Georgetown Children’s Chorus
 BATTLEFIELD HERITAGE & PERFORMANCE TOUR  



The year 2017 is a significant one for the battlefields of France and Belgium. The Spring will mark 100 years since the iconic Battle of Vimy Ridge, the Autumn will mark 100 years since the Battle of Passchendaele, and the Summer will mark 75 years since the tragic Canadian Dieppe Raid. For Canada, this year will be a significant one on the battlefields - a poignant milestone for every Canadian family. 

 

Guided by our experienced director and a knowledgeable team, this tour was custom made so that the Georgetown Children's Chorus may follow in their forefathers’ footsteps, as we re-trace Canadian stories back to the battlefields, where we will gather together in song to mark this momentous centennial remembrance. 

VIMY: 100| A CANADIAN HERITAGE

 

Tour Info

 

Tour Dates: July 14th - 25th 2017

Destinations: Paris, Somme Battlefields, Vimy Ridge, Amiens, Ypres Salient, Dieppe, Normandy

We invite you to join us as we embark on a journey like no other - following in the footsteps of the men who would find themselves fighting on the battlefields of France and Belgium. Take the adventure back with us to the Western Front, where we will trace back the histories of these Canadians and their efforts that shaped our world 100 years ago. 

 

This tour has been organized to include tourist class hotels, executive coach with A/C & washroom, and a full-time tour manager. 

 

This program will include the personal performances prepared in honour of the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge. A thorough orientation at each battlefield site we visit will also be provided, as well as guided tours of all local areas. A sampling of local & delicious breakfasts & dinners will be provided daily, as well as the opportunity to visit Vimy Ridge, Beaumont-Hamel, and the Passchendaele Battlefields in their Centennial Commemoration years.  

Tour Leaders

Ian Cowan
Nearly 30 years ago, Tour Director Ian Cowan, took his passion for military war history and began to lead Canadian veterans and their families on their journey back to the Battlefields. Today, Ian and his Battlefield Tours team continue to offer 5-8 programs per year, focusing on events, ceremonies, and invitations, regarding the Canadian involvement in the First and Second World Wars. The Battlefield Tours is the number one choice of veterans and their descendants. See www.thebattlefieldtours.com for more information on this company.

 

Al Fraser
Al is a military historian and co-owner of Canada’s premiere website for military memorabilia, Collector’s Source. He supplies the War Museum in Ottawa with artifacts and has read thousands of books on this subject. Lois and Al have travelled this itinerary three times before with three different tour groups and Ian Cowan is their favourite guide! Lois and Al are both volunteering their leadership skills on our trip. Please note that Lois and Al will be making all decisions regarding the best outcome for the group as a whole. Ian will trouble shoot any logistics issues for us. Ian and Al are both extremely knowledgeable on WW1 and WW2 history and will be providing commentary on the trip.

Organizer's Contact Information

 

Principal Organizer: LOIS FRASER p: 905-877-4411 ext. 253  e: lfraser@fraserdirect.ca

Travel Agent: DH Tour - KAREN BURWOOD p: 905-639-9954  e: karen@dhtour.ca
Tour Director: The Battlefield Tours - IAN COWAN p: 416-844-4228  e: ian@thebattlefieldtours.com

 

Georgetown Chorus Tour | Map & Outline

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS & EVENTS
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  • The Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, Ypres Belgium
     

  • Guided visits to the Somme & the Caribou Monument at Beaumont Hamel
     

  • Guided visits to The Vimy Ridge National Memorial its centennial year
     

  • Guided visits to the Brooding Soldier Memorial at Vancouver's Corner in the village of Saint-Julien
     

  • Find a perspective during our guided visit to the German Cemetery of Langemark 
     

  • Guided visits to Passchendaele, Hill 62 & Sanctuary Wood in its centennial year
     

  • Guided WW2 orientation of Dieppe
     

  • Guided WW2 orientations along the Normandy Beaches
     

  • Performing Songs at Essex Farm, Menin Gate, Vimy & Dieppe

Explore by scrolling through the cities we will be visiting, and zoom in to get a feel for where we will be exploring on this tour: 

^^^ Scroll through the map above to explore where you will be visiting on tour

 

