ANZAC on the Western Front – Special ANZAC Ceremony 2023

ANZAC on the Western Front – Special ANZAC Ceremony 2023

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ANZAC on the Western Front – Special ANZAC Ceremony 2023

7 Days Starting and ending in Lille

Visiting:

Belgium

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France

Tour operator:

Back-Roads Touring

Physical rating:

Low

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

BWFLL3

Group size:

7 - 18

Age range:

13-90

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:

$1825

$1715 (USD)

tourhub discount: $109


  • 100% Guaranteed Refunds
  • Free Amendments/Cancellation
  • Free Date Changes
  • Balance due 60 days before departure

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.

Highlights

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    Attend a poignant ANZAC Day Service in Villers-Bretonneux

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

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

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Lille (France)

Accommodation:

  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.

icon Day 2: Lille – Ypres (Belgium)

Accommodation:

  Hotel 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.

icon Day 3: Ypres

Accommodation:

  Hotel 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 under the iconic Menin Gate.

icon Day 4: Ypres – Fromelles (France) and Arras – Amiens

Accommodation:

  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.

icon Day 5: Amiens – ANZAC Ceremony – Amiens

Accommodation:

  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.

icon Day 6: Amiens – Somme – Amiens

Accommodation:

  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.

icon Day 7: 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

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    Accommodation

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    Fully Guided

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    Entrance Fees

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    Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

What's Not Included

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    Country Entry Visas

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    International Travel

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    Drinks with Meals

Check out our Q&As

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

No they are not.

Are flights included in this tour?

No they are not.

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes, All guides are English speaking

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

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

Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

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

    Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    A Small supplement, but dedicated allocation on every tour

    What is the tipping policy?

    At the discretion of the guest

    Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, please request at time of booking

    Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    All Entrance fees listed are included

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

    This will be provided on final documentation

    Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Guests from all over the world could be joining you

    What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Hand Picked and Boutique

    Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes the Coach is air-conditioned

    Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    From the Age of 13

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

    Ample free time due to low drive days

    What is the maximum group size?

    18 is the maximum on any tour

    What currencies are required for this tour?

    Euro

    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)

    What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have our COVID Assurance Policy

    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.

    Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    No you wont be

    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.

    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

Please note, this tour is not available for booking in your country.

Dates & Availability

Instant Booking Available

Thursday

Apr 20, 2023

Wednesday

Apr 26, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $109 (USD)

$1825
$1715 (USD)
$1825
$1715 (USD)

tourhub discount: $109

Instant Booking Available

Friday

Apr 21, 2023

Thursday

Apr 27, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $109 (USD)

$1825
$1715 (USD)
$1825
$1715 (USD)

tourhub discount: $109

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    Free Date Changes

    Back-Roads Touring allows you to make 10 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 60 days before the start of the tour.

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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.

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    Cancellation Policy

    If you need to cancel your tour, tourhub doesn't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of back-roads touring charges.

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

    At 60 days before tour starts: 50% of tour cost.

    At 30 days before tour starts: 100% of tour cost.

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ANZAC on the Western Front – Special ANZAC Ceremony 2023

7 Days Starting and ending in Lille

Visiting:

Belgium

,

France

Tour operator:

Back-Roads Touring

Physical rating:

Low

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

BWFLL3

Group size:

7 - 18

Age range:

13-90

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:

$1825

$1715 (USD)

tourhub discount: $109


  • 100% Guaranteed Refunds
  • Free Amendments/Cancellation
  • Free Date Changes
  • Balance due 60 days before departure

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