES)
Depart Paris and our first stop is a visit to the Adelaide Cemetery (site of the exhumation of Australia’s Unknown Soldier in November 1993) before arriving at 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. Also visited today is the Franco Australian Museum at the Victoria School in the village. Driving on, across the uplands of the Somme, our next visit is to the Australian Corps Memorial at Le Hamel and finally to the 2nd Australian Division memorial at Mont St Quentin, on the outskirts of the historical town of Péronne. All in all, these first battlefield visits provide the perfect context for our touring over the next few days. Later this afternoon we continue to Ypres where we stay the next four nights. Between 1916 and 1918 thousands of Australian and New Zealand soldiers came to Ypres where some of the heaviest fighting in World War 1 took place. Completely destroyed in the war, the town was lovingly rebuilt carefully restoring the grand old buildings and picturesque square. Tonight, after dinner, you can attend the sounding of the Last Post at the Menin Gate, a moving ceremony repeated every night since 1928. (B, D).

Your Ypres hotel: Novotel Ieper Centrum

DAY 4 - 21 APRIL 2017 (YPRES)
Today, enjoy your day in Ypres. Our walking tour takes us through the centre of town to the magnificent Cloth Hall, St Georges Chapel and St Martin’s Church. We will also visit the beautiful Ypres Ramparts Cemetery and walk on top of the ramparts to the Menin Gate Memorial, the British Empire’s tribute to the missing from the battles around Ypres. Highlight of your day will be a visit to ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum - a remarkable interactive experience of World War 1, located in the Cloth Hall. The rest of your day is free in this delightful gothic town. (B)

DAY 5 - 22 APRIL 2017 (YPRES)
A day to discover the battlefields and memorials associated with some of
the most costly operations fought in by Australian soldiers – the battles of the ‘Flanders Offensive’ of June to November 1917. In the morning, visit the site of the Battle of Messines, the beautiful Toronto Avenue Cemetery and the Island of Ireland Peace Park. Later we drive up the famous Menin Road to visit Hooge Crater Cemetery and Museum (this small, private museum is in a renovated Chapel and small school), the 5th Australian Division Memorial in Polygon Wood, Hill 60 and the British Commonwealth’s largest war cemetery at Tyne Cot. What happened in this area east of Ypres in 1917 was eventually summed up in one terrible word - Passchendaele! (B)

DAY 6 - 23 APRIL 2017 (YPRES)
We have included a delightful excursion today to the charming city of Bruges. Recognised as one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities, Bruges is riddled with canals, bridges and quiet back streets. On arrival we are joined by a local guide for a walking tour around the quaint and picturesque cobbled stone streets. Later, take time to relax in one of the pavement cafes on the glorious old market square. This afternoon we also visit the Essex Farm Cemetery, a site forever.

DAY 7 - 24 APRIL 2017 (AMIENS)
Today, journey through the old Western Front battlefields from Ypres in Belgium to Amiens in France. After crossing the border, we will stop at 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 there we visit the most spectacular British Commonwealth memorial in France – the Canadian National Memorial on Vimy Ridge. Before heading into Amiens, we will travel across the old Bullecourt battlefield and view the moving statue of an Australian soldier at the Bullecourt ‘Digger’ Memorial. A packed lunch, and dinner has been included today. Your hotel for the next three nights is located in the very heart of town. (B, L, D)

DAY 8 - 25 APRIL 2017 (AMIENS – ANZAC DAY)
ANZAC Day will be special! A ceremony with military uniforms, slouchhats, Ambassadors and dignitaries, army bands, national anthems, the Last Post, crowds of visitors as well as the local population of this small French village which will “never forget Australia”. This morning we attend the Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial near Villers Bretonneux. At the conclusion of the Dawn Service, we 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. Return to your hotel mid morning. In 1918, Australian soldiers played a prominent part in the defence of the city of Amiens. Today, visit one of the gems of French medieval architecture - Amiens Cathedral, where the Australian and New Zealand soldiers have been honoured. The rest of your day and evening are at leisure in the delightful town of Amiens. (B)

DAY 9 - 26 APRIL 2017 (AMIENS)
Today, 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. Later we visit 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 is included today. Return to Amiens where this evening you enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. (B, L, D)

DAY 10 - 27 APRIL 2017 (TO PARIS)
Sadly, your Western Front Tour ends this morning after breakfast as you are transferred to Paris to arrive around midday. 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 2pm today. (B)

Inclusions

  • All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Fully-escorted by our specialist Battlefield Tour Manager/war historian
  • Personal audio system while on tour
  • First class air-conditioned touring coach
  • End-of-tour tips to tour manager, driver and local Paris guide
  • 9 -night accommodation as described
  • Breakfast daily, 2 snack lunches
  • 4 dinners including farewell dinner in Amiens
  • Welcome drink in Paris
  • All entrances as per itinerary
  • Extensive touring of the WW1 battlefields

Important Notes

  • Departs on 18 April 2017 from Paris.
  • Single Supplement: $989 AUD

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