Western Front Battlefield Tours

Welcome to the Western Front Battlefield

The Western Front of The Great War during the period 1916 to 1918 saw the First Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in action on the mainland of Europe in Belgium and France after their grueling initiation to battle at the Dardanelles in Turkey. Our tour takes us back into history and focuses on the Australian involvement in these battles. The legacy that these service personal left remains a major part of our ANZAC history.

Click on our Western Front tour dates (tab at the top of the page) to see our small group set departure dates and all the information you require.

The start and finish of our tour begins in Paris, France. The tour has been crafted to not only explore our Great war history but enjoy the touristy activities on the regions we travel though; in addition to this there is opportunities to explore France in detail.

Addition services we offer from our ordinary tour information is the opportunity to share with us your personal interest in the Western Front battles, and, should that interest involve the service of a relative, family friend. If you desire inform us about the interest or significance events prior to the tour and we will do our best to accommodate your especial requirements within the programme’s limits – or provide consultative advice on how your requirements may best be achieved. Our Western Front staff understand what this can mean as we too have family who served in the First AIF.

Private Group Tours

Enquire about our private group tour’s. We can host school groups, corporate groups, family groups and mates looking to tour the Western Front.

History

June 28th 1914 the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his wife Sophie are shot dead in Sarajevo. The assassinations are the work of Serbian nationalists who want to bring the empire’s Slav territory into a greater Serbia.

July 23rd 1914 Austria-Hungary’s reacts to the killings of the Archduke when it sends an ultimatum to Serbia with 48 hours to comply to its strict terms. A day later Germany declares it’s support to Austria-Hungary.

By July 25th 1914 Serbia orders its troops to mobilise while Russia, bound by treaty to Serbia, arranges for soldiers to be stationed on the Austrian frontier.

On July 28th Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.

Britain warns Germany that it cannot remain neutral in a European conflict. Germany prepares for war and sends an ultimatum to Russia demanding that military preparations are stopped within 12 hours. Britain asks France and Germany to declare their support for the ongoing neutrality of Belgium – but while France agrees, Germany does not respond.

By the 3rd of August Germany declares war on France. Britain than is compelled to give the order for its troops to mobilise. That same day Britain gives Austria-Hungary an ultimatum to stand down from hostilities.

Germany sends a message to Belgium that it will “treat her as an enemy” if the country does not allow free passage of German troops across Belgium land to fight the French.

Finally on the 4th August 1914 with Britain having failed to receive reply from Germany assuring the neutrality of Belgium, and citing a “moral obligation” to defend France and Belgium, declares war on Germany.

Being a dominion of the British Empire Prime Minister Joseph Cook and Opposition Leader Andrew Fisher, who were in the midst of an election campaign, pledged full support for Britain. If Britain was at war so to was Australia.

The outbreak of war was greeted in Australia with great enthusiasm with thousands rushing to volunteer in what was to become the first AIF.

The period 1916 to 1918 saw the First Australian Imperial Force (AIF) involved in a bitter action on the mainland of Europe after the failed Gallipoli campaign. It was here in this theatre of battle that the result of the First World War – The Great War – was decided under conditions often beyond full description and at terrible cost to those involved on the battlefields and those at home in Australia. The Australians and New Zealanders gained worldwide recognition and esteem for their contribution to victory. That legacy remains and commands our respect as we visit the sites where on, over and under those tumultuous events unfolded.

In a nation with a population of fewer than five million over 416,000 men enlisted, of whom more than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner. Lest We Forget.

Western Front Battlefield Tours

Our Western Front Tour Brief Itinerary

  1. Roissy, Arrival day and meet tour group
  2. Transit to Ypres and settle into hotel, field museum visits
  3. Ypres, historical sights and commentary
  4. Ypres,historical sights and commentary
  5. Transit to Peronne, historical sights, commentary and free time
  6. Peronne,historical sights and commentary inc. Hitler bunker
  7. Peronne, historical sights and commentary
  8. Peronne, historical sights and commentary inc. Australian memorial
  9. Peronne, explore German offensive, historical sights and commentary inc. Villers-Bretonneux
  10. Peronne, Hamel memorial, historical sights, commentary and free time
  11. Transit to Roissy, explore Hindenburg Line and last night commemoration together
  12. Roissy, tour conclusion

Day 1 Arrival location Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris)

Arrival location Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris) and transfer to Roissy. Overnight stay

Day 2 Ypres & Menin Gate

Bus pick up, transit to Ypres.

Settle in hotel, Suggest Flanders Fields Museum visit and take in the afternoon Menin Gate Ceremony.

Day 3 – Messines and Mines Experience

Today we have a full itinerary with many sights to cover so please ensure you are ready early and have any essential items with you for the day (this is the same for each day on the tour).

 

Our sights visited to include Spanbroekmolen crater, Messines Church – Freckleton VC memorial including Hitler painting. Followed by the NZ Memorial – pillboxes and view of Messines attack and the Irish Tower.

 

Neville and Frank will cover the details surrounding Prowse Point, Mud Corner, 1914 Truce plaque.

 

Historical information on Messines and a battlefield visit to the J Carroll VC site and the 48th Bn area near Huns Walk. While at Messines, the battlefield visit includes the 12 and 13th Bde attacks.

 

We will stop at the Bethlehem Farm East Cemetery as it has a 44th Bn connection.

 

Lunch stop at Hooge Crater and Museum visit and Hill 60 site visit.

Day 4 – Menin Road and Passchandaele

Another day jammed packed with sight seeing and commemoration.

Today we will visit Menin Road and Hellfire Corner.

