Canadian Battlefields Europe Tour - Summer 2018

From $4,449.00 CAD per Adult

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Join us on this in-depth journey tracing Canada's participation in the great wars and pay homage to our contribution.

 Along the way, you will enjoy Insight Experiences, Authentic Dining and all the hallmarks of an Insight Vacations journey.

CANADIAN BATTLEFIELDS EUROPE TOUR (SUMMER 2018)

DEPARTURE DATE: Wednesday, 11 July 2018 | RETURN DATE: Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Prices from C$4449 with Insight Vacations

Duration: 15 Days - Visiting: France, Belgium, Netherlands.

100 years after the end of World War 1, explore Canada's rich military heritage in the Netherlands, Belgium and Northern France with Military Historian, Dr. Jody Perrun.

Join us on this in-depth journey tracing Canada's participation in the great wars and pay homage to our contribution.

 Along the way, you will enjoy Insight Experiences, Authentic Dining and all the hallmarks of an Insight Vacations journey.

Insight Guest Host: Dr. Jody Perrun

Dr. Jody Perrun teaches at the University of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba, and the Royal Military College of Canada, specializing in military history, post- Confederation Canada, and the Holocaust. He has toured Canada’s European battlefields extensively, with particular focus on the Battle of Normandy. His research has produced articles and book reviews on Canada’s military and air force history.


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Top Rated Tour Highlights

  • Canadian Battlefields Europe Tour 2018 MapExplore Canada’s rich military heritage in the Netherlands, Belgium and Northern France with Dr. Jody Perrun as he takes you on an indepth journey tracing Canada’s participation in the great wars and paying homage to our contribution.
  • D-Day Normandy Beaches: Visit the Juno Beach Centre and the Canadian War Cemetery at Beny-Sur-Mer.
  • Amsterdam: Follow the tragic story of the Jews in occupied Amsterdam with a visit to the Anne Frank House.
  • Brussels: Visit the Waterloo battlefield where Napoleon met his final defeat in 1815. Visit the Grand Place, the exquisite market square, see the cheeky Manneken statue.
  • Ypres Battlefields: Visit the Flanders Fields Museum in Cloth Hall as well as Sanctuary Wood (Hill 62) Museum. Visit the Tyne Cot Cemetery, and the Passchendaele Canadian Memorial (Crest Farm). Also, see the Last Post Ceremony.
  • Vimy Ridge Battlefields: Visit the Vimy Ridge National Historic Site of Canada for a guided tour and walk through the preserved trenches.
  • Somme: Visit the Newfoundland Memorial at Beaumont-Hamel and the Franco-British Memorial at Thiepval., Canadian Memorial in Courcelette, Somme Museum in Albert.
  • Dieppe: Visit the Canadian War Cemetery and see the Canadian landing sites of the ill-fated raid. Visit the Memorial Museum, housed in the Municipal Theatre.
  • Honfleur: Visit in the charming fishing town of Honfleur to see where Samuel de Champlain set sail and founded Quebec.
  • The Road to Falaise & Falaise Gap: Visit, Bretteville-sur-Laize, Falaise, St Lambert-sur-Dives, and Mont Ormel.
  • Paris: See the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.

Day-By-Day Itinerary

DAY 1

DEPART CANADA - Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

WELCOME TO AMSTERDAM - Welcome to the Netherlands! Your transfer departs for your trip hotel at 9:00, 11:30, and 14:30. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception with Jody and your Travel Director.

DAY 3

AMSTERDAM CITY OF CANALS - In the morning, see all the sights on an orientation tour of Amsterdam, including the Mint Tower, Floating Flower Market, and the Royal Palace in Dam Square. Visit Anne Frank House, where Anne Frank and her family hid during the war, and where Anne wrote her now famous journal. Later, visit the Verzetsmuseum of Dutch Resistance which highlights the story of the Dutch in World War II.

