ANZAC Somme & Salient Battlefields- AZE17
Number of Days: 12
See the most significant sites for Australian and New Zealand action during WW1 with our escorted tour.
If you have a group interested please contact us for customised arrangements, plus pre and post tour travel.
Day 1 – 2 May:Istanbul - Brussels
Transfers for designated group flights to Brussels.On arrival Brussels we have a short orientation tour then transfer to our hotel.B
Day 2 – 3 May:Western Europe battlefields experience
After breakfast we meet our Western battlefields guide at our hotel in Brussels. Load baggage and drive to Arras. Check in to hotel in Arras. Dinner included. Overnight in Arras.B,D
Day 3 – 4 May:Western Europe battlefields experience
Depart this morning for the Somme. Experience: Newfoundland Memorial Park – The tragic experience of the Newfoundland Regiment on 1st July 1916 serves to illustrate the tragedy of the opening of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916. Ulster Tower - 36th (Ulster) Division action on 1st July. Caterpillar Valley Memorial – Commemorating ANZAC soldiers who died on the Somme in 1916 and who have no known grave.The first major attack on the Somme began here on 15th September 1916. Introduction to the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Memorial, Longueval. We follow the part played by the Division in the 15th September attack, when tanks were used for the first time. Learn story of Sergeant Donald Forrester Brown, of the Otago Regiment, won the Division's first Victoria Cross near here. Tunnelling & Mining Operations. La Boiselle – Lochnagar Mine crater - 8th (Regular) and 34th (New Army) Divisions - Tyneside Scottish/Tyneside Irish. Grimsby Chums. Drive to Arras. Wellington Quarry – NZ soldiers played a significant part in the development of this vast underground military system. Foremost among them were men of the 446-strong Tunnelling Company, who were the first NZ'ers to arrive on the Western Front in 1916. Carrière Wellington (Wellington Quarry) incorporates parts of the tunnel system. Includes the memorial to the 41 tunnellers died here. The Wellington Tunnels underground museum. Admission included. Overnight Arras.B
Day 4 – 5 May - Western Europe battlefields experience
After breakfast we depart for Ypres, Belgium. We visit the Essex Farm Advanced Dressing Station and War Cemetery.Discover how casualties were treated and hear the story of the Poppy – where it began. We then drive to Messines area: Visit to Messines Ridge, The Pool of Peace, NZ Memorial and the story of Corporal Frickleton’s V.C.
Messines village – In the centre of the village is a memorial Kowhai tree, planted in 1993 on the 75th anniversary.Optional visit to St George’s Church and ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum. Chocolate shopping opportunity then continue to area of 3rd battle of Ypres:
Gravenstafel and Bellevue Spur (October 1917) –These 2 low hills were to be the scenes of the ANZACs engagements in the final stages of the 3rd battle of Ypres.Visit NZ Memorial. See the ground and hear the story of the extraordinary success and aftermath. Tyne Cot War Cemetery on Passchendaele Ridge (the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world). See NZ Memorial to the Missing. Act of Remembrance. Passchendaele Memorial Museum, Zonnebeke. Admission included.Return to Ypres and walk to the famous Menin Gate. Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate. An experience that will linger long in your memory.We then return to a local restaurant for dinner (included) Market Place, Ypres. B,D
Day 5 – 6 May - Western Europe battlefields experience
Today we visit: Polygon Wood/Polderhoek – Life in the trenches in the winter of 1917, the attack on the Polderhoek Spur and the story of Sgt Henry Nicholas VC, MM. The Memorial in Buttes war cemetery commemorates ANZAC soldiers with no known grave who died in the Salient between September 1917 and May 1918.Continue to Cambrai area, France. Includes Canal du Nord – The story of an audacious attack. See the NZ Bridge, St Quentin Canal and Crêvecoeur – 29-30 September 1918 and the scene of the extraordinary adventures of Pte James Crichton of the 2nd Aucklands, NZEF that earned him the VC.This afternoon drive to Le Quesnoy.Includes: The ramparts scaled by the Kiwis and the story of Lt Averill MC. The Garden of Remembrance and NZ Memorial Le Quesnoy Communal Cemetery Extension contains the graves of 50 NZ soldiers.B
Day 6 – 7 May – Mons to Paris
After breakfast we depart for Paris, via Foret de Mormal – where the wartime journey of the NZ Division came to an end on 5th November 1918.B
Day 7 - 8 May: Paris.
Half day city tour. Then free time for you to visit the Louvre or other points of interest. B
Day 8 – 9 May:French Chateaux and gardens. Today we visit two of France's grand chateaux and gardens -Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte and Fontainebleau.“The forerunner of Versailles”, the Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte includes a parterre, clipped topiary yew, water features, reflective pools, and agrand canal with grottoes and a cascade. Once the noblest garden in all France, Fontainebleau built for King Francois I, rivalling the great courts of Italy. B
Day 9 –10 May: Paris
Free day to explore Paris or environs at leisure, unless optional Normandy tour prebooked.B
Day 10 –11 May:Paris - London.
Free time until we transfer to the Eurostar for our journey to London.On arrival London we have a short orientation tour then transfer to our centrally located hotel.B
Day 11 –12 May: London
Today visit Churchills (WW2) war time bunker, plus where prebooked the Duxford Imperial War Museum. B
Day 12 –13 May:London.
Free day to explore London at your leisure.Suggest you visit the Imperial War Museum which has an area featuring NZ's involvement in both World Wars. Optional farewell dinner and tour concludes tonight.B
Tour includes: Arrival airport transfer for designated group flights. ANZAC briefing in Istanbul and Gallipoli documentary. Battlefields specialist guides, Continental breakfasts "B" some dinners including the Welcome Dinner "D". 3 + to 4 Star centrally located hotels. Guided tours as per the final itinerary. Supplementary travel insurance according to TURSAB law 161. English-speaking tour guide. Transportation in air-conditioned, non-smoking coach. Entrance fees stated as included per the final itinerary.Departure transfer to airport for designated group flights
- From $5995 pp/twin share, however there is an early bird special by 31 January 2017 saving $1,000. Dates: April, June & Oct please contact for confirmation.