Georgetown Chorus Tour | Itinerary 

Our Day-to-Day Itinerary 

Day 1 | Friday July 14th 2017 | Flight Departure

Meet at Toronto’s Lester B Pearson International airport for your flight to Paris. [Dinner and breakfast will be served onboard]

 

Day 2 | Saturday July 15th 2017

Upon arrival at 0830am the following morning, you will be met by your driver and tour manager to begin your journey with a visit to the Compiegne Forest and the Compiègne Wagon, the historical train wagon in which the First and Second World War Armistice documents were signed. After the first armistice was signed on Nov.11, 1918, the wagon was eventually moved to a protective place in a French museum. Later, during the Second World War, the wagon was moved by Hitler to Berlin to symbolize Germany’s superiority over France. We then travel to Ypres, (Pronounced “EEP” or "EEP-ER") Belgium, - the City of Peace - with time for an orientation, a Welcome Dinner at the Old Tom, and the optional attendance at the Menin Gate Ceremony at 8pm. Every night since 1918 (other than during WW2), a moving ceremony takes place under the Menin Gate. The local people are proud of this simple but moving tribute to the courage and self-sacrifice of those who fell in defense of their town. [Overnight –Ypres (B, D)]

 

Day 3 | Sunday July 16th 2017

Today we tour the Ypres Salient Battlefield beginning with a visit to Essex Farm, the place where John McCrae wrote “In Flanders Fields”. We will sing Dale Wood’s composition “In Flanders Fields” here. We then take a visit to the Brooding Soldier at St Juliaan (Otherwise known as Vancouver Corner - the first gas attack/chemical warfare against the Canadians). We visit the Langemark German Cemetery as well as a visit to Hill 62 where we will have the chance to explore the original trenches in the outdoor Museum. We will also see a small area of the original battlefield in the Hooge which was part of the Canadian Front Line, and will finish our day of visitations at the Tyne Cot Cemetery followed by the battlefields at Passchendaele. [Overnight – Ypres (B, D)]

 

Day 4 | Monday July 17th 2017

This morning, we have a day tour to Bruges, also called “Venice of the North”. Bruges is a gorgeous city with canals, great shopping and an original Michelangelo sculpture. [OR], you can visit The Canada Museum at Adagem (optional). Known as the Canada Museum, it features an impressive collection of authentic World War II paraphernalia, and the associated and amazing Maple-Leaf Miniature Museum which displays a dozen authentic WW II battlefields in 1/35 scale. The museum complex is also host to some beautiful gardens. This evening, after dinner, we will be part of the ceremony: singing and laying a wreath at the Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony at 8pm, led by the Ypres Fire Department. The names on this monument represent all those whose graves have not been identified. This will surely be the most memorable Last Post Ceremony in your life. [Overnight – Ypres (B, D)]

 

Day 5 | Tuesday July 18th 2017

After breakfast, we will tour Vimy Ridge. It was on Hill 145, on April 1917, that Canada truly became a nation in the eyes of the world. It’s troops combined and stormed Vimy Ridge after other allied forces had failed to do in the previous two years. You will tour the tunnels, trenches and memorial. We will sing at the memorial. Then we will tour onto Albert to give you a perspective on the Somme with a visit at the Musee de Arbris. You will then tour the Somme Battlefield with a visit to the Memorial to the Missing at Thiepval, as well as one of the only surviving intact First World War monuments at the Beaumont Hamel Memorial Park. The park, maintained by Canada, remains as it was during the Battle of the Somme. It is now dedicated to the Newfoundland Regiment who lost so many men on that first day of battle. We will sing two Newfoundland songs there, in their honour. [Overnight – Amiens (B, D)]

 

Day 6 | Wednesday July 19th 2017

A day to be French!! Enjoy the beautiful city of Amiens, the canal lined by cafes and restaurants, dotted by many attractive pedestrian areas. Amiens is known for the Gothic Amiens Cathedral and the nearby medieval belfry. Shops and cafes line the Quartier St.-Leu’s narrow streets. Floating market gardens (“hortillonnages”) dot the city’s canals. The Musée de Picardie shows art and antiquities spanning centuries. Nearby, the Maison de Jules Verne is a museum where the science fiction author once lived. [Overnight – Amiens (B, D)]

