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D-Day 75th Anniversary – 15 Days

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June 1, 2019 Double: $8,995, Single: $11,595 Book by December 14, 2018 SAVE $200 pp. If booking your own airfare reduce price by $1,000.     “This is the room from which I will direct the war!” declared Sir Winston Churchill. The Allied victory was drawn in a…

June 1, 2019

Double: $8,995, Single: $11,595

Book by December 14, 2018 SAVE $200 pp.

If booking your own airfare reduce price by $1,000.

 

 

“This is the room from which I will direct the war!” declared Sir Winston Churchill. The Allied victory was drawn in a bunker beneath Westminster. We’ll explore the Churchill War Rooms and Museum, take a guided tour of London’s top sights, and travel to beautiful Bletchley Park, the top-secret home of the World War II Codebreakers. Then, “The Chunnel” to France!

Canada’s greatest feats of arms were in the taking of Normandy. 14,000 brave Canadians stormed Juno beach on June 6, 1944. We’ll visit The Juno Beach Centre dedicated to Canada’s role in WWII and the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery where thousands of Canadian soldiers are buried. Powerful footage of the 100-day battle plays in the Arromanches 360 Circular cinema. The Maisy Battery, two magnificent museums, and guided tours of Paris round out France. The Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, and the Arc de Triomphe’s “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” are highlights. 

Heading north, the Vimy Memorial is an emotional stop on the way to Belgium. The Camp Vught National Memorial gives us pause as we remember the 30,000 prisoners of the Herzogenbusch camp. In amazing Amsterdam, a walking tour fills our morning, including a stop at the Anne Frank House (now museum). The afternoon is ours to discover a van Gogh beside a lovely canal in bloom before flying home with pride in our hearts.

 

The Heroes of Juno Beach

On June 6, 1944, Operation Overlord, the codename for the Battle of Normandy, began. It was the largest amphibious operation in history. Taking Juno was Canada’s responsibility. By the time all operations halted at 21:00, the Queen’s Own Rifles had reached its D-Day objective, pushing farther inland than any other landing force. In total, 45,000 Canadians lost their lives, 5,500 in Normandy. The price of victory. 

Over 70 years has passed since that day, but France remembers. The beautiful Juno Beach Centre celebrates Canada’s contribution in WWII, particularly the D-Day Landings which saw some of the bloodiest fighting. Opened in 2003 by veterans and volunteers as a permanent memorial, the Juno Beach Centre has compelling “on this spot” photos that show what Juno Beach looked like on June 6, 1944 and what it looks like today. There are also touching and incredible accounts of bravery by Canadian troops, an immense source of pride for Canada.

The Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, just inland from Juno Beach, is where 2,000 Canadians rest. The land is Canadian soil, a gift from France to Canada. Inscriptions from the families say goodbye to their sons, fathers and brothers, an emotional reminder of the true cost of freedom.

 

 

Price Includes

Return flight from Toronto, airport transfers overseas, motorcoach transportation, 13 nights accommodation, 13 breakfasts, 13 dinners, all highlights listed, English speaking tour manager, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST.

 

Highlights

• London: Guided city tour, Churchill War Rooms, Churchill Museum, Imperial War Museum, guided tour of Coventry Cathedral, Bletchley Park
• Eurotunnel to France
• Juno Beach Centre – Commemorations for Canadian soldiers (subject to availability)
• Bény-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery
• Memorial de Caen
• Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema
• Maisy Battery
• Airborne Museum
• Paris: Guided tour of World War II Paris, free time
• Canadian National Vimy Memorial
• Liberation Museum Zeeland
• Bergen Op Zoom Canadian War Cemetery
• Camp Vught National Memorial
• Amsterdam: Guided walking tour, Anne Frank House, free time

 

Accommodation (4-Star)

• London: (3 nights)
• Caen: (4 nights)
• Paris: (2 nights)
• Antwerp: (2 nights)
• Amsterdam: (2 nights)

 

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D-Day 75th Anniversary – 15 Days

Day 1-2: Fly to London, Sightseeing

Today we fly from Toronto to London for a guided half-day tour of the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower Bridge. In the evening, we’ll return to the hotel for a welcome dinner.

