Their astonishing valiance Platinum tour

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DAY 1: Sat. 21 April 2018

On this day your very special and unique VIP tour officially starts once you arrive at your hotel.

In line with the theme of this unique VIP tour, we have selected the 5 star Hotel de Sers located in a confidential address close to the Champs-Elysées and within the “Triangle d'Or”.  This Parisian contemporary hotel retains the original 19th Century façade of the private mansion once belonging to the Marquis de Sers.   Rather than the large grand hotels, Hotel de Sers is on a human scale with great attention paid to the quality and personal experience. 

Your welcome pack of information and mementos will be awaiting your arrival in your room.

This day is for you to enjoy and do as you prefer - the day and evening is yours.

Accommodation:     Hotel de Sers or similar
Meals:                    None

 

DAY 2: Sun. 22 April 2018

Breakfast in the de Sers Restaurant is served from 7.00am however the day is designed to include what you would like so there is no rush.

We at Spirit are here to arrange private and personal experiences to enhance your stay in Paris.  We work with exclusive concierge service companies in Paris who can organise almost anything, (at additional cost), using the best operators.  Please send us a message with your requests: Click here

Some examples are:

This evening there will be a very special dinner in a unique venue - a secret until you arrive.

Accommodation:     Hotel de Sers or similar
Meals:                     Breakfast & Dinner

 

DAY 3: Mon. 23 April 2018

Breakfast at leisure in your hotel before checking out and starting your journey north to Arras.

Please attach your VIP tour luggage tags to your bags so they are ready to be loaded onto your luxury coach.

Relax while you are driven through the newly created region* of Hauts-de-France which includes the historical provinces shown on this diagram.   Previously known as “Picardy”, the area north of Paris stretches from the suburbs of Paris to the vineyards of Champagne, the beautiful beaches of the Bay of Somme and north to the Pas de Calais area.  It is very rich history and was it in this part of France that some of the most famous battles of French and European history were fought, notably the battle of Crécy, and the battle of the Somme.   Over the past thousand years this area has been ruled over at different times by the English, the Habsburgs, the Spanish and the French. 

Continuing north to Gosnay, and the Chateau Chartreuse, we continue through the department called “Pas de Calais”.  In historic terms, this region covers most of what was once the French part of Flanders, and the old province of Artois, before it became definitively a part of France under the terms of the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713.  This region had been fought over by the French, the English, the Austrians, the Spanish and the Dutch.  During your tour you will see the International influences and journey through history.

After approximately 3 hours you will arrive at your destination, La Maison d'Hôtes - La Corne d'Or, which is an elegant 18th centrury mansion in the heart of Arras. It was built on the foundations and immense cellars of a previous 13th century house; it has since been renovated meticulously over the past few years and is now a stylish ’boutique hotel’ with an excellent reputation.This very special chateau will be your home for the next 3 nights.

Time to freshen up and savour lunch at one of the numerous restaurants in this beautiful city, before joining your guide.

We meet again this afternoon for a private escorted tour of the Wellington Quarries,  In November 1916, the British started preparing for the 1917 spring offensive. Their stroke of genius: to have the New Zealand tunnellers connect up the town’s chalk extraction tunnels to create a real network of underground barracks large enough to accommodate up to 24,000 soldiers. After a 20-metre descent in a glass-fronted lift, the audio guided and escorted visit plunges the visitor into the site’s atmosphere. A strategic location as well as a living space, the Quarry, named Wellington by the New Zealand sappers, preserves the memory of those thousands of soldiers quartered underground just a few metres from the front, before launching themselves onto the field of battle on 9th April 1917 at 5.30 in the morning, in a surprise attack on the German positions. Through the projection of a film, coming to the surface in the soldiers’ footsteps bring the shock of battle to life.

As night falls the lights of Arras show that this town is indeed a gem with a vast amount of history.  We will walk thought some of the quiet street before reaching our destination - a very special restaurant.

Accommodation:   La Corne d'Or, Arras
Meals:                   Breakfast & Dinner

 

DAY4: Thu. 24 April 2018

Following breakfast we will take to the air by helicopter to see how the land has been scarred by war.  

We then travel onwards to the breathtaking Canadian Vimy Memorial at Vimy Ridge for a quick stop, before travelling on to the lovely city of Arras for lunch, virtually destroyed in WW1.
In the afternoon we visit:

• Thiepval Memorial​
• Mouquet Farm​
• Pozieres – Windmill Memorial & Tank Memorial & 1st Division Memorial

Dinner tonight is not included, and you are free to eat in the modern hotel bistro or take taxi to nearby Bethune (10 mins). Bethune has a great choice of authentic French bistros and restuarants for dinner.

Accommodation:   La Corne d'Or, Arras

Meals:                   Breakfast & Dinner

 

DAY 5: Fri. 25 April 2018               ANZAC DAY CENTENNIAL

Leave the hotel this morning very early at 1am sharp. Security is very strict at the ceremony and we want to arrive with plenty of time for security processing. We anticipate arriving at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux and cemetery around 2.30-3am so we have time to give you an opportunity to experience the full commemorative programme for the Anzac Day ceremony. It is usually very cold before dawn at the memorial so be prepared and wear layered clothing as the day will change from sub freezing temperatures in the early morning to usually quite a warm day.(You will have a Spirit rainproof poncho/thermal blanket in case it rains). Full details of the ceremony here: 

Once the service is over we will then visit nearby Adelaide Cemetery (where our unknown soldier came from) on our way to a well deserved full breakfast at the delightful Le Moulin des Ecrevisses restaurant. After breakfast we head back north to visit the newly refurbished *Franco- Australian (Victoria School) Museum in Villers Bretonneux, then onto Monash's greatest victory at Le Hamel Memorial Park. We then travel north again to Bullecourt and onto Fromelles.

• VC Corner Australian Cemetery​
• ​​​Cobbers' Memorial​
• Pheasant Wood military cemetery (Fromelles) 

This evening we round off the tour in the historic heart of Lille.

Accommodation:  The Carlton Hotel or similar, Lille 
Meals:                   Full breakfast, packed lunch

 

 

Highlights

Tour Name Their astonishing valour
Tour Code VB186DPARP
Date 21-26 April 2017
Your Guide TBC
EUR €   TBC
Approximate AUD $   TBC

Included in your tour:

* Luxury air conditioned/heated coach travel with onboard toilets 
* Services of a highly experienced expert Canadian * WW1 Battlefield Guide/Historian throughout the tour.
* Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 3 Dinners 
* All museum entrance fees, excursions and sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary 
* 5 nights' 4-star accommodation 
* Extensive touring of the WWI battlefields
* High quality full colour comprehensive Villers Bretonneux Centenial souvenir book with detailed WW1 Battlefield Maps 
* High quality souvenir Clothing (Thinsulate Beanie or T-Shirt)
* Luggage tags
* Quality Spirit of Remembrance backpack 

Route

  1. Paris