ANZAC Day Tour 2014

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Spirit of Remembrance Day Tour to the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux 25 April 2014. Also visits to Pozieres, Bullecourt and Fromelles.

Text of ANZAC Day Tour 2014

  • DAY TOUR EX LONDON 2014 ANZAC DAYCEREMONY VILLERS-BRETONNEUX:

    8.00pm Depart London (24 April 2014) inluxury coach for trip to Dover and crossingto Calais by P&O Ferries

    Coach arrives at Villers Bretonneux Memorial

    Villers Bretonneux Memorial Service. We willlay a wreath to pay our respects

    Optional visit to see Victoria MemorialSchool from outside

    Breakfast in Albert area

    Pozieres Windmill Memorial

    Bullecourt

    3 course meal in Arras

    Fromelles: Pheasant Wood Cemetery& Cobbers Memorial

    Depart for Calais for P&O Ferry Crossingrather than Eurotunnel

    8.30pm Arrive London (25th April 2014)

    ITINERARY

    Date: Friday, 25 April 2013. 30 am:site opens 5.15 am

    3.30 am: site opens

    5.15 am: latest time by which public are advisedto arrive.

    5.30 am: Dawn Service commences.

    Venue: The Australian National Memorial,Villers-Bretonneux

    Note: Due to the installation of technicalequipment for the Dawn Service, for safetyreasons the central tower of the AustralianNational Memorial will not be open to the publicin the lead up to Anzac Day nor on the day itself.

    DETAILS OF CEREMONY

    Whilst the Dawn Service at Gallipoli is famous the world over with both Australians and New Zealanders as the most revered of theoverseas Anzac Day ceremonies, the ceremony at Villers-Bretonneux, first initiated in 1998 has rapidly gained ground as theceremony to attend if you are in Europe or the UK. On 25 April 2014, it is the anniversary of the Second battle of Villers-Bretonneux.Join us for this very sacred event.

    In 2014 we are operating a SPECIAL RETURN DAY TOUR from London to Villers-Bretonneux in France for the Australian AnzacDay Ceremony. Villers-Bretonneux is famous as the area where the Germans nearly broke through the Allied defences during thegreat German spring offensive of 1918. The German High Command worked out that if they captured Amiens, the major city ofthe Somme then push quickly to the coast they would split the Allied Forces in half and win the war or at least sue for peace ontheir terms. Their first major offensive had actually reached to within ten miles of Amiens, before being stopped in the first battleof Villers-Bretonneux. "Brigadier General Grogan VC, who saw the attack on Villers-Bretonneux, described the successful counterattack by night at short notice across unknown and difficult ground as "perhaps the greatest individual feat of the war". TheAllied Supreme Commander, Marshal Foch, referred to the "altogether astonishingvaliance" (valour) of the Australians.

    THE ANZACD A Y S E R V I C EVillers-Bretonneux Dawn ANZAC Day Service

    Ex: London (ask about Paris departures) Dates 24 25 April 2014

    225per person

    For enquiries or booking please contact:

    tours@spiritofremembrance.comor call 01634 233785

    INCLUDES

    Services of an EXPERT *highly qualifiedBattlefield Guide & Historian (*Guild of BattlefieldGuides) for duration of tour with specificknowledge on Australian battles in France& Belgium in WW1

    The tour uses the same luxury coach throughoutthe tour with the services of TWO experiencedcoach drivers

    Luxury Coach Travel London London return All meals as specified: (Breakfast (Albert) and3 course lunch (Arras)

    P&O Ferries transfer Dover Calais Dover

    COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE

    Meals and snacks as not included as above Museum fees (if applicable) unless specifiedas above

    Items of a personal nature Drinks

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    NO child rate applies & infants cannot betaken on this tour

    Please CONTACT US to book or if you requiremore information regarding this tour to thismoving and wonderful ceremony. Space isstrictly limited on the tour and at theceremony. If you require a more leisurelytour to take in the Villers Bretonneux AnzacDay ceremony we can arrange a multiday/night PERSONALISED TOUR for you oryour party to attend either from Paris orfrom London.