Fromelles Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery

Constructed between 2009 and 2010, this was the first new Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery built for more than 50 years. The cemetery contains the graves of 250 British and Australian soldiers who died on 19 July 1916 in the Battle of Fromelles.

8 days

They Shall Not Pass

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Tour Overview

8 day Premium quality tour from $3,025

Visiting - Paris, Peronne, Mont St Quentin, Ypres, Fromelles, Bullecourt, Thiepval, Poziers, Le Hamel, Amiens, Villers-Bretonneux

Activities - History, Culture, Military History

Group size - Minimum 7 guests

Menin Gate Lastpost - They Shall Not Pass

A baptism of fire for the young Australian nation, the Western Front stretched from Belgium, through France to the Swiss border. A blend of appalling conditions, technology like gas, machine guns and barbed wire and military deadlock made this theatre of war among the most miserable and costly in all human history. Over 13 million would be killed, captured, wounded or left missing.

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Arrive in Paris

Day 1
27 April, 2015
dinner

Tonight you will share a welcome drink and dinner with fellow travellers. The perfect chance to get-to-know one another and meet your Tour Leader.

Accommodation in Mercure Paris Montmartre

Ypres

Day 2
28 April, 2015
breakfast & dinner

Today you depart for Ypres, scene of some of the most ferocious fighting during WWI. The town itself was decimated and, after the war was fondly restored when its celebrated stone buildings and pretty square were carefully rebuilt.

Thousands of ANZAC soldiers served and fell at Ypres. Your first day here includes a walking tour of the town, including the superb Cloth Hall. Dating to the Middle Ages, this fascinating destination also houses the renowned interactive ‘In Flanders Fields’ museum.

Attractions like St George’s Chapel and Ypres Ramparts are just a stroll from your hotel in the centre of town. A mere 200 metres away is Menin Gate (the British Empire tribute to the missing) where, every night since 1928 a touching ceremony has been held and the Last Post sounded.

Accommodation in Novotel Ieper Centrum

Paris Notre Dame - They Shall Not Pass

Ypres

Day 3
29 April, 2015
breakfast

The ‘Flanders Offensive’ is today’s theme, covering June to November 1917 events around Ypres. Site of the Battle of Messines site, scenic Toronto Avenue Cemetery and Island of Ireland Peace Park are morning destinations.

This afternoon you travel the renowned Menin Road to Hooge Crater and its chapel and school, now a private museum. Nearby Passchendaele holds firm in its wretched record ofr appalling conditions, exhausted and ill-equipped soldiers and tremendous casualty rate.

Hooge Crater Cemetery - They Shall Not Pass

Today also includes visits to Tyne Cot, largest of all British Commonwealth war cemeteries and Hill 60, the 5th Australian Division Memorial at Polygon Wood.


Accommodation in Novotel Ieper Centrum

Ypres

Day 4
30 April, 2015
breakfast

One of Europe’s most intact medieval cities, delightful Bruges is your destination today. The city is a quaint blend of ancient cobbled streets, bridges and canals. There is the temptation of pavement cafes all the while you meander Bruges quaintest of lanes, but don't miss the celebrated old market square.

This afternoon you will visit to Essex Farm Cemetery, renowned as the site where McCrae first wrote the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’.

Accommodation in Novotel Ieper Centrum

Menin Gate - They Shall Not Pass

Amiens

Day 5
1 May, 2015
breakfast, lunch & dinner

Depart for the city of Amiens. En-route you will travel across the former battlefields of Ypres and cross the border to France. At Fromelles you will visit Australian cemeteries at VC corner, Pheasant Wood and the site of Australia’s first major Western Front battle, Memorial Park. The Canadian National Memorial at Vimy Ridge, one of the most spectacular in France, is your next stop.

Before departing for Amiens, you will cross old Bullecourt battlefield and see the ‘Digger’ memorial (with its poignant statue of an Australian soldier) and visit Jean et Denise Letaille Museum, reopened on ANZAC Day 2012.

You will spend the next 3 nights in Amiens where, in 1918 Australian soldiers were integral to the city’s defence.

Accommodation in Mercure Amiens Cathedrale

Amiens

Day 6
2 May, 2015
breakfast

The Australian memorial at Pozières is your first destination today. It was here that 8,000 Australian men lost their life in just six weeks. The memorial reads simply: “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”.

Next is time for reflection on the events that unfolded during 1916 at the Somme as you visit the vast and touching Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. This evening is yours to enjoy Amiens freely.

Accommodation in Mercure Amiens Cathedrale

VC Corner - They Shall Not Pass

Amiens

Day 7
3 May, 2015
breakfast & dinner

The cathedral is well worth a visit, for its medieval architecture and tribute to ANZAC soldiers.

At the fringe of the quaint historical town of Péronne lays Mount St Quentin and the 2nd Australian Division memorial. After this visit, your tour crosses The Somme to Le Hamel and the Australian Memorial there.

The afternoon is devoted to Villers Bretonneux. Here, three years to the day after the Gallipoli landings, Australian courage and determination helped win victory and end the German advance.

At the Victoria School within the village, you will visit the impressive collection of the Franco Australian Museum and revisit the Australian National Memorial. One final stop is the resting place of Australia’s Unknown Soldier, exhumed in 1993 and now lying at the Adelaide Cemetery.

This evening the tour party will enjoy a convivial dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation in Mercure Amiens Cathedrale

Return to Paris

Day 8
4 May, 2015
breakfast

This morning it is time to bid farewell and make your way to Paris. Arriving around midday, tour drop-off points include Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris Gare du Nord station.

What's included

  • All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Fully escorted by our specialist Battlefield Tour Manager
  • Services of an expert War Historian
  • Personal audio system whilst on tour
  • First class air-conditioned touring coach
  • End of tour tips to Tour Manager, driver and local Paris guide
  • 7 nights accommodation as described
  • Buffet breakfast daily, 1 lunch pack
  • 4 dinners including farewell dinner in Amiens
  • Welcome drink Paris
  • All entrances as per itinerary
  • Extensive touring of the WW1 Battlefields

Not included

  • International Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single room surcharge

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