Canadian Battlefields including Vimy Ridge 100th Anniversary

11 days - April 3 - 13, 2017

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11 days
April 3 - 13, 2017
C$3,359 per person twin basis
Land only
Single supplement C$1,089

Your Journey to the battlefields of WWl and WWll takes you to the moving sites of Canadian military bravery in Northern France, Belgium and England, including the 100th anniversary of the poignant Vimy Ridge battle. A Canadian nationalistic symbol of achievement and sacrifice.

 

WWI & WWII Battlefields including Vimy Ridge 100th Anniversary 2017

*Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before 1:00 pm April 3, 2017.

MONDAY, APRIL 3 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. Airport arrival transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meal: Welcome Reception

TUESDAY, APRIL 4 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 Specialist. 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 20th 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 along the Thames. Your Travel Director will also give you suggestions on how to spend your evening.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 London - Portsmouth – Overnight Ferry to Caen

Today leave the bustle of London and head south to Portsmouth. Stop at the fascinating Historic Dockyard and visit HMS Monitor M33, the Royal Navy's sole surviving warship from the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign and the only warship from World War I open to the public of the three that remain intact today. Learn about the ships' fascinating history from its 69 years in service, including the Dardanelles Campaign of 1915-16, the Russian Civil War and its work as a mine-laying training ship in Portsmouth. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore this fascinating area which highlights the Royal Navy's past, before dining at a local restaurant this evening. Tonight board an overnight ferry to France.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

THURSDAY, APRIL 6 Caen – D-Day Normandy Beaches - Bayeux

After breakfast early this morning, disembark the ferry and travel to the significant Canadian Landing sites at St Aubin-sur-Mer and Bernieres-sur-Mer. After an included visit to the Juno Beach Museum, learn about British, Commonwealth and American involvement before stopping at the Canadian War Cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer. We arrive at our Bayeaux hotel in the late afternoon with free time to relax.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

FRIDAY, APRIL 7 Normandy - Amiens – Lille (3 Nights)

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

Meal: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

SATURDAY, APRIL 8 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, here 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 8:00 pm. Return later to your hotel.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

SUNDAY, APRIL 9 Lille – Vimy - Lille

Today visit the memorial at Vimy Ridge to join the celebration and commemoration of the 100th anniversary.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

MONDAY, APRIL 10 Lille – Reims

Today travel to the city of Reims with its magnificent cathedral, Notre-Dame de Reims, which was once the crowning place of the kings of France. Since 1991, it is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Reims is also a champagne production center. The headquarters of "Grandes Marques" great houses of Champagne production is in this city. Enjoy an educational wine tasting in one of Reims Champagne Houses before arriving at your hotel.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

TUESDAY, APRIL 11 Reims – Paris

We depart today to Paris for a two night stay.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12 Paris

This morning your Local Specialist takes you on a guided orientation drive of this mesmerizing city for views of the Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening celebrate a wonderful trip with your travel companions at a Farewell Dinner.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

THURSDAY, APRIL 13 Depart Paris

After breakfast, say farewell to Paris and your newfound friends as you prepare to return home. Airport departure transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast

YOUR INCLUDED SIGHTS
 
  • Sightseeing tour of London with a Local Specialist – included visit to the Imperial War Museum 
  • Visit to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  • Normandy – Historic Juno & Sword D-Day Landing Beaches, Canadian Cemetary at Beny-sur-Mer, Caen Memorial 
  • Ypres Battlefields 
  • Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 and see Essex Farm Cemetery 
  • Attendance at Vimy Ridge 100th Anniversary ceremonies
  • Wine tasting in Reims Champagne region 
  • Sightseeing tour of Paris with a Local Specialist

TRIP INCLUDES
  • 10 nights’ accommodation, 
  • 10 Buffet Breakfasts 
  • 5 Dinners including a Welcome Reception in London, Farewell Dinner in Paris. 
  • All transport shown (including overnight ferry). 
  • All transfers shown. 
  • Airport transfers, restrictions apply.

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To find out more call us at 1-800-352-4444 or click above

Itinerary is subject to change in 2017. Please refer to Trafalgar’s 2016 Europe & Britain for complete Terms & Conditions
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