Anzacs on The Western Front
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Anzacs on The Western Front | Summer 2017 | 5 Days: Tailor the tour if you wish to visit relatives’ graves Hear the Last Post played at Ypres
What's included
  • Return flights from the UK
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Specialist Battlefield driver/tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation 
  • European breakfast daily (B)
  • 2 x evening meals (D)
  • Entrance Fees: Hooge Crater Trenches, Hooge Museum Ypres, Wellington Tunnels, the Victoria School Museum & Fromelles Visitor Centre.
What's not included
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights,&rsquo items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
  • Pre and post tour accommodation.
  • Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price.
Day 1

Arrive at your pre-tour accommodation in Lille and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Day 2
Lille - Ypres

Our first day takes us to Ypres via the Messines Ridge and the city itself. Rebuilt post war, there was no more a hated location than the Ypres Salient across the Western Front for the ANZAC’s. After lunch at the Hooge Crater Café and Museum, 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 dinner in 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. 

Overnight: Hotel Kasteelhof’t Hooghe (or similar) 

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. Lunch in Arras is followed by 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,D)

Overnight: Hotel le Prieure (or similar)

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. (B,D)

Overnight: Hotel le Prieure (or similar)

Day 5
Amiens - Villers-Bretonneux - Lille

Villers-Bretonneux is central to Australian commemoration and memory, being the location of the National War Memorial. We’ll spend most of the morning in the town, including a visit to the Victoria School and Museum. 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)

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