Canadian World War Battlefields – 11 Days
August 27, 2018 Double: $6,295, Single: $7,795 If booking your own airfare reduce price by $700. Canada’s greatest feats of arms were in the taking of Normandy, a turning point in the Second World War. During the D-Day landings of 1944, 14,000 Canadians stormed…
August 27, 2018
Double: $6,295, Single: $7,795
If booking your own airfare reduce price by $700.
Canada’s greatest feats of arms were in the taking of Normandy, a turning point in the Second World War. During the D-Day landings of 1944, 14,000 Canadians stormed Juno Beach, overthrowing the Nazi occupation. The Juno Beach Centre is the only museum in Normandy dedicated to Canada’s role in WWII. Visit the resting place of thousands of Canadian soldiers, killed in the advance toward Caen, at the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery.
The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 in Zonnebeke (Flanders Fields) is devoted to the 500,000 men killed in 1917, gaining only 8kms of ground over 100 days of fighting. Authentic images, uniforms, and artillery, as well as replica trenches and dugouts, help you feel what it was like for those who fought in the Third Battle of Ypres (Battle of Passchendaele) 100 years ago.
You’ll visit the Ypres station where Canadian John McCrae penned his famous poem “In Flanders Fields.” At the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, you’ll experience the 20:00 sounding of the Last Post, a tradition since 1927. The names of 54,896 Commonwealth missing soldiers are listed here. Their remains are still found around Ypres to this day. If identified, their names are removed from The Gate.
A guided tour of Paris includes the Arc de Triomphe’s “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.” Buried in 1921, a torch is lit at twilight here to represent his sacrifice. Ending your tour, you’ll visit The Cathédrale de Notre-Dame, the Sacré-Coeur, the Musée du Louvre (home of da Vinci’s Mona Lisa) and take in picturesque Paris at night during an evening cruise along the spectacular River Seine.
Canadian National Vimy Memorial
Overlooking the plain of Artois stands a gleaming white monument dedicated to the soldiers who died in the battle of Vimy Ridge. Heavily fortified, it was the scene of some of the bloodiest trench warfare in WWI. The monument is the centrepiece of a preserved battlefield over which the Canadian Corps made their assault.
The Battle of Vimy Ridge was one of National unity. It was the first time all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force fought, and died, together. In tribute to their sacrifice, The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is an iconic symbol of remembrance. Inscribed in the ramparts are the names of the 11,285 Canadian soldiers who fell in France, and whose bodies were never found.
Explore the Grange tunnel, shell craters, and zigzag trenches – left exactly as they were – and visit the beautifully maintained Givenchy Road Canadian Cemetery and Canadian Cemetery No 2, a moving experience.
Return airfare from Toronto, airport transfers in France, motorcoach transportation, 9 nights accommodation, 9 breakfasts, 9 dinners, all highlights listed, a English speaking tour manager, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.
• Rouen Cathedral
• Memorial de Caen
• Juno Beach
• Bény-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery
• 19 August 1942 Memorial
• Musée Somme 1916
• Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial
• Canadian National Vimy Memorial
• Givenchy Road Canadian Cemetery and Canadian Cemetery No 2
• In Flanders Fields Museum
• Saint Julien Memorial
• Guided tour and free time in Ypres
• Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917
• Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing
• Bedford House Cemetery
• Guided tour and free time in Paris
• Cathédrale de Notre-Dame
• Evening cruise on the River Seine
• Musée du Louvre
Caen (2 nights)
Amiens (1 night)
Ypres (3 nights)
Paris (3 nights)
(All hotels are TBA but will be 4 stars with ensuite)
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Canadian World War Battlefields – 11 Days
Day 1-2: Overnight flight to Paris, Normandy, Rouen, Caen
Arrive in Paris where you will be met by your tour manager and start your journey to Normandy. Normandy, famed for its Calvados and Brie, was the site of some of the most severe fighting during WWII.
