ANZAC on the Western Front: Dawn Service (Northbound) 2024

ANZAC on the Western Front: Dawn Service (Northbound) 2024

7 Days



ANZAC on the Western Front: Dawn Service (Northbound) 2024

7 Days Starting and ending in Lille, France

Visiting: Lille, Ypres, Fromelles, Arras, Amiens, Somme, Villers-Bretonneux

Tour operator:

Back-Roads Touring

Tour code:


Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

7 - 18

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Age range:


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$2157 (USD) The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$61

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Tour Overview

From the trenches of Ypres to monuments marking The Somme, our ANZAC tour maps Australian and New Zealand troops’ movements in WWI – delving into the stories of the soldiers’ involvement in the battles of the Western Front. With poignant visits to cemeteries and national memorials on the agenda, as well as a special ANZAC Day service at Villers-Bretonneux – join us in remembering those who fought during the Great War on an unforgettable history-themed journey.


  • Attend a poignant ANZAC Day Service in Villers-Bretonneux

  • Delve into the Australian story on the Western Front at the Franco-Australian Museum

  • Visit the Wellington Quarries – a network of underground tunnels dug by the New Zealand Tunnelling Company


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Day 1 : Lille (France)
Location: Lille
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hôtel Couvent des Minimes (or similar)
Meals Included: Dinner

After meeting the group in Lille, we’ll kick off our remarkable journey with a delicious welcome dinner.

Day 2 : Lille – Ypres (Belgium)
Location: Lille, Ypres
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Recour (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today’s itinerary will take us from Lille to Ypres via the historic Messines Ridge. Our first stop will be the Passchendaele battlefields – where we’ll walk in the footsteps of WWI allied soldiers who fought to break the German line in 1917. Next, we’ll pay our respects at Polygon Wood and Tyne Cot Military Cemetery before visiting the shell-scarred Hill 60. This afternoon, there’s an opportunity to explore the fascinating Hooge Crater Museum – home to a unique collection of WWI artefacts and reconstructed trenches. We’ll enjoy some free time this evening in Ypres – our home for the next two nights.

Day 3 : Ypres
Location: Ypres
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Recour (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we’ll continue to delve into the moving stories of the West Flanders Front beginning with a visit to the In Flanders Fields Museum – a unique institution that commemorates the four-year trench war and conveys a contemporary message of peace. This afternoon, you’ll be free to explore Ypres at your leisure. A medieval town that was completely destroyed during WWI and rebuilt anew, there is plenty of history to uncover here. This evening we’ll reconvene to attend the playing of the Last Post at the iconic Menin Gate. Whilst renovation to the Gate is ongoing, we’ll still be able to experience the ceremony that has been performed here daily for almost 100 years.

Day 4 : Ypres – Fromelles (France) And Arras – Amiens
Location: Ypres, Fromelles, Arras, Amiens
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hôtel Le Prieuré (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today it’s out of Belgium and across the border. Our destination? Fromelles, the site of the disastrous attack of 19 July 1916 – where we’ll pay an emotional visit to Pheasant Wood Cemetery and the fascinating exhibition nearby. After, we’ll move on to the Wellington Quarries: a network of tunnels built by the New Zealand Tunnelling Company 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 later this afternoon. Concluding the day in lovely Amiens, we’ll have the evening to spend as we wish.

Day 5 : Amiens – Anzac Ceremony – Amiens
Location: Amiens
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hôtel Le Prieuré (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

The Australian War Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux commemorates the battle of 24-25 April 1918 – during which Australian and Commonwealth Soldiers liberated the town. Buried here are more than 2,100 servicemen of the First World War – including over 770 Australians. Since 2008, the memorial has been the site of a special ANZAC Day service. Today, stand with fellow visitors from Australia and New Zealand alongside local townspeople in remembering those who lost their lives in the Great War.