Our Ypres battlefield visit include Glencorse Wood, Nonne Bosschen attack and the Polygon Wood attack.

Important memorials we see are the 5th Division Memorial and Zonnebeke Five.

Today has a delightful lunch at Café de Dreve followed by sightseeing at Passchendaele, battlefield visit and Tyne Cot visit.

Day 5 Langemark German cemetery visit

Today we visit the Langemark cemetery and this is one of only four First World War German cemeteries in the Flanders region.The origins of this military cemetery began with a small group of German graves in 1915. Between 1916 and 1918 the burials at Langemark were increased by order of the German military directorate in Ghent. By the conclusion of the war it contained 10,143 German war dead.

During the war the village was known by the spelling of Langemarck.

Bruges visit includes free time. Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium.

Day 6 Fromelles

Today our tour includes visits to;

Armentieres Nursery Sector

The ‘nursery’ sector around Armentieres was sometimes referred to as a relatively quiet sector on the front and units new to the Western Front were sent there, often going into the trenches in company strength, attached to the more experienced units already there. Today a memorial lays quietly in the area.

Bridoux salient

In April 1916 the 1st corps of the AIF were assigned to the British frontline in the west. The 5th Infantry Brigade was assigned to the frontline trenches of Bridoux Salient. During late April and early May the Bridoux salient was subjected to heavy enemy shelling and attacks by German infantry.

Discussions today cover the Black Anzacs and the actions they partook in the area.

Fromelles, battlefield visit to Cobbers Memorial, VC Corner.

Out in these fields on 11 November 1918 Charles Bean, Australia’s official historian of World War I, discovered the remains of the Australian dead of the Battle of Fromelles: ‘We found the old no-man’s-land simply full of our dead … west of the Laies river … the skulls and bones and torn uniforms were lying about everywhere’.

Lunch will be at Fromelles.

Pheasant Wood Cemetery contains the remains of 250 World War One Australian and British soldiers were carefully exhumed from a mass grave dug there by the Germans after the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916. The remains of these soldiers where uncovered in 2009 after an exploratory dig done in 2008.

Hitler Bunker is another site we uncovered after the WW2 pictures show Hitler returning to the area in 1940. Hilter and his regiment were stationed in Vlaanderen and French-Vlaanderen. The regiment was in Fromelles most of the time.

We may also include an trip to Merris or Poperinghe (should our group requirements call for this).

Towards the afternoon we will transit to Peronne and check in to our new hotel for the next few days.

Day 7 Pozieres Experience

Visiting Lochnagar Crater we discover it is almost 300ft (91m) in diameter and 70ft (21m) deep. Lochnagar mine was the location the tunnelling Companies of the Royal Engineers mined tunnels in separate drivages that where strategically placed under a German field fortification known as Schwabenhöhe.

Pozieres a small village in the Somme valley in France, was the scene of bitter and costly fighting for the 1st, 2nd and 4th Australian Divisions in mid 1916.We visit Pozieres Trench (battlefield visit) uncovering the 11th Bn attack.

Moving along to the 1st Division Memorial is built upon the site of “K’ Trench”. This trench was captured at Pozieres. The 1st Division choose this site due to the Division lost more soldiers in the Pozieres fighting than any other action.

The Windmill at Mouquet Farm was a 4 week battle that the 7th Brigade partook. The 16 Battalion was one unit that saw the beginning and completion of these actions suffered heavy losses. We move over this battlefield trying to imagine the terror this quant place bore witness to in 1916. We will commemorate the scene of O’Meara VC.

After our busy morning we relax and enjoy lunch at Le Tommy’s.

Thiepval Memorial is another large and amazing but somber memorial followed by a shop visit to bag a souvenir.

We will also uncover the story surrounding the Irish Tower, Beaumont Hamel – Newfoundland Memorial visit and Hebuterne, battlefield visit. – 16th Bn defense

Day 8 Winter 1916 & Bullecourt

The Battle of Delville Wood was a series of bitter engagements during 1916.The bitter cold in damp trench warfare was something we can only imagine. Both sides battled to capture small prominent towns, woods or features which offered either side tactical advantages from which to direct artillery fire or to launch further attacks. Delville Wood was one such feature, making it important to both sides.

We will next visit the A.I.F. Burial Ground is 2 Kms north of the village of Flers, in the Department of the Somme. This A.I.F. Burial Ground cementry contains 1212 known burials.

The Maze battlefield had been deluged with heavy rain and the attacks were made in atrocious wet conditions. The lines of attacking troops were hindered in their advance sucked down by the mud making it almost impossible to keep up with their creeping artillery barrage therefore after the barrage ceased they became easy targets for German machine-gunners and riflemen.  Here we will explore the 28th Battalions role in this battle.

Stormy Trench was the location of further AIF involvement and the location of the award for a VC to scene of Harry Murray. We explore this battle site in detail in the same manner as all our location assessments.

Lunch will be held in Bapaume today.

Following lunch we will visit Bullecourt Church, the Bullecourt battlefield of the 12th Brigade zone and the 4th Brigade zone.

We also discuss the stories about Albert Jacka and the scene with the German officer.

Other import sites visited today include the Australian Memorial, Noreui, Bullecourt, battlefield visit, Lagnicourt/Boursies, battlefield visit (the scene of Lt Pope VC).

Worth mentioning was the work taking place back home in Australia during August 1916 the Australian comforts fund was set up mainly run by women did there very best to try and improve the soldiers life during the bitter European winter.

Day 9 – German Offensive

Today we visit the Albert Museum in the Somme. It occupies what was originally the crypt beneath the basilica, used as aircraft shelters in the world war 2. Different rooms show what life was like in the trench warfare during the world war 1. Many displays are set up with original uniforms and equipment , while the show-cases contain quantities of weaponry and other war materials recovered after the war from the surroundings fields and old trenches.

