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6 Day Anzac Tour of Ypres, the Somme And Villers-Bretonneux

The Australian War Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux commemorates the battle on the 24th/25th April 1918, when Australian and Commonwealth Soldiers liberate 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 six-day ANZAC tour departing 22nd or 23rd April 2018 and join fellow countrymen and local townspeople to remember those who fought during the Great War at one its most poignant sites.

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

Witness the ANZAC Day Dawn Service on April departures and hear the Last Post played at Ypres.

(Please note that this is the itinerary for the tour departing on 23rd April 2018.  If you are interested in the tour departing on 22nd April 2018, the itinerary will be slightly different, with visits to Ypres and Villers-Bretonneux reversed. Please call the Customer Service Team for more information.)




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Tour Highlights

  • 5 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Specialist battlefield driver/tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B) Two evening meals (D)
  • Entrance fee included to: Hooge Crater Trenches and Hooge Museum Ypres
  • Wellington Tunnels, the Franco-Australian Museum and Fromelles Visitor Centre
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Lille

Day 2

Lille, Villers-Bretonneux and Amiens

Day 3

Amiens, The Somme and Amiens

Day 4

Anzac Dawn Ceremony

Day 5

Amiens and Ypres

Day 6

Ypres and Lille

Day 1

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

Day 2

Today we move on to Villers-Bretonneux, where we spend most of the day.  Here we pay a visit to the Australian National Memorial and the Franco-Australian Museum. (B)

Day 3

As we come to The Somme, our guided tour takes in Pozières, Windmill Hill and Mouquet Farm.  Longueval and Thiepval Memorial are poignant places to mark the end of day five. (B, D)

Day 4

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)

Day 5

Our journey continues with a stop at the evocative Digger Memorial.  Afterwards, we move on to the Wellington Quarry to discover the tunnels, before making our way to Pheasant Wood Cemetery in Fromelles.

As the day closes, we visit Menin Gate in Ypres to reflect at the moving Last Post Ceremony. (B, D)

Day 6

First today, we stop off at Polygon Wood before moving on to Tyne Cot, a Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing.

This afternoon, we walk in the shadows of soldiers around the Hooge Crater Trenches and Museum and Hill 60 before saying our goodbyes in Lille, where the tour comes full circle.

Important Information

  • We pride ourselves on securing charming, intimate boutique accommodation for our guests.
  • On rare occasions, we may be required to substitute a property previously listed in our itineraries.  Please note that any hotel changes will be consistent with our high standards.

Tour Inclusions

  • 5 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Specialist battlefield driver/tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B)
  • Two evening meals (D)
  • Entrance fee included to: Hooge Crater Trenches, Hooge Museum Ypres, Wellington Tunnels, the Franco-Australian Museum and Fromelles Visitor Centre.

Our accommodation, whether a rustic rural, old country estate, traditional villa or castle hotel, is carefully selected to always reflect the character and charm of the destination you are staying in.  Some properties are situated in a stunning setting or have interesting historical and architectural heritage; whilst others may be chosen for their owner-hosted welcome or excellent food.  Character is not a substitute for quality and comfort however and at all of our hotels you’re guaranteed an en-suite, a great night’s sleep and delicious food.  There is a choice of twin, double or single rooms and while room sizes in older buildings may vary, each room will have its own unique style and character.

On the vast majority of our tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches.  Think comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view.  With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.

Along the way, your tour leader can offer intriguing insights about the sights we see over the on-board PA system and, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.



FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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Why stop there?


The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

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