All Quiet on the Western Front Tour

8 days from $3,139 pp twin share

  • Leisurely 3 night stays
  • Small group size with a maximum of 28 travellers
  • Genuinely inclusive, no additional on tour costs
  • 15 years experience operating Western Front tours
  • Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
  • Guaranteed group departures

Tour Overview

Gain a deeper insight into the life of the diggers exploring the Somme and Flanders commemorative sites when the vast ANZAC Day crowds have long disappeared. Be moved by the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, visit charming Bruges, medieval Amiens and see the magnificent Cloth Hall in Ypres.


To ensure you get the most memorable and fulfilling commemorative touring experience, all departures of this Albatross Western Front tour are led by our highly experienced specialist Battlefield Tour Managers, many of who are members of the Guild of Battlefield Guides.

Highlights

  • Gain a deeper insight into the life of the diggers from our specialist Battlefield Tour Manager
  • Enjoy charming Bruges and the medieval Amiens Cathedral 
  • Visit the Flanders Commemorative sites including Messines, 
  • Hill 60, PolygonWood, Essex Farm Cemetery, Tyne Cot, Toronto Avenue Cemetery, Island of Ireland Peace Park and explore Hooge Crater Cemetery 
  • Visit the Somme Commemorative sites including the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, Fromelles Memorials & Museum, Vimy Ridge, Bullecourt ‘Digger’ Memorial, Adelaide Cemetery, Australian Memorials at Pozières, and the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme
  • Be moved by the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate and visit ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum
  • Visit Franco-Australian Museum at Victoria Primary School in Villers-Bretonneux,  Thiepval Interpretation Centre and Historial de la Grand Guerre (Museum of the Great War) in Péronne
 

The All Quiet on the Western Front Tour is just one of many you can enjoy in France or Belgium. Visit each destination page for more information for our other amazing tours! 

 

 

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Paris

Your tour commences in Paris this evening with a welcome drink and dinner. This is an ideal chance to meet and get to know your Tour Manager and fellow travellers. 

Meals:
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Hotel:
Hotel Opera Cadet

Day 2: Ypres

We travel to Ypres where we stay the next three nights. 
 
This afternoon enjoy a walking tour through the centre of town and see the magnificent Cloth Hall, St Georges Chapel, Ypres Ramparts Cemetery and the Menin Gate Memorial, the British Empire’s tribute to the missing from the battles around Ypres. Highlight of your day will be a visit to ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum – a remarkable interactive experience of World War I, located in the Cloth Hall. Between 1916 and 1918 thousands of Australian and New Zealand soldiers came to Ypres where some of the heaviest fighting in World War I took place. Completely destroyed in the war, the town was lovingly re-built, carefully restoring the grand old buildings and picturesque square. Tonight, after dinner, you can attend the sounding of the Last Post at the Menin Gate, a moving ceremony repeated every night since 1928. 
 
Meals:
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Hotel:
Novotel Ieper Centrum

Day 3: Ypres

A fascinating day focusing on the ‘Flanders Offensive’ of June to November 1917. In the morning we visit the site of the Battle of Messines, the beautiful Toronto Avenue Cemetery and the Island of Ireland Peace Park. This afternoon we follow the famous Menin Road to visit Hooge Crater Cemetery, Hill 60, the 5th Australian Division Memorial in Polygon Wood and the British Commonwealth’s largest war cemetery at Tyne Cot. What happened in this area east of Ypres in 1917 was eventually summed up in one terrible word – Passchendaele! 
 
*Our 24 September departure has been specially timed to be in Ypres on 26 September for the Commemoration Service of the Battle of Polygon Wood, a campaign during the Third Battle of Ypres. The Itinerary will be amended to allow for attendance at this Commemorative service. 
 
Meals:
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Day 4: Ypres

We have included a delightful excursion today to the charming city of Bruges. Recognised as one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities, Bruges is riddled with canals, bridges and quiet back streets. On arrival we are joined by a local guide for a walking tour around the quaint and picturesque cobbled streets. Later, take time to relax in one of the pavement cafés on the glorious old market square. This afternoon we also visit the Essex Farm Cemetery, a site forever associated with the composition of the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’.

