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For over 15 years France At Leisure has organised  ANZAC tours to the Somme battlefields.
Our tours have been specifically designed to cover ANZAC battlefield sites and designed for Australian travelers. 

 

1 DAY: Somme Tour

Duration: All day
Start: 9:30 Am
Condition: Minimum 2 people
Price: A$250 per person
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Day Tour - out of Amiens

  • Pick Up time: 9.30am at Amiens Train Station

  • Drop off time: 5.00 – 5.15pm approximately at Amiens train station

The Western Front Tour operated by the longest established Australian battlefield tour company for the western front battlefields.


Our professional tour guide specialize in taking Australians to memorials, battlefields, military cemeteries and to visit the grave sites of fallen relatives and friends. Whether your interest is personal or historical, this tour is extremely informative.

Few of the sites visited during the tour:

  • Visit the Adelaide cemetery
  • Villers-Bretonneux Franco-Australian museum and school
  • Australian national memorial
  • Albert, Pozieres
  • Beaumont Hamel Trench Park
  • Australian 1st division Memorials…

Limited number of people, we recommend you to book early.

Recommended Train from Paris Gare du Nord:  7h28am, arriving Amiens at 8h47am. 

Please check timing prior as these may have changed.

(Transport via Mini Bus)

2018 ANZAC small group

Reference: BRT

  • Small Group with a maximum 15 passengers  
  • Cost per person A$1,550 Twin Share 
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2018 ANZAC - 5 day tour - From Lille

A$1,550 per person 


From the trenches at Ypres to monuments marking The Somme, our ANZAC tours map Australian and New Zealand troops’ movements in WWI. Please note, the tour runs on selected dates throughout the season.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tailor the tour if you wish to visit relatives’ graves (please advise us with your special needs at the time of booking) 
  • Visit to Wellington Tunnels
  • Hear the Last Post played at Ypres

ITINERARY

Day 1 LILLE

Arrive in Lille and meet with the group in the evening for an included dinner. (D)

Day 2 LILLE – YPRES

Our first day takes us to Ypres via the Messines Ridge and the city itself. After lunch, we will spend time around the Passchendaele battlefields, including Polygon Wood, the Gravenstafel Ridge and Tyne Cot Military Cemetery. We’ll also visit the shell scarred area of Hill 60, 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 8.00 pm. (B)

Day 3 YPRES – AMIENS

Leaving Belgium, we cross into French Flanders and spend time at Fromelles, focusing on the disastrous attack of 19th July 1916, including a visit to Pheasant Wood Cemetery and the new exhibition nearby. Our next encounter includes a  visit to the Wellington Quarries, fashioned from existing medieval quarries by New Zealand Engineers in 1916/17 as part of the preparations for the Battle of Arras. Australia’s role in this battle is remembered at Bullecourt, with a stop in the village at the Digger Memorial. (B)

Day 4 AMIENS – THE SOMME – AMIENS

The Somme still captivates the soul and it is here that the ANZAC’s first saw major action in the middle of 1916. Engrained upon their very being were the names of Pozières and Mouquet Farm for 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, before reminiscing on our tour at our farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 5 AMIENS – VILLERS-BRETONNEUX – LILLE

Villers-Bretonneux is central to Australian commemoration and memory, being the location of the National War Memorial. The final day focuses primarily on the final year of the war, 1918, with success at Le Hamel, which we will visit before we begin the journey back to Lille. (B)

INCLUSIONS

  • 4 nights in boutique accommodation
  • A knowledgeable Back-Roads Driver/Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B), 3 evening meals (D)
  • Entrance included to: Hooge Crater Trenches, Hooge Crater Trenches & Museum, Wellington Tunnels, Victoria School Museum

(ANZAC's Day Dawn Service tour) have an amended itinerary and an extra day starting in Amiens where, rising early, we join Australians, New Zealanders and locals to observe the ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Villers-Bretonneux. The rest of the day is yours, before we return to Amiens. For this version of the tour please call us to book.

2018 ANZAC Centenary

Reference: FAL

Duration: 11 days / 10 nights
Tour dates: 21 April - 1 May 2018
Cost per person:  From A$3,868 in twin-share

   - Single Supplement

From A$990

Register your interest today or to secure a spot with a $300 per person

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2018 ANZAC DAY CENTENARY COMMEMORATION TOUR

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21 April - 1 May 2018 
11 Day / 10 Night tour to Paris - Amiens and Ypres

Every year, Australians make the journey to the Somme to attend the ANZAC DAY Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux. 

As for France at Leisure's 2015 successful Centenary Tour, we are currently designing a similar package for a small group of Australians and covering the significant battlefield sites of the Somme and Flanders.

To see the previous tour video CLICK HERE


In WW1, Australian troops entered the trenches of France and Belgium. Three years later over 46,000 were dead.
In April 1918, the Germans threatened the vital rail hub in Amiens, in northern France, and capture the village of Villers-Bretonneux.
On the 24/25th April 1918 Australian and British troops halted the advance, and forced a German withdrawal. Amiens was saved!. 

-"This boutique escorted tour is all about retracing this crucial part of European history and the ANZAC contribution and sacrifices". 
    Tour escort Mr. Kieran McCarthy.

