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D-Day 80 Tour: Normandy to Holland 2024

Dieppe - Somme - Vimy - Ypres

June 05 - June 14, 2024

June 5 to June 14, 2024

Join us in June on a journey to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, exploring the historic battlefields of Normandy, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. This tour will take you through a journey of remembrance and reflection, as we visit iconic sites and monuments that honor the brave men and women who fought and sacrificed their lives for the liberation of Holland during the Second World War. 

 

This tour is an opportunity to pay tribute to the brave soldiers who fought for our freedom and to reflect on the sacrifices made during this pivotal moment in history.

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D-Day 80 Normandy to Holland: Tour Information

Destination: France, Belgium, Netherlands

Tour Dates: June 5th - June 14th, 2024

Duration: 9 Nights, 10 Days        

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D-Day 80 Tour Map & Outline

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
 

  • Visit the Vimy Ridge Memorial

  • Celebrate 80 years of remembrance in the D-Day commemorative ceremonies.
     

  • Explore the battle of Normandy from Omaha to Juno.
     

  • Visit the Lochnagar Crater, among one of the largest craters on the battlefields of the Western Front. 

  • Witness the breathtaking Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate led by the dedicated Ypres Fire Department & World Community honouring those who fought in the Great War

  • Continue in our fathers footsteps through to the liberation of Holland.

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D-Day 80 Normandy to Holland:
Tour Itinerary

Day 1  Wednesday, June 5th      |      Arrival in France to Normandy 

Upon your arrival at Charles De Gaulle International Airport this morning, you will be welcomed by our tour guide and driver where will begin our journey to the French province of Normandy. We begin with a visit to Pegasus Bridge where the 6th British Airborne landed, captured and liberated the first house in Europe, the Café Gondree.  We will finish our day in the Normandy region with visits to see the Canadian Memorial Garden in the Abbaye des Ardenne and Verrieres Ridge, where the Black Watch suffered severe casualties in “Operation Spring”. We will then make our way to our hotel for some rest and relaxation before our “Welcome Dinner” with an opportunity to get to know our fellow travelling companions. [Overnight – Caen/Ouistreham/Rouen/Falaise (D)]

 

Day 2  Thursday, June 6th    |     D-Day  Ceremony
Today marks 80 years since the D-Day invasion began in the opening of the Battle of Normandy. Our entire day today will be left open in anticipation of the ceremonial events to be hosted by Veteran Affairs Canada and French Authorities. All Commemorative Events are TBD at this time - Travellers will be notified of all updates related to today’s itinerary. Seating at today’s events is not guaranteed to all -- if you have difficulty with mobility please let us know ahead of time. This evening after the commemorations are through, we will enjoy our last dinner in Normandy together. [Overnight – Caen/Ouistreham/Rouen/Falaise (B, D)].

 

Day 3  Friday, June 7th      |       The Canadian Story at Normandy 

Today we continue on our private orientation of the D-Day Normandy invasion. Our day will begin with a solemn morning visit to the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian Military Cemetery. We continue to the ‘Juno’ sector of the Normandy beaches, to see the Queens’ Own Rifles House, the first house liberated by Canadian forces when they stormed the beaches on June 6th, 1944, before heading over to the Juno Beach Center, dedicated to the 3rd Division landings, as well as Canada’s full involvement during World War II. After lunch, we visit the Mulberry Harbors in Arromanches before continuing on to La Chaos, the German offshore battery, which today still sits relatively intact, 75 years later. We continue further still, to Omaha Beach to discover the appalling difficulties required for the Americans landing on Bloody Omaha. We will finish our day with a visit to Pointe du Hoc where the cratered landscape of the German battery, taken by the US Rangers in 1944, can be observed. After leaving Omaha, we head back to our hotel to enjoy our dinner and overnight. [Overnight – Caen/Ouistreham/Rouen/Falaise  (B, D)]

 

Day 4    Saturday, June 8th     |      Dieppe  

Saying our farewells to the Somme region, we shift our focus from the First World War to the Second, heading for the French coast to the seaside resort town of Dieppe. We will first explore the Blue Beach at Puys, where we can view the gun emplacements on the cliff tops, which, on Aug 19, 1942, were responsible for such terrible Canadian casualties. We will then visit the Dieppe Canadian Cemetery before travelling to the Green Beach at Pourville. We will also view the main landing beaches of Red and White on the Dieppe seafront. Later, we will continue our journey to Amiens for our hotel check-in, dinner, and overnight. [Overnight - Amiens/Arras (B, D)]

 

Day 5     Sunday, June 9th      |      Somme
Our day will be spent exploring the Somme - making visits to the Memorial to the Missing at Thiepval, as well the preserved battlefield memorial park at Beaumont Hamel - dedicated to the Royal Newfoundland and Labrador Regiment who lost so many men on that first day of battle. After enjoying a locally made picnic lunch at the Old Blighty Cafe we will continue on to view the Lochnagar Crater, among one of the largest craters on the battlefields of the Western Front. We then head back to the gothic city of Amiens, with time to explore and enjoy dinner on your own. [Overnight – Amiens/Arras (B)]

