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Western Front Explorer - multiple departures

DEPARTS: Various dates between April and November

from: $1997
4 Days
  • Price: per person, twin share
  • Single Supplement: $520
  • Deposit: 30%
Walk in the footsteps of the Anzacs on our most popular Western Front Tour – the perfect addition to any European holiday.

Western Front Explorer - multiple departures

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Our most popular Western Front Tour! This 4-day small-group tour provides the perfect opportunity to explore the Australian battlefields of the Western Front in comfort and convenience. We will walk in the footsteps of the Anzacs on all the main battlefield sites in the Somme, Flanders and the Ypres Salient. The itinerary has been personally designed by Mat McLachlan, and the expert historians who escort this tour have been hand-picked by Mat. The Western Front Explorer Tour is the next best thing to being there with Mat himself!

Either begin your tour in Paris or Lille, a great option if you are catching the Eurostar from London or travelling from elsewhere in Europe! With weekly departures between April and November, you are sure to find a tour date that fits perfectly with your plans.

Itinerary

Day 1 > Paris to Ypres

Welcome to our Western Front tour! The tour group will assemble at the Holiday Inn Express – Canal De La Villette Hotel in Paris at 8.30am for a 9.00am departure. We will leave Paris and drive north towards the Belgian border. Our destination is the town of Ypres, our home for the next two nights. Between 1914 and 1918 Ypres was completely destroyed by shellfire, and came to symbolise the horror of the First World War. In the evening we will enjoy a walking tour with our Historian around the rebuilt town, before coming together for a welcome dinner. (Passengers joining the tour in Lille will be collected from our meeting point en-route to Ypres at midday.) (D)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Central Ypres hotel   Welcome dinner

Day 2 > The 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 Australian battlefields in the Salient, places where the Anzacs made history in 1917. Our first stop will be the Passchendaele Museum, a provocative collection of relics and displays that chronicles the fighting in Flanders. We will then visit the 5th Australian Division Memorial at Polygon Wood, where we will see the graves of Private Hunter and Sergeant Calder, the two Australian soldiers who featured in Mat McLachlan’s documentary ‘Lost in Flanders’. Lunch is included at a local café. We then get a taste of the devastation caused by four years of continuous artillery fire at the cratered landscape of Hill 60, before visiting Tyne Cot, the world’s largest Commonwealth war cemetery. Tyne Cot sits in the heart of one of the most horrific battlefields of the war – Passchendaele. Our final stop today is at the German Cemetery at Langemark, where we will learn about the men on the other side of the line. As we drive back to our hotel we will see the magnificent Canadian memorial at Langemark, marking the spot where poison gas was first used in the war. This evening we will visit the Menin Gate where the names of 54,000 missing British and Commonwealth soldiers are recorded, for the moving Last Post ceremony. The Ypres fire brigade has performed this bugle ceremony every day and in all-weather since the memorial opened in 1927. The only interruption was during the four years of German occupation during the Second World War – the ceremony recommenced on the day the town was liberated. Two passengers will be invited to lay a wreath on behalf of our group. (B, L)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Passchendaele Museum Polygon Wood  Hill 60 Tyne Cot Cemetery

                                       ★ Langemarck Cemetery  Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate

Day 3 > Ypres to the Somme

Today we leave Ypres and travel south to the battlefields of the Somme. We will travel to French Flanders, and the very moving 1916 battlefield of Fromelles, where Australia lost 5533 men during its first action on the Western Front. While here we will visit the Australian Memorial Park, VC Corner Cemetery (the only all-Australian cemetery in France), the site of the Australian mass grave at Pheasant Wood and the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery, where 250 Australian and British soldiers were laid to rest in 2010. We will also visit the Fromelles Museum which tells the story of Australia’s disastrous involvement in the battle of Fromelles in 1916. Next is the battlefield of Bullecourt, where Australia lost 10,000 men in two great battles in 1917. We will pay our respects to them at the Slouch Hat memorial in the centre of town and the Australian Memorial Park on the site of the German front line. In the afternoon we will visit Pozieres, scene of the most costly battle in Australia’s history. 23,000 men were killed or wounded here in six weeks of fighting and we will pay tribute to them at the 1st Division Memorial and the Windmill. We will then see Mouquet Farm, where the Australians fought a bitter campaign against the Germans in August 1916. Our final stop is the imposing Thiepval Memorial, which commemorates more than 70,000 British soldiers missing from the Somme fighting. After checking in to our central hotel we will have the evening at leisure. A packed picnic lunch is included today. (B, L)

