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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 1 Day 'Ultra' Australian Tour ex Paris

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!

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Australian Battlefields 'Ultra' 2019 WW1 Day Tour ex Amiens:
 Visiting: Australian WW1 War Memorial Villers-Bretonneux:
 Sir John Monash Centre: Villers-Bretonneux
Adelaide Cemetery, Pozieres, Mouquet Farm: Arras *Fromelles
Ypres: (incl.) *Famous Last Post Ceremony Menin Gate


STAR-NEWS-30Spirit of Remembrance:
Expertly planned and led WW1 battlefield tours - by Australians - for Australians .

STAR-NEWS-30 About our **NEW** 2019 'ULTRA Australian WW1 Western Front Battlefield 1 Day Tour ex Amiens:  The name says it all: "ULTRA".

For 2019 - This new, high quality 1 day tour to the Australian Western Front Battlefields of WW1 is probably the biggest innovation for WW1 Battlefield touring we have ever released. The tour is an ULTRA 1 day tour - 16 (approx) hours - but in actual fact condenses 3 days of specialist Australian WW1 Battlefield touring into the one day.

STAR-NEWS-30 THE TOUR: ** Best Value COMPREHENSIVE day tour for Australian visitors**
Tour Code: ULTRAAU191DPAR
From Amiens:
(Departure Point in Amiens confirmed prior to departure)
Dates: Departs: 0900 (9am) : 2019: Every Friday: 03 May - through 25 October 
Dates: Returns: approximately 2300 (11am) Amiens: Friday evening:
Tour Guide: Fully certified Spirit of Remembrance GBG Battlefield  Guide
Price Per Person: Euro €338.00 (Approx A$538/C$500) (*Payment in €)
* Note: Full payment: 90 days prior to departure
(OR - if within this period full amount on booking.)

Note: Amiens is easily reached in an hour by fast train from Paris if you wish to join the tour on the morning of the tour, however this tour will require you to have accommodation overnight in the very pretty towns of either Arras or Amiens on your tour return on the Friday evening if you are travelling by train back to Paris the following morning.
 

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** Please note we at Spirit operate this ULTRA tour OURSELVES - It is NOT 'contracted out' to local operators - like many other 'Battlefield Specialist' companies do. As a leading Battlefield Tour Operator - based HERE in the UK/EUROPE - we believe quality customer service and products can only provided to all our customers if we supply and control the experience direct.  "The company that owns the service - provides the service". 

STAR-NEWS-30 About Us:
We at Spirit are passionate about our ethos and our core identity: Remembrance. Our philosophy and goal is to perpetuate remembrance to living and future generations through education, innovation, knowledge and inspiration. Spirit pays tribute to those whose sacrifices, extraordinary courage and immense bravery gave us the freedoms that we all enjoy today. Spirit was born of a fierce determination to provide affordable, high quality special REMEMBRANCE & FAMILY HISTORY travel experiences - using our highly qualified experienced battlefield guides - to provide to all our customers the highest standards of customer service, ethics and specialist travel experiences possible.

STAR-NEWS-30 Itinerary for this NEW ULTRA 1 Day WW1 Western Front Australian/Canadian Tour
After leaving Amiens at 9am we will enjoy a light boxed breakfast enroute (included), with our first stop -  the powerful and incredibly moving Australian WW1 War Memorial at Villers- Bretonneux. During the second battle of Villers-Bretonneux on Anzac Day 1918 two Australian brigades (the 13th and the 15th) retook Villers-Bretonneux from the Germans who captured it the day before. The battle was bloody and terrible -  with absolutely no quarter given. NO German prisoners were taken.

Villers- Bretonneux was strategically very important as an observation point for a German attack on Amiens, and 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 the second Anzac Day on 24/25th April 1918, 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

We then visit the new and exciting Sir John Monash Interpretive Centre (incorporated into the Villers-Bretonneux Australian War Memorial) which opened on Anzac Day 2018. We will spend an hour or so at this amazing new facility which has already garnered world wide accolades for its breathtaking technological 'tour de force'

We then leave the Sir John Monash Centre and stop at the Adelaide Cemetery, original home of Australia's unknown soldier - before his removal and reinterrment at the Australian War Musem in Canberra.

