ANZAC Day on the Somme Battlefields Tour

5 days from $1,989 pp twin share

  • Stay 4 nights in the heart of the Western Front
  • Travel with only a maximum of 40 travellers
  • Genuinely inclusive, no additional on tour costs
  • 17 years experience operating Western Front tours
  • Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
  • Guaranteed group departures

Tour Overview

Our ANZAC Day on the Somme tour is ideally suited for those of you with restraints on time. This tried and tested programme is led by a specialist Battlefield Tour Manager and focuses specifically on the commemorative
sites of the Somme battlefields. Staying four nights in the very heart of the Somme region area, allows for comprehensive sightseeing, quality touring and easy access to the moving ANZAC Day Dawn Service.

Highlights

  • Experience the moving ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial near Villers-Bretonneux and local Town Service hosted by the village Mayor
  • Stay 4 nights in the Somme region, superbly located to access all the major Commemorative sights
  • Gain a deeper insight into the life of the diggers from our specialist Battlefield Tour Manager
  • See the 2nd Australian Division memorial at Mont St Quentin and the Australian Corps Memorial at Le Hamel
  • Visit the Franco Australian Museum at the Victoria School in Villers-Bretonneux, Thiepval Interpretation Centre, the Museum of the Battle of Fromelles, Amiens Cathedral and the Armistice Carriage in Compiegne
  • Be professionally guided throughout the Somme Commemorative sites including the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, Fromelles Memorials, Bullecourt ‘Digger’ Memorial, Adelaide Cemetery, Australian Memorials at Pozières, the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, the Ulster Tower Memorial and the Newfoundland Memorial Park.


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Tour Itinerary

Day 1: 22 April - Paris to the Somme Region

We depart Paris at 9am and travel north to 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 here we travel across the old Bullecourt battlefield to view the moving statue of an Australian soldier at the Bullecourt ‘Digger’ Memorial. Your home for the next 4 nights is in the heart of the Somme region. Our hotels are superbly located in the very heart of Amiens, & Saint Quentin within easy walking distance of all the major sights.  This evening we have included a welcome drink and dinner at your hotel.
 

Meals:
D
Hotel:
Campanile Amiens Centre Gare or Ibis Saint Quentin Basilique

Day 2: 23 April - The Somme Region

Today we experience the tragedy of the 1916 Somme battlefield including the Australian memorials at Pozières, which recall the loss of 23,000 men in six weeks. Also visited today are 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 has been included today.

Meals:
B
L

Day 3: 24 April - The Somme Region

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. It was here on April 25, 1918, exactly 3 years after the Gallipoli landings, that Australian courage and determination provided a stunning victory that ended the German advance in this area. It is a place to think about how Australia’s story on the Western Front between 1916 and 1918 has been commemorated. 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, on the outskirts of the historical town of Péronne.

Meals:
B

Day 4: 25 April - The Somme Region - ANZAC Day

This morning we attend the Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial near Villers Bretonneux. At the conclusion of the Dawn Service, we also plan to attend the local wreath laying ceremony, hosted by the Mayor, at the French monument near the town hall in Villers Bretonneux*. A breakfast pack has been included today.

In 1918 Australian soldiers played a prominent part in the defence of the city of Amiens. Your Battlefield Tour Manager will accompany you to visit one of the gems of French medieval architecture - Amiens Cathedral, where the Australian and New Zealand soldiers have been honoured. Arriving back at your hotel, the rest of your day is at leisure. This evening you enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

*Attendance at the Mayors wreath laying service in Villers-Bretonneux remains subject to confirmation & is dependant upon traffic arrangements in & around Villers-Brettoneux on 25 April.
 

Meals:
B
D

Day 5: 26 April - To Paris

This morning we visit the Armistice Carriage at Compiègne, where the Armistice of 11 November 1918 was signed. Your Western Front Tour ends on arrival in Paris. Drop off points will be Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris Gare du Nord station. We recommend that you book flights or trains that depart Paris after 3pm today.

Meals:
B

Incredible Value Inclusions

  • All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Fully escorted by our specialist Battlefield Tour Manager
  • Personal audio system whilst on tour
  • Travel in a first class air conditioned touring coach
  • End of tour tips to your Tour Manager and Driver
  • 4 nights specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast daily (B), 1 snack lunch (L), 2 dinners including farewell dinner in a local restaurant (D)
  • Welcome drink at your hotel on Day 1
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Extensive touring of the Somme Battlefields

Tour Reviews

I recently found out that my Grandfather fought at Villers-Bretonneux in April 1918, and I didn't know a great deal about the Australian involvement in the Western Front and now feeling that I should try and have some idea of what happened. I travelled on the 'Anzac Day on the Somme' tour with Albatross Tours which included an Anzac Dawn Service at the Villers-Bretonneux memorial. I had no idea that the Somme battlefield grounds are largely unchanged, and that the Australian forces played such a pivotal role in starting the end of the war by taking over Villers-Bretonneaux on Anzac Day morning 1918. We were lucky enough to have a tremendous tour guide who could literally put you amongst the battlefield. 

This tour takes you from 1916 as the Australians arrived in the arena, right through to the signing of the Armistice, covering exactly the same ground as our forbears......though thankfully not in the same untenable conditions. But it made it the such such a personal experience. We left to return to Paris with one thing resounding from the French locals....we will never forget you and what Australia did for our country. Such a great tour and I would recommend it to any Australian and anyone with any interest in military history. The Anzac dawn service on that wet windswept hill above the village.....unforgettable.

Jane

2nd Division Memorial Mont St Quentin
Tour Rating
5

This tour was exactly what we wanted and had hoped for. Our guide’s knowledge of the WWI history added so much value to the overall experience. Nothing was too much trouble and there was a real willingness to accommodate our wishes to visit additional sites. The highlight was the dawn service and the return the next day to visit Villers-Bretonneux without the crowdes to enjoy personal time to reflect.

Joy

Dawn Service, Villers Brettoneau - courtesy of David Taylor

Our specialist Battlefield Guide was very knowledgeable. Our driver was professional and very personable. We gained a good understanding of the major events that had occurred at each location we visited, and had ample time to explore the sites. It was like living the history! I found all the places we visited very relevant to understanding the Australian’s experience in France during WW1. Being able to have an unscheduled visit to the cemetery where my great, great grandfather was buried was a really special experience. Overall we greatly enjoyed the tour and would definitely recommend this tour to anyone looking to visit the Western Front.

Karla & Julie
 

Memorial at Ypres, Belgium

The tour was excellent! The best thing was our guide Steve he made us feel like we were actually there on the battlefield with the troops and he was very knowledgeable about all the battalions and troops.

Lyn, travelled April 2016

Dawn service at Viller Brettoneux, courtesy of David Taylor

Dates and Prices

Start Date End Date Price Per Person Availability
22 Apr 2018 26 Apr 2018 AUD $1,989 Space Available

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