The Dernancourt sector was held primarily defend by the 4th division AIF. We visit this site and explore the bitter fighting that took place here with 15 divisions of Germans pushing the Australian and British troops back during April 1918  with their eyes set upon capturing Amiens. The orders came for the recapture of Villers-Bretonneux bringing with night attacks resulting in the Germans loosing ground. We explore this battlefield before moving on to Morlancourt battlefield tour, where the 2nd, 3rd and 5th Australian Divisions in turn advance towards Morlancourt.

Lunch today will be at La Boisselle.

After lunch we tour the 3rd Division Memorial another moving and spectacular memorial to the Australians.

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, also widely known as the Red Baron, was a German fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service. The Red Baron shot down and killed near Amiens on 21 April 1918. We tour this site.

Sailly Laurette battlefield visit was the site where the Australians held the line against many German attacks. We follow this with detailed description of the events that took place here with Villers-Bretonneux.

It goes without saying this is one of the most spectacular and saddening memorials to the war dead at Villers-Bretonneux. We visit the Australian Memorial before moving onto the Villers-Bretonneux, battlefield tour.

The Adelaide Cemetery is our next stop. This cemetery in Villers-Bretonneux, built by troops from South Australia, contains an empty grave with the following inscription : “The remains of an unknown Australian soldier lay in this grave for 75 years. On November 2, 1993, they were exhumed and now rest in the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra”.

Next we travel to the Victoria primary school, inaugurated on ANZAC Day, 1927, was built with the pennies and shillings donated by school-children in Victoria. Ever since then, every classroom and the village’s Community Hall have all displayed a sign which reads, “N’Oublions Jamais l’Australie” – “Let Us Never Forget Australia”

Day 10 – Hamel and Amiens Experience

Our day begins with the Australian memorial at Hamel, followed by Hamel battlefield visit. The recapturing of Hamel featured tanks and for one of the first time the tanks carried forward supplies to the fast moving infantry.

We pause and commemorate the Site of Axford VC and Dalziell VC actions.

Next is the Amiens, battlefield visit including the Site of Gaby VC action. At Amiens Allied forces assembled, this included Australians and Canadians as together launched an offensive to push through the German front lines to victory. We include visiting the headstone of Gaby VC in a Cemetery visit

Site of McCarthy VC action where he rush German machine gun positions and accounted for 3 machine guns, killed in excess of 20 Germans and 50 Prisoners. We also discuss the 11th Battalions Lihons advance during 1918.

Once our battlefield tours are complete the afternoon is spent in Amiens with free time to yourself.

Day 11- Breaking the Hindenburg Line

Today we explore the 2nd Division Memorial again another reminder of the lives lost during the First World War.

Towards end of August the German troops occupied at their last stronghold at Mont St Quentin. The 2nd Australian Division crossed the Somme River and attacked Mont St Quentin at 5 am on the 1st September 5 German divisions where dispersed of and Mont St Quentin captured. We tour the battlefield of Mont St Quentin.

The Hindenburg Line was a formidable series of battles over the period of 1916, 1917 and after the spring offensive in 1918 as the allies turned the tide of the war. Australian troops involved in these actions are unearthed today as we explore the Hindenburg Outpost Line and the final attacks from the 11th and 16th Battalions.

Next stop is Le Verguier battlefield site visit and the scene of Woods VC, followed by the 4th Division Memorial before lunch.

Our last group lunch will be at Ricqueval.

After lunch we visit the Somme American Memorial and the Scene of 44th Battalions last attack.

Beaurevoir Line is the next battlefield visit the site of the Scene of 28th Battalions last attack.

Estrees, scene of Wark VC and 32nd Battalion last action.

If time permits we endeavour to visit the Maissemy German Cemetery before returning to the hotel .

Day 12 Tour concludes

Relocate to Roissy Overnight stay.

Back to Home airports (Australia) or optional extension ( Paris etc )

Cost may adjust to major fluctuations of the Australian Dollar to the Euro

Whats Included In Our Western Front Battlefield Tours

What’s Included

Escape Trekking Adventures Polo Shirt

11 nights Accommodation included-twin share basis (single share additional)

11 Breakfast included

5 Lunches included

All entry fees included

All land and marine transport included

Expert Australian guide and war historian included

Local tour guide at relevant locations

First aid trained guides

History of the Western Front campaign

Public Liability Insurance Cover (under written by Lloyds of London for 10 million)

Certificate of Completion

Transfers to and from hotel at beginning and completion of the tour

 

What’s not Included

Lunch and dinner arrangements (suggested locations each meal)

Medication & injections as recommended by your personal Doctor/The Travel Doctor

$15 postage and handling charge of your registration packs

International Flights

Personal Travel Insurance (must have)

Passport (must have more than 6 month validation on departure)

Single share supplement should you not be able to be paired up for a hotel room with the same gender

Optional Extras For Western Front Battlefield Tours

Our optional extras for our Western Front tours include single supplement for the hotel component of the tour.

Single Supplement 

If you would like to have your own privacy in the hotel this luxury comes at a price of $799 for the entire trip. You can select this option while booking your tour or after the booking is made contact our office to arrange this optional extra.

Gear Required For Your Western Front Battlefield Tour

Lightweights with rainwear are required for summer and waterproof Medium- to Heavyweights clothing for winter including gloves. A sweater is necessary all year round.

Comfortable walking shoes are a must, trekking boots whilst a little heavy can be comfortable to walk around in, but sporting/walking shoes are a good option to use as they are light, breathable and will dry quickly in the if they do get wet (these are our preferred choice of shoe for this tour).

