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UK Based: Battlefield Tours & Journeys of Remembrance specifically for Australians 

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2019 WW1 New! 1Day 'Ultra' Australian Tour France

2019 WW2 Anzac Day at Hellfire Pass: Thailand   6D/5N Multi Day Tour: BKK - BKK  23-28 April 2019

2019 WW1 **NEW!** Canal Cruise WW1 Battlefields

2019 WW1 Anzac Day at Villers-Bretonneux France  1 Day Tour: Paris - Paris: 24/25 April 2019  

2019 WW1 Anzac Day at Villers-Bretonneux France 6 Day Tour: Value & Dlx Option: 20-25 April 2019  

2019 WW1 3N/4D 'Anzac Footsteps' Tour: May-Oct

 2019 WW2 75th  Anniversary WW2: D-Day Tour

 2019 WW2 Bomber Command Brave Beyond Belief

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

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

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

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

 2020 WW2 80th Anniversary: Battle of Britain

 2020 WW2 Desert Rats: Tobruk/North Africa (TBA) 

  Sir John Monash Centre: Villers-Bretonneux

  * Photos: Opening: Sir John Monash Centre!

 **Platinum**  Luxury Battlefield Tours

The Origin of the Poppy

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About Us - What We Do

About our Tours

We research your Ancestors

Australians at War

Australians & WW1

Australian Remembrance Trail

"Tailor Made" Personalised Tours

Australians & Ypres WW1

Ypres WW1 Photo Gallery

WW1 Aussie Photo Gallery

 Australians & WW2

WW2 D-Day Photo Gallery

Post WW2: Korea, Vietnam


British Guild Travel Writers AwardsBackwaters Tours & Cruises

04 November 2018: British Guild Travel Writers Awards: 
Backwaters wins the 2018 "
Best European Tourism Project"
Winner: Electric Hybrid Cruise Boat: "Backwaters Cruises/Tours, France

Backwater Cruises is a revolutionary breakthrough for modern canal boat cruising in Europe. In France and Belgium alone there is some 10,000 km of navigable inland waterways, mostly on lesser rivers and canals not accessible to larger vessels. Big hotel boats cannot travel on these lesser waterways and whilst some small converted barges do operate as hotel-cruisers on the minor waterways, they are relatively limited in scale and number of passengers and quite an expensive option.

 'Natalia', the first of Backwater Cruises revolutionary new electric powered canal cruise boats  accommodates up to 50 persons in relaxed and spacious comfort.

Spirit of Remembrance is proud to partner with Backwater Cruises to develop and bring you a FULL RANGE of Battlefield Tour/Cruises in late 2019 - early 2020 - covering all the main WW1 & WW2 Battlefields in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Please do not hesitate to contact us also for any special groups you might have for this exciting new cruise & touring option - we welcome tailor made and special groups!

Natalia - lauched 2018 - 'State of the Art'  Premium Electric Canal Cruising Somme Battlefields

Backwaters Tours and Cruises explore these attractive unspoilt "backwaters" using their NEW premium - comfort day boat for half and full day cruising whilst you stay in a nearby hotel overnight. In a typical cruising week, you can expect to do about 90km at a very gentle pace interrupted by locks, lift bridges and even the occasional tunnel expensive option. Enjoy the best of both worlds!

Specifically designed to cruise the smaller canals and waterways of rural France

This means you usually stay within range of one central - easily reached hotel all week by coach - without having to travel any excessive distances on the coach. Most days, the boat will cruise in the morning and, after lunch on board, visit the battlefields with your expert Battlefield Guide - along with other great excursions such as grand chateaux, gardens, vineyards and historic towns and villages. It's an ideal way to see the real France at your leisure and especially suitable for learning about the war-torn WW1 & WW2 hIstory of these countries with battlefield touring options!

A delicious lunch is included every day. Fresh, locally sourced French country food. Yum!

Backwaters Cruises also work closely with local country French providers to bring you a superb taste of France for lunch while aboard the boat. During your cruise you can expect to enjoy a local cheese-board with fresh baguettes, quiche, delicious local hams and cheeses and smoked sausage. Not forgetting of course the delicious cakes from the local patisserie! And - Wine (French of course!) is free (!) with lunch along with an endless supply of water, tea and coffee.

Spacious, modern roomy interior with excellent toilet facilties

Backwaters Tours' boat is hybrid electric/diesel engine-powered and usually charges overnight from shore supply. Its diesel engines are only used if battery power is exhausted, and the saloon roof is bedecked with solar panels which reinforce battery endurance and support the boat's air conditioning system.

Plenty of great locations for Picnic lunches and BBQ stops along the canalsl

Natalia - a new concept in modern, premium backwater canal cruising in France

 Our other Battlefields & Remembrance Websites:
Spirit of Remembrance: Battlefield Tours UK: Battlefield Tours Canada: Battlefield Tours New Zealand: Battlefield Tours USA:
Anzac Day 2019: Villers-Bretonneux: 2019 75th Anniversary D-Day;  Platinum Battlefield Tours: Death; Anzac Day 2019 Hellfire Pass: Thailand