Anzac Day on the Western Front - NZ Tour 2021


DEPARTS: 20th April 2021

9 Days
  • Price: per person, twin share
  • Single Supplement: $550
  • Deposit: $750
Walk in the footsteps of New Zealand soldiers who fought and died on the Western Front during this very special tour including Anzac Day services Le Quesnoy and Longueval.

Anzac Day on the Western Front – NZ Tour 2021

Walk in the footsteps of New Zealand soldiers who fought and died on the Western Front during this very special tour. We will visit key sites associated with Kiwi courage and sacrifice in the Ypres Salient, French Flanders and the Somme, escorted by an expert historian. After walking the ground where so much New Zealand blood was shed, we will come together with hundreds of our countrymen to remember them at two key ceremonies for Anzac Day.


Day 1 > Tuesday 20 April 2021 | Arrive Paris

Welcome to our Western Front tour! After checking in to our Paris hotel, we will come together this evening for a welcome drink and dinner. This is an excellent opportunity to meet our fellow passengers and Historian. (D)

STAR INCLUSIONS   Welcome dinner in Paris

Day 2 > Wednesday 21 April 2021 | Paris to Ypres

This morning we depart for Ypres in Belgium, one of the most significant towns on the Western Front and our home for the next three nights. On arrival in Ypres we will enjoy a walking tour around the town. Tonight we will attend the moving Last Post service at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing – two of our passengers will be invited to lay a wreath on behalf of the group. (B, D)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Walking tour of Ypres Participation in the Last Post service at the Menin Gate

Day 3 > Thursday 22 April 2021 | Ypres Salient

The Ypres Salient was a bulge in the front line that curved around Ypres for most of the war. More than a million men were killed or wounded trying to gain control of this small patch of ground. Today we will explore the New Zealand battlefields in the Salient including the Passchendaele Museum, the New Zealand Memorial at Polygon Wood and the cratered landscape of Hill 60. Next we will visit Tyne Cot, the world’s largest Commonwealth war cemetery, which sits in the heart of the Passchendaele battlefield. While exploring this infamous battlefield we will visit the New Zealand Memorial on Gravenstafel Ridge, which marks the site of one of the darkest days of the war for New Zealand troops. Our final stop today is at the German Cemetery at Langemarck and as we drive back to our hotel we will see the magnificent Canadian memorial at Langemarck. (B, L)

STAR INCLUSIONS  New Zealand Battlefields   Passchendaele Museum   New Zealand Memorial at Polygon Wood

Hill 60   Tyne Cot   New Zealand Memorial on Gravenstafel Ridge   German Cemetery at Langemarck

Day 4 > Friday 23 April 2021 | Bruges

Today we will spend time at leisure exploring Bruges, one of Europe’s most charming medieval cities. You may choose to wander the cobbled streets, take a cruise on one of the city’s enchanting canals, ride through the picturesque squares in a horse and cart or sample the lace boutiques, chocolate shops and cafes that make Bruges famous. On the drive back to Ypres we will stop at Essex Farm Cemetery, where in 1915 Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae composed ‘In Flanders Fields’, the most famous poem of the war. (B)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Bruges   Essex Farm Cemetery

Day 5 > Saturday 24 April 2021 | Ypres to Arras

Today we leave Ypres and travel south to the battlefields of the Somme. En-route we will visit the village of Messines, which was captured by New Zealanders during a brilliant attack in June 1917. We will then continue south to the town of Arras, where we will visit the Wellington Tunnels, a network of caves dug into the soft chalk soil by New Zealand tunnellers. We will check in to our hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. (B, L)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Battlefields of the Somme   Messines   Arras Wellington Tunnels

Day 6 > Sunday 25 April 2021 | Anzac Day

Today we will join local French people and visiting New Zealanders to commemorate Anzac Day. First we will attend an 11am service at Le Quesnoy, which was captured by New Zealand troops in the closing stages of the war. Wreaths will be laid at the New Zealand Memorial then at the French Memorial in the town centre. At 3pm we will attend the Anzac Day ceremony in the village of Longueval, at the New Zealand Battlefield Memorial. At the end of this memorable day we will return to our hotel where the evening is free. (B, L)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Anzac Day Service at Le Quesnoy   Anzac Day Ceremony at Longueval

Day 7 > Monday 26 April 2021 | 1916 Somme battlefields

Today we will explore the 1916 Somme battlefields, beginning with a visit to the maze of trenches at the Newfoundland Memorial Park. The Newfoundland Regiment
was almost wiped out here on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. We will then drive past the Ulster Tower, modelled on Helen’s Tower in Northern Ireland, before
visiting the spectacular Thiepval Memorial, where the names of more than 72,000 British men missing from the Somme fighting are recorded. We will also see other
sites associated with the bitter Somme fighting in 1916, including paying our respects to Australian troops, our Anzac comrades, at the village of Pozieres. (B, L)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Newfoundland Memorial Park   Ulster Tower   Thiepval Memorial

Day 8 > Tuesday 27 April 2021 | The Somme to Paris

Our day begins with a visit to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Experience Centre just outside of Arras, where we can see firsthand the ongoing work that goes into new discoveries and maintenance of various CWGC cemeteries and sites on the Western Front. Our next stop is the Underground City of Naours. This network of caves was a popular tourist attraction for soldiers during the war, and thousands of them signed their names in pencil on the chalk walls of the caves. Several of these
names are New Zealanders, and we will hear their stories as we tour the caves. We will also visit the village of Vignacourt, which was a rest area for Allied troops. In 2011
a treasure trove of glass photographic negatives was found in the attic of a local farmhouse, which had been used as a makeshift photographic studio where soldiers could have their photo taken during the war. The new museum onsite tells their story. Early this afternoon we will say goodbye to the battlefields and return to Paris, where we will enjoy a farewell dinner together. (B, L, D)

STAR INCLUSIONS   Underground City of Naours   Vignacourt   Farewell Dinner

Day 9 > Wednesday 28 April 2021 | Farewell

Sadly our Western Front Anzac Tour ends this morning after breakfast. (B)


★   Services of an expert WWI Historian
★   All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
★   Anzac Day Services at Le Quesnoy and Longueval
★   Extensive touring of the WWI battlefields
★   8 nights’ 4-star accommodation
★   Travel by comfortable air-conditioned coach
★   Breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 2 dinners
★   All entrance fees as per the itinerary
★   All tipping
★   Souvenir cap and document wallet
★   Last Post service at the Menin Gate Memorial
★   Welcome dinner in Paris

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