 

Please do not turn up with thongs or sandals as your only walking attire. Thongs are not that safely suited for walking about in the tour locations as not all surfaces are even (including pavements and footpaths). Walking shoes or light boots are a better option with, perhaps, robust sandals for “after tour hours” where dress standards allow.

 

You will need very little equipment for this tour however a good small day pack to carry around loose items for each day, a small first aid kit covering basics for a small graze etc. (Quality first aid kits can be obtained through us starting from a little over $20). An emergency sewing kit can come in handy from time to time and any medications prescribed by your doctor.

Visa Information For Western Front Tours

Your passport must be valid and have at least 6 months before expiry on your entry date to France.

Extract from Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Smart-traveller information site:

“Australians seeking to enter countries that are parties to the Schengen Convention are advised that only the country you plan to visit can provide up-to-date and accurate information about its specific visa requirements. Travellers should contact the nearest High Commission, Embassy or Consulate of the countries they plan to visit well in advance of travel. Generally, Australian tourists planning to spend less than a total of 90 days within a 180 day period in the ‘Schengen area’ do not require visas for countries which are parties to the Schengen Convention.

The following countries are parties to the Schengen Convention: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. It is important to get your passport stamped when entering the Schengen area. The absence of an entry stamp from the initial Schengen port of entry could result in a fine or create difficulties during subsequent encounters with local police or other authorities throughout the Schengen area. A number of changes were approved in June 2013 to entry arrangements under the Schengen Convention. From 19 July 2013 you may be refused entry to the Schengen area if you have less than three months validity

remaining on your passport from your intended date of departure from the Schengen area. See the revised Regulations for further information.”

For full details on requirements for Australian passport holders for approval to enter on arrival please refer to the information provided by the Australian Government.

What are the fitness requirements for a Western Front Tour

This tour is graded 4 out 10 Easy grade (self assessed medical questionnaire required).This will be sent to you upon booking and you will be required to return the form completed and signed by your doctor 70 days prior to departure.

There is some sections of the tour where you will be standing or walking for a prolonged period while visiting the historical attractions.

Only a basic level of cardio is required to walk short distances over formed paths and good terrain to reach the sites and attractions.

Booking Information For Our Western Front Tours

So you have decided to choose Escape Trekking Adventures to facilitate your Western Front adventure, Great choice!

What are the processes to book, pay and complete your Western Front tour?

  1. Book online via our website selecting the tour date that you wish to join and filling out our booking form as part of the shopping cart. Alternately you can call or email us to make your booking.
  2. Pay a $700 deposit (non-refundable) in to our account either online through our secure website payment system, deposit money in to our bank account (contact us for details) or call us and make a credit card payment over the phone.
  3. Escape Trekking Adventures will send out our destination information packs containing destination information, forms (that are required to return to us), a medical questioner and a gear discount voucher.
  4. Book your flights
  5. Apply for any visas that may be applicable for your travel.
  6. Fill out our destination forms and return to us no later than 60 days prior to your adventure beginning.
  7. Pay your balance 60 days prior to your adventure beginning. (let us know if you need a little more time we are not unreasonable if you have paid for a majority of your tour already).
  8. Receive pre departure emails from us with advice and information.
  9. Your big adventure begins!

Escape Trekking Adventures Booking Terms & Conditions

Escape Trekking Adventures Terms & Conditions

(Booking Terms & conditions including cancelation policy)

Please read carefully these terms and conditions of this contract.

In completing and submitting the Booking Form, you agree to be bound by these conditions which constitute the agreement between Escape Trekking Adventures ABN 71 827 095 874 and you. No purported variation of these conditions will be effective unless in writing and signed by a person so authorised by Escape Trekking Adventures. In these terms and conditions reference to “Escape Trekking Adventures representatives” means tour leaders and staff of Escape Trekking Adventures and its officers, employees, agents, licensees, guides and other third parties and representatives and the land management authorities in each country in which the tour is conducted, or any of them.

  1. How to Book. To reserve your place on one of the tours, you should complete the Booking Form and send it, along with a non-refundable deposit of $700 per person per trip to the nearest Escape Trekking Adventures office, or to your travel agent. Some trips require a non-refundable additional deposit or instant payment for a permit. In these instances refer to the individual trip notes for details.
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6.Health & Fitness Requirements. You must be in good health and physical condition and are strongly advised to follow our pre departure fitness training recommendations, where necessary. For many of our tours you will be required to submit a medical questionnaire completed by you or your doctor as proof that you are fit enough to participate in the tour. If you have booked a tour graded 1-5 the only time that a medical questionnaire will be required by your doctor is where you have a pre existing medical condition, are over 65 years of age. This will be sent to you upon booking and you will be required to return the form completed and signed by your doctor 70 days prior to departure. If you have booked for a tour graded 6-10 you will be sent a medical form upon booking and you will be required to have your doctor complete and sign your medical questionnaire and return to us 60 days prior to departure. If you suffer from severe muscular, chest heart or bronchial disorders, or if you are a severe asthmatic, or have high blood pressure, you are strongly advised against participating. Tours take place in remote areas where there is little or no access to normal medical services or hospital facilities for serious problems. Evacuation, where necessary, can be prolonged, difficult and expensive. Medical and evacuation expenses will be your responsibility. While we do not discriminate by age, due to the extreme nature of our mountaineering trips we strongly discourage participants over 60 years of age. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right in its absolute discretion to refuse a participant.

