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ANZACs on the Western Front with Dawn Ceremony

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PERIOD: 6 DAYS
TOUR CODE: ANZD18

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.

 

THE BACK-ROADS 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.
  • Witness the ANZAC Day Dawn Service on April departures
  • Hear the Last Post played at Ypres

 

 

Tour Inclusions
  • 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
  • Hear the Last Post played at Ypres
Pick up and Drop off

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1 LILLE

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

 

Accommodation: (Lille Hotel TBC)

 

 

Day 2 LILLE – VILLERS-BRETONNEUX – AMIENS

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)

 

Accommodation: (Hotel Pot d'Etain)

 

Day 3 AMIENS – THE SOMME – AMIENS

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)

 

Accommodation: (Hotel Pot d'Etain)

 

Day 4 ANZAC DAWN CEREMONY

As we come to The Somme, our 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)

 

Accommodation: (Hotel Pot d'Etain)

 

Day 5 AMIENS – YPRES

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)

 

Accommodation: (Grand Hotel)

 

Day 6 YPRES – LILLE

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.

 

 

At Back-Roads 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.