Travel agents with clients wanting to travel to northern France to pay their respects at the Battlefields of the Western Front can offer two new itineraries from APT.
The new itineraries both feature in the award winning luxury travel operator’s Europe 2017 Pre Release brochure.
Both have been specially designed by APT to commemorate the centenary of Western Front battles in WW1. Following in the footsteps of the Australian forces, guests will visit some of the most significant WW1 Battlefields including Vimy Ridge and Fromelles.
APT’s 20-Day Western Front ANZAC Dawn Service combines a seven night Rhône river cruise with a seven night Seine river cruise, as well as a five night land journey through France and Belgium. Guests also participate in the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Villiers-Bretonneux, marking the 99th anniversary of the Second Battle at the site. Twelve hundred soldiers were killed recapturing the town in 1918. Although it came as a loss, this was one of the greatest WW1 victories for the diggers.
As well as including the WW1 historical sites, the journey also explores the culture and cuisine of the region. Guests will enjoy highlights including a cocktail reception at Grignan Castle, a gourmet dinner at L’Abbaye de Collonges, the chance to explore Claude Monet’s house in Giverny and a night out and dinner at the famous Parisian cabaret, Moulin Rouge.
This all inclusive tour is priced from $12,445 per person twin share and departs 13 April 2017.
On APT’s 22-Day Battlefields of France tour guests enjoy an in-depth six night land journey through Northern France, a night in Belgium and a 14 night luxury Magnificent Europe river cruise.
The tour commences in Paris, travelling to Bayeux to visit the largest WW1 cemetery of Commonwealth soldiers in France. It also explores the coastal town of Arromanches to see the remains of Mulberry Harbour, and visits Omaha Beach which witnessed the most casualties of the World War Two D-Day landings, and the poignant Normandy American Cemetery.
Amiens, Villers-Bretonneaux and Ypres also feature. Touring some of the most significant battlefields of WW1, guests pay their respects at Vimy Ridge and then Fromelles – the site of the failed ‘sideshow’ resulting in more than 5,000 Australian casualties in a single night.
Additional highlights include APT’s three exclusive Royal Invitations: a private cocktail reception and musical soiree at Vienna’s City Palace; a journey aboard the Majestic Imperator train; and the chance to explore Namedy Castle and its stunning grounds.
Priced from $12,590 per person, twin share there are four departures of this tour in 2017.
APT Executive General Manager Debra Fox said, “These tours are poignant and offer our guests the opportunity to see for themselves the place where our ANZAC soldiers fought so valiantly. As well as being of historical interest, we’ve created journeys that also celebrate the regional highlights of culture, food, fine wine and stunning architecture.”