ANZAC on the Western Front 2024

ANZAC on the Western Front 2024

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ANZAC on the Western Front 2024

6 Days Starting and ending in Lille

Visiting: Lille, Ypres, Amiens, Somme

Tour operator:

Blue-Roads Touring

Tour code:

BNZLL4

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 18

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-90

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Small Group

From: $1669 $1616 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$53

NB: Prices correct on 24-Jun-2024 but subject to change.

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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, this history-themed journey is perfect for those wishing to learn more about their countrymen who fought and died in the Great War.

Highlights

  • Have the opportunity to pay your respects at your relatives’ graves

  • 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

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lille (France)

Location: Lille

Accommodation: Hôtel Couvent des Minimes (or similar)

Meals Included: Dinner

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

Day 2: Lille – Ypres (Belgium)

Location: Ypres

Accommodation: Albion Hotel (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: Albion Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, 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 And Arras – Amiens (France)

Location: 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 a poignant visit 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 – Somme – Amiens

Location: Somme

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. Today 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. Reconvening this evening, we’ll reminisce on our unforgettable tour over a farewell dinner.

Day 6: Amiens – Villers-Bretonneux– Lille

Location: Lille

Meals Included: Breakfast

As the home of the National War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is central to Australian WWI commemoration and memory. Today we’ll visit the Franco-Australian Museum, a site paying tribute to the brave Australian soldiers who helped 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

  • Transport

    Premium mini-coach transportation

  • Guide

    Experienced Tour Leader and Driver

  • Accommodation

    5 nights in hand-picked accommodation

  • Meals

    5 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

Check out our Q&As

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    Euros

  • What is the maximum group size?

    18 people

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes, you will be accompanied by an experienced tour leader

  • Will we avoid large groups of people?

    We’re very eager to explore with you in the future, however avoiding large crowds at popular attractions and locations will be challenging. Our Blue-Roads tours deliver unique travel experiences that naturally visit lesser-known destinations – providing our guests with exclusive access to local experiences and charming, hand-picked accommodation. This means we are able to provide an unforgettable travel experience for our guests whilst avoiding larger crowds whenever possible.

  • Will I have to wear a mask whilst on my tour?

    Some personal protective equipment (such as a mask or gloves) may be required for particular destinations and attractions. However, we will provide details before your tour departure so you are prepared according to your destination of travel. To ensure the safety and comfort of all our guests, failure to comply with Blue-Roads policies and government regulations could result in your removal from your tour.

  • How many people will be on my tour?

    At Blue-Roads Touring, we specialize in small group tours with a maximum capacity of 18 people (average group size of 14 people). This small group element is one of the key reasons people choose to travel with us. Traveling in smaller groups means our Blue-Roads Tour Leaders can provide a more personalized traveling experience to every one of our guests.

  • What if I start to feel unwell on my tour?

    Let your Tour Leader know as soon as possible. Feeling unwell on a tour can happen and our Tour Leaders are already trained on appropriate actions to take if this occurs. Before we return to the road, all Blue-Roads Tour Leaders will receive additional training specific to coronavirus safety – ensuring they're prepared as possible to focus on your wellbeing.

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