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WW1 Battlefields in the Somme and Ypres in the Flanders

Reference: 19BRT-BFW

THE SOMME, VIMY RIDGE & YPRES

  • 5 Day / 4 Night tour
  • 18 passengers maximum
  • Cost per person from A$1,390 Twin Share
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Anzacs On The Western Front 2019
IN THE SOMME, VIMY RIDGE & YPRES


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


HIGHLIGHTS 

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

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. 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. (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 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. (B,D)

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. (B,D)

DAY 5

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. (B)


INCLUSIONS

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