 

Day 6  Monday, June 10th     |     Vimy + Hill 70
Today we take a tour to Vimy Ridge Memorial Park. It was on Hill 145, on 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 tour the tunnels, trenches and memorial, as well as the brand new interpretation centre, which opened in Spring 2017 for the 100th Anniversary. Enjoy a locally prepared picnic lunch en-route. In the afternoon, we continue to see the new Canadian Memorial at Hill 70, where we will visit the brand new, and state of the art museum in Loos-en-Gohelle, which opened in the Summer of 2017 for the 100th Anniversary. Here we will be discussing the Battle of Hill 70 - sometimes dubbed as “Canada’s Forgotten Battle”. When our explorations of the battlefields are through, we continue on to Ypres, Belgium.

[Overnight – Kortrijk/Ypres Area (B, D)]

 

Day 7  Tuesday, June 11th     |     In Flanders Fields
Today we will take the full day to explore the Ypres Salient Battlefields. We begin our introduction with a visit to Essex Farm, the place where John McCrae wrote the famous poem “In Flanders Fields”. We then head north to visit the Tyne Cot Commonwealth Cemetery - the largest Commonwealth Cemetery, of any conflict, in the world. We will also discuss the Battle of Passchendaele, with visits to the Crest Farm Memorial, in Passendale. We continue further to explore the German Cemetery of Langemark, and the 'Brooding Soldier' at St Julien, to commemorate the first gas attacks against the 1st Canadian Corps in 1915. Lastly, we take a visit to the Hooghe Crater, and Hill 62 - a small area of the original battlefield and part of the Canadian Front Line. We finish our orientations today in the medieval city of Ypres, also known as the 'City of Peace' with an early group meal in the heart of Ypres’ Grote Markt. Tonight, at 8PM, we will witness the iconic and historic Last Post Ceremony, at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, led by the Ieper Fire Department & the Last Post Association. This daily act of homage is among the most memorable acts of remembrance that we will witness on our tour. After the ceremony is through, we will head back to our hotel to prepare for tomorrow’s departure. [Overnight – Kortrijk/Ypres Area (B, D)]

 

Day 8   Wednesday, June 12th      |      Departure to Holland 

Enjoy breakfast, before we say our farewells to Belgium, and begin our tour to Nijmegen, in the Netherlands, for the opportunity to visit the Canadian Military Cemetery at Groesbeek. We continue to Arnhem, where the Airborne Division suffered heavy casualties during Operation Market Garden. Also known as the “Bridge Too Far”, this area is where the Canadian Second division liberated Holland from stubborn German occupation in 1944/45. Tonight, we will enjoy dinner together before our overnight. [Overnight – Van der Valk Nijmegen-Lent) (B, D)]

 

 

Day 9  Thursday, June 13th     |       The Liberation 

We begin our tour this morning with a visit to the Hartenstein Hotel, then the command centre for Operation Garden, now the Museum to the Airborne. This afternoon we will explore Apeldoorn, as well as the Holten Canadian Military Cemetery, the second largest WWII military cemetery in the world. Tonight, we will enjoy our farewell dinner at a local favourite restaurant. [Overnight –  Van der Valk Nijmegen-Lent) (B, D)]

 

Day 10   Friday, June 14th    |     Flight Departure

This morning after breakfast we transfer to Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport for our group flight departure home, [or take a personal travel extension to Amsterdam]. [(B) Lunch and snacks served onboard]

 

END OF TOUR

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

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE

Coach & Hotel Space made available for a maximum of 30 people per 50 seat coach

Minimum Tour Capacity: 

20 Travellers per 30 seat coach

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Juno Beach Memorial Park

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Point 67 Memorial at Verrieres Ridge  

The Beaches at Puys, near Dieppe. France 

The Vimy Ridge Memorial, France 

Exploring the advanced dressing stations, at Essex Farm in  Flanders, Belgium

Juno Beach & Memorial at sunset 

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The Hartenstein Hotel 

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Departure from AMS Schiphol, or take the option of a few days to explore Amsterdam after the tour

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

Contact us at info@thebattlefieldtours.com 

& we will happily provide suggestions to enhance your experience!

Tour pricing comes with the following inclusions & exclusions:

Inclusions

Exclusions

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Round Trip Airfare

Some Lunches (L) & 
Some Dinners (D)

 

Single Room Supplement

 

Gratuities to your drivers and guides
 

Porterage (luggage handling to your room is 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
 

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 service fees, surcharges, fees, and departure taxes

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D-Day to Liberation | Pricing

$ 4995 CAD


$ 975 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 60 days prior to departure Friday April 5th, 2024.
 

1-877-449-4652

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