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the 2022 Full Caribou Trail

- Gallipoli - Beaumont Hamel - Kortrijk - Monchy - Gueudecourt - Masnières -

IT TOOK 107 YEARS - BUT THE CARIBOU TRAIL IS FINALLY COMPLETE

Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial & Park

June 23  - July 4, 2022

Join us to pay respect to the 6th and final Caribou Monument, which, after 107 years, has finally been erected to complete Newfoundland’s Caribou Trail.

Each of the six magnificent Caribou sculptures along the trail stands for a generation of Newfoundlanders sacrificed on the killing fields of Europe. Envisioned by the Regiment's unflappable and devoted padre, for more than a century, only 5 in Europe stood tall, until now. 

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ON THIS TOUR:

Newfoundland

Honouring Newfoundland's contribution to the First World War - for the first time in history, complete the Caribou Trail with us

 

CARIBOU TRAIL Tour Info

Destinations:  Turkey, France, Belgium
Tour Dates: JUNE 23rd - JULY 4th, 2022

Flight departure: [Jun 22, Istanbul] Flight return: [July 04, Brussels)] 
Flight departure [your major gateway] > [Istanbul]], Flight Return [Brussels Airport (Paris departures

also available)]      

Recent CARIBOU TRAIL Updates

CARIBOU TRAIL Map & Outline

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
 

  • The full Trail of the Caribou for the first time, as it was meant to be
     

  • Enjoy 4-star accommodation in contemporary properties with plenty of history to share. 
     

  • Explore the First World War in the Somme & Flanders - home to the world's largest battlefields and memorials
     

  • Executive coach transportation, with washrooms, air conditioning, and now complete with ozone filtration
     

  • See the Vimy Ridge Monument & Memorial Park

  • Exploring, understanding and honouring the full Trail of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment 

^^^ Explore by scrolling through the cities we will be visiting, and zoom in to get familiar with where we will be visiting on this tour.

CARIBOU TRAIL | Itinerary

 

-- Wednesday June 22, 2022
Depart from St. John’s Newfoundland via Toronto's Lester B Pearson Airport on your overnight flight to Istanbul. [Dinner and breakfast will be served onboard]
 

Day 1 - Thursday June 23
Upon arrival at Istanbul International Airport, you will meet your battlefield guide at the Arrivals Meeting Point, before continuing into Istanbul. After dropping off your bags, enjoy a short walk with our guide to get oriented with the city. Take the rest of the afternoon to rest, or head to the Hippodrome, the scene of ancient chariot races. See the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, the greatest surviving example of Byzantine Architecture. For over 1,000 years this was the largest church in the world. Tonight, we reunite for a welcome reception and dinner to get to know each other! [Overnight - Istanbul 4* (B, D)] 
 

Day 2 - Friday June 24
After breakfast this morning, we depart Istanbul, and take the long and leisurely drive to the Gallipoli peninsula, taking the time for lunch and picture stops along the Marmara Sea route. We arrive in Eceabat in the late afternoon for our hotel check-in, and dinner. [Overnight - Eceabat 3* (B, D)] 


Day 3 - Saturday June 25
Enjoy a full day exploring the Newfoundland story in Gallipoli. We explore Sulva Bay, with stops at Kangaroo Beach, Hill 10 Cemetery, Green Hill, and the Essex Ravine. We’ll stop at the 6th and final Caribou Monument, finally erected to complete Newfoundland’s Caribou Trail. Here, atop Caribou Hill we will pause for a small, but important ceremony. We will also explore the Australian story, with stops at Little West Beach, AnZac Cove and the Azmat Cemetery. This evening, we return to our hotel for our dinner and overnight. [Overnight - Eceabat 3* (B, D)] 


Day 4 - Sunday June 26
Today we continue our orientations of Gallipoli, taking in sweeping views at Cape Helles. While here, we will make stops at the Canakkale Martyrs Memorial and the Lancashire Landing Cemetery, before heading over to B Beach for further orientation. This evening, we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.  [Overnight - Eceabat 3* (B, D)] 


Day 5 - Monday June 27
After breakfast, we say our farewells to Gallipoli and make the long drive back to Istanbul. En-route, we will make a stop in the Ancient City of Troy. We will gaze at 3,000 year old landmark ruins and monuments, such as the Temple of Athena, and the trench of Schliemann. We’ll explore the death of Achilles near the Scaean Gate, and discover the site where the Trojan Horse was probably taken at the Gate of Troy VI. At the end of our tour, we continue to Istanbul for our check-in. Enjoy dinner on your own this evening, at your own pace. [Overnight - Istanbul 4* (B)] 

