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					ANZAC DAY TOUR 2010
Battlefield France – Australians in two world wars
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PARIS AMIENS THE SOMME BULLECOURT VILLERS BRETONNEUX FROMELLES HINDENBURG LINE   . YPRES . NORMANDY BEACHES . ST MALO




“I    n no other theatre or conflict have Australians played
 such a decisive role, yet paid such a harrowing price, as on
   the Great War battlefields of The Somme and Flanders.
          Culminating in the Anzac Dawn Service at
 Villers-Bretonneux, this tour will retrace the steps of nearly
    300,000 Australians – the ordinary and extraordinary,
  who answered a young country’s call to the colours. You
  will visit places redolent of “a distant grief” – Fromelles,
       Pozieres, Polygon Wood Bullecourt – and those
        synonymous with the long march to victory –
             V.B., Le Hamel and Mont St Quentin.

 You will also have the opportunity to visit the beaches and
 hedgerows of Normandy – the scene of one of the twentieth
 century’s greatest epics, and where our boys also laid down
        their lives, far from home, a generation later.
                                                                “        Kieran McCarthy
                                                                         Tour Escort




                                                                                                 limited seats
  2010 Anzac Day and D-Day Tour Itinerary l Battlefield France – Australians in two world wars l 22 to 29 April

1ST DAY                    22 APRIL 2010                        Paris (D)
The Paris of Baron Haussman retains a vast number of landmarks with the edgy excitement, and all of the charm that mesmerised
the raw antipodeans of nearly a century ago. Check in to your accommodation and drink in the atmosphere at your own leisure. The
military minded may care to take in Napoleon’s tomb and visit the Musee de l’Armee in an adjoining wing of the Hotel des Invalides.

The day draws to a close with a welcoming dinner in a local restaurant where you will meet with your tour guide, Kieran McCarthy and
share your aspirations, family anecdotes and interests for your western front pilgrimage. Dinner at the Pasco Restaurant overnight in
Paris.

2ND DAY                     23 APRIL                           Paris to Amiens (BD)
To the front! After breakfast we board our coach and head for the battlefields where Australians made their stand against the final
German onslaughts in 1918 and began their march to victory. From the Australian National Memorial we will see the country across
which Pompey Elliott’s and William Glasgow’s men retook the village of Villers-Bretonneux; we will see the heights above the Somme
Valley where the Australian 3rd Division executed their campaigns of “peaceful penetration” and where the Diggers brought down the
Red Baron. We will walk the battlefield across which Monash took Le Hamel in 93 minutes.

After lunch in Corbie we will visit the Victoria School in Villers-Bretonneux and the woods south of the town where Sadlier won his VC.
Heading into Amiens we will visit the Adelaide Cemetery, from where Australia’s unknown soldier was exhumed in 1993. Dinner and
overnight in Amiens.

3RD DAY                     24 APRIL                           Amiens (B)
Today will see us traverse country familiar to popular memory by way of Geoffrey Malins’s famous newsreel “The Battle of the
Somme”. We visit places forever associated with sacrifice of men from the Empire’s far flung corners – Beaumont Hamel, Thiepval,
Ulster Tower, La Boiselle and Lochnagar Crater.

We move onto the field of 23,000 Australian casualties; Pozieres, Mouquet Farm, the Windmill, the First Division Memorial – a deeply
affecting experience. Bert Jacka should have won his second VC here - in Bean’s words “the most dramatic and effective act of indi-
vidual audacity in the history of the AIF”. Overnight in Amiens.

4TH DAY                      25 APRIL (ANZAC DAY)                Amiens (BL)
After an early breakfast we shall depart for the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux for the Dawn Service, the high
point of our tour. After the Dawn Service we traverse the country where the AIF reached its full potential as a fighting force under the
inspired generalship of Monash.

We will cover the country where the 2nd Divison’s assault on Mont St Quentin earned the tribute from British General Rawlinson of
“the finest feat of the war”. Three Victoria Crosses were won at or near Mont St Quentin and we will walk in the footsteps of these
men. We will proceed then to Montbrehain – the scene of Australia’s last infantry battle of the war – where men so close to the war’s
end laid down their lives.

5TH DAY                       26 APRIL                         Amiens to Ypres (BL)
After breakfast we board the coach to head north to Ieper (Ypres or “Wipers” to the diggers) in Belgium to recall there the mud and
carnage we associate with the First World War. En route we will visit Bullecourt - “The Blood Tub” - and, time permitting, the striking
Canadian National Memorial at Vimy Ridge. In Ieper we will spend the afternoon taking in the environs of an ancient town that was
painstakingly rebuilt after the war.

We can take the opportunity to take in the outstanding “In Flanders Fields Museum” located in the Cloth Hall. We will visit one of the
most picturesque cemeteries on the western front, the Ypres Ramparts Cemetery and witness the Last Post ceremony at the Menin
Gate. Overnight in Ieper.

6TH DAY                     27 APRIL                             Ypres (B)
After breakfast we travel a short distance west to Fromelles, where 5,533 of the country’s best young men fell in one night – arguably
the bloodiest 24 hours in Australian history. We will visit VC Corner Australian Cemetery which stands in the middle of the battlefield.
Not far from there is the moving “Cobbers Memorial”.

We will return to Ieper for lunch where people have the option of having an afternoon at leisure or journeying out to Messines Ridge.
There we will visit the New Zealand Memorial in the town itself, the Ireland Peace Park and the country across which the Australians
made important gains in June 1917, but at a terrible cost. Overnight in Ieper.

7TH DAY                     28 APRIL                          Ypres to Paris (BLD)
After breakfast we travel along the Menin Road towards Polygon Wood, now a green cathedral in the centre of which stands the
Australian 5th Division Memorial. Our travels towards Passch endaele take us to the largest cemetery on the Western Front, Tyne
Cot. We will view the Passchendaele battlefield and, time permitting one of the better local museums that commemorate the momen-
tous events in 1917.

We will visit Essex Farm Cemetery where the immortal poem “In Flanders Fields” was written. We end our first leg of the tour and
drive to Paris. Your evening is yours to unwind and enjoy the ambience.

8TH DAY                    29 APRIL                              Paris
Tour service concludes after breakfast.

* Ask us about our extension tour to Normandy.
                                                               Anzac Day Tour 2010
                                                                                22 to 29 April
      To secure your booking, please forward this registration form together with your deposit of $300 per person to:
                 FRANCE @ LEISURE - Level 1 Wickham House - 155 Wickham Terrace – Brisbane QLD 4000
                                   or fax your credit card payment to: (07) 3220 0630.

1. Title:                   First name:                                                        Surname:
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TRAVEL INSURANCE - do you require travel insurance? (Strongly recommended by France at Leisure):
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   Booking Conditions: Price is per person based on Twin-share accommodation in standard rooms. Price is subject to availability at the time of booking and may vary due to
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prior to departure from Australia. All prices quoted for transportation and land arrangements are based on current exchange rates with the Euro, and accordingly are subject to
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Cancellation conditions: Any cancellation by the client must be given in writing to France @ Leisure. Cancellation and administration fees by service providers will be applicable
as follows: Cancellations received between 90 and 20 days prior to the tour date = 50% of the total amount paid. Cancellations received less than 20 days prior to the tour date
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                                         FRANCE @ LEISURE - Level 1, Wickham House - 155 Wickham Terrace – Brisbane QLD 4000
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