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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 ANZAC DAY VILLERS-BRETONNEUX  -  DAY TOUR ex PARIS


STAR-NEWS-30 Introduction: 
Whilst the Dawn Service at Gallipoli is famous the world over with both Australians and New Zealanders as the most revered of the overseas Anzac Day ceremonies, the ceremony at Villers-Bretonneux, first initiated in 1998 (situated on the Australian sector of the WW1 Western Front in Northern France) has rapidly gained ground to become "the" ceremony to attend now if you are looking to combine Anzac Day with your overseas trip to Europe or the UK.

On 25 April 2019, it is the 101st anniversary of the second battle of Villers-Bretonneux on 24/25 April 1918, where the Australians halted - then smashed through the German advance and retook Villers-Bretonneux, (taken by the Germans on the 23/24th April), saving Amiens and in the process forever changing the course of the war in the Allies favour. This ferocious and historic battle is also famous for being the first tank - tank battle of the war. 

For 2019 we will be again operating our very popular special 1 Day/Night tour from Paris to Villers-Bretonneux in France for the world famous Australian Anzac Day service at Villers-Bretonneux. We would be delighted if you could join us for this very special event.

STAR-NEWS-30 About the 2nd Battle of Villers-Bretonneux: A small village about 20 kilometres from Amiens, Villers-Bretonneux was strategically very important as an observation point for an attack on Amiens. It is famous as the area where the Germans nearly broke through the Allied defences during the German spring offensive of 1918. The German High Command worked out that if they captured Amiens, then pushed quickly to the coast they would split the Allied Forces in two and win the war - or at least sue for peace on their terms. Their first major offensive to take Amiens had actually reached the Villers-Bretonneux area, before being stopped in the first battle of Villers-Bretonneux in early April. 

Brigadier General Grogan VC,who saw the 2nd attack on Villers-Bretonneux on 24/25th April, described the successful 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, also referred to the "altogether astonishing valiance" (valour) of the Australians with this successful attack.

STAR-NEWS-30 THE TOUR: 
From Paris: 
Date: Departs: Wednesday 24th April 2019: Gare De Nord 
(Exact address  confirmed 4 weeks prior)
Date: Returns: Wed. 25th April 2019: Gare De Nord 
(Exact address  confirmed 4 weeks prior)
Tour Code: VB191DPAR
Tour Guide: Fully certified Spirit of Remembrance GBG Battlefield  Guide
Price Per Person: Euro €418.00 (Approx A$670.00) (Payment in Euros)
* Note: Full payment is due 100 days prior to departure.
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Please NOTE that you *could* be required to register with DVA for SECURITY CLEARANCE if you are attending this event. DVA have yet to advise us on registration procedure - and if it is actually required for this event. We will advise clients once we have been advised by DVA. Check here for previous (2018) registration details.

Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  The new SJM Interpretive Centre
We will also be visiting the new Sir John Monash Interpretive Centre, opened on the Anzac Day Villers-Bretonneux centenary 2018 by Australia's Prime Minister, Malcom Turnbull.

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Wednesday 24 April, 2019:  (11.30pm (Approx)
 Assemble at departure point in Paris.

2400 (Midnight) Coach departs for Villers-Bretonneux. 

0230 (2.30am) (25 April 2019) Arrive Glisy (township - parking lot) (* to be confirmed by DVA - if applicable) for security parking. Here you will disembark and undergo a personal security search and airport style X-ray screening before boarding your DVA shuttle coach transfer to Villers - Bretonneux AWM. Please keep your passport with you for photo ID. Allowing for security screening for all passengers using the shuttle coaches we plan to arrive at the AWM at VIllers-Bretonneux no later than 0300-0330 (3-30) am.

DVA Release for previous Dawn Service Villers-Bretonneux 2018

The Official Anzac Day Dawn Service - Australian National Memorial
Entrance to the site is via the promenade at the front of the memorial, and you will walk 300 metres uphill through the cemetery to the memorial site. The surface is grass and may be slippery if damp. Safety lighting is installed at the entrance and through the cemetery, but you may wish to bring a torch to assist with visibility.

Temporary seating is installed at the site. Seating will be made available for only a limited amount of people so we  suggest seats are taken shortly after arrival. Reserved seating is only available for official delegates and for visitors with limited mobility (please advise us if you have limited mobility as space is limited and must be requested in advance - we cannot guarantee seats). If seating is full, there will be standing room on the grassed areas to the side and rear of the seats.

0200 (2am) Pre-Service program starts at 2.00 am. Commemorative program to explore the Australian experience of WW1.
 
0430 am(4.30am) Be seated for start of service at 0530 (5.30 am).

5:30 am: Dawn Service commences. A truly historic event.