Day 6 - Tuesday June 28
After an early breakfast this morning, we check out and say our farewells to Istanbul. Together, we fly to Paris. Upon arrival, we will be greeted by our new driver, who will whisk us through Northern France, to the City of Arras, in the heart of the Somme. Of all the battles the Royal Newfoundland Regiment fought during World War I, none was so defining and devastating as the Battle of the Somme. En-route, we’ll meet up with our friends at the Somme Museum of 1916, hidden deep in tunnels underneath Albert’s Basilica. Upon arrival in Arras, we will check in for our dinner & overnight. [Overnight - Arras 4* (B, D)] 

Day 7 - Wednesday June 29
Today, we head out for a full exploration of the area. We will see Lochnagar Crater, remnants from one of the largest non-nuclear blasts on record, as well as the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. We will also spend an extended amount of time to get to know Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland’s Memorial Park today - this is one of the best preserved battlefield sites in the world -  and it’s home to the Newfoundlanders - this is where we will find our first Caribou along the trail in France. Enroute home we’ll also make stops in Pozieres, and Courcelette. Tonight, we return to Arras - enjoy a night on your own to explore the city’s many different restaurants. [Overnight - Arras 4* (B, L)]  

Day 8 - Thursday June 30
We start our day with a special trip to Vimy Ridge Memorial Park. It was here, at Hill 145, in April 1917, that Canada truly became a nation in the eyes of the world. Its troops combined and stormed Vimy Ridge after all other allied forces had failed to do so. We will explore the new tunnel expansions, trenches and memorial, as well as the new interpretation centre, which opened in Spring 2017 for the 100th Anniversary. When our explorations of the battlefields are through, we continue on to the Canadian Memorial at Hill 70 to commemorate the oftentimes dubbed, “Canada’s Forgotten Battle”. This afternoon, we continue along the Caribou Trail, making stops at The Monchy-le-Preux Caribou Memorial to hear the incredible story of a handful of Royal Newfoundlanders up against overwhelming odds. We continue further, to the Caribou in Masnieres. Here, during the First Battle of Cambrai in 1917 the Newfoundlanders helped break through the heavily fortified Hindenburg Line en route to the city of Cambrai, which is where we will stop for lunch. We finish the day with a visit to Gueudecourt. Here, at the Gueudecourt Caribou Memorial, overlooking Hilt Trench is where the regiment captured German positions and held them against waves of counter attack. It was a success not seen anywhere else on the line that day. Tonight we head back to Arras where we will enjoy another night to explore the city’s different restaurants at our own pace. [Overnight - Arras 4* (B)]  

Day 9 - Friday July 1
It was on July 1, 1916, the first day of this battle at Beaumont Hamel where the Regiment made their greatest sacrifices. This morning, we shall attend the 106th Ceremony at Beaumont Hamel, alongside our friends & colleagues across the Somme to celebrate the bravery and optimism the Royal Newfoundland Regiment showed not only at the Somme, but throughout the war and since. There will be time to reflect on the great sacrifices made by our Newfoundlanders and their hopes for peace and happiness. After the ceremony we will continue north, to Belgium, stopping en-route to see the Ring of Remembrance and the Albian-Saint Nazaire 15th Century Church. Both hold powerful meaning for one to ponder in the destruction. We continue on to Ypres the City of Peace. At the Battle of Ypres, the Royal Newfoundland Regiment saw some of the greatest successes, taking large areas of enemy territory with the loss of a comparably small number of troops. A few weeks later they reached Kortrijk where they helped push back the Germans and capture the strategic Lys River railway crossing. This is our last Newfoundland Caribou Memorial to complete our Trail. After arriving in Ypres and checking into our hotel we will enjoy an early group meal together in the heart of the Grote Markt. [Overnight - Ypres 4* (B, D)]  

Day 10 - Saturday July 2
Today will be spent exploring the Ypres Salient from 1914-1918. Flanders Fields was the location of prolonged and intense fighting for the entirety of the war. We first visit Essex Farm Cemetery, the exact site where Canadian John MacCrae wrote his now-famous poem “In Flanders Fields.” Our next stop will be at the Hill 62 battlefield site and monument. We continue to the German Cemetery of Langemark. Here, we’ll discuss the differences between Commonwealth and German Cemeteries. We’ll pay our respects at the Tyne Cot Commonwealth Cemetery - the largest Commonwealth Cemetery in the world with close to 12,000 burials. The next stop is the Crest Farm Memorial on the Battlefield of Passchendaele, the most horrific battle of WW1. Our day will also include a stop at the village of St. Julien. In late April of 1915, Canada's newly arrived Division experienced some of the worst in warfare; the first Chlorine gas attacks. We head back early to Ypres this afternoon to visit the In Flanders Fields Museum, before enjoying the rest of the day to explore Ypres at your own pace. Choose from a wide range of delicious local Belgian cuisine tonight on your own in the famous Grote Markt of Ypres. [Overnight - Ypres 4* (B)]  

