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2019 ANZAC DAY 6 Day tour in the Somme and Flanders

Reference: BRT

  • DEPARTING:     Tue. 22 and 23 April 2019 
  • LAND COST:     From A$1,900 per person in twin-share - Single supplement A$670 
  • HIGHLIGHTS     ANZAC Day dawn Service • Villers Bretonneux • Pozieres • Bullecourt 
                     • Mouquet Farm • Le Hamel • Lochnager Crater
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2019 ANZAC DAY 6 day tour

Remembering the soldiers of the Great War 1914 /1918

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2019 ANZAC DAY 6 day tour

the Australian War Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux commemorates the battle of 24/25 April 1918, when Australian and Commonwealth Soldiers liberated the town. In front of it lie the graves of over 770 Australian soldiers, as well as those of other Commonwealth soldiers. Since 2008 it has been the site of the special ANZAC Day dawn service. Experience this unique event on our six-day ANZAC tour departing 22 and 23rd April 2019 and join fellow countrymen and local townspeople to remember those who fought during the Great War at one its most poignant site

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 5 nights in boutique accommodation 
  • A knowledgeable Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B)
  • 2 evening meals (D)
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Hooge Crater Trenches, Wellington Tunnels, the Franco-Australian Museum

ITINERARY

DAY 1 LILLE

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

DAY 2 LILLE – YPRES

Our first full day will take us to Ypres via the Messines Ridge and the city itself. Here, we’ll pay a visit to the Hooge Crater Museum and trenches. 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, 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 17 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. (B)

DAY 4 AMIENS – ANZAC DAWN CEREMONY – AMIENS

We’ll have a very early start today, leaving our hotel in time for the Dawn Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux. The service will be an unforgettable and emotive experience, which we’ll share with the locals and fellow Australians and New Zealanders who have journeyed here to pay tribute to the brave ANZAC soldiers who fought for the town. The rest of the day will be yours to spend at your leisure before we meet for an included dinner this evening. (B,D)

DAY 5 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. (B)

DAY 6 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, 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. (B)

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