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Military History Tours          Villers-Bretonneux (France) 20 April to 2 May 2018


20 April 2018 - PARIS (Tour 2 only):

This is the day when Tour 2 guests gather at our Paris hotel and are met by their historians. The remainder of the day and evening is free to relax and meet other guests.

21 April 2018 – PARIS (Tour 2 only):

After breakfast at the hotel, coaches will depart for a half day city sightseeing, including but not limited to Champs Elysee, Opera, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame. Guests may leave the coach at any time and use the rest of the day to explore this beautiful city. The evening is free to enjoy. B

22 April 2018 – THE SOMME (Tours 1 and 2):

Our tour departs for the Somme from our Paris hotel, at 1000. Tour 1 guests are to be at the hotel by 0930 or, if arriving into CDG airport that morning, they will be met at the airport. After settling into our hotel in the Somme we will visit Peronne and the Historial Museum followed by a welcoming dinner in Peronne. B/D

23 April 2018 – THE SOMME (Tours 1 and 2):

After breakfast your coach will depart for the first of three days touring the Somme battlefields. Your Military Historian travelling with you will brief you during the day on events and the significance of the places you visit.

During the touring days you will visit many of the battle sites, memorials and cemeteries of the Somme and today we intend to visit Bullecourt, Beaumont Hamel, Pozieres, Thiepval, Dernancourt and the Lochnagar Crater. B/L/D

24 April 2018 – THE SOMME (Tours 1 and 2):

With your box lunch for sustenance, you will again be led through the Somme battlefields by your historian. Today it is our intention to visit Delville Wood, Mont St Quentin, the 2nd Division Memorial, Bellenglise, the 4th Division Memorial, Maissemy, the Riqueval Canal and where the Australian Corps under General Monash finished the War, at Montbrehain. Tonight you are granted leave. A free night in Amiens to view the Cathedrale Notre Dame ( larger than Notre Dame in Paris ), a private inspection has been arranged, then find your own special French restaurant on the river running through town, and for the ladies especially, shop!

Coach transport will be provided in and out of Amiens. B/L

25 April 2018 – THE SOMME (Tours 1 and 2):

ANZAC Day, on the 100th Anniversary of the Australian attack on Villers-Bretonneux.. An early wake up call then coffee and tea in your hotel lobby before we board for the Dawn Service. On arrival you will be ushered into the area at the base of the Memorial for the traditional Dawn Service. At the completion of the Service there will be time at the Memorial to inspect the area before our coach arrives to take us into Villers-Bretonneux.

In Villers-Bretonneux there will be conducted an ANZAC Day March to the town square, approximately 300 metres. Following the March we will have something special planned for our ANZAC Day breakfast. Following breakfast we return to our hotels and the afternoon is free to relax unless there is an opportunity to attend any other Government Service that is planned. Dinner is in your hotel. B/L/D

26 April 2018 –THE SOMME (Tours 1 and 2):

After breakfast you will set off again for your 3rd day of touring the Somme with your lunch box in hand. Again, based on requirements, your Military Historian on board will aim to get you to places you need to visit. Our hospitality vehicles will support in this task. This is our Villers-Bretonneux Day when we spend time looking at the area of those important battles, the Victoria School, Musee Australien and the Adelaide Cemetery that was the previous place of rest for the unknown soldier who is now at rest in Canberra. Le Hamel and Sailly le Sec will also be visited today.

The evening dinner is at your hotel. B/L/D

27 April 2018 – PARIS or IEPER (Tours 1 and 2):

Our tour splits, some to Paris and the rest to Ieper. We say farewell to the Tour 1 people as they head back to Paris. The coach will have two (2) drop points ONLY: at the Gare du Nord 2 km north of the Siene River, central Paris; and at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Roissy-en-France. As our tour 2 group moves north we will visit Vimy Ridge, Fromelles, Ploegsteert Wood and Messines before settling into our Ieper hotel. B/L/D

28 April 2018– IEPER (Tour 2 only): After breakfast we have a change of pace today. Just relax or take your coach to Bruges for a sightseeing and shopping excursion where the lace and chocolates are said to be the best in the world. The coach will return to Ieper mid afternoon which will allow further time to explore Ieper. Tonight we will attend the last post ceremony at the Menin Gate. B/D

29 April 2018 - IEPER (Tour 2 only): Our last day on the battlefields will take us to those famous battles of the Ieper Salient such as Hill 60, Polygon Wood, Passchendaele and finally a visit to Tyne Cot Cemetery. B/L/D

30 April 2018 – LONDON (Tour 2 only): After breakfast we depart our hotel by bus for Calais and the ferry to Dover. From Dover, we move by bus to our hotel in London. After settling in, you are free to explore London at your leisure. B

1 May 2018 – LONDON (Tour 2 only): Breakfast at your hotel. Today is a free day to take in the sights of London. Evening is yours to enjoy. B

2 May 2018 – LONDON (Tour 2 only): Today, after breakfast, your tour ends. B

Please Note: Due to matters outside our control, there may be times when we will change from our proposed itinerary. It is our intention to conduct a briefing each evening to set in place the following day’s visitation programme.

Itinerary adjusted 22 November 2017

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