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NORMANDY AND SOMME  BATTLEFIELDS,   "Battlefields of the Northern and Western Front"  Available all year except Anzac weekend.

5 nights in Normandy and Arras.                                                                                                            

 

This unique tour combines Normandy's landing beaches, Bayeux with the most important sites on the Somme. Including a tour to the fabled Bayeux tapestry, Ypres and the Menin Gate Ceremony. Your accommodation is first at the gorgeous Chateau de Sully near Bayeux, then in the beautiful town of Arras. We have constructed a package to allow you to see as much as possible in 5 days of the main areas relevant specifically to Australian visitors.


The tours are conducted by an experienced professional Australian guide who understands and delivers what Australian visitors wish to see.   Available from April to November, except ANZAC Weekend.

 

 

 

 

DAY 1:     Depart Paris Gare St. Lazare at 7.07am, you private car and driver will be waiting for you at Caen station, arrival around 8.55am. First stop will be the memorial at Caen for a visit and orientation. Next stop is the town of Bayeux famous for its amazing tapestry. Listed as a “Memory of the World” by UNESCO, the Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidery of 70 metres, made in the 11th century. The tapestry celebrates the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy, the linen canvas was probably embroidered by monks in the south of England after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. You will also have some time to visit the old town of Bayeux and the cathedral. Lunch in Bayeux (own). After a visit to the town drive the short distance to the beautiful Chateau hotel Sully and overnight. Dinner included.

DAY 2:     Spend the day driving along the landing beaches. Re-live today the principal events and battles that made up the Battle of Normandy with a personal private tour of the sites that interest you. Follow, more than 60 years later, the same roads taken by the Allied armies in the summer of 1944. Our guide, passionate about the history and the region of Normandy, will take you to the landing beaches themselves, the inland battlefields, the cemeteries of all three principal armies, the museums and explain the stories and history behind each. “Bloody Omaha”, the Pointe du Hoc, Pegasus Bridge, the American cemetery at Colleville, the Norman Hedgerow countryside that gave the Allied armies so much trouble, the church steeple at Sainte Mere Eglise where John Steele got caught up, the massive artificial harbour at Arromanches, are just a few of the places to visit. Relive the film “The Longest Day” or the series “Band of Brothers” and follow the battles of the 101st airborne division, the famous “Screaming Eagles”. These emotional visits to the places where history was made will be something that you will never forget from your time here in Normandy. Overnight Chateau Hotel Sully with dinner.

DAY 3:     After breakfast you will depart for a direct transfer to Arras.   The rest of the day and evening is free in Arras.   Overnight La Corne d’Or in Arras

DAY 4:      Your tour today will be to Fromelles and Ypres. We leave the beauty of Arras and travel directly to the tragedy of Fromelles, the scene of such a huge Australian tragedy that history tried to forget that it ever happened.  Today you will also visit Vimy Ridge Canadian Memorial Park, Pheasant Wood Cemetery with the Cobber Memorial, Fromelles Museum, Hill 60, Polygone Wood Australian 5th Division Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery (Passendaele) and visitor centre, Essex Farm cemetery and finally Ypres, where you will experience by the awesome Menin Gate the solemn “Last Post” ceremony conducted there each day at 8pm.  Return to Arras around 10pm.

DAY 5:      Today's  tour will be to some  of some of the most important sites of the Somme: Bullecourt Digger, battlefield landscape lecture, Bullecourt Museum, Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, Australian Corps Memorial, Le Hamel, Lochnager Crater, Pozieres 1st Australian Division Memorial, Gibraltar Bunker, Windmill site, Thiepval Memorial to the missing and Newfoundland Memorial Park where you will see the remains of the trenches and battlefield.  Return to Arras. Evening free

DAY 6:     Depart after breakfast
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NORMANDY AND SOMME BATTLEFIELDS TOUR INCLUSIONS

 
• Five nights accommodation in two different hotels
• Breakfast daily
• Two 3 course dinners at Chateau Sully (drinks extra)
• 3 days tours and transfers in a minibus with a private driver/guide in the Normandy area
• 2 days tours in a share minibus with driver/guide in the Somme
• Entrance to Caen musuem
• Entrance to Bayeux tapestry
• Entrance to all museums and monuments in the Somme area as per itinerary
• Entrances to any other museum is at your own expense

 

Note:  Tours can be conducted with your own private guide for an additional cost.  Visits to special cemeteries can be arranged on request.  Please let us know if you wish to visit the burial site of a relative. Prices are approximate and could change depending on the exact room category available at the time of booking.


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For details of the hotel La Corne d'Or click here

* Prices per person in Australian Dollar                                                                           

Twin Share Approximate cost 3,206 AUD

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