History & English


A History and English Tour of England, Belgium and France.

Angas Travel offers students a rare insight into the lives of some of England’s most noted literary figures and a chance to discover the importance of Australia’s role in the First World War.

Our unique 17-day History and English Tour of England, Belgium and France gives students the opportunity to delve into the backgrounds of some of the world’s most loved authors including William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, the Bronte sisters and William Shakespeare.

Students will also discover Australia’s significant contribution to the World War 1 and explore battlefields, cemeteries, museums, memorials and interactive displays specifically dedicated to the ANZACs who lost their lives. The tour includes an Anzac Day dawn service at Villers-Bretonneux. Students will also have the chance to take in the many attractions of London, and explore these three historically significant countries.

Please take a moment to read through this surprisingly diverse itinerary.

Itinerary

Day 1-2

Flight and Welcome Windermere in the Lake District (via Manchester).

Relax on a welcome cruise on Lake Windermere.

Day 3

Visit Grasmere and Rydal Mount, home of William Wordsworth from 1831 until his death in 1850. Visit Dove Cottage’s Wordsworth Museum.

Immerse in painting or writing.

Day 4

Windermere to York, via Beatrix Potter’s Gallery and home.

Head through Bronte Country in Yorkshire, visiting the picturesque village of Haworth and the Bronte Parsonage in which the family lived.

Day 5

Explore York. Visit the Shambles and the Minster and journey back 1,000 years to an accurate reconstruction of a Viking city at the Jorvik Viking Centre.

Day 6

York to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Attend a production by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Day 7

Stratford-upon-Avon to London.

Follow the footsteps of William Shakespeare, his birthplace and his resting place, and visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage all before transferring to London.

Day 8

Explore London.

Including a visit to the Tower of London and an afternoon visit to the Imperial War Museum.

Day 9

Self-guided “Westminster Walk” tour.

Including the top sites: Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, 10 Downing Street, Horse Guards, Admiralty Arch, Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, St James’s Palace, Clarence House, Buckingham Palace, The Royal Mews and St James Park, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye.

Day 10

Bike ride with Fatbike Tours along the River Thames to Greenwich, visiting the Royal Observatory and stunning Greenwich Park.

Day 11

London to Albert, France via the Eurotunnel.

Day 12

Explore the battlefields of the Somme region, including the Peronne War Museum, and the city of Amiens with its magnificent Gothic Cathedral.

Day 13

ANZAC DAY. Attendance and wreath-laying during the Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial, Villers Bretonneux. Transfer Albert to Ypres.

Day 14

Visit In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres. Evening attendance and wreath-laying during The Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate.

Day 15

Explore Ypres battlefields tour, including a visit to the Passchendaele Memorial Museum.

Day 16-17

Farewell Europe.

Ypres to Brussels for a return flight to Australia.

Note: This itinerary is a sample only. Arrangements are subject to confirmation at time of booking.