7. Medical Disclosure. It is your responsibility and you must advise Escape Trekking Adventures of any pre-existing medical condition and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of you requiring medical attention while on our tours. Escape Trekking Adventures or our suppliers may require additional medical assessment by a medical practitioner. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your booking and refund the money paid by you, less any unrecoverable costs. Escape Trekking Adventures also reserves the right to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

Generally, we do not allow travelers under the age of 12 years. However we will occasionally make exceptions for under-18s traveling with their legal guardian or following discussion with parents or legal guardian. The decision for any person less than 18 years of age to travel on our scheduled itineraries is at the absolute discretion of the directors and guides of Escape Trekking Adventures. We reserve the right to;

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  • You are in good health and mental and physical fitness at the time of booking this tour;
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  • Immediately upon any adverse change in your health or fitness that may be likely to affect Escape Trekking Adventures decision to permit you to go on the adventure tour, you will notify Escape Trekking Adventures in writing of any such adverse change;
  • Escape Trekking Adventures are permitted to disclose medical information to our consultant doctor.
  • Escape Trekking Adventures consultant doctor may exclude you from a tour if he/she deems it necessary. You acknowledge that the obligation to disclose under this condition continues from the time of booking the tour through to departure and extends for the duration of the tour.
  • You have taken the necessary precautions to immunise/vaccinate for the destination you are travelling to. If you fail to comply with the duty of disclosure in this condition and if Escape Trekking Adventures would not have permitted you to undertake the tour, or continue participation of the tour, had you made full disclosure under this condition, Escape Trekking Adventures will not be liable, except to the minimum extent.

8. Tour Leaders. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure. In this condition, ‘tour leader’ includes both the nominated tour leader and any other nominated person given at any time the task of leading or supervising any aspect of the tour. Escape Trekking Adventures tour leaders take their responsibilities seriously and if for any reason a tour leader believes, in his or her absolute discretion, that you should not participate in the tour, before your departure, even if you pass your medical, he/she may exclude you from the tour. In this event, but subject to condition 6, you will be offered the option of taking another tour considered suitable for you or a full refund. If for any reason during a tour the tour leader considers you should not participate further due to you committing an illegal act, or in the opinion of the nominated tour leader, your behavior is causing or is likely to cause danger, distress or annoyance to others, or your fitness or health is inadequate, he or she may direct you not to continue and you must follow the nominated tour leader’s instructions. In this case you will not be entitled to any refund. Travel insurance may compensate you depending on the circumstances. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to change, at any time, the tour leader of any tour. If that happens, Escape Trekking Adventures will try to ensure that the alternative tour leader has expertise commensurate with that of the tour leader. Any such change by Escape Trekking Adventures will not give rise to any right on your part to cancel the tour or claim any expenses, loss or damage which may be suffered.

9. Cancelation by Escape Trekking Adventures. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to cancel a departure and will advise you of such cancelations no later than 30 days before the tour departure date. If due to ‘Force Majeure’ or government travel advice, Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to cancel a departure at any time. With any form of cancelation, Escape Trekking Adventures will do it’s best to offer you alternative arrangements if available, and if the price of your alternative adventure is of lower value than the original booking we will refund the difference to you. If you do not accept alternative arrangements we will refund all payments you have made to Escape Trekking Adventures, (in case of ‘Force Majeure’ or government travel advice refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs). Escape Trekking Adventures will not be liable for any additional costs incurred by you.

Force Majeure
Escape Trekking Adventures will not be liable for any delay in, change to or cancelation of trips due to ‘Force Majeure’. ‘Force Majeure’ definition means a circumstance beyond the reasonable control of Escape Trekking Adventures and includes, but is not limited to, war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, industrial or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and strikes.

Escape Trekking Adventures and or its third party reserve the right either before or during the course of the tour to refuse to carry or accommodate any client which it reasonably considers, in the light of the best interests of all participants within the tour group and crew, to be unsuitable by reason of physical or mental condition or unruly behavior.

10. Cancelation due to small tour numbers. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure in the event that there are too few people booked on a tour in which case you will be given a full refund of the tour price paid by you. You will not be entitled to claim any additional amounts or seek any compensation for any injury, loss, expenses or damage (either direct or consequential) or for any loss of time or inconvenience which may result from such cancellation (including but not limited to visa, passport and vaccination charges, or departure, gear purchases, airport and airline taxes). We require a minimum of 6 trekkers in a selected trek. If numbers fall to 6 or below, we reserve the right to cancel, or change dates of the trek or refer you to another existing trek. Trek numbers are regularly reviewed and we will notify you of any cancelations no later than 50 days prior to your selected trek.

If numbers for your selected trek decrease below 6 people, you may be required to pay a small group trekking fee should you wish to proceed with the tour. A $4-600 fee per person is required to be paid. This does not happen very often, so if you have any questions regarding this just ask.

11. Itineraries and brochures. Itineraries and other details are published in good faith as statements of intention only and reasonable changes in the itinerary and related items may be made where deemed necessary or advisable by Escape Trekking Adventures. The information contained in Escape Trekking Adventures brochures, itineraries, and internet site is, to the best of Escape Trekking Adventures belief, correct at the date of publishing.