En-route you will stop in Rouen for lunch and some free time. Here you can admire the Rouen Cathedral, this Gothic building from the 13th century was depicted by Claude Monet in a series of paintings.
You then continue your journey to your hotel in Caen. This evening get to know your fellow travellers better as you share a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 3: Memorial de Caen, Juno Beach, Bény-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery
After breakfast at the hotel you will be taken to the Memorial de Caen. This is an award-winning museum dedicated to peace. Its interactive exhibitions commemorate the second World War and the battle for Caen. It also includes a gallery dedicated to winners of the Nobel Peace Prize.
During the D-Day landings of 1944, 14,000 Canadian soldiers stormed Juno Beach in order to overthrow the Nazis in the area. Although the D-Day landings were successful, the fighting resulted in the deaths of 340 Canadian soldiers, and a further 574 were injured. Visit the Juno Beach centre which shows the war efforts made by Canadian citizens, both on the war-front and at home.
Many of the soldiers buried in the Bény-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery were soldiers from the Canadian Division who were killed during their advance towards Caen. The cemetery contains over 2,000 WWII burials, 19 of which are unidentified.
Share your stories of your day as you enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.
Meals: B, D
Day 4: Honfleur, Dieppe, 19 August 1942 Memorial, Amiens
After breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and travel to Honfleur. Located on the Seine estuary, Honfleur is an enchanting place that has inspired many Impressionist painters. Enjoy a walking tour with a local guide and discover the old medieval centre and its narrow, cobbled streets. Admire the beautiful Eglise St Catherine, a 15th century church made of wood, the old port and its houses with slate-covered frontages. You will have some free time here to find a local spot for lunch.
You travel to Dieppe this afternoon. During the Second World War, the so-called “Dieppe Raid” resulted in the capture of 1,946 Canadian soldiers, mainly drawn from the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division in 1942. Dieppe was finally liberated in 1944 and a victory parade was held as well as a memorial service in the nearby Canadian military cemetery to honour those killed in the Dieppe Raid. You will visit the 19 August 1942 Memorial.
You will continue to Amiens, where your hotel and dinner await.
Meals: B, D
Day 5: Musée Somme 1916, Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Givenchy Road Canadian Cemetery and Canadian Cemetery No. 2. Ypres
This morning your first stop will be a guided visit of the Musée Somme 1916. The museum is built inside an underground tunnel dating from the 13th century. 15 scenes constructed using authentic materials and objects from the Great War depict life in the trenches for French, British and German soldiers. A sound and light show immerses you in the experience of a night bombing. End your visit in the Gallery of Heroes, dedicated to nine heroes of World War I including John McCrae, Canadian doctor and author of the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’.
You then travel to the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial. This 74-acre preserved battlefield is the largest battalion memorial of the Western Front. It encompasses the grounds over which the Canadian Royal Newfoundland Regiment made their unsuccessful attack on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. During an assault that lasted approximately 30 minutes, the regiment was all but wiped out.
Your lunch stop today is Arras where you will have some free time before travelling to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. Here you will learn about the dramatic events of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and visit the Givenchy Road Canadian Cemetery and Canadian Cemetery No. 2. The Battle of Vimy Ridge represents the first time that all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force participated in battle as a cohesive formation and is therefore considered a Canadian national symbol of unity, achievement and sacrifice. This monument commemorates all of the Canadian First World War soldiers killed or presumed dead in France who have no known grave.
Meals: B, D
Day 6: In Flanders Fields Museum, Saint Julien Memorial, Essex Farm Cemetery
This morning, visit the In Flanders Fields Museum. Through interactive installations and hundreds of authentic images and exhibits, this museum confronts its visitors with the consequences of the Great War for their peers of a century ago. You will have the option of climbing the bell tower of the Ypres Cloth Halls where the museum is housed to be rewarded with exceptional views of the city and surrounding battlefields.