Meals:
B

Day 5: Amiens

Today we journey through the old Western Front battlefields from Ypres in Belgium to Amiens in France. After crossing the border, we will stop at Fromelles, scene of Australia’s first major battle on the Western Front, to visit VC Corner (Australian Cemetery), Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery and the Australian Memorial Park at Fromelles. We also visit the Museum of the Battle of Fromelles. From there we visit the most spectacular British Commonwealth memorial in France – the Canadian National Memorial on Vimy Ridge. Before heading into Amiens, we will travel across the old Bullecourt battlefield and view the moving statue of an Australian soldier at the Bullecourt ‘Digger’ Memorial. You will be staying the next three nights in the centre of Amiens within easy walking distance to the picturesque city canals and the Notre-Dame – Amiens’ masterpiece 13th century gothic cathedral. A packed lunch and dinner has been included.

Meals:
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Hotel:
Mercure Amiens Cathedral

Day 6: Amiens

Today we experience the tragedy of the 1916 Somme Battlefields. We visit the Australian memorials at Pozières which recall the loss of 23,000 men in six weeks. The memorial at the windmill simply reads, “This spot was the centre of the struggle in this area and was captured by Australian troops who fell more thickly on this ridge than on any other”. Later we visit the vast and tragic Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, including entrance to the Thiepval Interpretation Centre which details the battles of the Somme between 1914 and 1918, the Ulster Tower Memorial to the 36th Ulster Division and the Newfoundland Memorial Park. A snack lunch is included today. Returning to Amiens your evening is free. 

Meals:
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Day 7: Amiens

Begin your day with a visit to one of the gems of French medieval architecture – Amiens Cathedral, where the Australian and New Zealand soldiers have been honoured. Today we explore the 1918 Somme Battlefields including the Adelaide Cemetery (site of the exhumation of Australia’s Unknown Soldier in November 1993) and the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux. We have included a visit to the fascinating Franco-Australian Museum at the Victoria Primary School in the village of Villers-Bretonneux. Later we visit the Australian Corps Memorial at Le Hamel and the 2nd Australian Division Memorial at Mont St Quentin. Lunchtime is at leisure in the historical town of Péronne, where we have also included entrance to the Historial de la Grande Guerre (Museum of the Great War). Your farewell dinner tonight is in a local restaurant. 

Meals:
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Day 8: To Paris

This morning your Western Front tour ends. Following breakfast you will be transferred to Paris arriving around midday. Drop off points will be Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris Gare du Nord station. We recommend you book flights or trains that depart Paris after 2pm.

Meals:
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Incredible Value Inclusions

  • Fully escorted by our highly experienced Tour Manager/specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach
  • 7 nights specially selected hotel accommodation 
  • Breakfast daily 
  • 2 lunch packs 
  • 4 dinners including farewell dinner in Amiens 
  • Welcome drink in Paris
  • All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • Extensive touring of the WWI Battlefields
  • Local guide for Bruges walking tour
  • Personal audio system whilst on tour
  • Albatross travel app
  • Free WiFi available on most coaches and at hotels
  • End of tour tips to Tour Manager and driver, tips for local guide

 

Your Hotels

Hotel Opera Cadet, Paris

Hotel Opera Cadet, Paris

This art deco style hotel is ideally located between Montmartre and the Grand Boulevards. The guest rooms are equipped with the comfort and services you would expect of a 4-star hotel, including tea and coffee making facilities.
Novotel Ieper Centrum, Ypres

Novotel Ieper Centrum, Ypres

 
Located by the main square in the heart of the old town and only 200 metres from the Menin Gate. This contemporary style hotel offers air-conditioned guest rooms with ensuite facilities. See www.accorhotels.com/Novotel-Ieper-Centrum-Flanders-Field 
 
Mercure  Amiens Cathedrale, Amiens

Mercure Amiens Cathedrale, Amiens

 
This contemporary hotel is excellently located in the very centre of Amiens and just a few minutes’ walk to all the notable sights.
 

