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WWI and WWII Battlefields 2014

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Big BenBuckingham PalaceOmaha Beach and D-Day Landing siteThe Eiffel Tower
Big Ben
Buckingham Palace
Omaha Beach and D-Day Landing site
The Eiffel Tower
  • Duration: 12 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Special Interest
  • Description: On the anniversary of the start of World War I, this journey to the most poignant places in southern England, northern France, Belgium and The Netherlands has even greater significance. It's Insider moments like… taking a personal moment to reflect on the huge loss of people and the sacrifices made during two world wars. Travelling to the historic Normandy D-Day beaches; listening to a haunting Last Post played at the Menin Gate in Ypres, where you can buy a wreath to lay in memory of the men that lost their lives; and often seeing sights important to your nation, like Fromelles, where thousands died in one of the darkest 24 hours of Australian military history.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS)

    After checking in at your hotel, why not explore the city of London? Whether you stroll through one of the Royal Parks, shop in the vibrant West End or visit one of the world famous historical attractions, London has plenty to keep you entertained. Later, meet with your Travel Director and fellow companions for a traditional English pub Welcome Reception.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Cumberland

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  • Day 2

    LONDON – SIGHTSEEING AND INCLUDED IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM VISIT

    See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace on your half day introductory sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. This afternoon travel to the Imperial War Museum which tells the stories of those whose lives were shaped by war from the First World War to the present day. You will see many of the most important weapons and vehicles of the twentieth century including a Spitfire that saw action in the Battle of Britain. Later you will have free time in the city or you may decide to visit the Tower of London and take a cruise down the Thames. Your Travel Director will also give you suggestions on how to spend your evening. Note: Refurbishment at the Imperial War Museum is still in progress therefore some departures will visit the Royal Air Force Museum.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3

    LONDON – D-DAY AND OVERLORD EMBROIDERY MUSEUM – PORTSMOUTH – OVERNIGHT FERRY TO CAEN

    Today leave London and head south towards Portsmouth. Visit the D-Day and the Overlord Embroidery Museum. This Museum was established in 1984 to tell the story of Operation Overlord from its origins in the dark days of 1940 to victory in Normandy in 1944. The Museum's centrepiece is the Overlord Embroidery. Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, it is a moving tribute to the efforts and sacrifices of the Allies in defeating Nazi Germany. Later stop in Portsmouth to enjoy free time in the Historic Dockyard. See the HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and the Spinnaker Tower. This evening dine at a local restaurant before boarding your overnight ferry to France.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 4

    OVERNIGHT FERRY – NORMANDY BEACHES – BAYEUX – CAEN

    Disembark from the ferry this morning after an early breakfast. Travel to the historic D-Day Normandy landing beaches and learn about British, Commonwealth and American involvement. Visit Omaha Beach and the poignant American Cemetery. See Arromanches, Gold, Juno and Sword beaches. Later visit Bayeux Cemetery and museum and see the famous Bayeux Tapestry. Travel to Caen for your overnight stay.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Novotel Caen Cote De Nacre/Novotel Bayeux

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  • Day 5

    CAEN – VISIT MEMORIAL DE CAEN – AMIENS

    This morning visit the Memorial de Caen. Learn about the significance of Normandy and receive a souvenir D-Day Landing beach booklet. Travel to Amiens and visit the cathedral that was built between 1220 and 1270 and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the First World War, this town was liberated by British, Canadian and Australian forces which ultimately led to the armistice of 11 November 1918.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Mercure Amiens Cathedrale/Novotel Amiens Est Boves

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  • Day 6

    AMIENS – SOMME BATTLEFIELDS – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    After an early start, visit some of the 1916 Somme Battlefields. Stop at Thiepval to see the poignant memorial which honours the 72,191 missing British and South African men who died with no graves. Visit Delville Wood (Devils Wood) where the South African Brigade suffered substantial losses. Later, arrive in Paris for a two night stay.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Pullman Montparnasse

