ANZACs on the Western Front – Special ANZAC Ceremony (reverse) 2022

ANZACs on the Western Front – Special ANZAC Ceremony (reverse) 2022

Start: Lille Finish: Lille

Visiting: Lille, Amiens, Ypres


Duration: 6 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Please contact Back-Roads with any specific dietary requirements

Tour code: BEWFWLL-2

Tour operator: Back-Roads Touring

Group size: 10 - 18

Age range: 13-80

Tour operated in: English


From: $2207 $2162

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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.

Highlights

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  • iconAttend a poignant ANZAC Day Service in Villers-Bretonneux
  • iconDelve into the Australian story on the Western Front at the Franco-Australian Museum
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  • iconVisit the Wellington Quarries – a network of tunnels dug by the New Zealand Tunnelling Company

Places You'll See

Thiepval Memorial
Vimy Monument

Itinerary

icon Day 1: Lille

Location: Lille

Accommodation: Hôtel Couvent des Minimes (or similar)

Meals: Dinner

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

icon Day 2: Lille – Villers-Bretonneux – Amiens

Location: Amiens

Accommodation: Hôtel Le Saint Louis (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

The first day of our tour will take us from Lille to Villers-Bretonneux: home of the National War Memorial and a central location to Australian WWI commemoration and memory. We'll visit the Franco-Australian Museum, a site paying tribute to the brave Australian soldiers who helped to save the town from German advances. After, we'll pay a visit to the Sir John Monash Centre before shifting our focus to the last year of the war - with a visit to Le Hamel, the site of the successful 4 July attack. Then, it's onwards to Amiens - our home for the next three nights.

icon Day 3: Amiens – ANZAC Ceremony – Amiens

Location: Amiens

Accommodation: Hôtel Le Saint Louis (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

After an early start, we'll leave the hotel and make our way to the ANZAC Day Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux. We'll join locals and meet fellow Australians and New Zealanders who have journeyed here to pay tribute to the brave ANZAC soldiers. The service will be an unforgettable and emotive experience that is sure to leave an impression. The rest of the day will be yours to spend at your leisure.

icon Day 4: Amiens – Somme – Amiens

Location: Amiens

Accommodation: Hôtel Le Saint Louis (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

The Somme still captivates the soul - and it's here that the ANZACs first saw major action in 1916. Today we'll visit Pozières and Mouquet Farm - sites that were especially important for Australian soldiers, as well as Longueval and Flers which were similarly significant to the Kiwis. Before returning to Amiens, we'll 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 will be ours to spend exploring Amiens or relaxing back at the hotel.

icon Day 5: Amiens – Ypres

Location: Ypres

Accommodation: Hôtel Recour (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Today's first stop? The Wellington Quarries - a network of underground tunnels the New Zealand Tunnelling Company built as part of the preparations for the Battle of Arras. Later this afternoon, we'll remember Australia's role in this battle with a stop at the Digger Memorial. Then, we'll move on to Fromelles, the site of the disastrous attack of 19 July 1916. Here, take the time to pay your respects with a poignant visit to Pheasant Wood Cemetery and the incredible exhibition nearby. And this evening? We'll have the privilege of attending the Last Post ceremony under the iconic Menin Gate - a fitting end to our day.

icon Day 6: Ypres

Location: Ypres

Accommodation: Hôtel Recour (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, we'll continue to delve into the moving stories of the West Flanders Front with an included 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 have some free time to spend as you please in Ypres. A site that was completely destroyed during WWI and rebuilt anew - take the time to visit the town's magnificent cathedral or treat your taste buds to a sampling of Belgian chocolate. Later, we'll come back together for tonight's farewell dinner.

icon Day 7: Ypres – Lille

Location: Lille

Meals: Breakfast

For our final morning together, we’ll visit the shell-scarred Hill 60 and fascinating Hooge Crater Museum before walking in the footsteps of WWI soldiers at the Passchendaele battlefields – where allied forces fought to break the German line in 1917. Before returning to Lille, we’ll have the opportunity to pay our respects at Polygon Wood and Tyne Cot Military Cemetery – the site where 11,900 Commonwealth servicemen of WWI are commemorated.

What's Included

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    Transport

    Premium mini-coach transportation

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    Entrance Fees

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    Fully Guided

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    Accommodation

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    Guide

    Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver

What's Not Included

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    International Travel

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    Country Entry Visas

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Are all entrance fees included in the price?

All listed entrance fees are included

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

All details will be a part of your documentation

What is the tipping policy?

At the passengers discretion

Do you require a visa for this holiday?

Please check as per your country of origin

What currencies are required for this tour?

Euro

    What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    This will vary per location - we pride ourselves on accommodation that speaks to the region we are staying in.

    What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    This will vary per location, we pride ourselves on accommodation that speaks to the region we are staying in.

    What is the maximum group size?

    18

    Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

    Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    From the age of 13

    Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    yes

    Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    As many of the properties

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

    We pride ourselves on adequate free time on tour

    What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    An understood ability to walk comfortably unassisted

    Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    There is a small supplement varying per tour

    Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    There is a Tour Leader and Driver on every departure

    Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

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

    Yes, a maximum of 20Kg (Dimensions of Width, Length and depth equalling 158cm) plus one day bag on board

    Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes

    Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes

    Are flights included in this tour?

    No

    What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have our COVID Assurance Policy

    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 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.

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Apr 22, 2022

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