Normandy to the Liberation of Holland

HONOURING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIBERATION

  -   NORMANDY   -   SOMME   -   VIMY   -   FLANDERS  -  HOLLAND   -

Photograph taken by Battlefield Tours Guide Sam Cowan at Apeldoorn, Thank you Canada Celebrations [May 2015] 

Apr 25th - 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.

Liberation 75

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary events with us in Holland, incl. Ceremonies in Wageningen, Apeldoorn, and Holten.

 

Tour Info

Destinations: Normandy, Dieppe, WW1 Somme/Vimy/Ypres, Holland
Tour Dates: Apr 25 - May 10th, 2020

Duration: 14 Nights, 15 Days        
Flight departure: [Apr 25] Flight return: [May 10] 
Flight departure [your major gateway] > [Paris], Flight Return [Amsterdam] > [Home]   

Normandy to Holland 75 | Map & Outline

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
 

  • Celebrate 75 years of remembrance in the Liberation of WW2, in Holland
     

  • Celebrations& Commemorations in Holten, Wageningen, and Apeldoorn
     

  • Explore the grounds of Vimy Ridge, where it is famously said Canada became a Nation
     

  • Visit the German Cemetery of Langemark to find a different perspective
     

  • Beaumont Hamel: The largest fully intact, First World War battlefield in the world. It has been kept as it was and maintained by Canada. 
     

  • The Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate honouring those who fought in the Great War

 

^^^ 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.

Normandy to Holland 75:
Daily Itinerary

 

-- Saturday Apr 25th
Depart from Toronto's Lester B Pearson Airport on your overnight flight to Paris CDG [Dinner and breakfast will be served onboard]

Day 1 - Sunday Apr 26th
Upon your arrival into Paris CDG, you will be met by your Tour Manager and Coach Driver before our journey to Normandy. We begin our orientation with a visit to Pegasus Bridge where the 6th British Airborne landed, captured and liberated the first house on D-Day, the Café Gondree. We continue to Aubin-sur-Mer along the shores of Juno for our hotel check-in to enjoy a relaxed afternoon before our group welcome dinner. [Overnight - Aubin sur Mer 2* Superior Class Centrally Located or similar (B, D)] 

Day 2 - Monday Apr 27th 
Today we will explore the Canadian battlefields of Normandy, including visits to the Queens’ Own Rifles House - the first house liberated by Canadian forces - and the Juno Beach Center, to explore the beaches, museum, and bunkers. Enroute today, we will also visit Abbayes des Ardennes, to see the Canadian Memorial Garden, as well as Point 67, to discuss the devastating Battle of Verrieres Ridge. We end the day with a solemn visit to the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian Military Cemetery. Tonight, we return to St. Aubin for our dinner and overnight. [Overnight - Aubin sur Mer 2* Superior Class Centrally Located or similar (B, D)] 

Day 3 - Tuesday Apr 28th
Today we say our farewells to Normandy and head along the French coast to the seaside resort town of Dieppe. Here, we will explore the Blue Beach at Puys to view the gun emplacements on the cliff tops, which, on Aug 19, 1942, were responsible for such terrible Canadian casualties. We will also visit the Dieppe Canadian Cemetery before travelling to the main landing beaches of Red and White on the Dieppe seafront. In the late afternoon, we continue our drive to the City of Arras, in the North of France, for our check-in and overnight. [Overnight - Arras 4* Centrally Located or similar (B, D)] 

Day 4 - Wednesday Apr 29th 
Today will be spent on the battlefields of the Somme. We start underground, at the Musee Somme 1916 in the Town of Albert. We continue to explore the largest preserved battlefield in the world, 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 view the Lochnagar Crater, the largest man-made, non-nuclear crater in the world. We will also see the Memorial to the Missing at Thiepval, the Tank Monument at Pozieres and the Canadian monument at Courcelette. This evening, we return to the gothic city of Arras, with time to explore the city and enjoy dinner on our own. [Overnight - Arras 4* Centrally Located TBC (B)] 

Day 5 - Thursday Apr 30th 
Today we will visit the Canadian Memorial at Hill 70 to commemorate the Battle of Hill 70 - oftentimes dubbed as “Canada’s Forgotten Battle”. In the afternoon, we continue to Vimy Ridge Memorial Park. It was here, at 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. When our explorations of the battlefields are through, we continue on to Ypres the City of Peace. After checking into our hotel we will enjoy an early group meal together in the heart of YpresGrote 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.  [Overnight - Ypres 4* Centrally Located TBC (B, D)] 

