The Australian Battlefields of WWI – Turkey, France and Belgium Tours & Travel | Sep 2021

13 Days
Category:
  • Anzac-memorial-Turkey
  • View-of-escarpment-Galipoli-Turkey
  • Hand-knotted-rugs-in-Turkey
  • Harbourside-boats-Turkey
  • Trojan-horse-Canakkale-Turkey
  • Turkish pizza and salad
  • Turkish-bread-vendor
  • Handmade-wares-in-market-Turkey
  • Australian-WWI-cemetery-Villers-Bretonneux-Somme
  • Embankment-at-Amiens-France

Blue Dot Travel is proud to present a once-in-a-lifetime tour, taking in Gallipoli and the iconic battlefields of The Western Front in France and Belgium. It also features liberal sightseeing in Istanbul and historical townships along the way. Joining the tour as expert commentator is Major General Paul Irving (retired). Paul has a deep interest in military history having commanded both the 8th Brigade (which fought in the Battle of Fromelles) and the 2nd Division that fought at Gallipoli and the Western Front. He has visited the battlefield sites at Gallipoli and the Western Front on a number of occasions. Paul will help you explore the rich history of the Australian Digger’s 
involvement in the Great War or “the war to end all wars”, where the
 Anzac legend was born. With him, you will visit the places which helped 
form our nation’s heritage, including major sites on the Gallipoli
 Peninsula in Turkey and at Fromelles in France, where the Australians suffered what is still today, the darkest day in our military history. We’ll also visit Peronne, Hamel, Pozieres and Mont St Quentin – considered by many as Australia’s greatest battle victory.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Visit the places that are etched in Australia’s WWI history
  2. A mix of military history – with some additional cultural travel experiences
  3. Istanbul – one of the great cities of the world, where East meets West
  4. The landing site of ANZAC Cove – a spiritual place for all Australians
  5. The Somme and Flanders regions with its museums, memorials, villages and towns
DEPARTURE DATE
1 Sep 2021
DURATION 13 days
TOUR COST $9,490
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
$1,280 Additional
INCLUDED
Economy international airfares ex Syd/Mel
Internal flights as per itinerary
All transportation as per itinerary
Twin-share accommodation
Transfers to and from hotels as per itinerary
Meals as listed on the itinerary
Entry fees to places of interest as per itinerary
All tipping including drivers and guides
Experienced English speaking local tour guide
Escorted by an Australian host (subject to minimum number of 10 clients)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    • Tours depart with a minimum of 4 clients
    • No more than 16 clients on any trip
    • Land only packages available
    • Tour extensions – before or after tour extensions can be arranged on your behalf
    • Business or premium economy flights can be arranged at an additional cost if available
    • To book and reserve your place on a tour, a deposit of $250 and a completed booking form is required

The Hashemite Kingdome of Jordan is a small, landlocked nation with the exception of a tiny section of The Red Sea. It is mainly desert with around half of the country’s population living in the capital, Amman. Most of the population are of Bedouin origin. Arabic is the official language but English is widely spoken. Ancient Semitic settlements – more than 4,000 years old - have been identified by archaeologists around the Jordan River. Since that time, all the major powers of the region invaded at some stage, and the resulting culture is evidence. Originally siding with its Arab neighbours, Jordan now sits relatively peacefully alongside Israel after signing a treaty in 1994. Wadi Rum and Petra are her two best-known attractions but the country offers far more than this. 

Oman is an independent sultanate on the Arabian peninsular. Covering a strategic location on the Arabian Sea, Oman was coveted by the great powers which came and went. In the late 1400s, the Portuguese occupied much of the territory including the capital, Muscat. Almost 100 years later, The Ottomans drove them out and occupied the region for some 100 years. The Persians also came and went briefly. Since 1741, it has been self-governing. The country occupies just over 300,000 square km and has a population of over 4 million, with the overwhelming majority being of the Islamic faith. Oman is famous for breeding its Arabian horses. It is not widely travelled to by Westerners. Muscat, Oman’s port capital, sits on the Gulf of Oman surrounded by mountains and desert. With a history dating back to antiquity, it mixes high-rises and upscale shopping malls with clifftop landmarks such as the 16th-century Portuguese forts, Al Jalali and Mirani, looming over Muscat Harbour. Its modern, marble-clad Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, with 50m dome and prodigious Persian carpet, can accommodate 20,000 people. Blue Dot Travel’s Jordan and Oman tour, is a wonderful way to experience these exotic Middle Eastern destinations. 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

    1. Visit the places that are etched in Australia’s WWI history
    2. A mix of military history – with some additional cultural travel experiences
    3. Istanbul – one of the great cities of the world, where East meets West
    4. The landing site of ANZAC Cove – a spiritual place for all Australians
    5. The Somme and Flanders regions with its museums, memorials, villages and towns

Next Steps

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