STAR INCLUSIONS    Fromelles   Fromelles Museum   Bullecourt   Pozieres

                                          ★ Mouquet Farm Thiepval Memorial Picnic lunch

Day 4 > The Somme to Paris

Today we will explore the killing fields of the Somme, where Australian troops performed magnificently in 1918. Our first visit is to Adelaide Cemetery and then see the Victoria School in Villers-Bretonneux where a sign entreats that the schoolchildren ‘Do Not Forget Australia’. We will also visit the excellent Franco-Australian Museum at the school. We then travel to the Australian Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, where the names of almost 11,000 Australians missing in France are recorded and also visit the new Sir John Monash Interpretive Centre, which tells the story of Australia’s achievements on the Western Front. Our next stop is the Australian Memorial Park at Hamel, scene of a great Australian victory orchestrated by General John Monash on July 4, 1918. We then farewell the battlefields and drive back to Paris, arriving at the Holiday Inn Express – Canal De La Villette Hotel at approximately 5pm. (B)

STAR INCLUSIONS  Villers-Bretonneux  Adelaide Cemetery Victoria School Museum Franco-Australian Museum

                                      ★ Australian Memorial   Sir John Monash Centre  Australian Memorial Park  Hamel

Departure Dates

StartsFinishesPriceAvailability
1 October 20194 October 2019$1,997Guaranteed
8 October 201911 October 2019$1,997Guaranteed
15 October 201918 October 2019$1,997Guaranteed
22 October 201925 October 2019$1,997Guaranteed
8 November (Remembrance Day)11 November 2019$1,997Guaranteed
24 April 202027 April 2020$1,999Guaranteed
28 April 20201 May 2020$1,999Guaranteed
7 May 202010 May 2020$1,999Guaranteed
14 May 202017 May 2020$1,999Guaranteed
21 May 202024 May 2020$1,999Guaranteed
28 May 202031 May 2020$1,999Guaranteed
30 May 20202 June 2020$1,999Guaranteed
4 June 20207 June 2020$1,999Guaranteed
11 June 202014 June 2020$1,999Guaranteed
18 June 202021 June 2020$1,999Guaranteed
28 June 20201 July 2020$1,999Guaranteed
4 July 20207 July 2020$1,999Guaranteed
9 July 202012 July 2020$1,999Guaranteed
18 July 202021 July 2020$1,999Guaranteed
23 July 202026 July 2020$1,999Guaranteed
30 July 20202 August 2020$1,999Guaranteed
6 August 20209 August 2020$1,999Guaranteed
13 August 202016 August 2020$1,999Guaranteed
20 August 202023 August 2020$1,999Guaranteed
27 August 202030 August 2020$1,999Guaranteed
3 September 20206 September 2020$1,999Guaranteed
10 September 202013 September 2020$1,999Guaranteed
17 September 202020 September 2020$1,999Guaranteed
19 September 202022 September 2020$1,999Guaranteed
24 September 202027 September 2020$1,999Guaranteed
1 October 20204 October 2020$1,999Guaranteed
8 October 202011 October 2020$1,999Guaranteed
15 October 202018 October 2020$1,999Guaranteed
22 October 202025 October 2020$1,999Guaranteed
29 October 20201 November 2020$1,999Guaranteed
1 November 20204 November 2020$1,999Guaranteed
8 November 202011 November 2020$1,999Guaranteed

Your Tour Includes

  • Services of an expert WWI Historian
  • Central Paris pick-up and drop-off, or pick up in Lille
  • All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • 3 nights’ 3-star to 4-star accommodation
  • Travel by comfortable air-conditioned coach
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches and welcome dinner
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All tipping
  • Copy of Mat McLachlan’s definitive guide to the Western Front, Walking with the Anzacs
  • 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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