10 Day Remembrance Day on the Western Front

Albatross Guided Tour starting in Paris and finishing in Paris

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Albatross's 10 Day Remembrance Day on the Western Front. Come join us on the Western Front at Villers-Bretonneux as we commemorate the sacrifice and valour of a generation who long ago fought and died so far from home. Over the past 17 years we have handled numerous commemorative...read more
Operator: Albatross
Type: Guided Tour (Premium)
Style: Special Interest
Max Group Size: 40
Duration: 10 Days
From: Paris to Paris
Tour Code: RDWF
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: France, Belgium
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3 November - Paris
Your tour commences in Paris this evening. We have included a welcome drink and dinner. This is an ideal chance to meet and get to know your specialist Battlefield Tour Manager and fellow travellers. (D) Stay: Mercure Paris Montmarte
4 November - Ypres
We travel to Ypres where we stay the next three nights. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour through the centre of town and see the magnificent Cloth Hall, St Georges Chapel, Ypres Ramparts Cemetery and the Menin Gate Memorial, the British Empire’s tribute to the missing from the battles around Ypres. Highlight of your day will be a visit to ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum – a remarkable interactive experience of World War I, located in the Cloth Hall. Between 1916 and 1918 thousands of Australian and New Zealand soldiers came to Ypres where some of the heaviest fighting in World War I took place. Completely destroyed in the war, the town was lovingly re-built, carefully restoring the grand old buildings and picturesque square. Tonight, after dinner, you can attend the sounding of the Last Post at the Menin Gate, a moving ceremony repeated every night since 1928. (B/D) Stay: Novotel Ieper Centrum
5 November - Ypres
A fascinating day focusing on the ‘Flanders Offensive’ of June to November 1917. In the morning we visit the site of the Battle of Messines, the beautiful Toronto Avenue Cemetery and the Island of Ireland Peace Park. Later we follow the famous Menin Road to visit Hooge Crater Cemetery, Hill 60, the 5th Australian Division Memorial in Polygon Wood and the British Commonwealth’s largest war cemetery at Tyne Cot. What happened in this area east of Ypres in 1917 was eventually summed up in one terrible word – Passchendaele! (B)
6 November - Ypres
We have included a delightful excursion today to the charming city of Bruges. Recognised as one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities, Bruges is riddled with canals, bridges and quiet back streets. On arrival we are joined by a local guide for a walking tour around the quaint and picturesque cobbled streets. Later, take time to relax in one of the pavement cafés on the glorious old market square. This afternoon we also visit the Essex Farm Cemetery, a site forever associated with the composition of the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. (B)
7 November - Amiens
Today we journey through the old Western Front battlefields from Ypres in Belgium to Amiens in France. After crossing the border, we will stop at Fromelles, scene of Australia’s first major battle on the Western Front, to visit VC Corner (Australian Cemetery), Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery and the Australian Memorial Park at Fromelles. We also visit the Museum of the Battle of Fromelles. From there we visit the most spectacular British Commonwealth memorial in France – the Canadian National Memorial on Vimy Ridge. Before heading into Amiens, we will travel across the old Bullecourt battlefield and view the moving statue of an Australian soldier at the Bullecourt ‘Digger’ Memorial. A packed lunch and dinner has been included today. You will be staying the next four nights in Amiens. (B/L/D) Stay: Novotel Amiens Pole Jules Verne
8 November - Amiens
Today we experience the tragedy of the 1916 Somme Battlefields. We visit the Australian memorials at Pozières which recall the loss of 23,000 men in six weeks. The memorial at the windmill simply reads, “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”. Later we visit the vast and tragic Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, including entrance to the Thiepval Interpretation Centre which details the battles of the Somme between 1914 and 1918, the Ulster Tower Memorial to the 36th Ulster Division and the Newfoundland Memorial Park. A snack lunch is included today. Returning to Amiens your evening is free. (B/L)
9 November - Amiens
Begin your day with a visit to one of the gems of French medieval architecture – Amiens Cathedral, where the Australian and New Zealand soldiers have been honoured. Over the next 2 days we explore the 1918 Somme Battlefields including the Adelaide Cemetery (site of the exhumation of Australia’s Unknown Soldier in November 1993) and the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux. We have included a visit to the fascinating Franco-Australian Museum at the Victoria Primary School in the village of Villers-Bretonneux. Dinner tonight is included in a local restaurant. (B/D)
10 November - Amiens
Today we visit the Australian Corps Memorial at Le Hamel and the 2nd Australian Division Memorial at Mont St Quentin. Lunchtime is at leisure in the historical town of Péronne, where we have also included entrance to the Historial de la Grande Guerre (Museum of the Great War). Dinner tonight is included at your hotel. (B/D)
11 November - Paris - Remembrance Day
Today we attend the Remembrance Day Commemoration service at the Australian National Memorial at Villers Bretonneux*.   At the conclusion of the commemoration service we travel back to Paris. Tonight before a farewell dinner in a local restaurant, we attend the lighting of the flame ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe.      *Details regarding the time of the Remembrance Day Commemoration service are to be confirmed by the Department of Veteran Affairs. (B/D) Stay: Mercure Paris Montmartre
12 November - Paris
Your tour ends this morning after breakfast. (B)
Albatross Inclusions
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Journey Highlights
  • Absorb the full reality and tragedy of the trench warfare and gain a deeper insight into the life of the diggers, with commentary by our specialist Battlefield Tour Manager
  • All hotels located to access all the major Commemorative sights
  • Experience the Remembrance Day Commemoration service at the Australian National Memorial near Villers-Bretonneux
  • Be moved by the Last Post at the Menin Gate and visit ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum
  • Visit the Flanders Commemorative sites including Messines, Hill 60, Polygon Wood, Essex Farm Cemetery, Tyne Cot, Toronto Avenue Cemetery, Island of Ireland Peace Park and explore Hooge Crater Cemetery and Museum
  • Visit the Somme Commemorative sites including the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, Fromelles Memorials & Museum, Vimy Ridge, Bullecourt ‘Digger’ Memorial, Adelaide Cemetery, Australian Memorials at Pozières, the Ulster Tower Memorial, Newfoundland Memorial Park, Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, 2nd Australian Division memorial at Mont St Quentin and Australian Corps Memorial at Le Hamel
  • Visit Franco-Australian Museum at Victoria Primary School in Villers-Bretonneux & Thiepval Interpretation Centre
Trip Inclusions
  • Fully escorted by our highly experienced specialist Battlefield Guide Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach
  • 9 nights specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast daily (B)
  • 2 lunch packs (L)
  • 6 dinners including welcome dinner & farewell dinners in Paris (D)
  • Welcome drink in Paris
  • All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • Extensive touring of the WWI Battlefields
  • Local guide for Bruges walking tour
  • Personal audio system whilst on tour
  • Free WiFi available on most coaches and at hotels
  • End of tour tips to Tour Manager and driver, tips for local guide
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
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Tours on Sale: 22
Accommodation: 3.5-4 Star
Average Age: 45-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours & Small Group Tours
Max Group Size(s): 40 & 28
Budget: Premium
Destinations: Europe, UK & Ireland
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