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Anzac tours to the Somme battlefields

For over 17 years France At Leisure has organised  ANZAC tours to the Somme and Flanders battlefields sites and monuments.
Our tours have been specifically designed to cover WWI battlefield sites and designed for Australian travellers. 

Our Anzac tours professional tour guides specialise in taking Australians to memorials, battlefields, military cemeteries and to visit the gravesites of fallen relatives and friends. Whether your interest is personal or historical, our tours are extremely informative.
Few of the sites visited during the tour:  Adelaide cemetery /  Villers-Bretonneux Franco-Australian museum and school / Australian national memorial / Albert, Pozieres / Beaumont Hamel Trench Park / Australian 1st division Memorials…

We do have other tours covering - Fromelles, Armentieres, Plugstraat, Messines, Ypres, battles of Menen Road, Polygon Wood, Passchendaele, Tyne Cot cemetery, hill 60 and other areas too numerous to mention. 

ANZAC one day tour in the Somme with Villers Bretonneux and Australian Memorial

Duration:

All day

Start:

9:30 a.m from Amiens train station or hotel

Condition:

Minimum 2 people

Price:

A$250 per person

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ANZAC ONE DAY TOUR IN THE SOMME 


Website Anzac tour2Dedicated to the Australian battlefield sites.

Our professional ANZAC one-day tour operator is fully registered with the French authorities and the Somme Tourist Board and specialises in taking Australians to memorials, battlefields, military cemeteries and to visit the gravesites of fallen relatives and friends. Whether your interest is personal or historical, this tour is extremely informative.

Our tours are very flexible and will normally incorporate as many sites of interest as possible that clients wish to see, obviously main battle areas are a must but sometimes our groups may have had family that fought in lesser-known battles, these again can usually be visited.

Main Battle sites in France - Somme - Pozieres, Flers, Villers Brettoneux, Peronne, Le Hamel, Mont St. Quentin, Ligny Thilloy, Bapaume and Bullecourt.  Our tours then follow the line after the battles of Mont St Quentin to the Hindenberg line to the last Australian engagement at Mont Brehain.


OUR ONE DAY TOUR IN THE SOMME
The Western Front Tour is operated by the longest established Australian battlefield tour company for the western front battlefields.

Day Tour - out of Amiens

  • Pick Up time: 9.30 am at Amiens Train Station or your Hotel in Amiens
  • Drop off time: 5.00 – 5.15 pm approximately at Amiens train station

Few of the sites visited during the tour - if times permits:

  • Visit the Adelaide cemetery
  • Villers-Bretonneux Franco-Australian museum and school
  • Sir John Monash Centre with entry
  • Australian national memorial
  • Albert, Pozieres
  • Beaumont Hamel Trench Park
  • Australian 1st division Memorials…

There is a limited number of people on each tour, so we recommend you to book early.

Recommended Train from Paris Gare du Nord:  7h28am, arriving Amiens at 8h47am. 

Please check times prior as these may have changed.

(Transport via Mini Bus)

2020 Anzac small group tour covering the Sonmme and Flanders battlefields

Reference: BRT

  • Small-Group with a maximum of 18 passengers  
  • Cost per person From: A$1,690 Twin Share 
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2020 ANZAC SMALL GROUP TOUR

5-day tour - From Lille


The Australian War Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux commemorates the battle on the 24th/25th April 1918, when Australian and Commonwealth Soldiers liberated the town. 
In front of it lie the graves of over 770 Australian soldiers, as well as those of other Commonwealth soldiers and since 2008 it has been the site of the special ANZAC Day dawn service. Experience this unique event on our five-day ANZAC tour departing in April 2019 and join fellow countrymen and local townspeople to remember those


Website Anzac tour4HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tailor the tour if you wish to visit relatives’ graves (please advise us with your special needs at the time of booking) 
  • Visit to Wellington Tunnels
  • Hear the Last Post played at Ypres

ITINERARY

Day 1 LILLE

Arrive in Lille and meet with the group in the evening for an included dinner. (D)

Day 2 LILLE – YPRES

Our first day takes us to Ypres via the Messines Ridge and the city itself. After lunch, 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 returning to 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. (B)

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. Our next encounter includes 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)

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, before reminiscing on our tour at our farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 5 AMIENS – VILLERS-BRETONNEUX – LILLE

Villers-Bretonneux is central to Australian commemoration and memory, being the location of the National War Memorial. 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)

INCLUSIONS

  • 4 nights in boutique accommodation
  • A knowledgeable Back-Roads Driver/Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B), 3 evening meals (D)
  • Entrance included to: Hooge Crater Trenches, Hooge Crater Trenches & Museum, Wellington Tunnels, Victoria School Museum