12. Route changes, Postponement, Cancellation or Delay. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to:

Cancel or modify any routes within the tour or objectives set out in the itinerary; or

Substitute different or equivalent routes within the tour in place of cancelled or modified routes, or

Postpone, cancel or delay (either in relation to the departure or arrival times or the duration of the tour) any such aspect of the tour if, in the absolute discretion of Escape Trekking Adventures, it is necessary to do so due to inclement weather, snow or icy conditions or conditions that are otherwise likely to be hazardous or dangerous or due to any other adverse or threatening conditions whether political or military or terrorist or otherwise or if, in the absolute discretion of Escape Trekking Adventures, there is a likelihood of any such event occurring which may impact upon the safety of the participants, or if an act or omission of a third party prevents the tour or the aspect of the tour being undertaken in accordance with your booking or for any other reason considered necessary by Escape Trekking Adventures. In the event of any change, modification, cancellation postponement or delay under this condition, you acknowledge that you will have no right of refund of the tour price (whether in whole or in part) and no right to claim compensation for any injury, loss or damage or other additional expenses incurred by virtue of the change, modification, cancellation postponement or delay. Escape Trekking Adventures also reserves, in its absolute discretion, the right to cancel any tour due to any government travel warning or advice, or any change in such warning or advice. In this event, condition 4 applies as if you had transferred or cancelled the tour at the date that Escape Trekking Adventures cancelled the tour due to the governmental travel warning or advice. Travel insurance may compensate you depending on the circumstances.

13. Tour Prices. Package prices are per person based on ground costs, fuel prices, airfares, exchange rates and assumptions made at the time of printing the brochure. Escape Trekking Adventures tries its utmost not to increase tour prices, however sometimes increases are outside its control. The most current prices will be listed at www.escapetrekkingadventures.com.au so visit the website before booking. Escape Trekking Adventures reserves the right to amend tour prices without notice at any time before and including the departure date. Amendments may be necessitated for many reasons including, but not limited to, exchange rate fluctuations, increased fuel costs, airfares, airport charges, increases in ground operator service fees, or the need to engage alternative air or ground operators. Any increase in tour prices must be paid prior to the departure date.

14. Proof of citizenship or information required to travel. It is your responsibility to obtain proper identification or proof of citizenship as required by the authorities of the destination to which you are travelling. You will not be entitled to a refund if you are denied boarding or entry on any basis, including without limitation, improper documentation or failure to provide information. It is recommended that your passport is valid for six months beyond the date of your return home to your home country.

15. Airlines and other transport providers. Any material published by Escape Trekking Adventures, the Booking Form and these conditions of contract are not issued on behalf of, and do not commit any airline whose services are used or proposed to be used in the course of the tour. In the event that an airline’s proposed travel or fare schedule is amended or cancelled, such amendment or cancellation will not be considered a cancellation of the tour by Escape Trekking Adventures. Any flights or other transport forming part of the tour arrangements are subject to the conditions of the carrying airline or other transport entity, which in most cases limits the airlines’ or other transport entity’s.

16. Exclusions from tour price. Without limitation, the following items are excluded from the tour price:

Personal travel insurance;

Visa, passport and vaccination charges;

Departure, airport and airline taxes and on some tours internal domestic flights;

Extra meals, transport costs, accommodation costs, or other expenses not included in the itinerary; laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses & items of a personal nature; emergency evacuation and/or emergency search charges;

Additional expenses caused by delay, accidents or disruption of planned itineraries;

Tips, onboard beverages and excess

17. Assumptions of Risk. You understand and will accept that your proposed tour may expose you to inherent dangers. Only people in good physical and mental condition should undertake this tour. Our tours are physically and mentally challenging you will be required to consult with your Doctor and ensure that your health is sound and you are able to undertake a rigorous training program as necessary to complete this tour. You must accept that you will be traveling through remote areas where external assistance may be delayed or unavailable if an unforeseen event occurs. This may be due to medical, weather or political situations and may affect you or other members of the group or our trekking crew. You must understand and accept that a medical emergency in this remote area may be life threatening and by completing your booking form you accept these potential adverse and unfavorable conditions and potential life threatening situations as your choice. You acknowledge and agree that:

By the very nature of adventure travel and trekking holidays, they are more challenging and demanding with a commensurately higher level of risk compared with conventional holidays, and involve potential exposure to injury and possibly death;

In the countries and regions in which adventure travel is undertaken, standards of accommodation, transport, health care, hygiene, safety and service provision generally are often not as high as those standards in your country of residence and may require flexibility and patience on your part;

The additional dangers and risks associated with adventure travel may include difficult and dangerous terrain; high altitude; extremes of weather, including sudden and unexpected changes; political instability; remoteness from normal medical services and from communications; and evacuation difficulties in the event of illness or injury;

The enjoyment and excitement of adventure travel is derived in part from the inherent dangers and risks associated with adventure travel and that those inherent dangers and risks are a reason why you wish to undertake the adventure tour, and

You have submitted your booking for the tour after giving due consideration of relevant travel information including, without limitation, any relevant information or advice given by the governments of Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the British Foreign Office and US Department of State and that it is your responsibility to acquaint yourself that information or advice.

For the above reasons you therefore accept the inherent and increased dangers and risks associated with the proposed adventure tour and the accompanying risk of injury, death or property damage or loss.

18. No Liability. You acknowledge and agree that:

Where Escape Trekking Adventures acts as a booking agent for third-party tour operators it accepts no liability for the acts or omissions of those third-party tour operators and does not authorise any suppliers including hotel management to promise refunds on our behalf; and

Operational control of the tour may be in the hands of a third party and that your right of action in regard to any shortcomings of that third party’s performance is against the third party and not against Escape Trekking Adventures; and

Escape Trekking Adventures will not be liable for any breach of any law by any person with whom you travel on the tour; and

You may not rely on any representations concerning the tour made by Escape Trekking Adventures, which are not contained in these conditions.