 

Day 7 | Thursday July 20th 2017
This morning, we continue our tour with a drive to the seaside resort town of Dieppe. We will visit the Green Beach at Pourville as well as the Red & White main landing beaches on the Dieppe seafront. You will explore Blue Beach in Puys to view the gun emplacements on the cliff tops, which were responsible for the terrible Canadian casualties. We will place a wreath and sing at the Dieppe Memorial. After leaving Dieppe, we will travel to Normandy for our check-in. [Overnight – Bayeux (B, D)]

 

Day 8 | Friday July 21st 2017

We will begin our day with a visit to the Battle of Normandy Museum in Bayeux. This museum, which was recently re-opened, presents us with entirely new displays that offer the visitor a better understanding of the decisive actions taken in the liberation of Western Europe. Your next stop will be Verrieres Ridge to view the area where the Black Watch suffered severe casualties during “Operation Spring”. You will then travel to the Juno Beach Center, dedicated to the 3rd Division landings on D-Day and afterwards, as well as Canada’s full involvement during World War II. Note the large bronze statue that was cast here in Georgetown. Before heading back for dinner, you will visit the Canadian Military Cemetery – Beny-sur-Mer. [Overnight – Bayeux (B, D)]

 

Day 9 | Saturday July 22nd 2017

We will start our morning with a visit to Point du Hoc where you can still view the cratered landscape and the German battery taken by the US Rangers. We will continue on to Omaha Beach (immortalized in the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan) to the American Military Cemetery to discover the appalling difficulties required for landing on Bloody Omaha. After leaving Omaha, you will visit La Chaos, the German offshore battery still relatively intact after 60 years. In the afternoon you will visit the Disembarkation Museum and the Mulberry Harbour in Arromanches before heading back to your hotel. [Overnight – Bayeux. (B, D)]

 

Day 10 | Monday July 23rd 2017

After breakfast we drive to Paris where we will enjoy a tour of this fascinating City. We will see the famous sites of the Tour Eiffel, Louvre, Champs Elysee and Opera as well as Place de la Concorde before a river cruise on the Seine. This evening we meet for Dinner at the Jardin Notre Dame overlooking the Notre Dame. [Overnight – Paris (B, D)]

 

Day 11 | Sunday July 24th 2017

A morning walking tour of Montmartre (Paris’ famed artist centre) before we enjoy spending some free time on our own to shop or further explore this afternoon. Tonight, an early Farewell Dinner will be held at a local favourite restaurant before enjoying an evening cruise on the Seine, seeing the Tour Eiffel by night. [Overnight – Paris (B, D)]

 

Day 12 | Sunday July 25th 2017

This morning after breakfast you will transfer to Charles de Gaulle international airport for your flight home. [(B) Lunch and snacks served onboard]

 

 

Tour End.

 

 

The Battlefield Tours and our host agency DH Tour can assist you with the arrangement of any custom pre-trip and post-trip travel in Europe.

 

Please contact Karen Burwood, our travel agent [(Office Phone) 905-639-9954 | (Toll-Free) 1-888-597-3519 | karen@dhtour.ca ] with your flight requirements, travel insurance or to add any custom travel extensions to your journey


  

 

Our Day-to-Day Itinerary 

Day 1 | Friday July 14th 2017 | Flight Departure

Meet at Toronto’s Lester B Pearson International airport for your flight to Paris. [Dinner and breakfast will be served onboard]

 

Day 2 | Saturday July 15th 2017

Upon arrival at 0830am the following morning, you will be met by your driver and tour manager to begin your journey with a visit to the Compiegne Forest and the Compiègne Wagon, the historical train wagon in which the First and Second World War Armistice documents were signed. After the first armistice was signed on Nov.11, 1918, the wagon was eventually moved to a protective place in a French museum. Later, during the Second World War, the wagon was moved by Hitler to Berlin to symbolize Germany’s superiority over France. We then travel to Ypres, (Pronounced “EEP” or "EEP-ER") Belgium, - the City of Peace - with time for an orientation, a Welcome Dinner at the Old Tom, and the optional attendance at the Menin Gate Ceremony at 8pm. Every night since 1918 (other than during WW2), a moving ceremony takes place under the Menin Gate. The local people are proud of this simple but moving tribute to the courage and self-sacrifice of those who fell in defense of their town. [Overnight –Ypres (B, D)]

