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 NEW!! 2018/19  1 Day ULTRA WW1 Tour ex Paris!

 2018  * Photos: Opening: Sir John Monash Centre!

  2018 Sir John Monash Centre: Villers-Bretonneux

  2018 Le Hamel Centenary Tour (July 2018)

 2018 Mont St Quentin Centenary Tour (Sept 2018)

  2018 Armistice Tour Day Tour ex Paris: 11/11/2018

  2018 Armistice Tour 11/11(6D) 'Victory & Peace'

  2018 Armistice Tour (6D) 'Armistice Signed' (Lx)

 2019 Anzac Day VB  - 1 Day Tour ex Paris  

 2019 Anzac Day VB-6 Day Tour: Value & Dlx Option

 2019 Anzac Day Hellfire Pass: (Thai/Burma) (TBA)

 2019 WW2 Battle of Crete 75th Anniversary:  (TBA)

 2019 WW2 75th  Anniversary WW2: D-Day Tour

 2019 WW2 Bomber Command Brave Beyond Belief

 2019 WW2 Desert Rats: Tobruk/North Africa (TBA) 

 2020 WW2 80th Anniversary: Battle of Britain

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AUSTRALIANS IN FRANCE & BELGIUM IN THE GREAT WAR: Anzac Day 2019

2019 'ANZACS REMEMBERED' (*Choice of Deluxe OR Value Accommodation)

Australia and World War 1
When The Great War came to an end in 1918 Australia was left to come to terms with a war which, on the Western Front alone, had cost Australia 48,000 dead (* including Gallipoli - over 60,000 dead) and over 156,000 wounded. Militarily, the ANZAC reputation stood sky-high at the end of the war and along with the Canadians, they were regarded as among the most elite fighting troops in the British Expeditionary Force – tough, battle hardened and ruthless, they were greatly feared by the Germans and grudgingly admired by their nemesis - the British High Command.

On this powerful and inclusive 5 night/6 day "Anzacs Remembered" Tour (including the Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day ceremony) we follow in our diggers footsteps to the places where the Australian reputation was established as one of the finest fighting forces in WW1 on the Western Front, staying for three nights in either the breathtaking 4*+ star 17th century chateau Le Domaine de la Chartreuse (*Deluxe Accommodation version) or the adjacent 3*+ Best Western La Metairie

(Le Domaine de la Chartruese is a real 17th century French chateau  Set within beautiful grounds with lovely spacious rooms, you have 4 restaurants and bars to chose from in an absolutely magical setting. (If this is your big overseas trip of a lifetime - this accommodation option is worth it.. truly. It is one of our favourite accommodation venues in France - if not all of Europe.)

Along the way we shall hear tales of enormous courage, endurance and sacrifice that will both inspire and humble, culminating in participating in the very moving and forever remembered Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day Ceremony.

* This tour also includes a visit to the newly opened Sir John Monash Centre, the 'Jewel in the Crown of the Australian Western Front Remembrance Trail.
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At a Glance...
Your Guide
: A FULLY certified SOR Historian/Battlefield Guide
Dates: Sat 20 April - Thursday 25 April 2019
Duration: 5 Nights/6 Days
Starts: Lille (France) Finishes: Arras/Lille (France) 
Tour Code: VB196DLILD (Deluxe Accommodation)
Tour Code: VB196DLILV (Value Accommodation)
Tour Cost: €2120.00 Per Person Share Twin/Double (Deluxe Accommodation)
Tour Cost: €1745.00 Per Person Share Twin/Double (Value Accommodation)
Single Room Supplement: (Deluxe Accommodation) €890.00
Single Room Supplement: (Value  Accommodation)  €680.00
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Day 1 - Saturday 20 April 2019
Arrival Day for your Tour. Day/Evening at leisure after you arrive in Lille and check into your Lille Hotel.
Accommodation:  3* + Lille Hotel
Meals: 
Nil

