In the footsteps of the Australians – AUSTRALIAN TOURS

ONE DAY TOUR

The Somme

Daily tours from Saint-Quentin or Amiens. For up to 7 people
Starting at 9am and finishing at 4.30pm

Leaving from Amiens or Saint-Quentin, we’ll start with a visit to Villers-Bretonneux and its surrounding area. In Adelaide Cemetery, we’ll see the former Grave of the Australian Unknown Soldier. We’ll then visit Victoria School, the Franco-Australian Museum, and finally the Australian National Memorial, where the 11,000 names of soldiers, who died in France and whose graves have never been found, are engraved.

Afterwards, we’ll drive to the 1916 battlefields of the Somme, passing through the Red Baron crash site in April 1918.

After visiting the Lochnagar Crater, a huge crater left by a tremendous mine explosion on 1st July 1916, we’ll have a lunch break (snack, restaurant or picnic).

After lunch we’ll continue the visit to the village of Pozières, where the bloodiest Australian struggle on the Western Front took place. Vestiges of the Gibraltar bunker remain and memorials include: the First Australian Division Memorial, the Windmill and the Tanks Corp Memorials.

We’ll then head towards Thiepval to visit the memorial built in remembrance of some 71,200 British and 800 South African soldiers who died during the Battle of the Somme and have no-known grave. We will also make a stop at Mouquet Farm (Moo-Cow farm), another terrible part of the Pozières battle.

To understand trench warfare, we’ll visit the Newfoundland Park in Beaumont Hamel and in particular its well preserved trench system. We will then continue the tour to Péronne; the 2nd Australian Division Memorial in Mount St. Quentin recalls a great victory.

The visit will end either at your hotel or at the railway station in Amiens or in Saint-Quentin (for another town, please contact us).

 

This itinerary is subject to change depending on request (relative’s grave visit for example)

 

This tour includes :

    Pick up at the train station
    Drop off at the train station
    Museum entrance fees (Villers-Bretonneux, except on Sunday)
    Transportation in a very comfortable air-conditioned Citroën Jumpy minibus
    Guiding services
    Guide’s lunch

 

Please, contact us for the cost, dates and further information

TWO DAY TOUR

The Somme, Fromelles and Flanders

Daily tours from Saint-Quentin. For up to 7 people
Starting at 9.00 am and finishing at 4.30pm

DAY 1

Leaving from Amiens or Saint-Quentin, we’ll start with a visit to Villers-Bretonneux and its surrounding area. In Adelaïde Cemetery, we’ll see the former Grave of the Australian Unknown Soldier. We’ll then visit Victoria school, the Franco-Australian Museum, and finally the Australian National Memorial, where the 11,000 names of soldiers, who died in France and whose graves have never been found, are engraved.

 

Afterwards, we’ll drive to the 1916 battlefields of the Somme, passing through Le Hamel, where General Monash’s victorious offensive took place in July 1918.

 

After visiting the Lochnagar Crater, a huge crater left by a tremendous mine explosion on 1st July 1916, we’ll have a lunch break (snack, restaurant or picnic).

 

After lunch we’ll continue the visit to the village of Pozières, where the bloodiest Australian struggle on the Western Front took place. Vestiges of the Gibraltar bunker remain and memorials include: the First Australian Division Memorial, the Windmill and the Tanks Corp Memorials.

 

We’ll then head towards Thiepval to visit the memorial built in remembrance of some 71,200 British and 800 South African soldiers who died during the Battle of the Somme and have no-known grave. We will also make a stop at Mouquet farm (Moo-Cow farm), another terrible part of the Pozières battle.

 

To understand trench warfare, we’ll visit the Newfoundland Park in Beaumont Hamel and in particular its well preserved trench system.
We will then continue the tour to Péronne; the 2nd Australian Division Memorial in Mount St. Quentin recalls a great victory.

 

The visit will end either at your hotel or at the railway station in Amiens or in Saint-Quentin (for another town, please contact us).

 

 

DAY 2

 Your guide, Olivier, will pick you up at your hotel at 9am and drive you to the Australian battlefields in Flanders Fields.

We’ll reach the Ypres Salient passing through Armentières and Ploegsteert Wood (Plugstreet Wood) in order to visit the areas where the Australians fought during the Third Battle of Ypres:

Messines Ridge (Isle of Ireland Peace Park, New Zealand Memorial, Bastian plaque in the village), Hill 60 (if time permits), Polygon Wood (5th Australian Division Memorial), Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial (Battle of Passchendaele) and the Menin Gate Memorial in the town of Ypres.

Following a short break along the Menin Road or in town, we will head to Fromelles.

We will visit Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery, built by the CWGC to lay to rest 250 soldiers whose bodies were found in mass graves at Pheasant Wood. We will also stop at the Cobbers Memorial and at the VC Corner Memorial (where the names of the missing soldiers of Fromelles are recorded) to learn about the battle.

This itinerary is subject to change depending on request. Visits to specific sites, memorials or graves can be arranged

The visit will end either at your hotel in Saint-Quentin (for another town, please contact us).

 

 

 This tour includes :

    Pick up at your hotel in St-Quentin
    Drop off at the train station or hotel
    Museum entrance fees  (Villers-Bretonneux, Fromelles, if time permits)
    Transportation in a very comfortable air-conditioned Citroën minibus
    Guiding services
    Guide’s lunches

 

NOTE about the Flanders tour :

 For a matter of timing, since the opening of the new museum in Fromelles, we can’t visit all places if we include the museum visit, so there is 2 options for the Flanders tour :

 

Option 1 : through the Messines ridge, Hellfire Corner, Polygon Wood, Tyne Cot, Menin Gate (if time permits), Fromelles (VC Corner, Cobbers Memorial, Pheasant Wood cemetery). The Fromelles museum visit is not included

 

Option 2 : Fromelles (as above) including the museum visit, Vimy Ridge (preserved Canadian battlefield, north of Arras) and Bullecourt (Bullecourt museum visit if time permits).

 

 

Please, contact us for the cost, dates and further information