About our Commonwealth Tours

On this tour we attend the Anzac Day dawn Service at the Australian Memorial to their missing in Villers Bretonneux.

On this five day tour we stay the first two nights at our preferred hotel in Ypres, the 4 star Ariane.

On the final 2 nights we stay at our preferred hotel in Cambrai, the 3 star Beatus.

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07

May

2018

J09 – Monte Cassino – May

5 day tour | Full

This Bespoke army tour concentrates on the battlefields around Monte Cassino in Italy.

29

Jun

2018

J17 – Somme 102nd – June

5 day tour | 7 Places

We usually base ourselves at the 3 star hotel Beatus in Cambrai, France. As well as following the actions of relatives our visits may include; Beaumont Hamel, Lochnagar Crater, Hawthorn Ridge Crater, Villers Bretonneux, Poziers and Mouquet Farm and Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.

03

Jul

2018

J18 – Le Hamel 100th & Villers Bretonneaux – Jul

4 day tour | 7 Places

This 4 day tour covers the area of the Somme battlefields in France, concentrating in part on the centenary where Australian and American troops dug in together during the Battle of Hamel. The Battle of Hamel (4 July 1918) was a successful attack by Australian Army and US Army infantry, supported by British tanks, against German positions in and around the town of Le Hamel, in northern France.  Also visiting Villers Bretonneaux, the main memorial to Australian military personnel killed on the Western Front during World War I.

On this tour we attend the Anzac Day dawn Service at the Australian Memorial to their missing in Villers Bretonneux.

On this five day tour we stay the first two nights at our preferred hotel in Ypres, the 4 star Ariane.

On the final 2 nights we stay at our preferred hotel in Cambrai, the 3 star Beatus.

Whilst this tour, like all of our tours, is individually designed according to the relatives we are following, we will attend some of the following;

Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery and visitor centre. This cemetery contains the graves of just under 10,000 allied soldiers.

Poperinge. This was the main arrival and departure point for soldiers who served in the Ypres Salient. Here we visit the condemned cells where allied soldiers were held prior to their execution - some 17 soldiers "shot at dawn" are buried in the British Military cemetery in "Pop". We also visit Talbot House, opened in 1915, and view the museum which covers life behind the front lines.

Tyne Cot British Cemetery. This is the largest Commonwealth Cemetery in the world where nearly 12,000 men are buried and nearly 35,000 of the British Missing are commemorated.

Passchendaele Museum. Here we experience life underground in a reconstructed bunker and visit preserved trenches.

Essex Farm was at the site where John McCrae, a Canadian Doctor, penned the immortal poem "In Flanders Fields".

Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing. Nearly 55,000 Commonwealth soldiers are commemorated here and we attend the moving Last Post ceremony.

Beaumont Hamel. Here we visit preserved trenches and follow the exploits of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment on the 1st of July, 1916. Of over 800 men who attacked in the second wave, only 69 answered roll call the following morning.

Lochnagar Crater. This was one of several mines exploded by the British at 0728 hours on the 1st of July, 1916.

Hawthorn Ridge Crater. This mine was exploded 10 minutes before the attack on the 1st of July at 0720 hours. Here we also visit the sunken Road where many of the Lancashires attacked from on the 1st of July.

Poziers and Mouquet Farm. These were attacked by 3 Australian Divisions. In 45 days during 19 attacks, some 23,000 became casualties.

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. Over 72,000 names are recorded on this, the largest British War Monument in the world, including 833 South Africans. At the visitor centre we gain an overview of the 1916 battle of the Somme.

The tour price is based on the sharing of twin rooms with private facilities. For a single room there is a supplement of £30.00 per night. This is a direct charge to us by the hotel and is beyond our control. Payments for battlefield Journeys may be made by Cheque, electronic transfer, card payment online via Paypal or by Sterling Bank Draft payable to BBJ Journeys (trust) account.

Three day Tour: £ 985

Four day Tour: £ 1,205

Five day Tour: £ 1,425