The first day you will stand in Fromelles, visit the museum and the Pheasant Wood cemetery, go to VC Corner Cemetery and the Australian Memorial Park. You will see one of the mine craters of Messines, Hill 60, Polygoon Wood and Tyne Cot Cy. in Passendale. That night you will attend the Last Post at the Menin Gate in Ypres.
The second day will put the focus on the Somme, Villers Bretonneux Adelaide Cy, the Memorial, Le Hamel where General Monash will use new tactics and Pozières and its Windmill and Moo Cow Farm. You will end the day at Bullecourt in the museum and the Australian Memorial Park.
Leaving your hotel in Lille or Arras at 09h00 towards Fromelles seeing the Pheasant Wood Cemetery where the 250 Australian soldiers found in a mass grave are now buried. You will stand on the Front line where Australian troops launched their assault on 19 July 1916, on the same spot is the satue of the « Cobbers » it is commemorating Simon Fraser and his men who brought to safety 250 wounded soldiers laying in no man’s land. I will bring you to VC Corner Cemetery the only exclusive Australian cemetery in France.
Now driving towards Armentières, sometimes called « the nursery » and Ploegsteert where the 5 Australian Divisions were in the winter 1917-1918.
Going trough Messines to Hill 60 standing near the Caterpillar crater and the memorial to the 1st Australian Tunneling Cie. The next stop is at Polygoon Wood seeing the memorial to the 5th Australian Division and the cemetery housing the dawn service on ANZAC Day. In Passendale you will stand in Tyne Cot Military Cemetery, the CWGC’s largest cemetery in Europe, 11 000 graves and a memorial bearing the names of 35 000 soldiers who have no known grave. The German « Students Cemetery » in Langemark is the next visited place before heading to Ypres where you will have some free time to see the Cloth Hall and the square before attending the Last Post at the Menin Gate. After the service, at 20h15 I will bring you back to your hotel.
Leaving your hotel at 09h00 towards Villers Bretonneux visiting the Victoria School and its museum, Adelaide Cemetery where the Australian Unknown Soldier was exhumed and the Australian Memorial Park where Dawn service happens on ANZAC Day. You can climb in the tower to have a stunning view on the battlefield. At the bottom is the Memorial, it is remebering 11 000 Australian soldiers killed in the Somme who have no known grave. Heading to Le Hamel to see the Memorial to the Australian Imperial Forces on the battlefield where General John Monash led the battle.
In Ovillers you will stand near the Lochnagar Crater, that mine was triggered on 1st July 1916. In Pozieres you will stand near Moo Cow Farm, the Windmill and its new Memorial Park near the memorial to the tanks. You will end the day in Bullecourt visiting the museum created by Jean and Denise Letaille in a barn of their farm, seeing the Slouch Hat Memorial and the statue of the Digger in the park.
Driving towards your hotel.