the Liberation of Holland 75
HONOURING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF HOLLAND
HOLLAND - ONLY
May 1st - May 10th 2020
Join us, May 2020, for the 75th Anniversary, as we give our thanks and remembrance to the Canadian veterans who liberated Holland from the Second World War.
Help us commemorate one of the most historic moments of our time, in celebration between the Dutch and the Canadians, honouring those who did the impossible, up against all odds, so that we could have peace today.
Celebrate the 75th Anniversary events with us in Holland, incl. Ceremonies in Wageningen, Apeldoorn, and Holten.
Tour Dates: May 2nd - May 10th, 2020
Duration: 8 Night Tour, 9 Days
Flight departure: [May 01] Flight return: [May 10]
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Liberation of Holland 75 | Map & Outline
Celebrate 75 years of remembrance in the Liberation of WW2, in Holland
Participate in all Liberation Celebrations & Commemorations in Holten, Wageningen, and Apeldoorn
A visit to the 005 Canadian Clubhouse in Lochem
A visit to the Liberation Museums of Groesbeek, Arnhem, and Lochem
A visit to Zeeland & Bergen Op Zoom to discuss the Battle of the Scheldt
A day to explore the Keukenhof
A chance to extend your tour on the Road to Berlin or take your own adventure to Amsterdam
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Holland 75 | Daily Itinerary
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-- Friday, May 1st
Depart from Toronto's Lester B Pearson Airport on your overnight flight to Amsterdam. [Dinner and breakfast will be served onboard]
Day 1 - Saturday, May 2nd
Upon your arrival into Amsterdam Schiphol, you will be met by your Tour Manager and Coach Driver before our journey to Arnhem. Upon arrival into Arnhem, we will see the John Frost Bridge, (A Bridge Too Far), with a stop at the 'Airborne at the Bridge' museum. As we drive to our hotel in Holland we will discuss the Battle of Arnhem. Upon arrival into Arnhem, we will see the John Frost Bridge, (A Bridge Too Far). We arrive in time for some rest and relaxation before our "Welcome Dinner", where we will have the opportunity to meet other Canadian travelling companions. [Overnight - Van der Valk Hotel, Arnhem (B, D)].
Day 2 - Sunday May 3rd
We begin our day with a visit to the Hartenstein Hotel, the HQ of the beleaguered Airborne Forces in Operation Market Garden - now a remarkable museum before heading to the city of Nijmegen for an orientation tour and lunch. This afternoon, we continue to Groesbeek with a visit to the Liberation Museum. We finish our day in the Canadian Military Cemetery of Groesbeek to pay our respects. [Overnight - Van der Valk Hotel, Arnhem (B, D)].
Day 3 - Monday May 4th
**Ceremony at the Canadian Military Cemetery in Holten**
Today is Remembrance Day in the Netherlands. After breakfast, we depart for the Commemoration Ceremonies at the Commonwealth Military Cemetery in Holten. Before returning to our hotel for dinner, we will also get the opportunity to visit the Liberation Museum in Lochem and the Canadian Clubhouse, home to the 005 Canadian Legion of the Netherlands.
[Overnight - Van der Valk Hotel, Arnhem (B, D)].
Day 4 - Tuesday May 5th
**Liberation Parade in Wageningen**
After breakfast, we depart for Wageningen, to take part in the Liberation Parade, celebrating 75 years since the liberation of the Netherlands. On 5 May 1945 German Commander-General Blaskowitz met with Canadian General Foulkes, here, at the Hotel de Wereld. There they negotiated the surrender document for all German forces in the Netherlands.
[Overnight - Van der Valk Hotel, Arnhem (B, D)].
Day 5 - Wednesday May 6th
**New Event: Canada Welcome at the NMM**
Today, the National Military Museum in Soesterberg is inviting all Canadians to join them for their Canada Day event (*new event*). Upon arrival, we will be welcomed with coffee and tea, followed by the Introduction to the “Him or Me” exposition by the curator and project leader. We’ll be the first to partake in their Canadian sightseeing/audio tour, followed by a museum visit for you to explore the museum at your own pace, a large part of the ground floor is furnished with Canadian and German WWII equipment. [Overnight - Van der Valk Hotel, Arnhem (B, D)].