Stay: London (TBA)
Nights: 3
Meals: D

Day 3: London Sightseeing

Another day to see London and learn about the life and legacy of “The Greatest Briton,” Sir Winston Churchill. After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll explore the Churchill War Rooms, Churchill Museum, and the Imperial War Museum. Lunch on your own followed by your choice of “A Family in Wartime,” or the Holocaust Exhibition. Return to the hotel for dinner this evening.

Meals: B, D

Day 4: London Sightseeing

After a hotel breakfast, we’ll board a coach for Coventry, a heavily bombed target during WWII that was destroyed in November 1940. The ruins of the medieval cathedral exist today as a symbol of hope, faith, and trust in the future. Construction of the magnificent modern cathedral began in 1956. Lunch at our leisure and then to Bletchley Park, home of Britain’s WWII Codebreakers. The men and women who worked there decoded thousands of enemy messages that shortened the war by almost two years.

Meals: B, D

Day 5: Eurotunnel to France, Normandy

After breakfast at the hotel, board the Eurotunnel Shuttle (The Chunnel) from Folkestone, England under the English Channel to Calais, France. After lunch on our own, we’ll transfer to Normandy with a stop in Dieppe. Canadian soldiers were captured in the Dieppe Raid of 1942. Dieppe was liberated in 1944 and a victory parade was held as well as a memorial service in the nearby Canadian military cemetery. Come together as a group for dinner this evening.

Stay: Caen (TBA)
Nights: 4
Meals: B, D

Day 6: Juno Beach, Bény-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery

After breakfast, we’ll attend the Canadian soldier commemoration at the Juno Beach Centre. This centre celebrates Canada’s contribution in WWII, particularly the D-Day Landings. Over 1 million of Canada’s 14 million population fought during the Second World War. Much of the bloodiest fighting happened in Normandy. In the first hour of the Juno landing on 6 June 1944, Canadian regiments suffered the same sort of casualties as the Americans at Omaha Beach. Ships carrying the Toronto’s Queen’s Own Rifles, The Royal Winnipeg Rifles, the Canadian Scottish (Victoria, B.C.), and Regiment de la Chaudiere, set out across the rough English Channel at dawn. The 31st Canadian Minesweeper Flotilla cleared the route. The Royal Canadian Air Force dropped bombs. Destroyers pounded the coast. But German resistance was heavy. Canadians were met by unrelenting machine gun and mortar fire, and many young men were cut down before reaching shore. By the time all operations halted at 21:00, the Queen’s Own Rifles had reached its D-Day objective (the only unit to do so) and the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division had pushed farther inland than any other landing force. 574 men of the 3rd Canadian Division were wounded, 340 killed. In total, 45,000 Canadians lost their lives, 5,500 in Normandy. The price of victory. Over 70 years have passed since that day, but France remembers. The beautiful Juno Beach Centre opened in 2003. Inside there are touching and incredible accounts of bravery by Canadian troops, an immense source of pride for Canada. The Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, just inland from Juno Beach, is where 2,000 Canadians rest. The land is Canadian soil, a gift from France to Canada. Inscriptions from the families say goodbye to their sons and fathers, an emotional reminder of the true cost of freedom:
“Let us not forget: he died that others might live in peace, free from fear.”
“We miss your smiling face, cheery voice and laughter. We will meet again dear son & enjoy the life hereafter.”
Meals: B, D

Day 7: Memorial de Caen, Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema

After breakfast, we’ll visit the Memorial de Caen, an award-winning museum and gallery dedicated to peace, with interactive exhibitions commemorating the battle for Caen. Lunch at your leisure and then we’ll visit the town of Arromanches, renowned for artificial Mulberry Harbour, known as “Port Winston.” The impressive remains remind us of the remarkable wartime feats of which we are capable: 600,000 tonnes of concrete and equipment made its way across the English Channel to serve as a base for Allied troops. The High Definition Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema projects the Battle of Normandy on 9 screens.