Moving further into our tour we then visit the dreadful killing grounds of Pozieres and Mouquet Farm (Australiia & Canada* Mouquet Farm) from July 1916 and the Australian memorials (*Windmill and 1st Australian Div Memorial). The final Australian casualty count at Pozieres was over 23,000 men killed and wounded. All for 500+ metres of dirt. The Australian official war historian Charles Bean wrote that Pozieres Ridge "is more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other place on earth."

Leaving this terrible scene of one of the bloodies battles in Australian history we then travel  a short distance to the soaring and massive WW1 British/French Somme memorial and museum at Thiepval and spend a short time here before travelling onto the very pretty ancient town of Arras - we think one of the prettiest small cities in Northern France, now completely rebuilt to as it was prior to WW1, where it was virtually destroyed - with the front line of the battlefield running right though the town itself. Here we stop to stretch our legs and have *lunch (*not included) at the myriad of wonderful shops and cafes in the town square.

Leaving Arras we then travel onto the magnificent Canadian War 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 a beautiful 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.

We then travel (TIME PERMITTING!) onto the dreadful killing fields of Fromelles and learn about the  useless terrible battle of Fromelles on the 19/20th July 1916, where the Australians charged into a wall of machine guns in a totally futile action that still remains Australia's worst ever casualty count in any battle with over 5,500 men killed and wounded in the one 12 hour period. 

On the final Northern travel leg of our journey - we now travel onto the ancient Belgium city of Ypres (leper) which was the entrance to the Western Front and most allied troops passed through the Menin Gate - then through this ancient walled city - shelled almost into dust and broken rubble during the war. We then have a quick tour of the Ypres salient - site of some of the most bitter battles of the war with Hill 60, Menin Road, Polygon Wood (Australia) and the terrible futile ('mud blood and steel') battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres: Australia, NZ, Britain and Canada)

Returning to Ypres around 6pm we stretch our legs and a much needed *drink and *dinner (*not included) before visiting the historic, world famous Menin Gate 'Last Post Remembrance ceremony at 8pm. This daily event is known the world over and has been operating since 1927, only interrupted by WW2 and recommenced the day after WW2 finished. After the ceremony - time for a quick last minute rest break then we set out back to Amiens (via Arras rest break - time permitting) arriving at our disembarkation point in Amiens at approximately 11- 1130 pm, where our ULTRA WW1 Australian Western Front Tour finishes.
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Weather

The weather in the Somme region in spring, summer and early autumn (May-October) is usually very mild/hot in the day but can get cool of an evening

What should I take with me?
● Rucksack. (Essential to store things in) 
● Wet weather jacket. (Just in case..)
● Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes (some walking is involved during the day)
● Torch
● Camera
● *Mobile Phone, phone charger, phone earphones or phone 'earbuds'
   (*This is essential for the Sir John Monash Centre
 
* 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 weather, road/private battlefield fields closures, French security control measures etc. Also, we cannot guarantee the exact return arrival time in Arras or Amiens that evening/night so we recommend that you do not make travel onward plans for that night.
        (*This tour is an 'ULTRA' day tour and is a very long - but very exciting day!)

TOUR INCLUDES:
Services of an EXPERT *highly qualified Spirit of Remembrance Battlefield Guide & Historian for the duration of tour with specific knowledge on Australian battles in France & Belgium in WW1
Quality coach/mini coach throughout the tour.
*Light breakfast  (Fruit: Sandwich/Croissant/Water or Juice)
Visit to Australian War Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux
Attendance at Sir John Monash Interpretive Centre
Visit to Thiepval Monument and Museum
Battle of Fromelles: (TIME PERMITTING) Australia's darkest 24 hours in history
Visit to Arras Town Centre
Canadian Vimy WW1 Memorial
Tour of Ypres Salient
Visit to Ypres
Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony Ypres
Baggage Tags
Spirit of Remembrance Pen and Baggage Tags
Spirit of Remembrance Rainproof Poncho
COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE
Meals and snacks as shown as not included as above
Museum fees (if applicable) unless specified as above
Items of a personal nature
Drinks
Please Note: Hand Luggage only: We cannot take large suitcases on this day tour.

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

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