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Anzac Day on the Western Front NZ Tour

DEPARTS: 20th April 2020

from $3999
9 Days
  • Price: per person, twin share
  • Single Supplement: $500
  • 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

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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.

Itinerary

Day 1 > Monday 20 April | 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 > Tuesday 21 April | 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 > Wednesday 22 April | 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 > Thursday 23 April | 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 > Friday 24 April | 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 > Saturday 25 April | Anzac Day

Today will begin with a visit to the maze of trenches at the Newfoundland Memorial Park. We will then drive past the Ulster Tower, visit the spectacular Thiepval Memorial and 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. In the evening we will enjoy a special Anzac Day dinner together. (B, L, D)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Newfoundland Memorial Park   Ulster Tower   Thiepval Memorial   Anzac Day Dinner

Day 7 > Sunday 26 April | Anzac Day Commemorations

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. (B, L)

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

Day 8 > Monday 27 April | The Somme to Paris

Our day begins with a visit to 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, a rest area for Allied troops, where a new photography museum has been created. 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 > Tuesday 28 April | Farewell

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

Your Tour Includes

  • 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’ 3-star to 4-star accommodation
  • Travel by comfortable air-conditioned coach
  • Breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All tipping
  • Souvenir cap and document wallet

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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. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.

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