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WWI and WWII Battlefields

12 Days 4 Countries 15 Cities

Visit some of the most historic battlefields in Europe during this poignant Special Interest trip.

"It was an amazing experience"

Lindsay

About this trip

Your journey to the battlefields of WW1 and WW2 takes you to poignant sites in northern France, Belgium and The Netherlands – and to southern England to hear about the D-Day Landings.

You'll enjoy 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 i

Trip code: FBAT

11 Nights

accommodation

16 Meals
  • 11 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest).

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WWI and WWII Battlefields

Your 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 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(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 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

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 British, Canadian and Australian 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
Novotel Centre Tour Eiffel

7. Paris Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris' oldest historical neighbourhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of Paris's loveliest squares, little known to outsiders, but a real favourite of the locals. 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, 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 8.00pm. Return later to your hotel.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

10. Lille – Groesbeek Memorial – 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 2,000 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. Continue on 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'. Finally arrive in Amsterdam for a two night stay.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Golden Tulip

11. Amsterdam Orientation and Free Time

Start your day with an orientation featuring the 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 have free time in the 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

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    For included sightseeing in London and Paris.

  • 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.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit Volendam to learn about the production of traditional Dutch cheese and clogs.

  • 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.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

Paris, France
    • Insider walking tour in Paris

    • City tour in London

    • Orientation of Portsmouth, Normandy, Bayeux, Amiens, Somme Region, Ypres and 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, Passchendaele Memorial in Ypres and the National Liberation Museum in Groesbeek

    • See John Frost Bridge in Arnhem and the Dam Square and the Mint Tower in Amsterdam


What's Included

Dining

    • 11 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Caen

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing


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