Fromelles Commemorative Tour July 2010

 

Escorted by the Australian War Memorials Expert Historian Peter Burness. 


                                         
INCLUDING THE DEDICATION OF FROMELLES (PHEASANT WOOD) MILITARY CEMETERY
 $8,995.00 per person twin share, inclusive of Airfare & Taxes

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Highlights:
- Paris
- Dedication of Fromelles Military Cemetery
- Pozieres
- Villers Bretonneux
- Attend the Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate Memorial

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1.  Monday 05 July  
Depart home ports mid afternoon for flight to Paris.

 

Day 2.  Tuesday 06 July
Arrive Paris, met by luxury coach and tour manager and historian/guide; settle in at our central city hotel.  The remainder of the day is for rest or perhaps taking a walk around this beautiful city. In the evening attend a spectacular ‘welcome’ dinner river cruise on the Seine to see Paris by night. 
Overnight: PARIS        D

 

Day 3.  Wednesday 07 July
After breakfast enjoy a morning tour of the highlights of Paris, such as the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysses, Tuilleries Gardens and the Louvre and we visit Les Invalides (where Napoleon is buried).  The Afternoon is free for sight-seeing and shopping; meals own arrangements.
Overnight: PARIS        B

 

Day 4.  Thursday 08 July
Today we depart for the beautiful Champagne region, via Reims to Verdun, the scene of what is considered to be the greatest and lengthiest battle in history, with over 700,000 casualties. Tonight we will enjoy a wonderful meal prepared by the resident chef at our lovely hotel.
Overnight: Verdun        B, D

 

Day 5.  Friday 09 July
Today we travel through the picturesque landscapes of vines to the Epernay, where we travel down the Avenue de Champagne followed by a visit to the prestigious wine cellar of Moet & Chandon, with an opportunity to taste their reputed wine. Later we have tastings at Champagne Feuillatte followed by a relaxing lunch.
Overnight: Verdun        B, L

 

Day 6.  Saturday 10 July
After breakfast depart for Somme.  En route we will visit Compeigne, the site of the signing of the Armistice, which saw the end of the fighting in World War One.  In the afternoon there will be free time to explore the fascinating city of Amiens.
Overnight: Amiens        B, D

 

Day 7.  Sunday 11 July
Today we explore Somme 1916 battlefields, including a visit to the original front-line and La Boiselle, Pozieres and Thiepval. See Mouquet Farm, the windmill site and the memorial to the 1st Australian Division. Lunch at Albert. Further visits in the afternoon to the preserved trenches at Newfoundland Park and to Delville Wood.
Overnight: Amiens        B, L

 

Day 8.  Monday 12 July
After breakfast we explore Somme 1918 battlefields and visit Le Hamel, the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux and the museum in the local school, which was rebuilt with funds donated by the Australian public.  See the 3rd Australian division memorial and follow the route of the famous advance of 8th August 1918.  We then visit the Historial de la Grande Guerre, a very modern museum portraying conditions on the Western Front and then the 2nd Australian Division memorial at Mont St Quentin.  Lunch at Peronne. 
Overnight: Amiens        B, L

 

Day 9.  Tuesday 13 July
Breakfast at hotel. Explore Somme 1918 battlefields & Hindenburg Line. Visit the St Quentin canal tunnel, Bony and the 4th Australian Division memorial and see the final AIF battlefield at Montbrehain with lunch at Bellicourt. 
Overnight: Amiens        B, L

 

Day 10.  Wednesday 14 July (Bastille Day)
This morning we go to Bullecourt and enjoy lunch with the locals.  There will also be a chance to explore the tragic battlefield of April/May 1917, the Hindenburg outpost villages, and museum and also a visit to the ‘Digger’ memorial.
Overnight: Amiens        B, L

 

Day 11.  Thursday 15 July
After breakfast we travel to Ypres via Vimy Ridge and the battlefield of Messines.  Lunch own arrangements with the remainder of the afternoon free to wander this picturesque little town, perhaps enjoy a local specialty of ice-cream and waffles in the town square.
Overnight: Ypres        B, D

 

Day 12.  Friday 16 July
Today we tour Ypres Salient and see Hill 60, Menin Road, Polygon Wood and the 5th Australian Division memorial, Broodseinde, Tyne Cot cemetery and Passchendaele.  Also visit the German cemetery at Langmarck. Dinner tonight will be in a local restaurant before attending the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate.
Overnight: Ypres        B, D

 

Day 13.  Saturday 17 July
This morning we visit the beautiful medieval city of Brugges, with its canals, cathedral, lace making shops and many other wonderful buildings.  Lunch can be had in one of the many outdoor restaurants in the town square. The afternoon will be available for special request cemeteries visits or a chance to see the famous In Flanders Fields Museum and the church of St George.
Overnight: Ypres        B

 

Day 14. Sunday 18 July
After breakfast we depart Ypres and travel to Fromelles, where we will have lunch at a restaurant.  We will then explore the battlefield of the famous action of 19/20 July 1916 including VC Corner and the memorial park with the Cobbers sculpture.
Overnight: Englos        B, L, D

 

Day 15. Monday 19 July
Today we will attend the Fromelles ceremony for the dedication of Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery (arrangements to be advised). Dinner tonight will be at a lovely restaurant in Lille.
Overnight: Englos        B, D

 

Day 16. Tuesday 20 July
After breakfast we depart the battlefields and return to Paris, where we will enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant with a wonderful atmosphere.
Overnight: Paris        B, D

 

Day 17. Wednesday 21 July
This morning our tour concludes after breakfast, with a transfer to the aiport.

 

Day 18. Thursday 22 July
Arrive Australia early evening.

 

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