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6 Day Luxury Small Group Anzacs The Western Front and Dawn Ceremony

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6 Day Luxury Small Group Anzacs The Western Front and Dawn Ceremony

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 23rd or 24th April 2016 and join fellow countrymen and local townspeople to remember those who fought during the Great War at one of its most poignant sites.

Our adventure map

Map of Anzacs on The Western Front with Dawn Ceremony | April 2017

Day by day

First Day welcome to Lille

Arrive at your pre-tour accommodation in Lille and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Second Day we travel from Lille to Ypres

We begin our tour at Messines Ridge and Polygon Wood. We dwell for a time at Tyne Cot,a Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing. Then we walk in the shadows of soldiers around the Hooge Crater Trenches and Museum. As our first day closes, we visit Menin Gate in Ypres to reflect at the moving Last Post Ceremony. (B)

Hotel:    Kasteelhof't Hooghe 

Third Day we see Ypres then journey to Amiens

Our second day in Ypres brings us to Pheasant Wood Cemetery at Fromelles. Afterwards, we make our way to the Wellington Quarry to discover the tunnels. In late afternoon, we visit the evocative Digger Memorial.(B, D)

Hotel:    Hotel le Prieure 

Fourth Day its the Anzac Dawn Ceremony 

It’s a very early start as we leave 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 share with the locals and fellow Australians and New Zealanders who have journeyed here to pay tribute to those brave ANZAC soldiers who fought for the town. After such an early start the rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore the town or relax as you choose. (B)

Hotel:    Hotel le Prieure 

Fifth Day takes us to The Somme then Amiens 

As we come to The Somme, our guided tour takes in Pozièresand Mouquet Farm. Longuevaland Thiepval Memorial are poignant places to mark the end of day three. (B, D)

Hotel:  Hotel le Prieure 

Sixth Day its onto Villers-Bretonneux and return to Lille

We spend most of today in Villers-Bretonneux. Here we pay a visit to the Australian National Memorial and the Franco-Australian Museum. The final chapter of our tour takes us to the Australian Corps Memorial Park. We part from each other in Lille, having come full circle. (B)

 

Travel Highlights

  • 5 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Specialist Battlefield driver/tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation 
  • European breakfast daily (B)
  • 2 x evening meals (D)
  • Dawn Ceremony service at the Australian War Memorial
  • Entrance Fees: Hooghe Crater Trenches, Hooghe Museum Ypres, Wellington Tunnels, the Victoria School Museum and the Fromelles Visitor Centre.

The Difference

By travelling in small, intimate groups we can offer you the opportunity to visit specific cemeteries and pay your respects to a fallen relative.

Hear the Last Post played at Ypres

Witness the ANZAC Day Dawn Service on April departures

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
  • All Tours are Guaranteed Departures.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA protected

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