2 Day Australian Tour

Twice a week.
Mon-Tue or Thu-Fri.

The 2 Day Australian Tour combines two of our day tours to cover the top-to- bottom of Australia’s action on the Western Front.

Day 1 – Out in the Somme is south of Arras in the long, rolling hills of the Somme. Through farming villages and towns. Pozieres, Le Hamel, Villers-Bretonneux. Where 100 years on Australian efforts are still proudly remembered by the local communities.

Day 2 – Fromelles-Ypres takes you north, the morning spent at Fromellles before crossing the border into Belgium for our lunch. The afternoon we venture up to Messines to traverse the ridges of the Ypres Salient, the path of the Australian action of 1917.

A relaxing dinner in the old town of Ypres prepares us for the emotive Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate. A fitting way to finish this two day visit to the Western Front.

All tours are based in the old town of Arras. We can recommend or organize accommodation in hotels or guest houses our clients have happily stayed at. Pick-up/drop- off is at your accommodation in Arras or at the train station.

The 2 Day Australian Tour runs twice a week, Monday-Tuesday or Thursday-Friday.

NEW in 2017 – Paris pick-up/drop- off.

DAY 1 – OUT IN THE SOMME
Itinerary

Depart Arras around 9.00 am.
Visit to the Australian 3rd Division Memorial.
View the Somme River near Sailly-le- Sec.
Visit to the Australian National Memorial & Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery.
Visit to the Victoria School, Villers-Bretonneux.
Visit to the Franco-Australian Museum in Villers-Brettoneux.
Visit to the Australian Corps Memoria, Le Hamel.

Lunch is near Lachnagar Crater.

Visit to the Lachnagar Crater.
Visit to the Australian 1st Division memorial and Gibraltar Bunker, Pozieres.
View and consider the killing fields of Mouquet (Moo Cow) Farm.
Visit to the British National Memorial to the Missing, Thiepval.
Visit to the Wind Mill Site & Tank Memorial, Pozieres.
Visit to the Bullecourt battlefield.
Visit to the Digger Memorial & Slouch Hat Memorial.
Return to Arras for the 6.00 pm conclusion of the Tour.

DAY 2 – Fromelles-Ypres
Itinerary

Depart from Arras around 9.00 am.
View the former Mass Grave site, Fromelles.
Visit to the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery.
Visit to the Australian Memorial Park (with Cobber’s Statue) in the battlefield area.
Visit to the all Australian VC Corner Cemetery.
View the Chums Cross, one of the unofficial 1914 Christmas Truce sites, Belgium.
Pause at the Irish Peace Tower.
Drive through Messines.
Visit to Hill 60.

Lunch is next to Polygon Wood.

Visit to Polygon Wood and the Australian 5th Division Memorial.
Drive through Zonnebeke and up on to Broodseinde Ridge.
Visit to the Passchendaele Museum.
Visit to the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Cemetery.
Enter into Ypres via Menin Gate.

Dinner is in the old town of Ypres.

Attend Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate.
Depart for Arras at around 8.30pm.
Return to Arras at around 9.30pm for the conclusion of the Tour.

The above itinerary may be varied based on the wishes/consensus of the tour guests travelling on any particular day. Customised Tours are available for this area on request.