DAY 4

ONTO BRUSSELS - Travel to Belgium and visit the Waterloo Battlefield Memorial where Napoleon met his final defeat in 1815. Then, onto Brussels for a walk with your Travel Director through the Grand Place, voted Europe’s most beautiful square, lined with gilded buildings from the late 17th century and the Gothic Town Hall. Stroll through the back streets to the capital’s most celebrated fature, the cheeky Mannekin Pisstatue.

DAY 5

ADEGEM, BRUGES AND ONTO YPRES - Depart Brussels to visit the Canada-Poland War Museum in Adegem, built as a tribute to Belgium’s liberators. In the afternoon, visit picturesque Bruges before proceeding to Vladslo German Cemetery and then off to your hotel in the historic town of Ypres. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel.

DAY 6

YPRES BATTLEFIELDS - Visit the Flanders Field Museum, tour the Tyne Cot Cemetery, St Julien Memorial, the town of Passchendaele, and the Canadian Memorial at Crest Farm. Visit the Essex Farm bunker where Guelph, Ontario native John McCrae composed In Flanders Fields. Additionally, see preserved trenches in the Sanctuary Wood Museum and Hill 62. Attend the famous Last Post Ceremony, which takes place at the Menin Gate every night at 8 PM.

DAY 7

YPRES TO AMIENS VIA VIMY RIDGE - Explore Hill 70 and Notre Dame de Lorette and the stunning monument on Hill 145., continuing on the Vimy Ridge Battlefield and the Dury Memorial. End the evening in Amiens.

DAY 8

SOMME EXCURSION - Visit the 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, visit the impressive Franco-British Memorial at Thiepval, and the Canadian Memorial in Courcelette. Also visit the Albert tunnel museum and le Quesnel Memorial. In the evening, visit Amiens Cathedral, the biggest Gothic cathedral in France, for the Amiens Cathedral in Light show.

DAY 9

DIEPPE EXCURSION - Enjoy a tour of Dieppe and visit the Canadian War Cemetery and see the Canadian landing sites of the ill-fated raid. Later, visit the Memorial Museum, housed in the Municipal Theatre. Visit Canada Square, 19 August, 1942 memorial, and Blue Beach.

DAY 10

DELIGHTFUL HONFLEUR & CAEN - Depart for delightful Honfleur where Samuel de Champlain set sail and founded Quebec. Visit Pegasus Bridge and museum before reaching your hotel.

DAY 11

D-DAY NORMANDY BEACHES - Visit the Canadian War Cemetery at Beny-Sur-Mer, along with 3rd Canadian Division landing sites at Bernieres-sur-Mer and Courseulles-sur-Mer. Also visit the Juno Beach Center Museum, and the Juno Beach Bunkers. Later, visit the memorial to Canadian POWS murdered by the SS at Abbaye Ardenne.

DAY 12

TO BAYEUX - In the morning, visit the remains of Mulberry Harbour and see the gun battery at Longuessur-mer and Arromanches-les-bains. Then visit the Overlord Museum and the rangers Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. Later spend a few reflective moments at the American Military Cemetery of St. Laurent near Omaha Beach. Continue on to the medieval city of Bayeux.

DAY 13

FALAISE BATTLEFIELDS - Take the road to Falaise where you will learn about Canadian operations during the latter stages of the Battle of Normandy, including Operations Spring, Totalize and Tractable. 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. Return to Caen.

DAY 14

PARIS, THE CITY OF LIGHTS - Depart Caen for Paris. Here your Parisian local expert introduces you to all the fabulous sights of Paris including Notre Dame Cathedral with its tale of Quasimodo. Enjoy a drive to the Place de la Concorde and along the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. As night falls, head for the Latin Quarter, famous for its Sorbonne University, Boulevards of St Michel and St Germain. Here, enjoy your ‘Diner de Célébration’ served with wine in a typical authentic Parisian bistro.

DAY 15

RETURN TO CANADA - Your journey comes to an end as you bid farewell to Jody and your Travel Director. After breakfast, departure transfers arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 8:00am and 11:00am.


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