Day 2 – Sunday 21 April 2019
8.30 am  – Meet Guide and coach at your Lille hotel and then take the short drive to the Ypres Salient. During our day we will have visits to: (not necessarily in order shown)
Messines Ridge – 3rd Australian Division attack, NZ Division attack.
Ploegsteert Visitor Centre (entry included)
Hill 60 – Australian Tunnelling Company Memorial. 'Beneath Hill 60'
Menin Road & Polygon Wood – 5th (Australian) Division Memorial
Broodseinde NZ Div Memorial (time permitting)
Passchendaele Memorial Museum, Zonnebeke – entry included
Lunch at Kolikoo restaurant
Tyne Cot War Cemetery
Dinner at a local Ypres restaurant (included)
Late afternoon/evening check in to our 4* Ypres area hotel
8.00 pm – This evening we experience the Menin Gate Ceremony. After the ceremony free to wander around this beautiful Flemish market town completely rebuilt after WW1.
Accommodation: 3-4* Ypres Area hotel
Meals: L D

Day 3 – Monday 22 April 2019
After an early breakfast and checkout we depart in our coach to the Somme district to visit
Thiepval Memorial
Pozieres – Windmill Memorial & Tank Memorial & 1st Division
Mouquet ("Moo-Cow") Farm
Dernacourt
We then retrace our steps to Fromelles, stopping for a  a picnic lunch enroute where we will hear of the bloodbath that was Fromelles and the bloody terrible entry of the AIF to the Western Front on 19-20 July 1916.
Here we visit:
The 1916 Fromelles battlefield
VC Corner Australian Cemetery
'Cobbers' Memorial
Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery (Fromelles)
Visit to the new Fromelles WW1 Museum (entry included)

We will then travel to Bethune & for our accommodation for the next 3 nights: either the beautiful 17th century 4*+ French chateau: Le Domaine de la Chartreuse (Gosnay) *Deluxe Accommodation) or the adjacent 3*+ Best Western La Metairie (Value Accommodation)
Dinner tonight is at a local French restaurant in nearby Bethune.

Accommodation: Either: Deluxe Room: 4*+ Chateau le Domaine de la Chartruese, Gosnay
Accommodation: Either: Value Room: 3*+ Best Western La Metaire
Meals: B L D

DAY 4 – Tuesday 23 April 2019
After breakfast we then travel to Mont St.Quentin to learn about the bitter battle in 1918 and see the inspiring Australian Memorial. Here we will also see:
The St Quentin Canal area
Sites of the American & Australian attacks on the St Quentin Canal line
American Somme Cemetery: Bony
The mouth of the St Quentin Canal tunnel
Le Quesnoy. NZ Division's final fight of WW1 (time permitting)
After a Picnic lunch we then depart for Bullecourt to visit the battlefield, the "Digger" and "Slouch Hat" Memorials and *Bullecourt War Museum (*entry included.)
Return to the Chateau for gala dinner. Remainder of night free.
 
Accommodation: Either: Deluxe Room: 4*+ Chateau le Domaine de la Chartruese, Gosnay
Accommodation: Either: Value Room: 3*+ Best Western La Metaire
 Meals: B L D

DAY 5 – Wednesday 24 April 2019
After breakfast we leave the hotel with our first stop the famous Wellington Quarry in Arras (La Carriere Wellington) This world famous amazing underground museum is where the Allies launched their audacious attack on 9 April 1917 in the Battle of Arras - at the same time the Canadians launched their successful assault at Vimy 12 miles to the north of Arras. Miles of underground tunnels were carved out by Kiwi tunnellers in the Wellington (Named after Wellington NZ) quarry complex, housing up to 24,00 Allied troops for the attack.

We will then stop in Arras centre for a light *lunch break (*not included) before we visit the amazing Vimy Memorial at Vimy Ridge, and learn how an all Canadian assault on the *9th April (*Vimy Ridge Day) took this impregnable fortress. This date (9 April) is equivalent to all Canadians as Anzac Day is to all Australians. Vimy is an amazing and truly inspirational memorial and sits on top of Vimy Ridge - and is Canadian 'Holy Ground'. Spirit took 600 Canadians here on 9 April 2017 for the 100 year centenary of Vimy - attended by OVER 25,000 Canadians.

