Fully escorted Anzac Day tour including the Dawn Service at Villers Bretonneux
$370 per person
Departs from Arras & Amiens
Commemorate Anzac Day on the Somme & attend the official Dawn Service at Australian National Memorial
Anzac Day; a special day for Australians. Join thousands for the official Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux. An early pick up, 2:30am – 3am, is available in either Arras or Amiens then escorted by our local battlefield expert, travel via coach to the Australian National Memorial to attend the Dawn Service. Following the service, we make our way to the village of Villers Bretonneux to attend the Village ceremony, see the Victoria School and Museum or take a coffee in the village bar. Return to the Australian National Memorial to visit the Sir John Monash Centre, a modern museum depicting events and effects of Australia prior to, during and following the Great War. Then it’s onto the tiny village of Hamel, where General John Monash planned and executed the brilliant operation which set the scene for the Allies’ final offensive of the war. Located on the site of the final objective of the Battle of Hamel, visit the impressive Australian Corps Memorial commemorating over 100,000 Australians who served with the Australian Corps in France during the First World War.
Continuing to Pozieres and the sites of the Somme battlefields of 1916, including the 1st Australian Division Memorial, the remains of the famous ‘Gibraltar’ blockhouse and the Windmill site, with its chilling pronouncement, Australian troops … fell more thickly on this ridge than on any other battlefield of the war. Following a stop for
brunch lunch we travel to the village of Bullecourt and the battlefields of 1917 to attend the more intimate service alongside the local villagers at the Digger Memorial. and to Also visit the Bullecourt 1917 museum before returning to Amiens or Arras approx. 4:30-5pm.
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- Attend the official Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial, Villers Bretonneux
- Visit Villers Bretonneux village service & visit the School Museum
- Explore the Sir John Monash Centre
- Visit the Australian Corps Memorial, Le Hamel
- Visit the 1916 battlefields at Pozieres & the 1st Division Australian Memorial & Windmill site
- Attend the Anzac Day Bullecourt ‘Digger’ Service & visit the 1917 Bullecourt museum
“We had a wonderful few days & everything more than met our expectations. The accommodation in Amiens & Ypres was very good, especially Ypres as it was on the main square & only a short walk to the Mennin Gate. The tour itself was very informative & we had more than enough time to spend at the memorials etc. We were able to find my Great Uncle’s headstone at Tyne Cot cemetery which was quite an emotional moment for me. A really good, but very sobering day. Such loss of so many young lives. We have told many people of our experiences & have no hesitation in recommending your company to any one who might be considering visiting that area of France & Belgium.”
“Our 1 day private Western Front Tour with Rod Bedford from The Battlefields Experience was just fantastic. I’m so glad I went for that option and I would highly recommend it for anyone in a similar situation i.e. wanting to ‘follow in the footsteps’ of a grandfather and more. Rod was just great. I had a bundle of my grandfather’s details from the Australian War Memorial & National Archives and a book on the 14th battalion. Rod had huge amounts of general, specific and local knowledge.
He managed to pass on big picture info and explain all sorts of where/what/why stuff about particular battles and how events moved and changed and right down to all sorts of interesting and funny tidbits. And he seemed genuinely interested in granddad’s stuff and trying to piece together all sorts of stuff and to give me specific insights and suggestions on how to research some things further. And he was just such good company, chatting about all sorts of random stuff with both me and my 13 yo daughter.
So it really was a memorable experience for us both. I just wish it had been longer and I would love to go back some time and spend another day or two with Rod as my guide.
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