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ANZAC on the Western Front with Back-Roads Touring

7 day / 6 night tour from $3159 per person share twin
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7 day / 6 night tour from
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ANZAC on the Western Front

From the trenches of Ypres to monuments marking The Somme, our ANZAC tour maps Australian and New Zealand troops’ movements in WWI – delving into the stories of the soldiers’ involvement in the battles of the Western Front. With poignant visits to cemeteries and national memorials on the agenda, as well as a special ANZAC Day service at Villers-Bretonneux – join us in remembering those who fought during the Great War on an unforgettable history-themed journey.

Deal Includes
 6 nights in hand-picked accommodation
 Meals: 6 breakfasts & 2 dinners
 Experienced Tour Leader & Driver
Premium mini-coach transportation
Flights are additional

7 days / 6 nights

From $3159 per person share twin
From $4009 per solo traveller
Departs: 21 Apr 24

Itinerary Highlights
 Attend a poignant ANZAC Day Service in Villers-Bretonneux
 Delve into the Australian story on the Western Front at the Franco-Australian Museum
 Visit the Wellington Quarries – a network of underground tunnels dug by the New Zealand Tunnelling Company


Day 1: Lille
After meeting the group in Lille, we’ll kick off our remarkable journey with a delicious welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2: Lille - Ypres
Today’s itinerary will take us from Lille to Ypres via the historic Messines Ridge. Our first stop will be the Passchendaele battlefields – where we’ll walk in the footsteps of WWI allied soldiers who fought to break the German line in 1917. Next, we’ll pay our respects at Polygon Wood and Tyne Cot Military Cemetery before visiting the shell-scarred Hill 60. This afternoon, there’s an opportunity to explore the fascinating Hooge Crater Museum – home to a unique collection of WWI artefacts and reconstructed trenches. We’ll enjoy some free time this evening in Ypres – our home for the next two nights. (B)

Day 3: Ypres
After breakfast, we’ll continue to delve into the moving stories of the West Flanders Front beginning with a visit to the In Flanders Fields Museum – a unique institution that commemorates the four-year trench war and conveys a contemporary message of peace. This afternoon, you’ll be free to explore Ypres at your leisure. A medieval town that was completely destroyed during WWI and rebuilt anew, there is plenty of history to uncover here. This evening we’ll reconvene to attend the playing of the Last Post at the iconic Menin Gate. Whilst renovation to the Gate is ongoing, we’ll still be able to experience the ceremony that has been performed here daily for almost 100 years.  (B)

Day 4: Ypres - Fromelles & Arras - Amiens
Today it’s out of Belgium and across the border. Our destination? Fromelles, the site of the disastrous attack of 19 July 1916 – where we’ll pay an emotional visit to Pheasant Wood Cemetery and the fascinating exhibition nearby. After, we’ll move on to the Wellington Quarries: a network of tunnels built by the New Zealand Tunnelling Company as part of the preparations for the Battle of Arras. We’ll remember Australia’s role in this battle at Bullecourt with a stop at the Digger Memorial later this afternoon. Concluding the day in lovely Amiens, we’ll have the evening to spend as we wish. (B)

Day 5: Amiens - ANZAC Ceremony - Amiens
The Australian War Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux commemorates the battle of 24-25 April 1918 – during which Australian and Commonwealth Soldiers liberated the town. Buried here are more than 2,100 servicemen of the First World War – including over 770 Australians. Since 2008, the memorial has been the site of a special ANZAC Day service. Today, stand with fellow visitors from Australia and New Zealand alongside local townspeople in remembering those who lost their lives in the Great War. (B)

Day 6: Amiens - Somme - Amiens
The Somme still captivates the soul and it’s here that the ANZACs first saw major action in 1916. This morning, we’ll visit Pozières and Mouquet Farm – significant sites for the Australian soldiers, as well as Longueval and Flers which were similarly monumental to the Kiwis. Before returning to Amiens, we’ll also take some time to remember the colossal loss experienced by Great Britain with a visit to the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. This evening, we’ll regroup for one final dinner together and reminisce on our unforgettable journey. (B, D)

Day 7: Amiens -Villers Bretonneux - Lille
As the home of the National War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is central to Australian WWI commemoration and memory. Before we say our goodbyes today, we’ll visit the Franco-Australian Museum – a site paying tribute to the brave Australian soldiers who helped to save the town and a monument to international solidarity. We’ll make a brief stop at the Sir John Monash Centre before shifting our focus to the last year of the war – with a visit to Le Hamel. Our tour will conclude upon our return to Lille. (B)

Itinerary can be done in reverse order commencing 22 April 24

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Valid for new bookings until sold out • Advertised prices are per person share twin in NZ dollars for cash or eftpos purchase only. Credit card fees will apply. • All prices and packages are subject to availability at time of booking. • Prices are thereafter subject to change without notice until time of confirmation. Prices may vary due to a number of factors including tax and surcharge increases, exchange rate movements and availability. • All travel must be commenced and completed as specified. •  Some surcharges and closeout periods may apply • Amendment & cancellation fees may apply. • Airfares are not included and are at an additional cost.  • Please ask your House of Travel consultant for full terms and conditions. Supplier code: Back-Roads

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