Speak to a France Specialist (Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm) 1300 858 304

Remembrance Day on the Western Front

Remembrance Day on the Western Front

10 Days/9 Nights From
AU$3,739 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Coach TourCoach TourEscorted TourEscorted Tour
  • France Region
    Ypres
  • Duration
    10 Days/9 Nights
  • Tour Code
    ALB-18-MAN6
10 Days/9 Nights From
AU$3,739 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Coach TourCoach TourEscorted TourEscorted Tour
  • France Region
    Ypres
  • Duration
    10 Days/9 Nights
  • Tour Code
    ALB-18-MAN6
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 9 nights accommodationAdmissionAdmission All entrance fees includedEscorted TourEscorted Tour Fully escorted by an expert tour guideInclusionInclusion Personal audio system MealsMeals Daily breakfast, 2 lunch packs & 6 dinnersTransportationTransportation Coach for transfers and sightseeing

Summary

This 10-day tour offers you a more comprehensive look and lets you absorb the full reality and tragedy of the trench warfare and gain a deeper insight into the life of the Diggers. Experience the Remembrance Day Commemoration service at the Australian National Memorial near Villers-Bretonneux.

Itinerary

Day 1, 3 November 2018 (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 specialist Battlefield Tour Manager and fellow travellers.(D)

Hotel: Mercure Paris Montmartre

Day 2, 4 November 2018 (Ypres)
We travel to Ypres where we stay the next three nights. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour through the centre of town and see the magnificent Cloth Hall, St Georges Chapel, Ypres Ramparts Cemetery and 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 I, located in the Cloth Hall. Between 1916 and 1918 thousands of Australian and New Zealand soldiers came to Ypres where some of the heaviest fighting in World War I took place. Completely destroyed in the war, the town was lovingly re-built, 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)

Hotel: Novotel Ieper Centrum

Day 3, 5 November 2018 (Ypres)
A fascinating day focusing on the ‘Flanders Offensive’ of June to November 1917. In the morning we visit the site of the Battle of Messines, the beautiful Toronto Avenue Cemetery and the Island of Ireland Peace Park.

Later, we follow the famous Menin Road to visit Hooge Crater Cemetery, Hill 60, the 5th Australian Division Memorial in Polygon Wood 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!

Day 4, 6 November 2018 (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 streets. Later, take time to relax in one of the pavement cafés on the glorious old market square.

This afternoon, we also visit the Essex Farm Cemetery, a site forever associated with the composition of the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. (B)

Day 5, 7 November 2018 (Amiens)
Today, we 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.

You will be staying the next four nights in Amiens. (B, L, D)

Hotel: Novotel Amiens Pole Jules Verne

Day 6, 8 November 2018 (Amiens)
Today, we experience the tragedy of the 1916 Somme Battlefields. We visit the Australian memorials at Pozières which recall the loss of 23,000 men in six weeks. The memorial at the windmill simply reads, “This spot was the centre of the struggle in this area and was captured by Australian troops who fell more thickly on this ridge than on any other”. 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.

Returning to Amiens your evening is free.

Day 7, 9 November 2018 (Amiens)
Begin your day with a visit to one of the gems of French medieval architecture – Amiens Cathedral, where the Australian and New Zealand soldiers have been honoured.

Over the next 2 days, 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. We have included a visit to the fascinating Franco-Australian Museum at the Victoria Primary School in the village of Villers-Bretonneux. Dinner tonight is included in a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 8, 10 November 2018 (Amiens)
Today, we visit the Australian Corps Memorial at Le Hamel and the 2nd Australian Division Memorial at Mont St Quentin.

Lunchtime is at leisure in the historical town of Péronne, where we have also included entrance to the Historial de la Grande Guerre (Museum of the Great War). Dinner tonight is included at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 9, 11 November 2018 (Paris - Remembrance Day)
Today, we attend the Remembrance Day Commemoration service at the Australian National Memorial at Villers Bretonneux*.

At the conclusion of the commemoration service, we travel back to Paris. Tonight before a farewell dinner in a local restaurant, we attend the lighting of the flame ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe. (B, D)

*Details regarding the time of the Remembrance Day Commemoration service are to be confirmed by the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Hotel: Mercure Paris Montmartre

Day 10, 12 November 2018 (Paris)
Your tour ends this morning after breakfast. (B)

Inclusions

  • Fully escorted by our highly experienced specialist Battlefield Guide Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach
  • 9 nights specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast daily (B), 2 lunch packs (L) and 6 dinners including welcome dinner & farewell dinners in Paris (D)
  • Welcome drink in Paris
  • All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • Extensive touring of the WWI battlefields
  • Local guide for Bruges walking tour
  • Personal audio system whilst on tour
  • Free WiFi available on most coaches and at hotels
  • End of tour tips to Tour Manager and driver, tips for local guide

Important Notes

  • Hotels are subject to full confirmation, any alternative property will be of a comparable or higher standard.

Contact a French Travel Specialist

Enquire Now

Meet Your French Travel Specialist...

Contacts

Enquire about this Tour

Call us

Prefer speaking to us over the phone? Our French Specialists would love to help you out!

AU 1300 858 304

Opening Hours:
9am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday

Find out more information from our French Travel Specialist

Call us

Prefer speaking to us over the phone? Our French Specialists would love to help you out!

AU 1300 858 304

Opening Hours:
9am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday

Enquire Now

Find out more information from our French Travel Specialist

Enquire Now

Meet Your French Travel Specialist...

Contacts