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New! 2018: Amadeus (Paris & Normandy) Cruise

2018  ANZAC DAY Centenary Villers-Bretonneux*

2018 VB Centenary Anzac Day Multi Day Tours

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 2017 Battle of Polygon Wood Centenary Tour

 2017 Battle of Passchendaele Centenary Tour

2017-2018 Australian Govt. Centenary Events :
Spirit of Remembrance Tours 2017-2018:

2017 WW1 CENTENARY TOURS 
 *Polygon Wood:  *Passchendaele

2018 WW1 CENTENARY TOURS 
*Anzac Day:  *Le Hamel: *St Quentin  *Armistice

2016 ' Anzac Footsteps' 4 day/3n Tour Series
(Note: Discontinued for 2017 ONLY)

Australians at War

Australians & WW1

Australian Remembrance Trail

'Self Drive' Rental Car Tours

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Australians & Ypres WW1

Ypres WW1 Photo Gallery

WW1 Aussie Photo Gallery

 Australians & WW2

WW2 D-Day Photo Gallery

Post WW2: Korea, Vietnam

 AUSTRALIANS IN FRANCE & BELGIUM IN THE GREAT WAR:
VILLERS-BRETONNEUX CENTENARY TOURS 2018 (100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY)
  

    ADVANCE TOUR REGISTRATION: Villers-Bretonneux Centenary Tours 2018

Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  IMPORTANT NEWS UPDATE: 02 February 2017
Revised Security Arrangements France & Belgium: Pre-Registration is now MANDATORY for ALL Australian DVA (Dept of Veteran Affairs) WW1 Centenary events  for 2017 AND 2018.

These security arrangements are ONLY for official DVA events: Polygon Wood Centenary 2017 (26 September), Anzac Day Villers-Bretonneux 2018 (25 April), Le Hamel Centenary 2018 (4 July) and the 2018 Armistice Centenary ceremony (11/11) Further details

Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  Update 27 April 2017:  URGENT!: Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day 2018
               REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - AND FILLING VERY FAST!  HURRY!!!!

Registration for Anzac Day 2018 at Villers-Bretonneux opened on Anzac Day 2017, and has been in huge demand, with space nearly fully subscribed by today (4 May 2017). With an attendance cap of only 8000 people in total able to attend the 2018 Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Centenary service due to security constraints, this will be probably be the most "in demand" ceremony of all the Western Front centenary events.

If you wish to to attend this 'once in a lifetime' ceremony you MUST register NOW at DVA to attend the ceremony. No registration - No entry!

Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  The new Sir John Monash Interpretive Centre Villers-Bretonneux: Opening Anzac Day 2018
(* Please note it is highly unlikely that you will be able to tour this facility on Anzac Day itself, due to the number of people that will be present at the ceremony itself)
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2018 Centenary Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day Multi-Day Tours: 4Nights/5Days
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance  *Value Tour Option* (Stop Sold - Apply Only! )
4 Night/5 Days
: "Australians on the Western Front Tour"
 Includes 3 nights stay in a modern 3/4 star+ hotel: La Maison Rouge near Arras. Tour departs and returns to Lille, France. Starts Saturday 21 April 2018: Finishes Wednesday 25 April 2018.

Full Tour Details here:(* Registration on tour(s) requires a * fully refundable registration fee)
Early registration to confirm your place is recommended as tours will fill quickly & space IS limited..

The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance 
*Deluxe Upgrade Option* (Stop Sold - Apply Only!)
     
4 Night /5 Days: "Australians on the Western Front Tour" 
 Includes 3 nights stay in a deluxe room at a beautiful 14th century French Chateau:
Chateau le Domaine de la Chartruese, Gosnay Tour
departs and returns Lille, France
. Starts Saturday 21 April 2018: Finishes Wednesday 25 April 2018.

Full Tour Details here:(* Registration on tour(s) requires a * fully refundable registration fee)
Early registration to confirm your place is recommended as tours will fill quickly & space IS limited..
 
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance 
NEW! Exclusive Luxury small group tour staying in luxury accommodation in Arras: "La Corne d'Or" (*This is an ideal tour for extended family or discerning small group of friends.)
Staying at "La Corne d'Or" in Arras. La Corne d'Or" is an elegant 18th century mansion built on the foundations and immense cellars of a previous 13th century house; it has since been renovated meticulously over the past few years and is now a stylish and very elegant  'boutique hotel' with an excellent reputation.