 

ANZAC Day tour 2020

Reference: BRT

ANZAC DAY TOUR 2020 - Expression of interest 

  • DEPARTING:     22 April  Fully booked - the second tour starts 24 April 2020 
  • LAND COST:     From A$1,980 per person in twin-share - Single supplement A$720 
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2020 ANZAC DAY 6 day tour

Remembering the soldiers of the Great War 1914 /1918

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ANZAC DAY 2020 - 6-day tour

The Australian War Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux commemorates the battle of 24/25 April 1918, when Australian and Commonwealth Soldiers liberated the town. In front of it lie the graves of over 770 Australian soldiers, as well as those of other Commonwealth soldiers. Since 2008 it has been the site of the special ANZAC Day dawn service. Experience this unique event on our six-day ANZAC tour departing 22 and 23rd April 2019 and join fellow countrymen and local townspeople to remember those who fought during the Great War at one its most poignant site

HIGHLIGHTS of the ANZAC DAY TOUR 2020

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

ITINERARY

Departure dates: 24 April 2020.

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 and the city itself. Here, we’ll pay a visit to the Hooge Crater Museum and trenches. The final part of the day includes attendance at the daily playing of the Last Post under the Menin Gate at 8.00 pm. (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 17 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)

DAY 4 AMIENS – ANZAC DAWN CEREMONY – AMIENS

We’ll have a very early start today, leaving our hotel in time for the Dawn Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux. The service will be an unforgettable and emotive experience, which we’ll share with the locals and fellow Australians and New Zealanders who have journeyed here to pay tribute to the brave ANZAC soldiers who fought for the town. The rest of the day will be yours to spend at your leisure before we meet for an included dinner this evening. (B, D)

DAY 5 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. (B)

DAY 6 AMIENS – VILLERS-BRETONNEUX – LILLE

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, 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. Afterward, we’ll return to Lille, where our tour will come to a close. (B)

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2020 WESTERN FRONT EXPLORER TOUR to the Somme and Flanders

Reference: MCL

  • Medium size group of 25 passengers  
  • Cost per person From: A$1,999 Twin Share 
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2020 WESTERN FRONT EXPLORER TOUR

ANZAC SMALL GROUP TOUR
4-day tour - From Paris


Website Anzac tour5Our most popular Western Front Tour! This 4-day small-group tour provides the perfect opportunity to explore the Australian battlefields of the Western Front in comfort and convenience. We will walk in the footsteps of the Anzacs on all the main battlefield sites in the Somme, Flanders and the Ypres Salient. The itinerary has been personally designed by our tour operator, and their expert historians who escort this tour. 
Departures are weekly between April and November so please contact us for us to find the best tour date to match with your plans. We also can easily assit your with a Paris package Pre or Post ANZAC Tour. 

WESTERN FRONT EXPLORER TOUR 2020

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
DAY 1 PARIS TO YPRES (D)
Welcome to our Western Front tour! The tour group will assemble at the Holiday Inn Express – Canal De La Villette Hotel in Paris at 8.30am for a 9.00am departure. We will leave Paris and drive north towards the Belgian border. Our destination is the town of Ypres, our home for the next two nights. Between 1914 and 1918 Ypres was completely destroyed by shellfire, and came to symbolise the horror of the First World War. In the evening we will enjoy a walking tour with our Historian around the rebuilt town, before coming together for a welcome dinner. (Passengers joining the tour in Lille will be collected from our meeting point en-route to Ypres.)
OVERNIGHT: Albion Hotel, Ypres
DAY 2 THE YPRES SALIENT (B, L)
The Ypres Salient was a bulge in the front line that curved around Ypres for most of the war. More than a million men were killed or wounded trying to gain control of this small patch of ground. Today we will explore the Australian battlefields in the Salient, places where the Anzacs made history in 1917. Our first stop will be the Passchendaele Museum, a provocative collection of relics and displays that chronicles the fighting in Flanders. We will then visit the 5th Australian Division Memorial at Polygon Wood, where we will see the graves of Private Hunter and Sergeant Calder, the two Australian soldiers who featured in the tour operator's documentary 'Lost in Flanders'. Lunch is included at a local cafe. We then get a taste of the devastation caused by four years of continuous artillery fire at the cratered landscape of Hill 60, before visiting Tyne Cot, the world's largest Commonwealth war cemetery. Tyne Cot sits in the heart of one of the most horrific battlefields of the war – Passchendaele. Our final stop today is at the German Cemetery at Langemark, where we will learn about the men on the other side of the line. As we drive back to our hotel, we will see the magnificent Canadian memorial at Langemark, marking the spot where poison gas was first used in the war. This evening we will visit the Menin Gate where the names of 54,000 missing British and Commonwealth soldiers are recorded, for the moving Last Post ceremony. The Ypres fire brigade has performed this bugle ceremony every day and in all weather since the memorial opened in 1927. The only interruption was during the four years of German occupation during the Second World War – the ceremony recommenced on the day the town was liberated. Two passengers will be invited to lay a wreath on behalf of our group.
OVERNIGHT: Albion Hotel, Ypres

