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Marching with Monash

DEPARTS: 28th June 2020

$3999
9 Days
  • Price: per person, twin share
  • Single Supplement: $800
  • Deposit: $750
This nine-day tour follows in the footsteps of General John Monash, one of the First World War’s most outstanding military leaders.

Marching with Monash

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Itinerary

Tour Includes

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This special tour has been designed to follow in the footsteps of General John Monash, one of the First World War’s most outstanding military leaders. This unique journey will take you across the Australian battlefields of Flanders and the Somme as we unravel the stories and triumphs of the most famous commander in Australian history.

Itinerary

Day 1 > Sunday 28 June – Arrive Paris

Welcome to this very special tour! This evening we will meet our Historian and travelling companions at our Paris hotel, and enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)

STAR INCLUSIONS Welcome dinner

Day 2 > Monday 29 June – Paris to Ypres

Our tour in the footsteps of General John Monash begins today. We will depart Paris after breakfast for the famous wartime town of Ypres, stopping on the way at the battlefield of Mont St. Quentin and the 2nd Australian Division Memorial. We will have free time for lunch in Peronne, before a visit to the Museum of the Great War, housed in a large Vauban fortress. We will then continue to Ypres, located just over the Belgian border. There will be free time for an early dinner before we attend the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial to 54,000 missing soldiers. Two passengers will lay a wreath on behalf of our group. (B) 

STAR INCLUSIONS Mont St. Quentin  2nd Australian Division Memorial

Museum of the Great War   Last Post Service, Menin Gate

Day 3 > Tuesday 30 June – Ypres

Today we will enjoy a walking tour around the rebuilt town of Ypres, visiting key sites associated with the town’s wartime history such as the magnificent Cloth Hall, the Menin Gate and Ramparts Cemetery. As part of this walking tour, we will have special access to hidden rooms in the Ypres ramparts, the former headquarters of Allied generals including John Monash. This afternoon we will visit the outstanding In Flanders Field Museum and this evening, we will enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant. (B, D)

 STAR INCLUSIONS   Ypres walking tour   Ypres Ramparts special access   In Flanders Field Museum

Day 4 > Wednesday 1 July – The Ypres Salient

We will begin our day on the notorious Ypres Salient with a visit to Toronto Avenue, the only all-Australian cemetery in Belgium. Many soldiers from the 3rd Division that was led by Monash into battle, are interred here. We will follow their route to Messines before continuing to Passchendaele 1917 Museum and the cratered landscape of Hill 60. After lunch at a local café, we will visit the 5th Australian Division Memorial at Polygon Wood and the Buttes New British Cemetery, where we will see the graves of the two Australian soldiers featured in Mat McLachlan’s documentary Lost in Flanders. Afterwards we will continue to Tyne Cot, the world’s largest Commonwealth war cemetery, and Broodseinde Ridge. Our final stop today will be the German Cemetery at Langemark, and as we drive back to our hotel we will also see the magnificent Canadian memorial. (B, L)

STAR INCLUSIONS   Toronto Avenue Cemetery   Messines   Passchendaele 1917 Museum   Hill 60

                           ★ Polygon Wood   Tyne Cot Cemetery   Langemark German Cemetery

Day 5 > Thursday 2 July – Ypres to the Somme

We will leave Belgium this morning and travel south to the battlefields of the Somme in France. First, we will visit the 1916 battlefield of Fromelles, where Australia lost 5533 men during its first action on the Western Front. Here we will see Australian Memorial Park, VC Corner Cemetery, the site of the Australian mass grave at Pheasant Wood, the new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery, and the Fromelles Museum. As we depart Fromelles for Bullecourt, we will drive through the ‘Nursery’ sector around Armentieres, where the 3rd Australian Division arrived in France in 1916. We will pay our respects to them at the Slouch Hat memorial in Bullecourt, where Australia lost 10,000 men, and at Australian Memorial Park on the site of the German front line. This afternoon we will continue towards Amiens with a stop at the impressive Chateau de Bertangles, headquarters of the Australian General Staff under Monash’s command. We will see the rooms where Monash conceived the great Australian victories of 1918 and stand on the chateau steps where he was knighted by King George V. We will enjoy afternoon tea in the Chateau gardens before continuing onto the beautiful city of Amiens where our evening is free. (B, L)

 STAR INCLUSIONS  Fromelles   Fromelles Museum   Bullecourt   Visit to Bertangles Chateau

Day 6 > Friday 3 July – The Somme 1916

Today we will explore the killing fields of the Somme from 1916, our first stop the maze of trenches at Newfoundland Memorial Park, then the impressive Lochnagar mine crater. Our next stop is Mouquet Farm and the village of Pozieres, where we will pay tribute to the 23,000 killed and wounded at both the 1st Australian Division Memorial and the Windmill. We will then continue to the spectacular Thiepval Memorial to the 72,000 British missing. After a quick stop for lunch, we will travel to Naours to visit the underground tunnels where more than 700 Anzacs left etchings on the chalky walls. Our final stop for the day will be Vignacourt, a place of refuge for Allied troops on a break from the front line, and a new museum at a local farm, where a treasure trove of glass photographic negatives of soldiers was found in 2011. Our evening back in Amiens is free. (B, L)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Newfoundland Memorial Park   Lochnagar crater   Pozieres   Thiepval Memorial   Naours tunnels   Vignacourt Museum

Day 7 > Saturday 4 July – Hamel Anniversary

Today commemorates the 102nd anniversary of the Battle of Hamel, a great Australian victory orchestrated by General John Monash. Our day will begin with a special breakfast with the townspeople of Hamel, to celebrate the town being liberted by Australian troops in July 1918. We will then visit the Australian Memorial Park, scene of the great victory, where we will hold a short commemorative service to honour the fallen. We will spend the remainder of the day visiting the sites in and around the very imporant town of Villers-Brettoneux, including Adelaide Cemetery, Victoria Primary School with its sign ‘Never Forget Australia’, and the imposing Australian National Memorial to more than 10,000 missing soldiers. We will also visit the new Sir John Monash Centre, where we will have special behind the scenes access. Leaving Villers-Bretonneux, we will drive past the site where the Red Baron was shot down by Australian troops in April 1918 before returning to Amiens for an evening at leisure. (B, L)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Breakfast with Hamel residents   Commemorative Service Australian Memorial Park

Villers-Brettoneux   Australian National Memorial   Special access at Sir John Monash Centre

Day 8 > Sunday 5 July – The Somme to Paris

This morning we will leave the Somme and head east into the Aisne, where a series of great Australian victories in late 1918 helped to win the War. We will visit the 4th Australian Division Memorial at Bellenglise, the St. Quentin Canal tunnel at Bellicourt and the village of Montbrehain, site of Australia’s last battle in the War. This afternoon we will farewell the battlefields and travel back to Paris to enjoy a final dinner together. (B, L, D)

STAR INCLUSIONS   4th Australian Division Memorial   St. Quentin Canal tunnel   Montbrehain   Farewell dinner

Day 9 > Monday 6 July – Depart Paris

This morning after breakfast our tour comes to an end. (B)

 The journey may be over but the memories will last a lifetime.

Your Tour Includes

  • Services of an expert WWI Historian
  • All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Visits to unique sites relating to Monash including the town of Hamel and Bertangles chateux
  • 8 nights’ 3-star to 4-star accommodation
  • Travel by comfortable air-conditioned coach
  • Breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 3 dinners
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All tipping
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Copy of Mat McLachlan’s definitive guide to the Western Front, Walking with the Anzacs

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Contact our reservations team on 1300 880 340 or click on the enquiry button above and leave your details.

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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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