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Back-Roads - Battlefield Tours

The rolling green fields of northern France, peaceful now under cloud-strewn skies, have a bloody past. They saw battlefronts drawn, landscapes torn up and countless lives lost in the first half of the twentieth century, as the First and Second World Wars raged across Europe. Battlefield tours of the Western Front and Normandy with Back-Roads take you on a moving journey of recognition, remembrance and respect as you visit these sites of global significance.

 

For over twenty years, Back-Roads has been offering expert-led battlefield tours that present two key opportunities: the chance to learn more about the tumultuous events, strategies and stories of WW1 and WW2, and the ability to pay your respects to the fallen.


Anzacs on the Western Front

5 days from $1614*

*per person share twin

Lille | Ypres | Bretonneux

From the trenches at Ypres to monuments marking The Somme, our ANZAC tours map Australian and New Zealand troops’ movements in WWI. Please note, the tour runs on selected dates throughout the season.

 

Highlights:

  • Tailor the tour if you wish to visit relatives’ graves
  • Visit to Wellington Tunnels
  • Hear the Last Post played at Ypres

Tour Inclusions:

4 nights in boutique accommodation, A knowledgeable Back-Roads Driver/Tour Leader, Premium mini-coach transportation, European breakfast daily (B), 3 evening meals (D), Entrance included to: Hooge Crater Trenches, Hooge Crater Trenches & Museum<, Wellington Tunnels, Victoria School Museum


 

WW1 Battlefields

5 days from $1329*

*per person share twin

The Somme | Vimy Ridge | Ypres

This introductory tour allows visitors to see the major areas of British and Commonwealth involvement across the Western Front. Most importantly, the tour offers flexibility to ensure that visitors from all countries will see the memorials to their country’s fallen, as well as gaining a greater understanding of the overall conduct and strategy of the war.

 

Highlights:

  • Take time to pay your respects at relatives’ graves
  • Tour Vimy Ridge trenches and tunnels
  • Hear the Last Post at Ypres

Tour Inclusions:

4 nights in boutique accommodation, Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader/Driver, Premium mini-coach transportation, Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 2 evening meals (D), Entrance included to: Ulster Tower Memorial & Visitor Centre, Canadian Memorial Park, Newfoundland Park, Memorial to the Missing, Victoria School & Adelaide Cemetery, John McCrae's Dressing Station at Essex Farm, German Cemetery at Langemarck, Vancouver Corner, Commonwealth Cemetery, Last Post Ceremony, Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, V.C. Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial


 

D-Day Battles for France

5 days from $2469*

*per person share twin

Normandy Beaches, Bayeux, London

Trace the events that left a mark on the 20th century – and on France’s northerly fringes. And see the places you’ve read about in history books, setting the scene for an unforgettable experience.

Highlights:

  • Stand at lesser-known military locations of Normandy’s military history
  • Explore Pegasus Bridge and discover the impressive history behind this location
  • See history told through needlework and visit the remarkable Bayeux Tapestry

Tour Inclusions:

2 nights in boutique accommodation, 2 nights on an overnight ferry, Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader/Driver, Premium mini-coach transportation, Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 2 evening meals (D), Entrance included to: Pegasus Bridge Museum, Juno Beach Museum, Utah Beach Museum, the Bayeux Memorial Museum and Tapestry, Bovington Tank Museum, D-Day Museum & Southwick House

 

 

 

Prices shown based on low season travel - details on request

Travel Dates

Specific travel dates apply

*per person share twin

5 Days From

$1,329*

Includes

  • Boutique accommodation
  • A knowledgeable Back-Roads Driver/Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily and meals as specified
  • Entrance to attractions as specified

Bonus

Price includes 5% saving - book and pay by 15 January 2018

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