 

Day 3 | Sunday July 16th 2017

Today we tour the Ypres Salient Battlefield beginning with a visit to Essex Farm, the place where John McCrae wrote “In Flanders Fields”. We will sing Dale Wood’s composition “In Flanders Fields” here. We then take a visit to the Brooding Soldier at St Juliaan (Otherwise known as Vancouver Corner - the first gas attack/chemical warfare against the Canadians). We visit the Langemark German Cemetery as well as a visit to Hill 62 where we will have the chance to explore the original trenches in the outdoor Museum. We will also see a small area of the original battlefield in the Hooge which was part of the Canadian Front Line. We will finish our day of visitations at the Tyne Cot Cemetery followed by the battlefields at Passchendaele. [Overnight – Ypres (B, D)]

 

Day 4 | Monday July 17th 2017

This morning, we have a day tour to Bruges, also called “Venice of the North”. Bruges is a gorgeous city with canals, great shopping and an original Michelangelo sculpture. [OR], you can visit The Canada Museum at Adagem (optional). Known as the Canada Museum, it features an impressive collection of authentic World War II paraphernalia, and the associated and amazing Maple-Leaf Miniature Museum which displays a dozen authentic WW II battlefields in 1/35 scale. The museum complex is also host to some beautiful gardens. This evening, after dinner, we will be part of the ceremony: singing and laying a wreath at the Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony at 8pm, led by the Ypres Fire Department. The names on this monument represent all those whose graves have not been identified. This will surely be the most memorable Last Post Ceremony in your life. [Overnight – Ypres (B, D)]

 

Day 5 | Tuesday July 18th 2017

After breakfast, we will tour Vimy Ridge. It was on Hill 145, on April 1917, that Canada truly became a nation in the eyes of the world. It’s troops combined and stormed Vimy Ridge after other allied forces had failed to do in the previous two years. You will tour the tunnels, trenches and memorial. We will sing at the memorial. Then we will tour onto Albert to give you a perspective on the Somme with a visit at the Musee de Arbris. You will then tour the Somme Battlefield with a visit to the Memorial to the Missing at Thiepval, as well as one of the only surviving intact First World War monuments at the Beaumont Hamel Memorial Park. The park, maintained by Canada, remains as it was during the Battle of the Somme. It is now dedicated to the Newfoundland Regiment who lost so many men on that first day of battle. We will sing two Newfoundland songs there, in their honour. [Overnight – Amiens (B, D)]

 

Day 6 | Wednesday July 19th 2017

A day to be French!! Enjoy the beautiful city of Amiens, the canal lined by cafes and restaurants, dotted by many attractive pedestrian areas. Amiens is known for the Gothic Amiens Cathedral and the nearby medieval belfry. Shops and cafes line the Quartier St.-Leu’s narrow streets. Floating market gardens (“hortillonnages”) dot the city’s canals. The Musée de Picardie shows art and antiquities spanning centuries. Nearby, the Maison de Jules Verne is a museum where the science fiction author once lived. [Overnight – Amiens (B, D)]

 

Day 7 | Thursday July 20th 2017
This morning, we continue our tour with a drive to the seaside resort town of Dieppe. We will visit the Green Beach at Pourville as well as the Red & White main landing beaches on the Dieppe seafront. You will explore Blue Beach in Puys to view the gun emplacements on the cliff tops, which were responsible for the terrible Canadian casualties. We will place a wreath and sing at the Dieppe Memorial. After leaving Dieppe, we will travel to Normandy for our check-in. [Overnight – Bayeux (B, D)]

 

Day 8 | Friday July 21st 2017

We will begin our day with a visit to the Battle of Normandy Museum in Bayeux. This museum, which was recently re-opened, presents us with entirely new displays that offer the visitor a better understanding of the decisive actions taken in the liberation of Western Europe. Your next stop will be Verrieres Ridge to view the area where the Black Watch suffered severe casualties during “Operation Spring”. You will then travel to the Juno Beach Center, dedicated to the 3rd Division landings on D-Day and afterwards, as well as Canada’s full involvement during World War II. Note the large bronze statue that was cast here in Georgetown, where we will sing at the memorial. Before heading back for dinner, you will visit the Canadian Military Cemetery – Beny-sur-Mer. [Overnight – Bayeux (B, D)]

