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ABOUT SPIRIT OF REMEMBRANCE
Why book with us?

 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

 **Platinum**  Luxury Battlefield Tours

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About Us - What We Do

About our Tours

We research your Ancestors

Australians at War

Australians & WW1

Australian Remembrance Trail

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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

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


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

STAR-NEWS-30 About our **NEW** 'ULTRA Australian WW1 Western Front Battlefield 1 Day Tour ex Paris: 
The name says it all. ULTRA. 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 - 18 hours - but in actual fact condenses 2/3 days of specialist Australian WW1 Battlefield touring into the one day.

Please note that Spirit operates this ULTRA tour OURSELVES - We are NOT a tour consolidator (nor do we contract out) any of our tours. As a leading Battlefield Tour Operator - 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 and operates 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 Tour
After leaving Paris at approximately 6am, our first stop is 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, which opened on Anzac Day 2018. We will spend up to 2 hours 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."

We then move onto the small and very pretty ancient town of Arras, we think one of the prettiest town 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  lunch 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.

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 and Canada)

Returning to Ypres we then stretch our legs and a much needed drink and snack before 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 interupted by WW2 and recommenced the day after WW2 finished. Ater the ceremony - time for a quick last minute rest break then we set out back to Paris (via Arras rest break) arriving at our disembarkation point in Paris at approximately 11.30pm where our ULTRA WW1 Australian Western Front Tour finishes.


 STAR-NEWS-30 THE TOUR:
Tour Code: ULTRAAU181DPAR
From Paris: (Departure Point confirmed on booking)
Dates: Departs: 6am: 2018: Every Friday: 27 July - through 12 October 2018
Dates: Departs: 6am: 2019: Every Friday: 03 May - through 25 October 2018
Dates: Returns: approximately 1130pm-12midnight Paris: Friday evening:
Tour Guide: Fully certified Spirit of Remembrance GBG Battlefield  Guide
Price Per Person: Euro €398.00 (Approx A$600) (Payment in €)
* Note: Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure OR if within this period full amount on booking.

*Booking Form:

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Weather

The weather in the Somme region in spring, summer and early autumn (May-Ocober) 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 Paris that evening/night so we recommend that you do not make travel 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 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 with the services of two experienced coach drivers
*Light picnic breakfast on arrival in Somme area. (Bag: Fruit: Sandwich/Croissant/Water or Juice)
Visit to Australian War Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux
Attendance at Sir John Monash Interpretive Centre
Visit to Arras Town Centre
Canadian Vimy WW1 Memorial
Visit to Ypres
Tour of Ypres Salient
Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony Ypres
Baggage Tags
Spirit of Remembrance Pen and Baggage Tags

COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE
Meals and snacks 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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Spirit of Remembrance: Battlefield Tours UK: Battlefield Tours Canada: Battlefield Tours New Zealand: Battlefield Tours USA:
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