"La Corne d'Or" has 5 rooms for its guests; 2 bedrooms, 2 suites with sitting rooms, and a large loft, all of which have comfortable modern bathrooms en suite with either showers or bath/showers – and the Suite Nature has a large spa bath. All guest rooms have flat-screen satellite TV sets, radio/CD player, and free Wi-Fi access.

As this beautiful property has just been acquired for our Platinum Centenary 2018 Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Tour, we are still in the process of putting the deluxe itinerary together for the tour. It is however intended it will encompass 2 nights at a deluxe hotel in Paris or Lille and 3 nights at "La Corne d'Or", an experienced SoR battlefield guide throughout, luxury small coach, meals at top French restaurants and a helicopter tour over the battlefields (tentative) plus other top luxury inclusions. For more information until the tour is finalised and released - please contact us for further details as they come to hand.

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The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance 2018 Anzac Day Villers-Bretonneux Day Return Tours from Paris & London*
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Ex Paris: Villers-Bretonneux: 100 Years: Centenary Remembrance Day Tour: (25 April)
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Ex London: Villers-Bretonneux: 100 Years: Centenary Remembrance Day Tour: (24/25 April)  Spirit of Remembrance is pleased to announce that we will be again operating very special Centenary  Remembrance Day Tours to Villers-Bretonneux from London and Paris which will include the  centenary Anzac Day ceremony. Tours will depart late evening on 24 April from London and early morning (Approx 12am) on 25 April from Paris and return in the very late evening of the 25th April.

Full itinerary for these days tours will be available soon, as we now have to factor in the new greatly increased security arrangements as per the 2017 Villers-Bretonneux day tour from Paris. *Estimated* price of ex Paris day/night tour is €400 (per/person) and the *estimated* price of the ex London day/night tour is €430 (per person) We do not expect these prices to now increase. Itinerary for 2018 Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day Centenary Paris tour will be much the same as for the ex Paris 2017 Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day tour. Both London and Paris day tour itineraries will be released early June 2017.  Note: Registration is HERE for these day tours.
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STAR-NEWS-30 CRUISE BONUS! We have also secured allotments of cabins and staterooms aboard the *Amadeus Cruise Ship's (*previously Amras Cruises) spacious and graceful  "Amadeus Diamond" on the *Paris, Normandy and the River Seine Cruises: 12-19 April and 26-03 May 2018. (*Besides visiting Paris, Rouen (Joan of Arc) beautiful Honfluer and historic Les Andelys, these cruises also visit the Normandy WW2 battlefields.) Prices for these cruises will be available late 2016 however we anticipate that they will be only a small increase on 2016 prices for these cruises. Check with us NOW on how to reserve space on these historic river cruises!

The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance About the Anzac Day Battle at Villers Bretonneux, April 25 1918: (link)

The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance 2018 - and the centenary of the historic 2nd Battle of Villers-Bretonneux on Anzac Day, 2018, when the Australians forever changed the course of WW1 and *saved Amiens. (It was also the first tank to tank battle of WW1.) *The German High Command worked out that if they captured Amiens, (the major city of the Somme) then push quickly to the coast they would split the Allied Forces in half and win the war - or at least sue for peace on their terms. Their first major offensive had actually reached to within ten miles of Amiens, before being stopped at Villers-Bretonneux.

Brigadier General Grogan VC, who saw the attack on Villers-Bretonneux, described the successful Australian counter attack by night at short notice across unknown and difficult ground as "perhaps the greatest individual feat of the war". The Allied Supreme Commander, Marshal Foch, referred to the "altogether astonishing valiance" (valour) of the Australians.

Come with us on one of the most auspicious and historic centenary remembrance events in the history of Australia. Advance interest in the event is already intense, with thousands already making plans to attend this 'once in a lifetime' event along with dignitaries and heads of state from all over the world. Accommodation space is already most limited for attendance at this very special event. We would be delighted if you can join us for this 'once in a lifetime' event, honouring the heritage of all Australians.

                        "N'oublions jamais l'Australie" (Let us never forget Australia)

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