 

Day 9 | Saturday July 22nd 2017

We will start our morning with a visit to Point du Hoc where you can still view the cratered landscape and the German battery taken by the US Rangers. We will continue on to Omaha Beach (immortalised in the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan) to the American Military Cemetery to discover the appalling difficulties required for landing on Bloody Omaha. After leaving Omaha, you will visit La Chaos, the German offshore battery still relatively intact after 60 years. In the afternoon you will visit the Disembarkation Museum and the Mulberry Harbour in Arromanches before heading back to your hotel. [Overnight – Bayeux. (B, D)]

 

Day 10 | Monday July 23rd 2017

After breakfast we drive to Paris where we will enjoy a tour of this fascinating City. We will see the famous sites of the Tour Eiffel, Louvre, Champs Elysee and Opera as well as Place de la Concorde before a river cruise on the Seine. This evening we meet for Dinner at the Jardin Notre Dame overlooking the Notre Dame. [Overnight – Paris (B, D)]

 

Day 11 | Sunday July 24th 2017

A morning walking tour of Montmartre (Paris’ famed artist centre) before we enjoy spending some free time on our own to shop or further explore this afternoon. Tonight, an early Farewell Dinner will be held at a local favourite restaurant before enjoying an evening cruise on the Seine, seeing the Tour Eiffel by night. [Overnight – Paris (B, D)]

 

Day 12 | Sunday July 25th 2017

This morning after breakfast you will transfer to Charles de Gaulle international airport for your flight home. [(B) Lunch and snacks served onboard]

 

 

Tour End.

 

 

The Battlefield Tours and our host agency DH Tour can assist you with the arrangement of any custom pre-trip and post-trip travel in Europe.

 

Please indicate on your registration form your flight requirements, travel insurance and/or your request to add any custom travel extensions to your journey. Our office will contact you directly to arrange and price. Should you have any questions regarding your flight, insurance, or travel extension options, please contact Karen Burwood, our travel agent [(Office Phone) 905-639-9954 | (Toll-Free) 1-888-597-3519 | karen@dhtour.ca


  

 

Arrive in CDG Airport, France 

A visit to the Compeigne Forest

Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres

Exploring Vimy Ridge

Battlefields of the Somme, Beaumont Hamel Memorial park

Main beaches, Red & White, at Dieppe

Exploring Pointe du Hoc

Exploring the Siene & the Notre Dame

Maximum Tour Capacity:
35 Travellers per 50 seat coach 
If you have any questions or special requests - please let us know:
info@thebattlefieldtours.com

Tour Pricing

$4,584 CAD 
$3,584 CAD
$700 CAD

 
TOUR PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Initial Deposit: $500.00 (of which $300 is non-refundable) to guarantee your space is due immediately
Registration Closes: Tuesday, January 10th 2017
Midterm Payment: $1000.00 due by Friday, March 3rd 2017
Your Remaining Balance: due by Friday, May 5th 2017 (70 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, please add these details where indicated on your registration form. 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

Per person based on twin occupancy including our group air travel from Toronto

Per person, land only

Single supplement

 

This tour is fully customisable and comes with the following inclusions & exclusions: 

Round Trip Air Transportation from Toronto


Accommodations in Superior Tourist Class (3.5 - 4 Star Hotels)

Full Time Experienced Tour Manager

All Entrances as per your Itinerary

Executive Motor Coach with Washroom/AC/tea/coffee

 

All surcharges, fees, and departure taxes

 

Breakfast and dinner daily
 

 

Lunches and drinks with meals

 

Gratuities to driver / tour manager
(may we suggest 3Eur per day for your driver and 4Eur per day for your guide)


Travel Insurance (please contact DH Tour if you need assistance acquiring insurance)

Custom Travel Extensions (either pre-tour or post-tour) (please contact DH Tour if you need assistance with booking)

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