Should you have relatives buried here please advise us previously - or your guide so he can locate them or consult the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website at www.cwgc.org 
(**We can also provide wreaths for you to lay if you advise us in advance) 

After the Service
Finish at 0730 am. Please join other group members on the promenade area ready for pickup between 0800-0830. (8 - 8.30am) 

What facilities are available during the Dawn Service?
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  Temporary toilets, including disabled toilets, and hand washing facilities
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance First Aid Services
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance Rubbish bins
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance Bottled Water (free) 

After the Ceremony
0900 
(9am) (Approx) Depart from AWM at Villers Bretonneux & return to Glisy parking & return to our tour coach. 

1000 (10am) Full breakfast/brunch at delightful Le Moulin des Ecrevisses restaurant

1130 (11.30am) Depart restaurant. 

1230 (12.30 pm) Franco-Australian Museum Villers-Bretonneux & Victoria School.
                             ("Never forget Australia")

1400 (2.00 pm) (Approx) Visit to Sir John Monash Centre

In the late afternoon we will visit Pozieres and the Windmill Memorial, plus 1st Australian Memorial, and Mouquet Farm. Hear the Australian story of the the living hell of bloody Pozieres and how - in this horrific battle - Australia took over 23,000 casualties in 6 weeks with over 6800 men killed in action.

Depart for Paris via a short stop in the area of the charming small town of Albert and hear about the 'Statue of Mary' in WW1, and how this lovely but strategic town was nearly shelled into oblivion in WW1.

Note: We will now include a stop for a light evening 'picnic' snack meal en-route late afternoon.

2200 (10pm) approximate arrival time back at our Paris drop off point.
(This timing is approximate! We strongly suggest you do not book any connecting travel arrangements  in conjunction with our arrival time in case of delay.) 

Weather
The weather in the Somme region in April can be extremely cold (close to freezing). The Australian National Memorial site is exposed to the elements and is normally VERY cold before and after dawn. You should ensure you are appropriately equipped for cold, wet, and windy weather, and take appropriate clothing with you when you disembark from the coach. The ground surface of the National Memorial is grass, so warm socks and waterproof shoes should be worn. * Included in your tour inclusions are a waterproof raincoat/poncho that also doubles as reflective heat blanket and a foldable travel blanket/pillow.

What should I take with me?
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  Rucksack. (Note: you will receive as part of your tour a commemorative backpack to use as a small bag - it is quite useful to store things in) 
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  Wet weather jacket. (You will also receive in your SOR commemorative tour kit a thick waterproof poncho) 
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance Warm, layered, thermal clothing, jacket, hat or cap, gloves, scarf (* You also will receive a thermal (*Thinsulate) wool beanie - AND - a 'zip up pillow' that folds out to a warm blanket) from us as part of your commemorative tour kit). 
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  Lighter clothing for later during the day when it warms up to ave. temp of around 15-18 degrees. 
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  Drinking water and snack 
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  Torch 
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance Camera 
 
As detailed, there will be an excellent SOR commemorative souvenir pack (included with your SOR satchel/shoulder bag) for everyone travelling on the tour including your Villers-Bretonneux ANZAC day commemorative tour booklet.

*Please note all timings are approximate and that the itinerary is subject to change at all times due to reasons beyond our control, particularly with French security control measures which do change sometimes now without prior warning. Also, we cannot guarantee the return arrival time in Paris that evening/night so we recommend that you do not make travel plans for that evening.

TOUR INCLUDES:
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  Services of an EXPERT *highly qualified Battlefield Guide & Historian (*Guild of Battlefield Guides) for the duration of tour with specific knowledge on Australian battles in France & Belgium in WW1
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance The tour uses the same luxury coach throughout the tour with the services of two experienced
coach drivers
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  *Full comprehensive HOT breakfast
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance Light evening 'Picnic' snack meal
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  Attendance at Anzac Day ceremony Villers-Bretonneux
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  Commemorative high quality Anzac Day gifts:
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  High quality full colour souvenir book of the tour
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  Combined Travel Blanket/Pillow
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  High quality waterproof rain poncho. 
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  Thinsulate® Beanie
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  Backpack
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  Plastic Baggage Tags
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  Western Front Maps (Incl. in book

COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  Meals and snacks as not included as above
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  Museum fees (if applicable) unless specified as above
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  Items of a personal nature
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  Drinks
Please Note: Hand Luggage only: We cannot take large suitcases on this day tour.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Poppy - Spirit of Remembrance  NO child rate applies & infants (under 5 years) cannot be taken on this tour unless previously approved. 

Please CONTACT US to book or if you require more information regarding our tour to this moving and wonderful ceremony. Space is strictly limited on the tour and at the ceremony.

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