19. Release and discharge of Liability. To the extent permitted by law, by accepting the additional inherent dangers and risks associated with the tour, you release, waive and discharge all Escape Trekking Adventures representatives from all claims, actions or losses for personal injury or death, property damage, loss of services, loss of profits, consequential, exemplary, indirect or punitive damages or otherwise which may arise

Out of or occur during your travel in connection with the tour or any activities conducted in conjunction with the tour unless caused by the reckless conduct of Escape Trekking Adventures representatives, or

In connection with any optional activities which you may undertake during the course of your tour but which do not comprise part of your tour itinerary and you accept that any assistance given to you by Escape Trekking Adventures representatives in arranging such optional activities will not render the Escape Trekking Adventures representatives liable to you in any way.

20. Australian Consumer Law Under the Australian Consumer Law, statutory guarantees apply to the supply of recreational services of the kind offered by these terms and conditions. “Recreational services” is defined as including activities that involve a significant degree of physical exertion or risk undertaken for the purposes of recreation, enjoyment or leisure. These guarantees mean that Escape Trekking Adventures, as the supplier, is required to ensure that the recreational services it supplies to you are rendered with due care and skill and are fit for their intended purpose. Under the Australian Consumer Law, Escape Trekking Adventures, as supplier, is entitled to ask you to agree that these statutory guarantees will not apply to you. If you sign this form you will be agreeing that your rights under this agreement, if you are killed or injured because the services provided were not rendered in accordance with these statutory guarantees, are excluded, restricted or modified in the way set out in this condition. To the extent permitted by law, you hereby exclude, release and forever discharge all Escape Trekking Adventures representatives from all liability for any and all claims, loss, damage, cost or expense arising from your death or your suffering physical or mental injury or any other condition, occurrence, activity, form of behaviour, course of conduct or state of affairs as specified in section 139A of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (except in the case of liability arising from the reckless conduct on the part of the Escape Trekking Adventures representatives) and connected with your participation in the recreational services which comprise the tour.

22. Cancelation, Amendments, Quotations and transfers 

 

Deposit & Final Payment

The non-refundable $700 Deposit secures your place in the trek, and No bookings will be made until the deposit is paid. This may result in missing the opportunity to be involved, so we suggest you book early.

Once your deposit is paid, your trek place & price is secure.

Balance is due 8 weeks prior to your selected trek.

Quotations

Quotes are valid for 30 Days, after which we reserve the right to increase costs.

Note: Only due to changes beyond our control, such as the exchange rate between Australia and our international destinations /or unexpected increases in outsource services/ costs (charter, accommodation, transport, fees etc) and/or review of trek package and prices, will prices be increased.

If you need to have your quote reviewed please contact us.

Cancelation

If a cancelation is made:

  • Prior to 60 days departure if you select to cancel your trek you loose 100% of the $700 deposit.
  • Between 29 & 59 days prior to your selected trek, a $1600 cancelation fee applies (per trekker).
  • Between 28 & 1 days prior to your selected trek, a $2800 cancelation fee applies (per trekker).
  • (We can assist with travel insurance claim).

Please note the above is a guide and maybe dependent on what has been booked for your participation in the trek itinerary – So Cancelation fee may increase to cover these costs. The cancelation fee is in addition to the $700 deposit.

Should you require canceling your trek as mentioned above – You are able to keep your ETA polo etc. that has been sent to you. – Should you need to cancel your trek, remaining balance can be transferred to another trek less your cancelation fee.

At Escape Trekking Adventures we pride ourselves on offering SAFE, professional treks, led by experienced guides and friendly service, so if you have any questions please feel free to Contact Us.

Terms

Please read carefully these terms and conditions of contract.

Transfers

If you wish to transfer from one tour to another, you must notify Escape Trekking Adventures in writing. Once Escape Trekking Adventures receives your notice the transfer will take effect subject to the following. Transfers may only be made to another tour to commence within 12 months of your original departure date and the following transfer charges will apply: • If your notice is received more than 70 days prior to your original departure date a $100 transfer fee will apply. In addition, any increase in airfares or operational services will be payable by you: or • If your notice is received within 70 days prior to your original departure date up to 50% of your original tour price will be forfeited provided your notice is received at least 35 days prior to your original date.

Amendments

Additional charges will be applied to you if you add, adjust or change a service prior to, during or before the completion of a trek. The cost of these will be charged out at the full rate and may incur a surcharge fee of $80 to cover any additional logistic arrangements that may be required for this service. Examples of this service could be but not limited to change from twin share to single share accommodation, use of (additional) personal porter, excess luggage, room upgrade or airport transfer out side the itinerary.

22. Severance of conditions.

If any part of a condition is illegal, unenforceable or invalid, it is to be treated as removed from the conditions, however, the remainder of the conditions are not altered.

Why Join Our Western Front Tours

10 Reasons to trek with us

 

  1. THE LASTEST COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT
  2. MEDICAL TRAINING TO ASSIST YOUR FIRST AID REQUIREMENTS
  3. GUIDE TRAINING & EXPERIENCE
  4. DISCOVER THE ENTIRE WESTERN FRONT CAMPAIGN
  5. FULLY LICSENCED & INSURED
  6. BEST LOGISTICAL ARRANGEMENTS IN EUROPE
  7. DEDICATED STAFF THERE TO PLEASE YOU
  8. HOLISTIC HISTORICAL INFORMATION SUPPLIED
  9. COMPASSION AND CARE TO OUR CLIENTS NEEDS IS OUR PHILOSPHY
  10. BEST VALUE FOR MONEY OPERATER IN EUROPE

Australian Tour Leaders For The Western Front

Frank Taylor and Neville Browning has been contracted to deliver this 12-day programme. Frank is renowned for his high level of historical detail he is renowned for with his Kokoda Trail, Thai Burma and Borneo. Neville’s historical detail set out in his publications of various titles from the Western Front battles such as Fix Bayonets. Anecdotal history of the 51st Battalion AIF, Gallipoli to Tripoli (joint author with I Gill). History of the 10th Light Horse Regiment and The Westralian Battalion. History of the 44th Battalion AIF just to name but a few of his completed published books.

