Battle Honours Australia

The Western Front 
Tour Dates
: 8-18 October 2017
A fully escorted 10 Day Tour of Australian Battlefields on the Western Front in France and Belgium
Tour commences in Brussels and visits Waterloo then Australian battlefields at Ieper (Ypres), Menin Gate, Polygon Wood, Passchendaele, Messines, Fromelles and the Somme battlefields of Pozieres, Bullecourt, Dernancourt, Villers Bretonneux, Le Hamel, Mont St Quentin and the Hindenburg Line.  The tour will be based in the cities of Brussels, Ieper (Ypres) and Arras. 
Inclusions are:
•    Twin share accommodation (single supplement available on application).
•    Breakfast and lunch daily with 2 dinners (Welcome and Au Revoir)
•    Coach transport with local driver
•    Experienced Australian historians
•    Museum entrance fees
•    Tour manager

Walking Australian Battlefields on the Western Front - Itinerary

Day 1  Activity (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner provided)
Arrive  Brussels, Brussels sightseeing, Check in to hotel, Tour intro and briefing, Welcome Dinner  (D)

Day 2  Battlefield touring – Waterloo, Travel to Ieper, Check in to hotel, Orientation tour Ieper Town Centre (B/L)

Day 3   Ypres – In Flanders Fields museum, St Georges Church, Ramparts Walk, Evening: Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony & Wreath laying (B/L)

Day 4   Battlefield touring: Menin Road/Hooge Crater /Polygon Wood, Battlefield touring: Zonnebeek Chateau/Tyne Cot Cemetery Passchendaele (B/L)

Day 5   Check out of hotel, Battlefield touring (bus/walk): Fromelles incl. Le Trou Aid Post, La Cordonnerie, Rouge Bancs, Cobber Memorial (battle presentation)/Pheasant Wood Cemetery & Museum
             Battlefield touring: Vimy Ridge Memorial, Travel to Arras, Check in to hotel (B/L)
Day 6    Battlefield touring Somme area (bus/walk), Lochnagar Crater/The Battle of the Somme intro briefing/Pozieres /Mouquet Farm/ Beaumont Hamel/Flers.General touring: Albert (option time permitting), (B/L)

Day 7   Battlefield touring (bus/walk), Bapaume / Outpost Village battles/ Bullecourt , Slouch Hat Memorial; Digger Memorial; Battle presentation Riencourt spur line / the Railway Embankment
            General touring: Arras incl. wartime tunnel complex and city sightseeing. (B/L)

Day 8    Battlefield touring (bus/walk): Dernancourt/Red Baron crash site/Le Hamel/ Australian National Memorial, Fouilloy/ Villers Bretonneux: Town Square; Victoria School & Museum; 13 Bde attack near Abbey Wood. 
            General touring: Amiens - Cathedral and city centre in Amiens and late return to Arras. (B / L)

Day 9    Battlefield touring (bus/walk): Intro briefing to the Battle of Amiens (The Advance to Victory) at Heath Cemetery, Peronne(Historial Museum and town area)/Mont St Quentin (B/L)

Day 10  Battlefield touring: Battle of Amiens (the Advance to Victory 1918), Maissemy/Bellenglise (4th Div Memorial), Hindenberg Line break in: Riqueval Tunnel crossing /Montbrehain (The Last Ridge). 
              Au Revoir - Group evening meal (B/L/D)

Day 11  Depart Arras. Travel to Eurostar Lille. Tour ends, OR Battlefield touring: Armistice Memorial Park, Compiegne, Travel to Paris. Tour ends.