Download expression of interest form (with no financial commitment) 


As part of the launch of our 2018 Anzacs on the Somme Centenary Tour please follow the link to website of our tour guide , Mr Kieran McCarthy for videos and images of past tours he has conducted for France@Leisure .This website will be updated regularly on the progress of our tour , and with many other items regarding the Great War . 


 ITINERARY SUMMARY and highlights

  • Day 1 – 21/04/18   PARIS        Welcome drinks and dinner in Paris -
  • Day 2 -  22/04/18  PARIS         Guided Optional coach tour to Explore the charms of “The City of Light “ –
  • Day 3 – 23/04/18   AMIENS      To the Front ! Villers-Bretonneux , Corbie and surrounds – overnight Amiens ;
  • Day 4 – 24/04/18   AMIENS      North of the Somme -  Albert , Pozieres , Mouquet Farm and Dernancourt – overnight Amiens ;
  • Day 5 – 25/04/18   AMIENS      Dawn Service – Centenary of Villers-Bretonneux – overnight Amiens ;
  • Day 6 – 26/04/18   AMIENS      South of the Somme – Le Hamel , Peronne, Mont St Quentin – overnight Amiens ;
  • Day 7 – 27/04/18   YPRES         Bullecourt, Vimy Ridge , Menin Gate – overnight Ypres ;
  • Day 8 – 28/04/18   YPRES         Hill 60 , Messines , Christmas Truce , Polygon Wood – overnight Ypres ;
  • Day 9 – 29/04/18   YPRES         Zonnebeke , Passchendaele – overnight Ypres ;
  • Day 10 – 30/04/18 PARIS         The Beginning and End - Fromelles , Montbrehain – overnight Paris - Farewell Dinner

Inclusions: breakfast daily - 4 Dinners and 4 Lunches

Small group of only 25 participants  


For a more details on this 2018 ANZAC DAY Tour package and itinerary, contact France at Leisure by email or call Christian Blondeau on 1300 302 623.

ANZAC DAY 5 Day tour

Reference: MET

  • DEPARTING:     Tue. 24 April 2018 - RETURNING: Sat. 28 April 2018
  • LAND COST:     A$2,480 per person in twin-share - Single supplement A$550
  • HIGHLIGHTS     ANZAC Day dawn Service • Villers Bretonneux • Pozieres 
                               Bullecourt ANZAC Day Ceremonies (If time permits) • Mouquet Farm • Le Hamel • Lochnager Crater

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ANZAC DAY IN THE SOMME

Remembering the soldiers of the Great War 1914 /1918


Featuring the 100th commemoration of the Battle of Villers Bretonneux.  The green, rolling fields of Northern France have been the scene of battles and conflict for thousands of years. This battlefields tour is perfectly timed to observe the Anzac Day dawn service at Villers Bretonneux, a small town liberated from German forces by the Australian Imperial Force, 86 years to the day earlier. Visit sites of famous battles from the wars of days past while remembering the bravery, and sacrifice of ANZAC soldiers who fought for the liberty and freedom of countries a world away.

Day 1: ARRAS – Tuesday 24 April
Your tour commences in Arras, an easy 50 minute train journey from Paris. Meet your tour manager and group by 9:30am in the hotel lobby before a short walk to the Wellington tunnels to discover the underground life of the Commonwealth Armies. Here, you’ll see tunnels, first dug during the Middle Ages, then used again in World War 1. Anzac Tunnelers used these tunnels to link quarters for 24,000 soldiers before the Battle of Arras in 1917. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. before a group welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2: ANZAC DAY – Wednesday 25 April 

Rise very early to arrive and find a position for Anzac Day Dawn Service at Villers Bretonneux. Representatives from your group will lay a wreath  at the ceremony. Then, visit Villers Bretonneux to explore and reflect. More information on the about the order of the ceremonies will be supplied in final documentation. If time allows, you may also have the opportunity to attend the Slouch hat Commemorative service. (B)

Day 3: ARRAS - Thur 26 April

Visit and be guided through some important sites in  the Somme and around the village of Pozieres. Visit the Australian 1st Division Memorial and the famous Windmill site on the ridge. Pass by Mouquet Farm, site of a series of bloody battles which resulted in the loss of some 6,300 allied troops. Visit Thiepval Memorial, dedicated to 73,000 missing British Troops. See the preserved trenches at the Newfoundland Memorial Park before reaching the Lochnager Crater near the town of Albert. This Massive Crater resulted from the detonation of a powerful mine marking the commencement of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916. Continue on to the Australian Corps Memorial at Le Hamel, where Monash led the Australians on a revolutionary and very successful attack which combined tanks, artillery and infantry. Pay your respects at the Adelaide Cemetery (where the Unknown Soldier who now rests in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, was exhumed). Also, catch a glimpse of the crash site of the Red Baron. (BL)

Day 4: ARRAS –Fri 27 April

Today, continue your tour visiting the quaint town of Peronne and the Museum of the Great War. Pay respects at the 2nd Division memorial the scene of one of Australia’s finest feats of arms, the daring and decisive battle and capture of Mont St Quentin in 1918. Then continue exploring the Arras region. (BL)

Day 5: TOUR END – Sat 28 April

After a well deserved nights rest, check out your hotel accommodation and transfer to your onward destination.