Day 11 - Sunday July 3
After breakfast this morning, we finish our tour with a trip to Poperinge for a picnic lunch and extended visit at the Talbot House. 106 years ago, this is where Allied soldiers went to find vital respite. Beforehand, we’ll have time to visit the former field hospital along the Ypres Salient, Lijssenthoek. See the Centre, Memorial & Cemetery. This afternoon, we head back to Ypres to enjoy the rest of the day to explore Ypres on our own. Tonight, we reunite for an early farewell dinner. At 8:00 PM tonight we will attend one of the most moving ceremonies in the world, The Last Post Ceremony. Performed every day without exception, it can only be described as an incredibly moving and solemn tribute to those lost in Belgium in the Great War.  [Overnight - Ypres 4* (B, L, D)]

Day 12 - Monday July 4 
After breakfast this morning, we will transfer to Brussels International Airport (or take our optional transfer to Charles du Gaulle Paris International Airport) for our flights back to Canada. (Meals on Board) 

 


TOUR END

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^^^ Arrive in Istanbul 

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^^^ A leisurely drive to the Gallipoli Peninsula along the Marmara Sea Route  

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^^^ The new Caribou in Gallipoli

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^^^ Explore the Musee Somme 1916 in Albert France

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^^^ A visit to Beaumont Hamel Battlefields

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^^^ A visit to Monchy

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^^^ A visit to the Ring of Remembrance

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^^^ A visit to the Canadian Memorial of Vimy Ridge 

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^^^ Ypres Belgium, "The City of Peace" - the In Flanders Fields Museum & Cloth Hall 

***This itinerary is subject to changes*** 

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Thinking about arranging a custom pre-tour trip or post-tour trip extension in Istanbul or Brussels? We encourage it! 

Minimum Tour Capacity:

25 travellers per 50 seat coach

Maximum Tour Capacity: 

30 Travellers per 50 seat coach

 

CARIBOU TRAIL | Inclusions

Tour pricing comes with the following inclusions & exclusions:

Inclusions

Exclusions

Transatlantic Airfare - (will be made available 11 months prior to departure)
 

Some Lunches (L) & 
Some Dinners (D)

 

Single Room Supplement
 

Porterage (luggage handling to your room available upon request)
 

Travel Insurance (please contact your travel agent / DH Tour if you need assistance booking medical or trip cancellation insurance)

Accommodations in Superior Tourist Class Hotels throughout (3-4*)

 

All Entrances as per your Itinerary

 

Flight Istanbul > Paris

 

Full Time Tour Manager & Escort

 

Transportation in fully air conditioned, ozone filtered executive coaches

 

Breakfast (B) throughout, Most Dinners (D) and some Lunches (L)

 

Online Map Kit, Tour Resource & Info Guide

 

All gratuities, service fees, surcharges, fees, and departure taxes

CARIBOU TRAIL | Pricing

$5177 CAD


$1106 CAD

Land only - per person, based on twin occupancy

Single Supplement

**Air is available from all major Canadian cities - please contact your Travel Agent for more information**

 

TOUR PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Initial Deposit: $500, ($300 of which is non-refundable) to guarantee your space is due immediately

 

Your Remaining Balance: Due 90 days prior to departure

METHOD OF PAYMENT

All funds will be collected by our host agency, DH Tour. If you would like to use your credit card, our agency will collect your payment details over the phone after you have registered. DH Tour accepts Visa, Mastercard, and American Express, as well as cash and cheque payments. 
 

Personal cheques can be made to:

“DH Tour”

Attn to: Karen Burwood [Travel Manager]

Mail to: 2319 Fairview St., Suite 609, Burlington ON L7R 2E3

Please review our Groups Terms & Conditions before booking with us.

 
 

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

Early registration is recommended for this battlefield program - This program will not be made available to more than 30 travellers per coach, we suggest you register as soon as possible to hold your space

 

No payment is required to register - An initial deposit of $500 CAD ($300 is non-refundable) will be called upon to reserve/secure your spot.

 

Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure 

 

Have questions about our tour program? 

Tour Operator - The Battlefield Tours - SAMANTHA COWAN p: 1-647-746-9862

 e:samantha@thebattlefieldtours.com

 

Don't have a travel agent and have questions about your flight or insurance options? Contact:

Our Host Travel Agent - DH Tour - KAREN BURWOOD p: 905-639-9954  e: karen@dhtour.ca

 

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