Continue your days journey to the Saint Julien Memorial. It was built to commemorate Canadian involvement in the Second Battle of Ypres and the defence against the first poison gas attacks of the Western Front. The memorial is watched over by Frederick Chapman Clemesha’s statue, “The Brooding Soldier”.
This afternoon, enjoy a coach tour of Ypres’ Northern Salient with a local guide. Learn more about the gas attack of 1915 and explore the area of Passendale where the allied troops launched an attack on the German lines in 1917. The tour will include a stop at Essex Farm Cemetery and the Dressing Station where Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae penned his famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. You will visit the frontline and enjoy a unique opportunity to stroll through the Yorkshire Trench and Dug-out. You will see the German Cemetery in Langemark and the Tyne Cot Cemetery, which is the largest Commonwealth War Graves cemetery in the world. You will return to Ypres via Zonnebeke and the French Cemetery Saint Charles de Potyze.
Meals: B, D
Day 7: The Passendale Museum, Ypres, Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing the Last Post
This morning you visit The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. This museum is dedicated to the Battle of Passchendaele where in 1917 in one hundred days half a million casualties fell for only eight km’s gain of ground. There are four different sections in the museum dedicated to uniforms, battlefield archaeology and artillery.
You then have a free afternoon to explore Ypres.
Following dinner with the group, you will head to the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing to witness the sounding of the Last Post. This colossal structure contains 54,896 names of Commonwealth soldiers who died in the Great War but have no known grave. The site was chosen as it marks the starting point of one of the roads which would have led marching soldiers to the front lines. As a symbol of the citizens of Ypres’ gratitude to those who gave their lives for the freedom of Belgium, every evening at 20:00, without exception since 2 July 1928, buglers from the local fire service have closed the road passing through the site and sounded the Last Post.
Meals: B, D
Day 8: Bedford House Cemetery, Paris
This morning you visit Bedford House Cemetery. Once the site of the great Château Rosendale, nicknamed ‘Bedford House’ by British forces and destroyed by heavy German shelling over the course of the war, this site now consists of five Commonwealth war cemeteries and 47 ‘special memorials’.
You then travel to Paris. On arrival in Paris you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city with a local guide, taking in The Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral and Arc de Triomphe, under which you will see the ‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’ who was laid to rest there in 1921. Every evening at twilight a torch above his tomb is rekindled and burns in the darkness to represent his sacrifice.
Tonight you will have a traditional French dinner with your fellow travellers.
Meals: B, D
Day 9: Cathédrale de Notre-Dame, Montmartre, Sacré-Coeur, Seine river cruise
This morning, you visit the magnificent Cathédrale de Notre-Dame. Built on the original site of a Roman temple, this Gothic masterpiece stands at the very heart of the city.
Enjoy some free time for lunch in the Notre-Dame area. While there, you can explore the unique books the bouquinistes along the banks of the Seine have to offer.
This afternoon you will have a guided tour of the Montmartre area of Paris, perched high on a hill north of the city centre. By the end of the 19th century the area was a mecca for artists, writers, poets and their disciples. Your tour will include a visit to the beautiful Sacré-Coeur.
After dinner, you will have a river cruise on the Seine so you can marvel at illuminated Paris and discover why it’s called the “City of Lights.”
Meals: B, D
Day 10: Musée du Louvre, Free time in Paris
This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the Musée du Louvre, one of the most visited, oldest, largest, and most famous art galleries and museums in the world. The building was previously a royal palace and is famous for holding several of the world’s most prestigious works of art such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Alexandros of Antioch’s Venus de Milo.
This afternoon you have free time in Paris. Why not climb the Eiffel Tower, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 and meant to be temporary! Stroll through the picturesque Jardins des Tuileries and watch a traditional game of petanque, or you might like to purchase some souvenirs or gifts for family and friends from the world-renowned Galeries Lafayette.
This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers.
Meals: B, D
Day 11: Return flight home
After breakfast at your hotel. You will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.