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This new and very special 3 night/4 day commemorative tour series closely follows the Australian actions on the WW1 Australian sector of the Western Front. Imagine a ditch – zig-zagging from Melbourne to Canberra – about 700km – this was the Western Front in WW1 - stretching from Belgium to the other side of France. Some 295,000 Australians served on the Western Front where over 46,000 died and 134,000 were wounded or captured. As a proportion of its fighting force of men who were actually exposed to a theatre of war, it is widely accepted that Australia's armed forces in WW1 suffered more deaths, more hospitalisations for wounding, illness and injury than the armies of Britain, Germany, France, Canada or the United States.
The fighting prowess, bravery, mateship, and immense sacrifice of our soldiers here was - and will remain forever legendary. At the end of the war it was officially noted that "probably in no other year have Australians influenced the destiny of the world as Australian soldiers did by their achievements in these (and later) weeks of 1918." Marshal Foch (a prominent French General) reflected that "the passionate valour of the Australians served as an example to the whole world You saved Amiens, and you saved France". (2nd Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, Anzac Day, 1918).
9.00 AM: your guide, will meet you at Lille Europe Station.
Today you will visit the following:
Lunch in Zonnebeke (at your own expense).
Hotel O is where we will stay overnight.
7.00PM We will take our places at the Menin Gate ready to experience the Last Post Ceremony which takes place at 8.00PM.
Accommodation: Hotel O, Ypres
After an early breakfast and checkout we depart at 9.00am for the battlefields of The Somme. We will visit:
We will be staying at the Mercure Hotel in Arras for the next two nights.
After time to freshen up we head out for dinner in a local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Mercure, Arras
After breakfast in our hotel we depart for Bullecourt where we will visit:
We will continue to Mont St. Quentin to learn about the bitter battle in 1918 and see the inspiring Australian Memorial where we will visit:
We will have a picnic lunch in the Ricqueval area.
We return to the hotel in Arras where we will have time to freshen up, then head out for dinner in a local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodation: Mercure Arras
After breakfast in our hotel and checkout we depart to Dernancourt, a great defensive action by the Australian 47th & 48th Batallions. We will also visit:
Your guide Frank will drop you back to Lille Europe Station where your tour will end.
Duration: 3 nights/4 days
Tour Code: AU19SLIL
• Highly experienced specialist Australian military historian battlefield guide throughout.
• Air-conditioned mini-coach or vehicle transport throughout.
• 1 nights’ 3/4 star accommodation in Ypres area
• 2 nights’ 3/4 star accommodation in Arras area.
• 2 nights' 3*+ accommodation in Ypres area
• 2 nights' 3*+ accommodation in Arras area
• Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners.
• Wellington Quarries, Arras.
• Passchendaele Museum, Zonnebeke.
• Fromelles WW1 Museum.
• Ploegsteert visitor centre
• Passchendaele Museum, Zonnebeke
• Fromelles WW1 Museum
• Bullecourt War Museum
• Franco-Australian Museum (Memorial School), Villers-Bretonneux
• Memento gift.
COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE
• Lunches, dinners, refreshments and beverages not detailed above
• Tips, porterage and all personal extras
• Transport/Trains to and from start and end point
• Travel/Cancellation / Medical Insurance
• Passport & related fees
• Any optional excursions not specifically stated
• Items of a personal nature
Please note: Itinerary is subject to change (at our absolute discretion) due to any circumstances that could require us to change the itinerary for operational or safety reasons.