Following our soldiers

The British Empire lost nearly a million men in World War I, most of whom died on the Western Front. The Western front stretched more than 700km between the Swiss boarder and the North Sea, through Western France and into Eastern Belgium. The Ypres salient , held by Commonwealth forces was the scene of some of the fiercest fighting and the most terrible conditions of the war. This tour highlights locations of Australian wartime significance in Belgium and Northern France.

Tour Highlights

  • Fromelles
  • Le Hamel 
  • Messines Ridge 
  • Ypres and Menin Gate Ceremony 
  • Passchendaele 
  • Polygon Wood 
  • Mouquet Farm 
  • Landing Beaches of Normandy
  • Mont St Michel
Departing
28/04/2018
Duration
9 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
Tour Coach

Day 1: ARRAS – Sat 28 April 
Early afternoon, meet your group and Tour Manager at the hotel accommodation in Arras France, an easy 50 minute train journey from Paris.

Day 2: YPRES – Sun 29 April
Depart for Belgium and travel through the Canadian battlefield at Vimy Ridge. Visit Fromelles, where two thousand Australian men died in a single night and learn about their sacrifice at the unique “Cobbers” Memorial and VC Corner at Fromelles Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery. (BD)

Day 3: YPRES – Mon 30 April
Visit Belgian battlefields today, in particular Hill 60, Menin Road, Hooge Crater Cemetery, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde Ridge, Passchendaele and the largest Commonwealth Military Cemetery in the world, Tyne Cot. 
Tyne Cot is the resting place of two Australian V.C. winners. Take the opportunity to reflect on the futility of war, with a visit Langemark German Cemetery to see the resting place of thousands of men, who, just like the Australians, followed the orders of their superiors and paid the ultimate price. A representative of the tour will lay a wreath at Menin Gate during the Last Post Ceremony. (BL)

Day 4: NORMANDY – Tue 1 May
Depart Ypres for Normandy to the site of Pegasus Museum, dedicated to the story of the heroic D-Day assault by British Airborne troops on Pegasus Bridge. (B)

Day 5: NORMANDY – Wed 2 May
Visit the D-Day landing beach of Omaha and the massive American Cemetery of Colleville Sur Mer, seen in “Saving Private Ryan”. Explore numerous other World War II battlefield sites and places of interest. (BL)

Day 6: NORMANDY - Thur 3 May
Today, visit more of the D-Day landing beaches and see Mulberry Harbor, an artificial harbour and an amazing feat of engineering in WW2 which allowed Allied soldiers to bring ashore crucial heavy munitions. (BL)

Day 7: MONT ST MICHEL - Fri 4 May
Today, visit the impressive Mont St Michel where you can explore the many shops, the Abbey and wonder at the ornate medieval castle/monastery. (B)

Day 8 : AMIENS –Sat 5 May
Today, return to Amiens and pass many villages surrounded by ripe canola fields and farming life. Arrive Amiens in the afternoon which is known for the Gothic Amiens Cathedral and shops and cafes which line the narrow streets and floating market gardens which dot the city’s canals. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner. (BD)

Day 9 : END OF TOUR Sun 6 May
After breakfast, transfer to your ownward destination. (B)

Meals: 8 Breakfasts | 3 Lunches | 2 Dinners

Transport: Tour Coach

Flights: No flights included

Accommodation: 8 Nights Hotel Accommodation

Activities:

  • Battlefields tours with English Speaking Guide
Departing
28/04/2018
Duration
9 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
Tour Coach
Price
AUD $3,995.00
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