Every Monday or Thursday.
The 3 Day Australian Tour combines our three Day Tours to follow in the footsteps of our Diggers across France and Belgium. The costly learning period of 1916 through to 1917, when the Australians made all take notice, ending with the charge to end the war in 1918.
All tours run from the old town of Arras. We can recommend or organize accommodation in 3+ star hotels or guest houses our clients have happily stayed at. Pick-up/drop- off is at your accommodation in Arras or at Arras Train Station.
The 3 Day Australian Tour runs twice a week, Monday-Wednesday or Thursday-Saturday.
DAY 1 – OUT IN THE SOMME
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 – Bullecort-1918 Victories
Depart from Arras at around 9.00 am.
Visit to the Australian 2nd Division Memorial at Mont-St Quentin.
Visit to the Peronne Communal Cemetery.
Visit to the Historial de la Grande Guerre in Peronne.
Lunch in the town centre of Peronne.
Visit to the Australian 4th Division Memorial close to Bellinglise. (weather permitting)
Drive through Bellinglise.
Visit to the Riqueval Bridge.
Visit to the St. Quentin Canal tunnel entrance at Riqueval.
Drive through Bellicourt.
Visit to the American Memorial outside Bellicourt. (if time permits)
Visit to the American Cemetery at Bony.
Return to Arras for the 6.00 pm conclusion of Tour.
DAY 3 – Fromelles-Ypres
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.