The ANZAC Trail

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                      The ANZAC Trail
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                      The ANZAC Trail
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                      The ANZAC Trail

The Concept

Lift Australia’s WWI history out of books and bring it to dramatic life with this tour of the leading battle sites of the ANZACs. This 15-day tour begins in London, with a visit to the moving Imperial War Museum. From here students travel to the Flanders area in Belgium, where the last post is played every dusk at the Menin Gate. The tour then moves onto Fromelles and the Somme in France. From Paris students fly to Istanbul, then onto the most infamous battle site of all, Gallipoli.

Secondary school history students will experience WWI and ancient history. They will have the opportunity to compare Christian and Islamic culture, and understand the geographic and cultural circumstances war was fought in, including logistical challenges. Students will be able to understand and compare resulting battle strategies of different sites. Schools can consider allowing parents and siblings to join the tour.

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1 AUSTRALIA – LONDON

Check in for your flight from Australia to London.

DAY 2 LONDON (D)

On arrival in London, transfer to your hotel. Use your 1 Day Travelcard to visit the Imperial War Museum (entrance is free). After exploring the museum for the afternoon, return to your hotel by Tube. Dinner will be provided at the hotel. After dinner, meet your guide outside Aldgate Station for a Jack the Ripper Tour.

DAY 3 LONDON (B, D)

After breakfast, your local guide will meet you at your hotel and take you on a full day guided coach tour of London. As part of the tour you will visit the Tower of London (entrance included). Dinner will be at your hotel this evening.

DAY 4 LONDON (B, D)

Following breakfast at your hotel, your local guide will meet you and take you to visit Westminster Abbey (entrance included). Travel will be by Tube and is at your own expense today. Enjoy a free afternoon at your teachers’ discretion. Dinner is included at your hotel.

DAY 5 LONDON – LILLE - YPRES (B, D)

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and travel to St Pancras Station for your departure to Lille, on the Eurostar. Travel on from Lille to Ypres. On arrival in Belgium, begin your visits to the Battlefields (no guide included). Sites could include Tyne Cot Cemetery at Passchendaele, German Cemetery at Langemark Hill 62 and Bertangles to see General Monash’s Headquarters. Visit the In Flanders Fields Museum. This evening, visit Menin Gate for the daily playing of the Last Post. Dinner at your hotel.

DAY 6 YPRES – AMIENS (B,D)

Check out after breakfast at your hotel. Depart Ypres and travel to Fromelles. Visit the Fromelles Museum, which is adjacent to the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery. Here you will learn the story of Australia’s disastrous involvement in its first battle in France in 1916. Continue to Amiens. Dinner included this evening.

DAY 7 WW1 BATTLEFIELDS (B, D)

After breakfast at your hotel, depart for Albert. Meet your guide for a full day guided coach tour of the Somme battlefields. Visit the Historial de la Grande Guerre (museum) in Péronne. Visit the Somme Battlefields including Serre Rd Cemetery No.2 and the Somme 1916 Museum in Albert. This afternoon, enjoy independent sightseeing in Amiens including the Notre Dame Cathedral. Dinner at your hotel.

DAY 8 AMIENS - PARIS (B, D)

Check out after breakfast and board your coach to travel to Paris. Stop along the way to visit the Franco-Australian Museum in Villers-Bretonneux. You will be issued with a 2 Day Paris Visite Card for zones 1-3. In Paris use your Visite Card to make your way to the Dome des Invalides by Metro. Dinner is at your hostel this evening.

DAY 9 PARIS (B, D)

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a free morning for sightseeing at your teachers’ discretion. This afternoon you will be taken by coach on a city tour with a focus on the French Revolution. This evening, visit the relighting of the eternal flame at the Arc de Triomphe. Dinner will be at your hostel.

DAY 10 PARIS - ISTANBUL (B, D)

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. On arrival in Istanbul you will meet your local tour escort who will take you to visit the Blue Mosque, St Sofia and Topkapi Palace. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant, then transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, take a cruise on the Bosphorus, followed by a visit to the Istanbul Military Museum. Dinner at your hotel.

DAY 11 ISTANBUL – GALLIPOLI (B, L, D)

After an early breakfast, board your coach to the Gallipoli Peninsula. Lunch en route is included. On arrival at Cape Helles enjoy a one hour break to explore the area. Proceed to Anzac Cove/North Beach and visit the Turkish Memorial. Continue to Canakkale and check in to your accommodation. Dinner will be at your hotel.

DAY 12 GALLIPOLI (B, L, D)

After breakfast at your hotel, return to the battlefields. You will be given a guided tour in order of battles. Sites include the Nek, Quinn’s Post, Lone Pine, Plugges Plateau and Anzac Cove. A packed lunch and two 500ml bottles of water are included for you. Finish your day on the battlefields at Anzac Cove, reflecting on the sites visited, before returning to your hotel. Dinner is at your hotel this evening.

DAY 13 GALLIPOLI – ISTANBUL (B, D)

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and return to Istanbul. This afternoon, visit the Grand Bazaar. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.

DAYS 14 & 15 ISTANBUL – AUSTRALIA (B)

Check out after breakfast. Transfer to Istanbul Airport for your return flight, arriving the next day in Australia (subject to airline schedules).

Inclusions
  • Return economy airfares including pre-paid airport/airline taxes and levies
  • One way economy airfare Paris– Istanbul
  • 7 nights’ accommodation at 3 star hotels in London, Istanbul and Canakkale with breakfast and dinner
  • 3 night’s accommodation at 2 star hotels in Ypres and Amiens area with breakfast and dinner
  • 2 night’s hostel accommodation in Paris with breakfast and dinner
  • 1 x 500 ml water and 3 lunches in Turkey
  • 5 Day English speaking tour escort in Turkey
  • Public transport tickets in London (1 Day) and Paris (2 days)
  • Airport/train station transfers in London, Paris and Istanbul
  • Private coach on days 5-8 and 11-13
  • Guided tours by private coach: London, Somme Battlefields (full day), “French Revolution” in Paris, Istanbul
  • Guided tours: “Jack the Ripper”, Westminster Abbey, Gallipoli
  • Entrances to the Westminster Abbey, In Flanders museum, Historial de la Grande Guerre museum, 1916 museum, Franco-Australian museum, Dome des Invalides, Military Museum, Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace Bosphorus Cruise