Meals: B, D

Day 8: Maisy Battery, Airborne Museum

This morning, visit the Maisy Battery, the trenches, bunkers, cannons, and vehicles that made up one of the largest German defensive positions in the Omaha sector on D-Day. We’ll have lunch in Ste-Mere-Eglise, the first town freed by US paratroopers in Normandy. The Airborne Museum has a fine the collection of mythic planes used by the 82nd and 101st American airborne divisions who parachuted into Normandy on the night of 5 June 1944. Return to Caen for free time and dinner this evening.

Meals: B, D

Day 9: Paris Sightseeing

Today we leave Caen and head to Paris. Upon arrival, enjoy a leisurely lunch on your own before a panoramic tour of the magnificent sights of “La Ville Lumière:” Napoleon’s Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Concorde, and the Champs Elysées. We’ll enjoy dinner this evening at our hotel. 

Stay: Paris (TBA)
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day 10: Guided tour of WWII Paris, Free Time

We’ll learn how life was in Paris during and after the WWII Occupation and about the French resistance forces in the capital city between 1940 and 1944. Then, lunch on your own and time to explore the many wonderful places of Paris. Looking for suggestions? DeNureTours recommends Tuileries Gardens, the Île de la Cité, the Latin Quarter, the Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la  Concorde, Church of La Madeleine, and the Place Vendôme.

Meals: B, D

Day 11: Canadian National Vimy Memorial

From France to Belgium, we’ll stop in Arras for lunch before we visit the Vimy Memorial. The Battle of Arras was fought on Vimy Ridge by all four Canadian Corps. Dedicated to the memory of Canadian Expeditionary members killed during the First World War, particularly the 60,000 Canadian soldiers who lost their lives fighting in France, the memorial was placed on the highest point of Vimy Ridge. It bears the names of 11,000 missing Canadian soldiers killed in France who have no known grave. From Vimy Ridge, we continue to Antwerp, the multicultural port on the River Scheldt known for diamonds and Rubens. The Allies eventually won the Battle of the Scheldt, a series of military operations conducted by the Canadian First Army, but at a cost of 12,873 casualties, half of which were Canadian. We’ll return to the hotel this evening for dinner as a group.

Stay: Antwerp (TBA)
Nights: 2
Meals: B, D

Day 12: Liberation Museum Zeeland, Bergen Op Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

Awake in Antwerp for a day of touring. In the morning, we’ll visit the Liberation Museum Zeeland to learn about Zeeland’s history in WWII, especially the Battle of the Scheldt, the longest battle on Dutch territory. Lunch on your own before a visit to the Bergen Op Zoom Canadian War Cemetery. Return to Antwerp and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Meals: B, D

Day 13: Camp Vught National Memorial, Guided walking tour of Amsterdam

Today we leave Antwerp and head to Amsterdam by coach, stopping at Camp Vught National Memorial on the site of the former Herzogenbusch Camp. Herzogenbusch was the only concentration camp established in the Netherlands. It held 30,000 prisoners who were sent to death camps. After a sombre visit, we will continue to the capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam. Once a small fishing village in the 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age. Today it is a leading centre for finance and diamonds, not to mention a beautiful city of canals. Enjoy a walking tour of Amsterdam with a local guide before we check in at the hotel for dinner as a group.

Meals: B, D

Day 14: Anne Frank House, Free Time

After breakfast, we’ll visit the famous Anne Frank House where Anne and her family hid during WWII. Today it is a museum that holds quotations from her diary, photographs, and original objects that belonged to those who hid from the Nazis. Free time is yours for lunch and to explore Amsterdam’s many attractions. Visit the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum, stop for refreshments at the Heineken Experience, visit Gassan and bring home diamond jewellery and souvenirs. This evening we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner.

Meals: B, D

Day 15: Return Flight Home

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before our return flight home..

Meals: B

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