2017 ANZAC Day on the Somme Battlefields Tour
|Tour dates 2017:
||22 April to 26 April 2017
|Cost per person:
From A$1,880 Twin Share
Single supplement: A$450
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST FOR OUR 2018 CENTENARY TOUR
- Stay 4 nights in the heart of the Western Front in Amiens
- Travel with only a maximum of 40 travellers
- Genuinely inclusive, no additional on tour costs
- Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
- Guaranteed group departures
Our ANZAC Day on the Somme tour is ideally suited for those of you with restraints on time. This tried and tested programme is led by a specialist Battlefield Tour Manager and focuses specifically on the commemorative sites of the Somme battlefields. Staying four nights in the very heart of Amiens, close to Villers-Bretonneux allows for comprehensive sightseeing, quality touring and easy access to the moving ANZAC Day Dawn Service.
- Experience the moving ANZAC Day dawn service at Villers-Bretonneux and local morning service hosted by the village Mayor
- Stay 4 nights in the centre of Amiens, superbly located to access all the major Commemorative sights
- Gain a deeper insight into the life of the diggers from our specialist Battlefield Tour Manager
- See the 2nd Australian Division memorial at Mont St Quentin and the Australian Corps Memorial at Le Hamel
- Visit the Franco Australian Museum at the Victoria School in Villers-Bretonneux, Thiepval Interpretation Centre, the Museum of the Battle of Fromelles and the Armistice Carriage in Compiegne
- Be professionally guided throughout the Somme Commemorative sites including the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, Fromelles Memorials, Bullecourt ‘Digger’ Memorial, Adelaide Cemetery, Australian Memorials at Pozières, the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, the Ulster Tower Memorial and the Newfoundland Memorial Park.
- 16 years experience operating Western Front tours
- The ANZAC Day on the Somme Battlefields Tour is just one of many you can enjoy in France. Visit each destination page for more information for our other amazing tours!
- Over $400 value of extras already included!
ITINERARY 22/04 - 26/04/2017
Day 1: 22 April - Paris to Amiens
We depart Paris at 9am and travel north to Fromelles, scene of Australia’s first major battle on the Western Front, to visit VC Corner (Australian Cemetery), Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery and the Australian Memorial Park at Fromelles. We also visit the Museum of the Battle of Fromelles. From here we travel across the old Bullecourt battlefield to view the moving statue of an Australian soldier at the Bullecourt ‘Digger’ Memorial. Your home for the next 4 nights is the city of Amiens. In 1918 Australian soldiers played a prominent part in the defence of the city. Our hotels are superbly located in the very heart of Amiens, within easy walking distance of all the major sights. This evening we have included a welcome drink and dinner.
Day 2: 23 April - Amiens
Today we experience the tragedy of the 1916 Somme battlefield including the Australian memorials at Pozières, which recall the loss of 23,000 men in six weeks. Also visited today are the vast and tragic Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, including entrance to the Thiepval Interpretation Centre which details the battles of the Somme between 1914 and 1918, the Ulster Tower Memorial to the 36th Ulster Division and the Newfoundland Memorial Park. A snack lunch has been included today.
Meals: B L
Today we explore the 1918 Somme Battlefields including the Adelaide Cemetery (site of the exhumation of Australia’s Unknown Soldier in November 1993) and the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux. It was here on April 25, 1918, exactly 3 years after the Gallipoli landings, that Australian courage and determination provided a stunning victory that ended the German advance in this area. It is a place to think about how Australia’s story on the Western Front between 1916 and 1918 has been commemorated. We have included a visit to the fascinating Franco-Australian Museum at the Victoria Primary School in the village of Villers-Bretonneux. Later we visit the Australian Corps Memorial at Le Hamel and the 2nd Australian Division Memorial at Mont St Quentin, on the outskirts of the historical town of Péronne.
Day 4: 25 April - Amiens ANZAC Day
This morning we attend the Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial near Villers Bretonneux. At the conclusion of the Dawn Service, we attend the local wreath laying ceremony, hosted by the Mayor, at the French monument near the town hall in Villers Bretonneux. A breakfast pack has been included today. In 1918 Australian soldiers played a prominent part in the defence of the city of Amiens. Your Battlefield Tour Manager will accompany you to visit one of the gems of French medieval architecture - Amiens Cathedral, where the Australian and New Zealand soldiers have been honoured. The rest of your day is at leisure in the delightful town of Amiens. This evening you enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.
Meals: B D
Day 5: 26 April - To Paris -
Departing Amiens we visit the Armistice Carriage at Compiègne, where the Armistice of 11 November 1918 was signed. Your Western Front Tour ends on arrival in Paris. Drop off points will be Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris Gare du Nord station. We recommend that you book flights or trains that depart Paris after 3pm today.