DAY 3 YPRES TO THE SOMME (B, L)

Today we leave Ypres and travel south towards the battlefields of the Somme. Our first stop is the very moving 1916 battlefield of Fromelles, where Australia lost 5533 men during its first action on the Western Front. While here we will visit the Australian Memorial Park, VC Corner Cemetery (the only all-Australian cemetery in France), the site of the Australian mass grave at Pheasant Wood and the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery, where 250 Australian and British soldiers were laid to rest in 2010. We will also visit the Fromelles Museum which tells the story of Australia's disastrous involvement in the battle of Fromelles in 1916. Next is the battlefield of Bullecourt, where Australia lost 10,000 men in two great battles in 1917. We will pay our respects to them at the Slouch Hat memorial in the centre of town and the Australian Memorial Park on the site of the German front line. In the afternoon we will visit Pozieres, scene of the most costly battle in Australia’s history. 23,000 men were killed or wounded here in six weeks of fighting and we will pay tribute to them at the 1st Division Memorial and the Windmill. We will then see Mouquet Farm, where the Australians fought a bitter campaign against the Germans in August 1916. Our final stop is the imposing Thiepval Memorial, which commemorates more than 70,000 British soldiers missing from the Somme fighting. After checking in to our central Somme hotel we will have free time to enjoy dinner. A packed picnic lunch is included today.
OVERNIGHT: Mercure Cathedral, Amiens
DAY 4 THE SOMME TO PARIS (B)
Today we will explore the killing fields of the Somme, where Australian troops performed magnificently in 1918. Our first visit is to Adelaide Cemetery, where Australia’s Unknown Soldier lay before being reinterred in Canberra in 1993. We will then visit the Victoria School in Villers-Bretonneux where a sign entreats that the schoolchildren ‘Do Not Forget Australia’. We will also visit the excellent Franco-Australian Museum at the school. We then travel to the Australian Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, where the names of almost 11,000 Australians missing in France are recorded and also visit the new Sir John Monash Interpretive Centre, which tells the story of Australia’s achievements on the Western Front. Our next stop is the Australian Memorial Park at Hamel, scene of a great Australian victory orchestrated by General John Monash on July 4, 1918. We then farewell the battlefields and drive back to Paris, arriving at the Holiday Inn Express – Canal De La Villette Hotel at approximately 5 pm.
The journey may be over but the memories will last a lifetime.
Please note: This itinerary is an indication of the sites visited on the tour. The order of each day may be adjusted to allow for local events, weather conditions, etc.

INCLUSIONS ARE:

  • Services of an expert WWI Historian
  • Central Paris pick-up and drop-off
  • All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • 3 nights’ 3-star to 4-star accommodation
  • Travel by comfortable air-conditioned coach 
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches and welcome dinner
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All tipping
  • Copy of the guide to the Western Front, Walking with the Anzacs
  • Souvenir cap and document wallet

2020 DEPARTURE DATES  


  APR. TO JUL.                            AUG TO NOV.

    START            END              START               END
24-Apr-20     27-Apr-20        6-Aug-20     9-Aug-20
28-Apr-20     1-May-20         13-Aug-20   16-Aug-20
7-May-20      10-May-20       20-Aug-20   23-Aug-20
14-May-20    17-May-20       27-Aug-20   30-Aug-20
21-May-20    24-May-20       3-Sep-20     6-Sep-20
28-May-20    31-May-20       10-Sep-20    13-Sep-20
30-May-20    2-Jun-20          17-Sep-20    20-Sep-20
4-Jun-20       7-Jun-20          19-Sep-20    22-Sep-20
11-Jun-20     14-Jun-20        24-Sep-20   27-Sep-20
18-Jun-20     21-Jun-20        1-Oct-20     4-Oct-20
28-Jun-20     1-Jul-20           8-Oct-20     11-Oct-20
4-Jul-20        7-Jul-20           15-Oct-20   18-Oct-20
9-Jul-20        12-Jul-20         22-Oct-20   25-Oct-20
18-Jul-20      21-Jul-20         29-Oct-20   1-Nov-20
23-Jul-20      26-Jul-20         1-Nov-20    4-Nov-20
30-Jul-20      2-Aug-20          8-Nov-20    11-Nov-20.

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