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Battlefields of Europe

Private Custom Group

Duration: 14 days • Countries visited: Netherlands, Belgium, France.
Group trip type: Military Monuments & Battlefields

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Day to Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Welcome to Amsterdam

    Welcome to the Netherlands! On arrival at the airport, you are met by your Travel Director and transferred to your hotel. Tonight we enjoy a Welcome Reception and dinner with your host, Jody, and your Travel Director. (WR, D)

  1. Day 2: Amsterdam City of Canals

    This morning, see all the highlights of Amsterdam on an orientation excursion including the Mint Tower, the floating flower market and the Royal Palace in Dam Square. We visit the Anne Frank House, where Anne Frank and her family hid during the war and where Anne wrote her now famous journal. We then enjoy a cruise along the canals, taking us past traditional Dutch-gable houses built right on the water’s edge and under picturesque bridges. (BB)

  1. Day 3: Belgium & Brussels

    Today we travel to Belgium and visit the Waterloo Battlefield where Napoleon met his final defeat in 1815. Then it’s onto Brussels for a guided walk with our Travel Director through the Grand Place, voted Europe’s most beautiful square thanks to its many gilded buildings dating back to the late 17th century. Our visit also includes a stop at the Gothic Town hall. Stroll through the back streets to the capital’s most celebrated feature, the cheeky Mannekin Pisstatue. (BB)

  1. Day 4: Adegem, Bruges & Ypres

    We depart Brussels to visit the Canada-Poland War Museum in Adegem, built as a tribute to Belgium’s liberators. In the afternoon, we visit picturesque Bruges before proceeding to the Vladslo German Cemetery. We then head to our hotel in the historic town of Ypres where dinner is served. (BB, D)

  1. Day 5: Battlefields of Ypres

    After breakfast, we visit the Flanders Field Museum, the Tyne Cot Cemetery, St. Julien Memorial, the town of Passchendaele and the Canadian Memorial at Crest Farm. We also visit the Essex Farm bunker where Ontario native, John McCrae, composed In Flanders Fields. Additionally, we will see preserved trenches in the Sanctuary Wood Museum and Hill 62. This evening, we attend the famous Last Post Ceremony, which takes place at the Menin Gate every day at 8pm. (BB)

  1. Day 6: Battlefields of Vimy Ridge & Arras

    Today we explore the Vimy Ridge battlefield from the rear areas at Notre Dame de Lorette to the stunning monument on Hill 145 and the tunnels under the ridge itself. Hotel: Hotel de l’Univers, Arras. (BB, L, D)

  1. Day 7: Somme Excursion

    Our day starts with a visit to the famous battlefields of the Somme, beginning with the Newfoundland Memorial at Beaumont-Hamel, where the Newfoundland Regiment was virtually wiped out on July 1, 1916. Later in the day, we visit the impressive Franco-British Memorial at Thiepval, the Canadian Memorial in Courcelette, and the Somme Museum in Albert. Finally, we visit the Australian memorial at Villers- Bretonneux before returning to Arras. (BB)

  1. Day 8: Dieppe Excursion & onto Rouen

    After breakfast, we embark on a trip to Dieppe during which we’ll visit the Canadian War Cemetery and see the Canadian landing sites of the ill-fated raid. Later, we visit the Memorial Museum, housed in the Municipal Theatre. (BB)

  1. Day 9: Delightful Honfleur

    Our journey today takes us to Honfleur where Samuel de Champlain set sail and founded Quebec. Visit Merville Battery and Pegasus Bridge, before reaching our hotel. Tonight we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (BB, D)

  1. Day 10: D-Day Normandy Beaches

    Today’s itinerary is flexible in order to accommodate our participation in the ceremonies commemorating the 73rd anniversary of D-Day on Juno Beach. We will visit the Canadian War Cemetery at Beny-Sur-Mer, along with 3rd Canadian Division landing sites at Bernieres-sur-Mer and Courseulles-sur-Mer. Schedule permitting, we will also visit the remains of the Mulberry Harbour, the gun battery at Longues-sur-Mer, and the memorial dedicated to Canadian POWS murdered by the SS at the Abbaye Ardenne. (BB)

  1. Day 11: Falaise Battlefields & Bayeux

    We take the road to Falaise where we will learn about Canadian operations during the latter stages of the Battle of Normandy, including Operations Spring, Totalize and Tractable. We will stop at Point 67 and Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, before visiting Falaise, St.
    Lambert-sur-Dives (where Major David Currie won the Victoria Cross), Vimoutiers, and Mont Ormel to explore the closing of the Falaise Gap. We then journey on to the medieval city of Bayeux. (BB)

  1. Day 12: Medieval Bayeux

    After breakfast, we visit La Cambe German cemetery as well as the bunkers and the Rangers Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. We then spend a few reflective moments at the American Military Cemetery of St. Laurent near Omaha Beach. Return to Bayeux for an afternoon at your leisure. You may want to visit the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy or see the Bayeux Tapestry. (BB)

  1. Day 13: Paris, the City of Lights

    We depart Bayeux for Paris today. Here our local expert guide introduces us to all the fabulous sights of Paris, including Notre Dame Cathedral with its tale of Quasimodo. We enjoy a drive to the Place de la Concorde and onward along the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. As night falls, we head for the Latin Quarter, famous for its Sorbonne University, Boulevards of St Michel and St Germain. In the evening we enjoy our ‘Diner de Célébration’ served with wine in a typical authentic Parisian bistro. (BB, CD)

  1. Day 14: Farewell Paris

    After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to the airport for your onward journey. (BB)

Meal guide: BB = Buffet Breakfast, L = Lunch, WR = Welcome Reception , D = Hotel Dinner, DA = Dine Around Evening, CD = Celebration Dinner with wine

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