After visiting the Vimy memorial ** we will then return to our hotel for the evening and to prepare for tomorrow's historic Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day event (Australian National Memorial) and your visit to the newly opened Sir John Monash Centre.
(*Dinner is not included tonight)

Accommodation: Either: Deluxe Room: 4*+ Chateau le Domaine de la Chartruese, Gosnay
Accommodation: Either: Value Room: 3*+ Best Western La Metaire
Meals: B (*L *D) (*Lunch, Dinner not included)

DAY 6 – Thursday 25 April 2019

Check out night before and depart the hotel this morning very early approx. 1am. Security will be very strict at the ceremony and we want to allow plenty of time for security processing. Note: Security arrangements for todays Anzac Day ceremony at Villers-Bretonneux will have us first arriving with plenty of time for security processing and parking our tour coach at a major car/coach parking area at the 'Gant' supermarket carpark in Glisy nearby to Villers-Bretonneux). (Please note this security plan is yet to be confirmed by DVA if this security option will be in place for 2019. We will advise clients once we have been informed by DVA)

Here we will undergo airport type security screening before boarding our DVA coaches  for our 15 minute coach ride from Glisy to Villers-Bretonneux AWM. Once at Villers-Bretonneux we will disembark and take our positions during the pre-commemorative service which starts around 2-30 am - with the major part of the service starting at 5.30 am. It is usually VERY cold before dawn at the memorial so be prepared and wear layered clothing as the day will change from sub freezing temperatures in the early morning to usually quite a warm day.(You will have a Spirit rainproof poncho/thermal blanket in case it rains).

Once the service is over (7.30 am) we will then board our DVA shuttle coach's (8-8.30 am) for our return journey to Glisy. From Glisy we will re-board our tour coach and travel to the delightful Le Moulin des Ecrevisses restuarant nearby for a well deserved breakfast/brunch. At 11.30 am we will then head back north to visit Monash's greatest victory at Le Hamel Memorial Park and Adelaide cemetery, before we return to the AWM at Villers Bretonneux for our historic visit to the Sir John Monash Centre at approx 1-30-2 pm.

After this we then finish off our amazing day with a quick visit to Villers-Bretonneux township for our visit to the newly refurbished *Musee Franco-Australien (museum) and the famous "Lā Ecole Victoria" (Victoria School). We then leave Villers-Bretonneux to travel back to Arras, with arrival in Arras scheduled for approximately 6 pm. (* Note. Passengers can also leave the tour here in Arras.)
We then stop in Arras for a short break before travelling onto Lille, where our tour finishes. Arrival time in Lille is expected to be approximately 8pm.
Accommodation: None
 Meals: B(Brunch)

INCLUDES
• Highly experienced and knowledgeable Military Historian/ Battlefield Guide throughout
• Executive standard coach used throughout the tour with toilet  and *WIFI (*where available)
• 1 nights' 4* accommodation in Ypres area
• 3 nights' accommodation as chosen: either: 4+* Le Domaine de la Chartreuse
• 3 nights' accommodation as chosen: either: 3+*  Best Western La Metairie
• Breakfast daily whilst on tour. (including Brunch on Anzac Day) (5 Breakfasts)
• 3 lunches
• 3 dinners
• Museum entrance fees
• Ploegsteert visitor centre
• Passchendaele Museum, Zonnebeke
• Fromelles WWW Museum
• Bullecourt War Museum
• ** Sir John Monash Interpretive Centre – Villers-Bretoneux
• Franco-Australian Museum (Memorial School), Villers-Bretonneux
• Luggage tags
•  Special deluxe souvenir colour tour booklet 
• High quality commemorative clothing: hat and shoulder satchel/backpack
•  Unique travel blanket
• Rainproof Poncho

(Please note: the itinerary is subject to change at the total discretion of the guide or events before or during the tour that are - or could be beyond our control.)   

COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE
Lunches, dinners, refreshments and beverages not detailed above
Tips, porterage and all personal extras
Transport/Trains to and from start and end point
Travel/Cancellation / Medical Insurance
Passport & related fees
Any optional excursion(s not specifically stated
Items of a personal nature

TERMS & CONDITIONS
• Deposit: (€400 p/person)
• Final Payment 100 days prior to departure
• Please see Website for full Terms & Conditions
                    
                             "N'oublions jamais l'Australie" (Let us never forget Australia)

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