The Liberation of Holland Tour Program
HONOURING THE 78TH ANNIVERSARY - SPRING 2023
Road to Berlin 78
KASSEL - COLDTIZ - DRESDEN - ZAGAN - BERLIN
May 10 - May 15, 2023
Join us, May 2022, for the 77th 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.
After Liberation 75+2, we tour on to Germany, exploring places like the Mohne Dam in the Rhur Valley
Destinations: KASSEL - COLDTIZ - DRESDEN - ZAGAN - BERLIN
Tour Dates: May 10 - May 15th, 2023
Duration: 5 Night Tour, 6 Days
Flight departure: [from Arnhem] Flight return: [Berlin] > [Home]
Road to BERLIN 78 (Tour Extension) | Map
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Explore the Mohne Dam in the breathtaking Rhur Valley
Explore Colditz, - the infamous "bad boys camp", with entrances to the Castle and Museum
Extensive orientation & free time in Dresden - arguably one of the most beautiful cities in all of Germany
Explore the Elbe Valley and see the Bastai Bridge, an incredible landscape carved out of sandstone cliffs
To Zagan Poland to discuss The Great Escape
Finish in Berlin with orientatoin tour and visit to Checkpoint Charlie
Road to Berlin 78 | Itinerary
Day 1 -May 10th, 2023
After breakfast, say your farewells to some of our group members heading home today. After hotel check-out, we drive north to Germany to continue the Liberation story in Western Europe. En route, we will take a visit at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery at Rheinberg, to pay respects to those who did not return from the Dambusters Raid. We then travel onto the Mohne Dam in the Ruhr Valley, which was heroically breached by the Lancasters of 617 Squadron in 1943. During this fascinating day, you can walk on top of the dam and see where the breach was made. We will continue our travels through Germany to Kassel for our dinner and overnight. [Overnight - Kassel 4* TBD (B, D)].
Day 2 - May 11th
Today we visit Colditz, the castle and museum - the infamous "bad boys camp", and a scene of many ingenious escape bids. Perched above a sleepy town of the same name, Colditz has a varied history, although we will focus on its use as an internment camp for Allied prisoners during World War II. You will hear the story of the "Red Fox", Mike Sinclair, killed on an escape attempt, and also the story of Douglas Bader, plus many more. Then, onto Dresden for some free time, and our overnight accommodations. [Overnight - Dresden 4* TBD (B, D)]
Day 3 - May 12th
Today we will discover the tumultuous history of the great city of Dresden. As the seat of Saxon royalty, Dresden became arguably Germany's most beautiful city. During the war it suffered almost complete destruction, however, it has since been painstakingly restored to its former glory. In the Swiss Saxony area, you will come across the Bastai, rising to 1000 ft above the Elbe Valley and offering spectacular views across the Regional Park area. Sandstone cliffs that have been weathered into amazing shapes by the elements provide natural walkways and viewpoints. Upon our return, enjoy your dinner and overnight at your own pace. [Overnight - Dresden 4* TBD (B)].
Day 4 - May 13th
This morning - to Zagan, Poland to learn of "The Great Escape". You will cross the border to visit the Polish camp from where "The Great Escape" was planned. Uncover the story of the escape and the reprisals ordered by Hitler against the recaptured men. We will also visit the Memorial before our transfer to Berlin.
[Overnight - Berlin 4* TBD (B, D)]
Day 5 - May 14th
Today - the "Fall of Berlin". At the Berlin War Cemetery, we pause for reflection at the graves of many Bomber crew shot down over the city. You can also see the remains of the Anhalter Bahnhof. Once Berlin’s Rail Gateway to Europe and the point from which many fled the Third Reich, it is now poignantly preserved as a ruin. An equally poignant reminder of the war is the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtniskirche, a ruin amongst the wealth of the Ku-Damm shopping area. Enjoy a walking tour with our guide to see such sights as The Brandenburg Gate, the Unter Den Linden areas, the Babelplatz, The Royal Palace, The Humboldt University, The Berliner Dom, Alexanderplatz and the TV Tower as well as the Flakturm. Plus, we make a stop at Checkpoint Charlie for an orientation as well as a view of the Reichstag Building. This evening, we enjoy our "Farewell Dinner".
[Overnight - Berlin 4* TBD (B, D)]
Day 6 - May 15th
After breakfast we will be transferred to Berlin’s international airport for our flight departures back to Canada. [(B) Meals onboard.]
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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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^^^ Exploring the Mohne Dam in the Ruhr Valley
^^^ See the amazing shapes of the Bastai
^^^ Exploring the City of Dresden
^^^ Glenn discusses the "Great Escape" on-site on the Liberation 70 Road to Berlin Tour in 2015
^^^ Extensive Day Tour of Berlin including visits to the Brandenburg Gate & Checkpoint Charlie
Extending for a few nights in Amsterdam? How about another European destination? We can help.
Minimum Tour Capacity:
10 Travellers per 20 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), 1 Dinner (D) + drinks with dinner
Single Room Supplement
Gratuities owed to tour staff (may we suggest 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 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
Land only - per person, based on twin occupancy
**Air is also available from all major Canadian cities - please contact your Travel Agent for more information**
TOUR PAYMENT SCHEDULE
As per Holland 75 Tour - 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, March 2, 2022 (60 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, 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 60 days prior to departure
March 2nd, 2023]