Day 6 - Thursday May 7th
Today we take the extensive drive to Zeeland to visit the Liberation Museum of Zeeland and Liberation Park to discuss the Battle of the Scheldt. Zeeland was the hardest-hit province in the occupation, and the effects of the Battle for the Scheldt were felt far beyond. This single operation cost the Canadians more casualties than any other operation during the whole of WWII. After our orientations, we head to Yerseke to sample some of their world-renowned seafood for lunch. We end our day with a solemn visit to the Canadian War Cemetery of Bergen-Op-Zoom. Before the day's end, we will also visit the small village of Woensdrecht. Here, the Black Watch and the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry engaged with the German 6th Paratrooper Regiment in a fierce battle on October 13th, 1944 - "Black Friday” as it is known, due to the high losses of men from both Canadian unit - however, victory was achieved, and it paved the way in cutting off a large number of German forces in the battle of the Scheldt. Tonight we return to Arnhem for our dinner and overnight. [Overnight - Van der Valk Hotel, Arnhem (B, D)].
Day 7 - Friday May 8th
**VE DAY in Europe**
Today marks the 75th Anniversary of Victory Day in Europe. After breakfast, we make the drive to Lisse to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, home to Europe’s largest garden, home to 7 million tulip bulbs planted annually. After the war, the Dutch people and their Royal family expressed their thanks to Canada by sending thousands of tulip bulbs to Ottawa. The Gift of Tulips became a yearly tradition. Approximately 10,000 of the bulbs from the Keukenhof are gifted to Canada each year. Before returning to Arnhem we will see the Kinderdijk Windmills UNESCO World Heritage Site, the largest of all windmill sites in the Netherlands, to learn more about Holland's history & heritage. Tonight, we return back to the hotel for our dinner and overnight. [Overnight - Van der Valk Hotel, Arnhem (B, D)]
Day 8 - Saturday May 9th
**Apeldoorn Thank You Canada Celebrations**
Today we join in on the 75th Liberation Celebrations in Apeldoorn - home of the ‘Thank You Canada’ celebrations. Witness displays of Old Army Cars at the Historic Army camp, and the Dutch Schoolboard’s “Peace and Freedom” presentation “Apeldoorn and the war”. Throughout the day we will also see various stage performances, and this evening, a static show various hot air balloons. Tonight we return to our hotel for our dinner and overnight.
[Overnight - Van der Valk Hotel, Arnhem or similar (B, D)].
Day 9 - Sunday May 10th
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Schiphol Amsterdam airport for our flights back to Canada. [(B) Meals onboard].
-This itinerary includes ceremonial events and may be subject to changes
Thinking about arranging a custom pre-tour or post-tour extension to your in Europe? We encourage it!
Should you have any questions regarding your flight, insurance, or travel extension options, we encourage you to reach out to your local travel agent. If you don't have a local agent, contact our host travel agency:
DH TOUR OFFICE
(Office Phone) 905-639-9954
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^^^ Arrive and transfer to Arnhem, to see a Bridge Too Far
^^^ Participating in the Commemorative Events at the Holten CWGC
^^^ Celebrations in Wageningen
^^^ A visit to Bergen Op Zoom CWGC Cemetery
^^^ A visit to the Hartenstein Hotel Museum in Arnhem
^^^ Celebrate with us at the Apeldoorn "Thank you Canada" Celebrations
^^^ Depart out of Amsterdam, with optional extension
Extend your tour & continue with us on:
the Road to Berlin
Minimum Tour Capacity:
20 Travellers per 35 seat coach
Maximum Tour Capacity:
40 Travellers per 50 seat coach
This Tour Includes...
Tour pricing comes with the following inclusions & exclusions:
AIR, THIS IS A LAND ONLY PROGRAM
Lunches (L), + drinks with dinner
Single Room Supplement
Gratuities owed to tour staff (5 EUR per person per day)
Travel Insurance (please contact your travel agent or DH Tour if you need assistance booking medical or trip cancellation insurance)
Accommodations in Superior
Tourist Class (3 - 4 Star Hotels)
Full-Time Experienced Battlefield
All Entrances as per your Itinerary
Executive Motor Coach with Washroom/AC/tea/coffee
Breakfast (B) throughout
Dinners (D) throughout
Online Custom Map Kit & Tour
Resource & Info Guide
All surcharges, fees, and departure taxes
Land only - per person, based on twin occupancy
**Air is available from all major Canadian cities - please contact your Travel Agent for more information**
TOUR PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Initial Deposit: $500.00 (of which $300 is non-refundable) to guarantee your space is due immediately
Your Remaining Balance: Due by Friday, February 21, 2020 (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, 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:
Attn to: Karen Burwood [Travel Manager]
Mail to: 2319 Fairview St., Suite 609, Burlington ON L7R 2E3
Early registration is recommended for this battlefield program - This program will not be made available to more than 40 travellers, 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 70 days prior to departure [Friday, February 21, 2020]