Day 6 - Friday May 1st
Today we explore the Ypres Salient of WW1. We begin our introduction with a visit to Essex Farm, the place where John McCrae wrote the famous poem “In Flanders Fields”. We will also visit the Tyne Cot Commonwealth Cemetery - the largest Commonwealth Cemetery, of any conflict, in the world. We then discuss the Battle of Passchendaele, with visits to the Crest Farm Memorial. We continue further to explore the German Cemetery of Langemark, and the 'Brooding Soldier' at St Julien, marking the place of the first gas attacks against the 1st Canadian Corps. 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. This evening, we return to Ypres where you can enjoy exploring and dining in Ypres at your own pace. [Overnight - Ypres 4* Centrally Located TBC (B)] 

Day 7 - Saturday May 2nd
Today we drive north to Holland, as we continue to follow the First & Second World War story in Western Europe. Enroute, we explore the mobilization, occupation and liberation of Flanders through lively dioramas at the Canada Poland Museum. Upon our arrival into Arnhem, we will see the John Frost Bridge, (A Bridge Too Far). As we drive to our hotel along the Benedendorpsweg we will see some of the main sights of the Battle of Arnhem including the Stationsweg, the White House, Hackets Hollow, the Kate ter Horst house, Lonsdale church, and the original Railroad Bridge. We arrive in time for some rest and relaxation before our "Welcome Dinner", where we will have the opportunity to meet other Canadian traveling companions.[Overnight - Van der Valk Hotel, Arnhem or similar (B, D)]

Day 8 - Sunday May 3rd
After breakfast this morning, 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. After our visit to the gardens, we return to Arnhem for our dinner and overnight. 
 [Overnight - Van der Valk Hotel, Arnhem or similar (B, D)]

Day 9 - 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 or similar (B, D)]

Day 10 - 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 or similar (B, D)]

Day 11 - Wednesday May 6th 
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 or similar (B, D)]

Day 12 - Thursday May 7th 
Today we take the long drive 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. Tonight we return to Arnhem for our dinner and overnight. [Overnight - Van der Valk Hotel, Arnhem or similar (B, D)]

Day 13 - Friday May 8th 
**VE DAY in Europe** 
Today marks the 75th Anniversary of Victory Day in Europe. After breakfast this morning we will travel up to Friesland to visit the important Liberation towns of Leeuwarden and Groningen - both liberated by the 2nd Division in April of 1945. Both towns will be celebrating the 75th VE day in Europe with local festivities and events. Tonight, we return back at the hotel for our dinner and overnight.
[Overnight - Van der Valk Hotel, Arnhem or similar (B, D)]

Day 14 - 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’ static show. Witness displays of Old Army Cars at the Historic Army camp, and witness 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 with 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 15 - Sunday May 10th 
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Schiphol Amsterdam airport for our flights back to Canada. [(B) Meals onboard]. 


TOUR END

-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: 


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^^^ Arrival into Paris, France

^^^ Explore the Canadian Beaches of Normandy

^^^ Explore the beaches of Dieppe

^^^ Exploring Vimy Ridge Memorial & the Somme

^^^ Exploring the City of Peace - Ypres, Belgium, and its famous Cloth Hall in the heart of Flanders Fields 

^^^ We travel up 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

^^^ Celebrate with us at the Apeldoorn "Thank you Canada" Celebrations

^^^ Depart out of Amsterdam, with optional extension

If you have any questions or special requests, let us know! 

Want to extend for a few nights in Amsterdam? We have the perfect tour for you, click here. 

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:

Inclusions

Exclusions

Airfare - this is a land only itinerary

 

Lunches (L), Some Dinners (D) + all drinks with dinner
 

Single Room Supplement

Gratuities owed to tour staff (5EUR per person, per day)

 

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 (3 - 4 Star Hotels)

Full-Time Experienced Battlefield Tour Manager

All Entrances as per your Itinerary

Executive Motor Coach with Washroom/AC/tea/coffee

 

Breakfast (B) throughout,

Some Dinners (D) 

 

Online Custom Map Kit & Tour Resource & Info Guide

 

All surcharges, fees, and departure taxes

Tour Pricing

$5,950.00 CAD


$1,110.00 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: $500.00 (of which $300 is non-refundable) to guarantee your space is due immediately

 

Your Remaining Balance: Due by Saturday February 15th, 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. 
 

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Attn to: Karen Burwood [Travel Manager]

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REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS
 

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
[Saturday, February 15th, 2020]

 

Have questions about our tour program? Contact:

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