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  • Day 7

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of Paris this morning. View the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower and see the city in all its glory. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. This afternoon consider an optional experience to the Palace of Versailles. You might like to round off your day by attending a performance at a famous Parisian cabaret.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 8

    PARIS – REIMS – LILLE (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit the city of Reims – famous for its magnificent cathedral, Notre Dame de Reims, formerly the place of coronation for French kings and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The region is also famous for production of Champagne. Many of the large champagne producing houses have their headquarters here. Enjoy an informative Local Speciality Champagne Tasting at one of these houses. Later at Vimy Ridge, see the memorial to the Canadian soldiers who died during the first World War. Later in Fromelles see where there was a combined operation between British troops and the Australian Imperial Force.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Crowne Plaza Lille

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  • Day 9

    LILLE – EXCURSION TO YPRES BATTLEFIELDS

    Visit the Ypres Salient and see sites such as Tyne Cot, Langemark, Vancouver Corner and many other places of interest. Stop in Passchendaele where you have an included visit to The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 where you can see a replica trench. See Essex Farm Cemetery where Lt. Col. John McCrea wrote the immortal poem – 'In Flanders Fields'. Have free time for an early dinner before making your way to the Menin Gate to witness. The Last Post Ceremony at 8.00pm. Return later to your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 10

    LILLE – GROESBEEK – NATIONAL LIBERATION MUSEUM – AMSTERDAM (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning travel across Belgium into The Netherlands and stop at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery and Memorial. The cemetery contains the remains of over two thousand Canadian soldiers who lost their lives in World War II. The Groesbeek Memorial commemorates members of the Commonwealth land forces who died during the campaign in north-west Europe between the time they advanced across the Seine River at the end of August 1944 and the end of the war. Then stop to visit the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945. You will have time to visit the permanent and temporary exhibitions before coffee or tea with a special 'liberation cake'. Later visit Arnhem. In World War II during Operation Market Garden (September 1944), the British 1st Airborne Division and the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade were given the task of securing the bridge at Arnhem. The events that took place were dramatized in the 1977 movie 'A Bridge Too Far'. See the bridge named after Major-General John Dutton Frost who commanded the British forces that reached and defended the bridge during the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944. Later arrive in Amsterdam for a two night stay.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Mercure Hotel Amsterdam City/Novotel Amsterdam City

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  • Day 11

    AMSTERDAM SIGHTSEEING

    Amsterdam is a fascinating city which boasts art, architecture, canals, museums, bicycles and charming side streets. Start your day with an orientation featuring Mint Tower, Dam Square and Museum Square. Later visit the town of Volendam to learn about the production of Dutch cheeses and see how clogs are made. This afternoon you may wish to enjoy some free time in this vibrant city or perhaps visit Anne Frank's House. This evening enjoy a unique Be My Guest Farewell Dinner with your travelling companions.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 12

    DEPART AMSTERDAM

    Say farewell to this magical country and your newfound friends at the end of a remarkable Battlefields trip. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Enjoy a unique dinner experience with traditional Dutch cuisine on the outskirts of Amsterdam. Meet a local family and learn about Dutch culture.
  • Local Expert in London and Paris.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Wine Tasting experience, learn about Champagne production and get to taste this speciality wine in Reims.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in London and Paris.
  • Orientations of Portsmouth, Normandy, Bayeux, Amiens, Somme Region, Reims, Ypres, and Amsterdam.
  • Visit the D-Day & Overlord Embroidery Museum and Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth, D-Day Beaches in Normandy, Amiens Cathedral, Military cemeteries throughout Northern France, Belgium and The Netherlands, Bayeaux Tapestry Museum, Caen Memorial, WWI & WWII Battlefields, Passchendale Memorial in Ypres, the Eiffel Tower and the National Liberation Museum in Groesbeek.
  • See John Frost Bridge in Arnhem and the Dam Square and the Mint Tower in Amsterdam.

Dining

  • 11 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinners with wine and three course dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Caen.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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