Tour Reviews

The Tour exceeded its promise to deliver a tremendously fulfilling experience. The tour Guide was a credit to his profession.

Michael O

War memorial Cemetary

Tour Rating 5-Star

I loved every day of the All Quiet on the Western Front tour. Stunning scenery, an excellent pace, accommodation, coach, meals and company.

Ute was an excellent Tour Manager. He was very helpful whenever asked and had a lovely personality.

Ailsa

Tour Rating 5-Star

I found our English Tour Manager to be a very knowledgable person, with a dedication and a passion for her work, which in my experience took the battlefield experience to new horizons. Our Tour Manager was very accommodating and understood the need for me to spend time alone on the various sites, just to take it all in and put into perspective, what happened there so long ago.

My thanks must also go to Albatross Tours and the French Connection for a memorable time in France and Belgium.
 

Keith

Tyne Cot Cemetery

Tour Rating 5-Star

The entire tour was a wonderful experience. Our Tour Manager was very knowledgeable, well organised and had a great way of imparting the history of the battlefields in a memorable way. He made a huge effort to include as many of the groups special pilgrimages as possible and we are very grateful.

The itinerary was very good and we were comfortable at the hotels  in which we stayed. It was a bonus to be staying at the same hotel for two or three days and not packing up each night to move on. Our driver was very capable and helpful.

The special dinners were very good, especially the Farewell Dinner in Amiens.

We will always hold special memories of this tour.
 

Sandra

Western Front

Tour Rating 5-Star

What I liked about the tours were the longer stays, comfortable coaches, good driver and excellent battlefield guide. 
 
The nature of the tour meant that one could become quite emotionally exhausted, so the trip to Bruges at the midway point was a very refreshing time.
 
Our battlefield guide, Rob Deere, was just so wonderful and did all he could to ensure we got the very best out of our trip to the Western Front. His depth of knowledge of the conflicts, his passion for his subject, his consideration to ensure we, as Aussies and Kiwi's, saw as much of the areas that our Anzacs fought in as possible, and his wonderful way of sharing his knowledge at a level we could grasp and without causing us information overload made this trip above and beyond what I had ever expected. Apart from that, he is simply a lovely bloke too. Thanks Albatross for a great trip. I will certainly be recommending you to all my friends.
 

Shaaron

Tour Rating 4-Star

The tour guide, Ed Church, a very pleasant and extremely knowledgeable man who did absolutely everything to make sure everybody in the tour had a great time and achieved all they wanted to during the tour. Finding lost family members killed here, taking us to as many grave sites as possible and just making sure everybody had a great time, he was exceptional and would do another tour with him anytime, just fabulous this guy.

Tour size, just right about 22 and all very friendly and my wife and I have made lifelong friends from this tour.

In general, this tour was excellent; it had all you could ask for and then some. My wife and I would highly recommend this tour and guide to anybody interested in doing a tour of the Western front, just amazing, thank you for this tour.

P.S the Belgium chocolate in Bruges IS the best in the world, trust me we all had a bit to eat.
 

Stephen

Bruges Canal, Belgium

Tour Rating 5-Star

The tour guide Rob, was excellent. It is not possible to do the job better than he did.

Phil

The Somme River, France - courtesy of Peter Leslie

Tour Rating 4-Star

Itinerary was well arranged with a tour guide that was very knowledgeable.

Ian

Tour Rating 4-Star

Dates and Prices

Start Date End Date Price Per Person Guaranteed to Depart Availability
13 May 2017 20 May 2017 AUD $3,139 Space Available
3 Jun 2017 10 Jun 2017 AUD $3,139 Space Available
4 Sep 2017 11 Sep 2017 AUD $3,139 Space Limited - Call Now
24 Sep 2017 1 Oct 2017 AUD $3,139 Space Limited - Call Now

No Additional 'On Tour' Costs

Over $100 value of extras per day are already included. There are no additional 'on tour' costs - even your end of tour tips are included!

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Specialist Battlefield Tour Manager

Gain a deeper insight into the life of the WW1 diggers with expert commentary from your specialist Battlefield Tour Manager