ANZACs on the Western Front – Special ANZAC Ceremony (reverse) 2022

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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.

Highlights
  • all highlights as featured
  • Attend a poignant ANZAC Day Service in Villers-Bretonneux
  • Delve into the Australian story on the Western Front at the Franco-Australian Museum
  • Highlights as featured
  • Visit the Wellington Quarries – a network of tunnels dug by the New Zealand Tunnelling Company
Destinations
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Europe
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Small Group
  • 50 plus
  • Couples
  • Seniors
  • Singles
  • Museum
  • Sightseeing
  • Battlefields
  • Cultural
  • History
  • Photography

Location: Lille

After meeting the group in Lille, we’ll kick off our incredible journey with a welcome dinner.

Accommodation: Hôtel Couvent des Minimes (or similar)

Meals: Dinner

Location: Amiens

The first day of our tour will take us from Lille to Villers-Bretonneux: home of the National War Memorial and a central location to Australian WWI commemoration and memory. We'll visit the Franco-Australian Museum, a site paying tribute to the brave Australian soldiers who helped to save the town from German advances. After, we'll pay a visit to the Sir John Monash Centre before shifting our focus to the last year of the war - with a visit to Le Hamel, the site of the successful 4 July attack. Then, it's onwards to Amiens - our home for the next three nights.

Accommodation: Hôtel Le Saint Louis (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Amiens

After an early start, we'll leave the hotel and make our way to the ANZAC Day Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux. We'll join locals and meet fellow Australians and New Zealanders who have journeyed here to pay tribute to the brave ANZAC soldiers. The service will be an unforgettable and emotive experience that is sure to leave an impression. The rest of the day will be yours to spend at your leisure.

Accommodation: Hôtel Le Saint Louis (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Amiens

The Somme still captivates the soul - and it's here that the ANZACs first saw major action in 1916. Today we'll visit Pozières and Mouquet Farm - sites that were especially important for Australian soldiers, as well as Longueval and Flers which were similarly significant to the Kiwis. Before returning to Amiens, we'll 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 will be ours to spend exploring Amiens or relaxing back at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hôtel Le Saint Louis (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Ypres

Today's first stop? The Wellington Quarries - a network of underground tunnels the New Zealand Tunnelling Company built as part of the preparations for the Battle of Arras. Later this afternoon, we'll remember Australia's role in this battle with a stop at the Digger Memorial. Then, we'll move on to Fromelles, the site of the disastrous attack of 19 July 1916. Here, take the time to pay your respects with a poignant visit to Pheasant Wood Cemetery and the incredible exhibition nearby. And this evening? We'll have the privilege of attending the Last Post ceremony under the iconic Menin Gate - a fitting end to our day.

Accommodation: Hôtel Recour (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Ypres

After breakfast, we'll continue to delve into the moving stories of the West Flanders Front with an included 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 have some free time to spend as you please in Ypres. A site that was completely destroyed during WWI and rebuilt anew - take the time to visit the town's magnificent cathedral or treat your taste buds to a sampling of Belgian chocolate. Later, we'll come back together for tonight's farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Hôtel Recour (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner

Location: Lille

For our final morning together, we’ll visit the shell-scarred Hill 60 and fascinating Hooge Crater Museum before walking in the footsteps of WWI soldiers at the Passchendaele battlefields – where allied forces fought to break the German line in 1917. Before returning to Lille, we’ll have the opportunity to pay our respects at Polygon Wood and Tyne Cot Military Cemetery – the site where 11,900 Commonwealth servicemen of WWI are commemorated.

Meals: Breakfast

Included
  • Transport
    -Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Entrance Fees
  • Fully Guided
  • Accommodation
  • Guide
    -Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver

Not Included
  • Airport Transfers at Destination
    -
  • International Travel
    -
  • Country Entry Visas
    -
All listed entrance fees are included
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Yes, a maximum of 20Kg (Dimensions of Width, Length and depth equalling 158cm) plus one day bag on board
There is a small supplement varying per tour
We pride ourselves on adequate free time on tour
An understood ability to walk comfortably unassisted
This will vary per location - we pride ourselves on accommodation that speaks to the region we are staying in.
This will vary per location, we pride ourselves on accommodation that speaks to the region we are staying in.
At the passengers discretion
There is a Tour Leader and Driver on every departure

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22-Apr-2022
6 Nights
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23-Apr-2022
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Their award-winning tour leaders are committed to delivering the ‘Back-Roads difference’ whether that be dining with the group, offering the flexibility to change the itinerary, giving personal recommendations for lunch or bringing each destination to life with their insight and knowledge. Their Tour leaders are dedicated to delivering a truly authentic, personalised experience. The Back-Roads Difference inludes:

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Start:Lille
Finish:Lille
Group size:10 - 18
Suitable for: 13-80
Physical rating:Low
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Back-Roads with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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