Day 6 : Amiens – Somme – Amiens
Location: Amiens, Somme, Amiens
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hôtel Le Prieuré (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The Somme still captivates the soul and it’s here that the ANZACs first saw major action in 1916. This morning, we’ll visit Pozières and Mouquet Farm – significant sites for the Australian soldiers, as well as Longueval and Flers which were similarly monumental to the Kiwis. Before returning to Amiens, we’ll also take some time to remember the colossal loss experienced by Great Britain with a visit to the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. This evening, we’ll regroup for one final dinner together and reminisce on our unforgettable journey.

Day 7 : Amiens – Villers Bretonneux – Lille
Location: Amiens, Villers-Bretonneux, Lille
Meals Included: Breakfast

As the home of the National War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is central to Australian WWI commemoration and memory. Before we say our goodbyes today, we’ll visit the Franco-Australian Museum – a site paying tribute to the brave Australian soldiers who helped to save the town and a monument to international solidarity. We’ll make a brief stop at the Sir John Monash Centre before shifting our focus to the last year of the war – with a visit to Le Hamel. Our tour will conclude upon our return to Lille.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Fully Guided

  • Entrance Fees

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Drinks with Meals

  • International Travel

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    A Small supplement, but dedicated allocation on every tour

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Guests from all over the world could be joining you

  • Can you assist with pre or post accommodation?

    Yes, please request at time of booking

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, All guides are English speaking

  • Are all of the relevant entry visa's included in the price of the tour?

    Please see your local governments for rulings on destination Visa's

  • What is the maximum group size?

    18 is the maximum on any tour

  • What is the tipping policy?

    At the discrection of the guest

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    From the Age of 13

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Yes there is - 20kg and a max dimension of 158cm (W+D+L)

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No they are not.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Hand Picked and Boutique

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No they are not.

  • Will I know the names & details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    This will be provided on final documentation

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price

    All Entrance fees listed are included

  • Is the coach air conditioned?

    Yes the Coach is air-conditioned

  • Will there be an escort accomanying this tour?

    A Tour Leader and separate driver will take you on your journey

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Ample free time due to low drive days

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    We have solo capacity, however no single share.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Upon final payments, we will distribute E-Documentation to all of our guests. Dont forget we also have our App to download as an added feature.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like-minded travellers awaiting the opportunity to explore the less explored regions. Interests in food, wine, history, art as well as wartimes there will be a great mix of people to connect with on tour.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have our COVID Assurance Policy, Book now and relax knowing you are covered under our new COVID-19 Assurance Policy. At no additional cost to you, new bookings are now 100% refundable in the unfortunate event you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or unable to travel due to government-enforced lock downs prior to your scheduled departure date.

  • What level of mobility do I need?

    You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages. You also need to be able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms.

  • Who goes on Back-Roads tours?

    The majority of our guests come from Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. All tour commentaries are in English. Our tours appeal to those looking for a more relaxing style of travel, and who enjoy culture, good food, meeting like-minded people and exploring destinations in depth.

  • What is the minimum age for any Back-Roads Touring trip?

    The minimum age on all of our trips is 18 years.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All Hotels in line with protocols following the World Health Organisation meet and exceed requirements for all Touring with us.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Back-Roads Touring has been operating from the UK for over 30 years.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Inline with our booking flexibility policy, you are able to make as many changes as required up to 60 days from departue - with 1 last included up until 30 days out.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Generally no, but in extraordinary circumstances it can be looked at.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

diane Fr  

ANZAC on the Western Front: Dawn Service (Northbound) 2024


Wonderful tour guide, so knowledgeable. Really made the tour amazing. It was great to visit so many sights and attend the dawn service.

Wayne Ca  

ANZAC on the Western Front: Dawn Service (Northbound) 2024


Everything worked well. Even some above and beyond service from our tour guide when we left our passports at one of the hotels. Greatly appreciated and just enhanced our view of the whole experience, which was already excellent.


ANZAC on the Western Front: Dawn Service (Northbound) 2024


Their service needs improvement. Their Hotels some OK some poor. Their Transport unacceptable. Their Tour Director knowledge extremely good but running a tour very poor in fact unacceptable.

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Apr 20, 2024 - Apr 26, 2024
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    Back-Roads Touring requires a minimum deposit of 150 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of back-roads touring charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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