The Liberation of Holland Tour Program
HONOURING THE 78TH ANNIVERSARY - SPRING 2023
the Liberation of Holland 78
HOLLAND - ONLY
May 1st - May 10th 2023
Join us, May 2022, for the 78th Liberation of Holland, to reunite for the first time in 2 years, with our Dutch friends and family. We’ll celebrate together, remembering the Canadian veterans who liberated the Netherlands from the Second World War.
Embrace the powerful Dutch and Canadian connection with us in a series of tours and gatherings to honour those who did the impossible, up against all odds, so that we could have peace today.
Join Battlefield Guide Glenn Edmonds, who is back to lead us on this special tour.
Destinations: the Netherlands
Tour Dates: May 2nd - May 10th, 2023
Duration: 8 Night Tour, 9 Days
Flight departure: [May 01] Flight return: [May 10]
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Liberation of Holland 78 | Map & Outline
Celebrate 78 years of remembrance in the Liberation of WW2, in Holland
Community Commemorations in Holten, Bergen-op-Zoom, Groesbeek, Arnhem, and Groningen
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
^^^ 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.
Holland 78 | Daily Itinerary
-- Monday, May 1st, 2023
Depart from Toronto's Lester B Pearson Airport on your overnight flight to Amsterdam. [Dinner and breakfast will be served onboard]
Day 1 - Tuesday, 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. We arrive in time for some rest and relaxation before our "Welcome Dinner", where we will have the opportunity to meet our fellow Canadian traveling companions arriving from Normandy. [Overnight - Van der Valk Hotel, Nijmegen-Lent (D)].
Day 2 - Wednesday, May 3rd
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, where we’ll discuss more about Holland's history & heritage. Tonight, we return back to the hotel for our dinner and overnight.[Overnight - Van der Valk Hotel, Nijmegen-Lent (B, D)].
Day 3 - Tuesday, May 4th
**Private Community Wreath Laying Ceremonies at the Holten and Lochem** Today is Remembrance Day in the Netherlands. After breakfast, we depart for the breathtaking Commonwealth Military Cemetery in Holten. Here we will explore the new Holten exhibits in their new and impressive interpretation centre, before uniting with Holten’s staff and community for a wreath laying ceremony. Before returning to our hotel for dinner, we will also get the opportunity to visit the Canadian Clubhouse, home to the 005 Canadian Legion of the Netherlands for a big and beautiful lunch. Later, Barry Swarthoff, will show us his collection at the Liberation Museum in Lochem, while showing what his community does to honour the Canadians. [Overnight - Van der Valk Hotel, Nijmegen-Lent (B, L, D)]
Day 4 - Wednesday, May 5th
After breakfast, we take the short drive to Wageningen. 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. This afternoon, we head to Apeldoorn to walk the street of the Thank you Canada Lane - home of the ‘Man with Two Hats’ Memorial to Canada. Here we will lay a wreath to commemorate the veterans we’ve held hands with down this lane. This afternoon, we return to our hotel for dinner and a good rest, or take the chance to see the Memorial Crossing over Nijmegen. [Overnight - Van der Valk Hotel, Nijmegen-Lent (B, D)]
Day 5 - Thursday, May 6th
**Drive to Groningen** This morning we take an early and leisurely drive up to Groningen in the northern part of the Netherlands. Liberated by the 2nd Division in April of 1945, the Canadians up here had to fight for four long days to liberate the city, suffering 43 fatalities, 166 wounded.110 civilians were also tragically caught in the crossfire. This afternoon, we will meet our local guide before exploring the central market square. Here, the heaviest fighting took place - the scars still bear witness to the action 77 years ago. Despite the loss and destruction, the citizens of Groningen were determined to celebrate their liberation - and in the early evening, we will honour that memory in celebration with our local friends in a private dinner event in the heart of the city. After dinner, we take the drive back to Nijmegen, enjoy the option of watching a film on board. [Overnight - Van der Valk Hotel, Nijmegen-Lent (B, D)]
Day 6 - Friday, May 7th
**Special visit to the NMM** Today, we’ll make the drive out to the National Military Museum in Soesterberg who has invited us to join them for a special introduction. Upon arrival, we will be welcomed with coffee and tea, followed by the orientation of the New Lancaster Pavillion - Nowhere in the world is an aircraft exhibited in this way. A beautiful tribute to the seven crew members of this Lancaster NN775. We’ll partake in an orientation tour, followed by a museum visit for you to explore the museum at your own pace. A large part of the museum’s ground floor is furnished with Canadian and German WWII equipment. [Overnight - Van der Valk Hotel, Nijmegen-Lent (B, D)]
Day 7 - Saturday, May 8th
**VE DAY in Europe** Today marks the 77th Anniversary of Victory Day in Europe. 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 before a private wreath laying ceremony in honour of our good friend, Bud Weeks, at the foot of the Sherman Tank. 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, Nijmegen-Lent (B, D)]
Day 8 - Sunday, May 9th
Today we take a drive out to Zeeland to visit the Liberation Museum of Zealand 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 our hotel for our dinner and overnight. [Overnight - Van der Valk Hotel, Nijmegen-Lent (B, D)]
Day 9 - Monday, May 10th
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Schiphol Amsterdam airport for our flights back to Canada. [(B) Meals onboard]. **Option to extend to Berlin or Amsterdam with visits to Anne Frank & the Dutch Resistance Museum**
***This itinerary is subject to changes***
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!
^^^ Arrive and transfer to Arnhem, to see a Bridge Too Far
^^^ A visit to the Hotel de Wereld in Wageningen
^^^ A visit to Bergen Op Zoom CWGC Cemetery
^^^ A visit to the Hartenstein Hotel Museum in Arnhem
^^^ Watch the moving Sunset March over the Nijmegen Crossing overlooking our hotel
^^^ Exploring the Liberation Museum grounds in the Scheldt
^^^ Depart out of Amsterdam, with optional extension
Extend your tour & continue with us on:
the Road to Berlin
Minimum Tour Capacity:
15 Travellers per 30 seat coach
Maximum Tour Capacity:
25 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
Were you registered for the 2020 tour?
2023 re-registration is required!
Your Remaining Balance: Due by Wednesday, Feb 1st 2023 (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:
Attn to: Karen Burwood [Travel Manager]
Mail to: 2289 Fairview St., Suite 321, Burlington ON L7R 2E3
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REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2023
Early registration is recommended for this battlefield program - This program will not be made available to more than 25 travellers per coach, 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
[Wednesday, Feb, 2023]