Visit key Australian battlefields in the Somme and pay your respects to the 45,000 Australians who were killed on the Western Front. Our three-day first-class tour visits major Australian battlefield sites including Pozieres, Bullecourt and Mont St Quentin. The highlight is the moving Anzac Day Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux.
FROM: Paris to Paris
DURATION: 3 Days
DATES: 24-26 April, 2018
PRICE: $1997* pp, twin share
Day 1: Paris to the Somme. Visit Mont St Quentin and Bullecourt.
Day 2: Anzac Day Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux.
Day 3: Thiepval Memorial, Newfoundland Memorial Park, Villers-Bretonneux. Depart for Paris.
Full Itinerary (Click here)
Anzac Day Express
Day 1, Anzac Day Express – 24 April Paris to the Somme
Welcome to our Western Front tour! The tour group will assemble in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express Paris La Villette Hotel at 8:30am for a 9:00am departure. We will then depart Paris and drive towards the Somme battlefields, where Australian troops performed magnificently in both 1916 and 1918. Our first stop will be the battlefield of Mont St Quentin, where Australian troops won a great victory in September 1918. We will also visit the battlefield of Bullecourt, where Australia lost 10,000 men in two great battles in 1917. We then continue to our hotel in the town Saint Quentin where we will check in and enjoy an early welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D) Overnight: Le Grand Hotel Saint Quentin – 2 nights
Day 2, Anzac Day Express – 25 April Anzac Day
An Anzac Day we will never forget! We have an early start this morning as we drive to the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux. We will gather here with thousands of other Australians to pay our respects to our 45,000 countrymen who were killed during fighting on the Western Front. As the sun rises over the imposing memorial to Australia’s 11,000 missing from France, the strains of the Last Post will echo across the countryside, peaceful now, but the scene of a monumental Australian victory on Anzac Day 1918. After this moving ceremony, we will visit the imposing Lochnager Mine Crater, which was detonated beneath the German lines on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Even though erosion has reduced the size of the crater it is still enormous – more than 100 metres across and 30 metres deep. We will then visit the village of Pozieres, scene of the most costly battle in Australia’s history. 23,000 men were killed or wounded in six weeks’ fighting, and we will visit the scenes of their heroic sacrifice at the 1st Division Memorial and the Windmill. We will also have time to walk the battlefield with our historian, gaining a better understanding of the fighting that led to more Australian casualties than any other battle in our history. (B)
Day 3, Anzac Day Express – 26 April Somme
Today we will visit the Thiepval Memorial (where the names of 72,000 missing men are recorded) and the preserved trenches at the Newfoundland Memorial Park, Beaumont-Hamel. Our attention will then turn to the 1918 battles on the Somme with a visit to Villers-Bretonneux, the town that was liberated by Australian troops on Anzac Day 1918. Here we will visit Adelaide Cemetery, the place where Australia’s Unknown Soldier lay for 75 years before being returned to Australia in 1993. We will see the remarkable Victoria School where a sign in the playground entreats that the students ‘Do Not Forget Australia’. We then farewell the Somme area and and drive back to Paris, arriving at the Holiday Express La Villette Hotel late afternoon. (B)
Your Tour Includes (Click here)
Anzac Day Express
- Services of an expert WW1 Historian
- All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
- Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux
- 2 nights’ 4-star accommodation
- Breakfast daily and 1 dinner
- Pick up and drop off from Paris (specific location to be advised)
- All tips to your Tour Manager, Historian and Driver
- Souvenir cap, document wallet and luggage tag
- Detailed map showing the battlefields and key sites visited on the tour
Anzac Day Attendance Pass
Do I require an attendance pass?
Yes. Attendance passes will be required for the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux and will be issued by DVA. Obtaining an attendance pass is your responsibility as a passenger. Registration is now open, click here to register, Fore more information please visit the DVA website or call 1300 364 002 or if you require assistance please contact us on 1300 880 340.
Anzac Day Express
*Per person, twin share, land only. Single supplement: $599. No willing to share option available.
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EXTEND YOUR TRIP: Spend some time in Paris before of after your tour. Ask us about discounts for pre and post tour accommodation.
Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. In addition, your Historian may alter the sites visited on each day to suit local conditions.