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Tour code: BEWFWLL-0

Tour Inclusions

  • 5 Nights
  • 8 Meals 5 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
  • Battlefields
  • Driver

ANZACS on the Western Front - Dawn Ceremony

  • 6 days
  • France / Belgium
  • Max 18 GUESTS Passengers

Overview

The Australian War Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux commemorates the battle of 24-25 April 1918, during which Australian and Commonwealth Soldiers liberated the town. In front of it lie the graves of thousands of Commonwealth soldiers - including over 770 Australians. Since 2008, the memorial has been the site of the special ANZAC Day service. Join us as we experience this unique event on our six-day ANZAC tour, departing 24 April 2020 - and join fellow countrymen and local townspeople in remembering those who fought during the Great War at one its most poignant sites.

Worth Noting…
for ANZAC Ceremony departures, our accommodation in Amiens is subject to change. Due to the large number of visitors at this time, two Back-Roads tour groups may stay at the same hotel at the same time.

Map of Anzacs on the Western Front | BRT
  • Tour Starts/Ends
  • 1 Overnight Stop
  • Day Stop

The Blue-Roads Difference

  • Take time to pay respects at your relatives' graves
  • Witness the ANZAC Day Service on April departures
  • Delve into history at the Franco-Australian Museum in Villers-Bretonneux

Tour Itinerary

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  • Day 1 - Lille - Villers Bretonneux - Amiens

    The first day of our tour will take us from Lille to Villers-Bretonneux: the home of the National War Memorial. We’ll visit the Franco-Australian Museum and the Sir John Monash Centre before shifting our focus to the last year of the war – 1918 – with a visit to Le Hamel, the site of the successful 4 July attack. Then, it’s onwards to Amiens – where a welcome dinner awaits. Accommodation: Hôtel Le Prieuré (or similar)

    • Meals
      • Dinner
  • Day 2 - Amiens - Anzac Ceremony - Amiens

  • Day 3 - Amiens - The Somme - Amiens

  • Day 4 - Amiens - Ypres

  • Day 5 - Ypres

  • Day 6 - Ypres - Lille

Tour Inclusions

Accommodation

5 nights in boutique accommodation

The Crew

Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver

Transport

Premium mini-coach transportation

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  • 24th June 2019
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    Our Tour Guide Mary was extremely informative (wonderful historic knowledge), patient and very accommodating when it came to ensure all interested fellow travellers had an opportunity to visit the graves of their relatives!
  • 11th June 2019
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    The Blue-Roads tour I went on, had an excellent bus driver. He was learning the French & Belgium roadways & navigating towns & country side roads. Where & when necessary he parked to pickup or to drop us off as close as possible to the WW1 site visiting, lunch stop or accommodation. This was appreciated on wet/windy days and if there was a medical condition that needed special consideration. He was most helpful and careful with handling baggage. Our tour guide proved helpful, to the driver and our schedule when alternative routes were called for eg need to divert due to roadworks or backed-up or blocked traffic was ahead. Mr Western’s enthusiasm and passion of sharing his knowledge about the battles of WW1 was appreciated. He took it upon himself to follow up on any queries we had and made it possible for many of us to locate and connect to places and ancestors, of significant interest to our individual families. He was punctual, organised and caring. He made certain everyone felt part of the group. The information about the events of WW1was often delivered with interesting stories about the location, the people in command, in the front line and points of view and the positions taken by both sides of the conflict explained. Our guide checked that any special accommodation requirements were met and took the time to assist those that had medical concerns. He always followed up and checked that people were okay or if they needed further care. To have the opportunity to travel so far from home, to a foreign place and to see and learn about the history and the countries involved in WW1 was a memorable experience for me. It was also a privilege to be guided by such an excellent tour guide as Mr Steve Western. Thank you Steve and Back-Road Tours.
  • 11th June 2019
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    Without doubt the standout aspect of the tour was the absolute professionalism, knowledge and helpful disposition of the guide Mary Freeman. Her management of the tour, responsiveness to requests and empathy with the tour participants was exemplary. She was perfectly complemented by the tour driver (who’s name escapes me) but his conduct and interaction with the tour participants was cheerful, helpful and similarly professional.
  • 10th June 2019
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    Our tour guide Mary was simply marvelous. She couldn’t do enough for us and always smiling and helpful. The hotels were in keeping with the price and all good value for money. A
  • 4th June 2019
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    The itinerary was excellent also accommodation. The tour guide was experienced and passionate about the subject. She was organised and cared for the tour group very well. The driver made us feel safe and confident in his ability to get through even the smallest roads safely.