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Anzacs on the Western Front - History Tour of France & Belgium

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From the trenches at Ypres to monuments marking The Somme, this historic Anzac tour maps Australian and New Zealand troops’ movements in WWI.

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DURATION
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4 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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About this holiday

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Please note: this tour runs on selected dates throughout the season.

  • Take time to pay your respects at relatives' graves
  • Visit the Wellington Tunnels
  • Hear "The Last Post" at Ypres

Inclusions

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  • 4 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced tour leader and driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Small group (max 18 passengers)

Accommodation

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4 nights in boutique accommodation.

Travel dates

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  • 10-14 Aug 2019 - Book by 9 Aug and Save 10%!
  • 26-30 Aug 2019
  • 27 Sep-01 Oct 2019
  • 05-09 Oct 2019

Below prices based 10 Aug 2019 departures:

  • Twin share - NOW from $1,529 per person
  • Solo rate available on request

Please call our consultants on 1300 414 198 for details and to secure your seat!

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Lille

Today we’ll meet with the group in Lille, where we’ll enjoy an included dinner together.

Meals - Dinner

Day 2 - Lille - Ypres

Our first full day will take us to Ypres via the Messines Ridge. After lunch, we will spend time around the Passchendaele battlefields, including Polygon Wood and Tyne Cot Military Cemetery. We’ll also visit the shell-scarred area of Hill 60 and Hooge Crater before returning to Ypres. The final part of the day includes attendance at the daily playing of the Last Post under the Menin Gate at 8pm.

Meals - Breakfast

Day 3 - Ypres - Amiens

Leaving Belgium, today we’ll cross into Flanders and spend time at Fromelles, the site of the disastrous attack of 19 July 1916, where we’ll visit Pheasant Wood Cemetery and the new exhibition nearby. Next, we’ll visit the Wellington Quarries, which were fashioned from existing medieval quarries by New Zealand Engineers in 1916 and 1917 as part of the preparations for the Battle of Arras. We’ll remember Australia’s role in this battle at Bullecourt, with a stop at the Digger Memorial.

Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Amiens - The Somme-Amiens

The Somme still captivates the soul – and it’s here that the ANZACs first saw major action in the middle of 1916. Pozières and Mouquet Farm were especially important for the Australians, and Longueval and Flers for the Kiwis. We’ll also remember the colossal loss experienced by Great Britain with a visit to the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. Later, we’ll reminisce on our tour at our farewell dinner.

Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Amiens-Villers Bretonneux - Lille

As the home of the National War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is central to Australian commemoration and memory. Here, we’ll visit the Franco-Australian Museum and the Sir John Monash Centre, before shifting our focus to the last year of the war, 1918, with a visit to Le Hamel – the site of the successful 4 July attack. Afterwards, we’ll return to Lille, where our tour will come to a close.

Meals - Breakfast

Questions

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How much luggage can I bring?

As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited. Each guest may bring one piece of main luggage of a standard size of no more than 158cm (when the length, width and height is added together) and weighing no more than 20kg. You may also bring one small carry-on bag per person. If you have more luggage, please make arrangements to store it prior to joining the tour. We are unable to carry extra luggage on the mini-coach.

What clothes should I bring?

A suggested packing list will be provided in your pre-departure information. We suggest packing for variable weather conditions. We also suggest a pair of good shoes for walking tours.

Top 10 items to bring:

  • Chargers and adapters
  • A waterproof jacket or umbrella
  • Towel
  • Medication
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Layers
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Passport

What level of mobility do I need?:

You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages. You also need to able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms. 

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate mobility scooter or wheelchair users. If you have any medical issues, please declare them to us in advance of your tour. If you are in any doubt as to whether our tours are suitable for you, please check with us.

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Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier conditions apply