WWI and WWII Battlefields - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

12 days

from €2625 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Aug 2015.
"It was an amazing experience"
Lindsay , Jul 2014

Your journey to visit some of the historic battlefields of the First and Second World Wars takes you to some of the most poignant places in southern England, northern France, Belgium and The Netherlands.

It's Insider moments like… 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 soldiers that lost their lives.

Trip type:
Special Interest
Trip code:
FBAT

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Trip Itinerary

  • 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

  • 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 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 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 along the Thames. Your Travel Director will also give you suggestions on how to spend your evening.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 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. Consider a visit to the Historic Dockyard where you can see the HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860. This evening dine at a local restaurant before boarding your overnight ferry to France.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

  • 4.

    OVERNIGHT FERRY – D-DAY NORMANDY BEACHES – BAYEUX

    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. These beaches and the surrounding area are a moving testament to the Allied Soldiers of WWII, and during your time here we will visit memorials dedicated to their efforts. Later visit Bayeux Cemetery and museum and see the famous Bayeux Tapestry.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Novotel Bayeux

  • 5.

    BAYEUX – 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 Allied forces which ultimately led to the armistice of 11 November 1918.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine

    Hotel

    Mercure Cathedrale

  • 6.

    AMIENS – SOMME BATTLEFIELDS – PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    After an early start, visit some of the 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

  • 7.

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Specialist 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

  • 8.

    PARIS – LA COUPOLE – LILLE (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit the memorial at Vimy Ridge, dedicated to the Canadian soldiers who died during the First World War. An included visit to La Coupole World War II Museum will give a Cultural Insight into why this old German Bunker could have changed the outcome of the war as well as the course of European history. 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

  • 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

  • 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 Amsterdam City

  • 11.

    AMSTERDAM ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    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 for a Cultural Insight, 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

  • 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

The Trafalgar Difference

  • 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.
  • Cultural Insights

    Visit La Coupole Museum housed under a concrete dome built by the German army, which is one of the most impressive remains of World War II.
    Visit Volendam to learn about the production of traditional Dutch cheese and clogs.
  • Local Specialists

    in London and Paris.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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

Dining

  • 11 breakfasts (including 2 full breakfasts and 9 hot buffets).
    5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 2 three course dinners with wine and three course dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Caen.
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • It's the right hotels With our Insider knowledge, we've handpicked quality hotels to complement this trip. Check the daily itinerary for hotel details and tripadvisor.com for reviews.
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Paris

  • Seine Cruise And Paris Illuminations

    Adult Price: €34.00 Paris at night is a city transformed. Enjoy this superb 'city of light' on a leisurely cruise along the River Seine. Afterwards, as we drive through this amazing city, we’ll stop at some vantage points for you to capture the fascinating sights on camera. In summer, this trip may take place before sunset.
  • Versailles Palace And Gardens

    Adult Price: €64.00 Built for the Sun King, Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the envy of every European ruler. Your Local Specialist will take you through the State apartments and famous Hall of Mirrors, with free time to stroll the symmetrical tree-lined gardens. Please note: this optional is subject to availability.
  • Dinner in Monmartre and Artists Square

    Adult Price: €74.00 Dominated by the soaring Sacre Coeur Basilica, you’ll join your Local Specialist to explore Monmartre’s winding streets, unusual galleries and world famous Artist’s Square - once home to the works of Toulouse Lautrec and Picasso. You’ll have time to browse and barter for original art and we'll head out for dinner for a real flavour of Montmartre life.
  • Parisian Cabaret And Dinner

    Adult Price: €0.00 Join us for dinner with wine included at one of the most prestigious cabaret shows in town, where you’ll watch an evening of exciting acts, stunning tableaux and wonderful entertainment – including the world famous Can-Can. A Parisian night you’ll never forget. Your Travel Director will book the best available cabaret which will either be Moulin Rouge (€157) or La Nouvelle Eve (€133).

Amsterdam

  • Dinner In A Historic Dutch House And Canal Cruise

    Adult Price: €68.00 Join us for a delicious meal of Dutch specialities, including drinks, in the elegant surroundings of this historic house. Later you’ll board our private boat and glide gently along the canals, under picturesque bridges and past elegant town-houses built on the water's edge.
  • Exotic Sea Palace Dinner And Canal Cruise

    Adult Price: €61.00 Get to know the group and savour delicious dishes (with drinks included) at The Sea Palace floating restaurant, one of the most exotic restaurants in Amsterdam. Later, you'll board our private boat and glide gently along the canals, under picturesque bridges and past elegant town-houses built on the water's edge.
  • Anne Frank's Amsterdam

    Adult Price: €39.00 Join your Local Specialist for a tour of the streets of Amsterdam, as seen through the eyes of a resident during WWII. You’ll conclude with a tour of the Anne Frank House - home to the Frank family for 2 years and the setting to Anne's world famous diary.
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