Armistice Day serves as a commemoration of the end of fighting in WWI and a date of remembrance for those who died in “the war to end all wars”. The date also marks the anniversary of the battle of Villers Bretonneux which was fought by the Australian Imperial Force to liberate that small French town. This tour visits Villers Bretonneux 86 years later, as well as other sites of famous battles, to remember the bravery and sacrifice of ANZAC soldiers who fought there on foreign soil for the preservation of liberty and freedom of others.
- Armistice Day Service-Villers Bretonneux
- Bullecourt Ceremonies*
- Mouquet Farm
- Le Hamel
- Lochnager Crater
OPTIONAL TOUR EXTENSION:
Make the most of your time in Europe with an optional Flanders tour extension. Arrive 3 days earlier in Ypres, Belgium and begin with an optional visit to the fantastic "In Flanders Fields Museum" to gain an understanding of the region and the history of the battles that took place here. Then enjoy a welcome dinner with your guide at your hotel. Over the following two days, tour Flanders fields with visits to cemeteries and battle sites such as Fromelles, the "Cobbers Memorial", VC corner, Hill 60, Menin Road, Hooge Crater Cemetery, Tyne Cot (resting place of two Australian VC winners). Special visits to graves or battle sites of family member's can be arranged in advance.
Day 1: ARRAS – Thursday 8 November
Meet your Tour Coordinator and group at your hotel at 1.30pm to take a short walk to the Wellington tunnels. 20 metres below the pavements of Arras you’ll find this series of tunnels which were constructed in November 1916. The New Zealand tunnelers connected old chalk extraction tunnels to create a network of underground barracks large enough to accommodate up to 24,000 soldiers. This strategic location served also as a living space and Quarry. Originally named the Wellington Tunnels by the New Zealand sappers who built them and launched a daring surprise attack from them on 9th April 1917. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2: ARRAS – Friday 9 November
Visit important sites in the Somme near the village of Pozieres. Visit the Australian 1st Division Memorial and the famous Windmill on the ridge. Pass by Mouquet Farm, site of a series of bloody battles which resulted in the loss of 6,300 allied troops. Visit the Thiepval Memorial, dedicated to 73,000 missing British Troops from the first World War. See preserved trenches at 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 for the first time combined tanks, artillery and infantry. Pay your respects at the Adelaide Cemetery (the Unknown Soldier who now rests in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, was exhumed from here). Also, catch a glimpse of the crash site of the Red Baron. (BL)
Day 3: ARRAS – Saturday 10 November
Today, continue your touring and visit the quaint town of Peronne and the impressive Museum of the Great War. Pay your 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. Continue with specially coordinated sightseeing. (BL)
Day 4: ARMISTICE DAY-Sunday 11 Nov
Join many Australians at Villers Bretonneux to commemorate Armistice Day and mark the end of the hostilities in the Great War, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. (B)
DAY 5: Monday 12 November
Tour ends. (B)
Detailed information about specific daily visits and inclusions will be provided in final documentation or at time of arrival. Due to crowd numbers and weather conditions, tour itineraries may vary slightly to ensure the best experience.
Meals: 4 Breakfasts | 2 Lunches | 1 Dinners
Transport: Tour Coach
Flights: No flights included
Accommodation: 4 Nights Hotel Accommodation
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