Working with Escape Trekking Adventures Franks Training in military tactics and the understanding of the battles and actions that took place there compliments Escape Trekking Adventures philosophy of adventure travel with highly trained guides delivering historical and culturally exciting tours.

Shane, Frank & Neville’s desire to keep this important part of Australia’s history alive and fresh in Australians memories for years to come.

Health Information For Western Front Battlefield Tours

If you are looking at touring Europe it is essential that good health and preparation with regard to your health is the first and foremost task. As with all adventure travel outside of your usual environment you will need to be prepared for the activity.

Diarrhoeal illness is quite common around the Mediterranean countries and outbreaks of water-borne illness are common.

Hepatitis A is becoming less common, but still represents some risk to travellers.

Influenza is a problem across Europe in winter months and tick-borne disease occurs through the summer months in rural areas of central and northern Europe.

Rabies does occur in several countries.

Insects can transmit leishmaniasis in the dry areas of the south.

Yellow Fever vaccination may be required for all travellers arriving from or transiting through Yellow Fever infected areas such as Africa or the Americas.

Immunisations

The required immunisations  for every destination around the world could change on a daily basis and as a result you will be required to check with your Doctor what you should be protected against.

The general major risks to your health while traveling in Europe can be but not limited to :

Hepatitis B

This is a viral disease of the liver that is transmitted via blood, blood products or bodily fluids. It is vaccine preventable and now part of the childhood immunisation schedule. Many adults may have missed this important vaccine and travel is a good reason to get up-to-date.

Tetanus, Whooping Cough and Diphtheria

Tetanus is caused by a toxin released by a common dust or soil bacteria which enters the body through a wound.

Diphtheria is a bacterial infection of the throat and occasionally the skin. It is found world wide and is transmitted from person-to-person by coughing and sneezing.

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) is a highly infectuous respiratory infection responsible for 300,000 deaths annually, mainly in children.

Because many adults no longer have immunity from childhood immunisation it is advised that travellers to less developed countries have a tetanus, dihtheria and pertussis booster.

Measles, Mumps & Rubella

Childhood immunisation coverage in many developing countries is not good. As such, travellers under the age of 40 years should have their MMR immunisation completed. Those over the age of 40 years are most likely to have long term immunity from previous exposure as a child.

Chickenpox

This very comon infectious disease can now be prevented through immunisation. Many people miss the disease in childhood only to have a significant illness as an adult. If you do not have history of immunisation, a simple blood test can show whether you are at risk.

Influenza

Individuals intending to travel out of an Australian winter might consider the current flu vaccine at the beginning of the season. exposure to illness in airports and commuter transport is common and exposure may ruin a much needed break.

Meningitis

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membrance overlaying the brain. It can be caused by bacteria, a virus or a fungus. Bacterial meningitis is the form of most concern to travellers. It is a serious disease and can rapidly become life threatening. It is transmitted from person-to-person through close contact (i.e. droplet infection – the same way you catch a cold). Vaccination for type C meningitis might be considered for those backpacking or staying in crowded hostel style accomodation. This vaccine was offered to all Australians ages less than 19 in 2003 but some young travellers may not have been vaccinated.

Rabies

Rabies is a deadly viral infection of the brain transmitted from animal to human. The disease is rare in travellers but the risk increases with extended travel and animal contact. The best way to prevent rabies is to avoid all contact with animals. In Europe the main carriers are wild life (including foxes and bats). Pre-exposure vaccination is recommended for extended travel and those who work with or are likely to come in contact with animals.

Tick-borne Encephalitis (TBE)

Travellers who walk through infected areas during tick season (spring to early autumn) may warrant vaccination. Insect repellents and appropriate clothing will also provide some protection. The vaccine is not licensed in Australia, but can be obtained through the Special Access Scheme for those at high risk. Alternatively vaccination is readily available in Europe for those spending an extended period in the continent.

Travellers' Diarrhoea

Up to 40% of tourists may develop diarrhoea wihtin the first week of travel. A variety of germs can be responsible and a Traveller’s Medical Kit containing appropriate therapy can rapidly improve the symptoms. It is also important to follow the rules of healthy eating and drinking to minimise risks.

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First Aid Kits & what they should contain.

When trekking in Remote area’s you should always be mindful of what items you may require to treat any aliments that may occur as if you are on the Kokoda trail or Kilimanjaro you will not be able to purchase any such items. Everest Base Camp treks (and Nepal lodge trekking in general) you can buy some supplies but these are mainly limited to the large Sherpa villages so it is best to carry the right things with you.

If you suffer from heyfever, sinus, reflux or any such medical condition you should bring medication to treat this, plan for the worst case scenario and be prepared.

Some items that are worth your consideration include but are not limited to;

Anti-inflammatory tablets and gel (as prescribed by your doctor, remember voltaren and the like take up to 48 hours to relive symptoms so a fast acting tablet such as ibuprofen is great to start with), antibiotics for treating diarrhoea (as prescribed by your doctor), gastro stop, antibacterial gel, betadine liquid (Betadine can also treat your water for purification as a emergency back up if required), blister packs, one roll of broad elasticated bandage, roll of strapping tape, antihistamines, anti sickness tablets, painkillers such as Panadol Forte/Aspirin tablets/capsules, Codral cold and flu tablets, sunscreen, pawpaw cream along with one pack of a general use antibiotics.