the Royal Regiment of Canada

THE LIBERATION OF HOLLAND

The Official 75th Anniversary Tour

Apr 30th - 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, and Holten.

 

Tour Info

Destinations: Holland & Belgium
Tour Dates: Apr 30 - May 10th, 2020

Flight departure: [Apr 29] Flight return: [May 10] 
Flight departure [your major gateway] > [BRU], Flight Return [AMS] > [Home]   

Royal Regiment of Canada | Map & Outline

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
 

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

  • Participate in Liberation Celebrations & Commemorations in Holten, and Wageningen
     

  • Exploring the cities of Antwerp & Amsterdam at your own pace
     

  • A visit to Zeeland & Bergen Op Zoom to discuss the Battle of the Scheldt
     

  • See the Amersfoort Camp
     

  • Visits to Wageningen, Groningen & Leeuwarden, important Liberation towns
     

  • See the picturesque town of Geithoorn, the Venice of the Netherlands

^^^ 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.

Royal Regiment | Itinerary

 

-  - Apr 29 | Departure Day
Depart from Toronto's Lester B Pearson Airport on your overnight flight to Brussels. [Overnight Flight - Dinner and breakfast will be served onboard]

 

Day 1 - Apr 30 | Arrival Day
Upon arrival in Brussels, you will be met by your coach driver and tour manager before embarking on our journey to Antwerp (~1h15min, 45km). We will arrive in time for lunch to enjoy a brief orientation tour before taking the rest of the day to rest and relax. Tonight, join us for our group "Welcome Dinner" for the opportunity to meet our fellow travelling companions. [Overnight - Antwerp (D)]

 

Day 2 - May 01 | Exploring Antwerp
After breakfast, our guide will take us on an exploration of the perfectly preserved medieval port city of Antwerp. Explore narrow cobbled pathways in the crammed and centuries-old Diamond District which houses thousands of diamond traders, cutters, and polishers. Venture around the grand Grote Markt, and take the afternoon to enjoy the city at your own pace. May we suggest a visit to the Rubens House to explore the former mansion home of the Rubens, or perhaps the Brewery Tour at De Koninck Brewery, the only brewery, in the centre of town. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own, sampling the finest traditional delicacies Belgium can offer. [Overnight - Antwerp (B)]

 

Day 3 - May 02 | Exploring the Scheldt
After breakfast this morning, we say our farewells to Antwerp and begin our discussions of the Battle of the Scheldt, the longest battle on Dutch territory.  We continue to Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian Military Cemetery,  where over 1,280 casualties lie as a result of Operation Infatuate. We continue to Amersfoort for lunch, before our visit to the Amersfort Camp one of the three best known memorial centres in Holland. Over 35,000 political prisoners were detained in this transit camp, under the direct command of the SS between the years 1941-45. Today, the National Monument Camp stands as a memorial for reflecting on the past, in the hopes we pass on lessons from the past to new generations. After our visit, we head east, to Arnhem to enjoy our dinner and overnight.  [Overnight - Arnhem (B, D)]

Day 4 -  May 03 | Exploring the Liberation Story, Nijmegen

We begin our day with an orientation of Nijmegen (~40min, 24.3km) before heading to the Liberation Museum in Groesbeek for the opportunity to understand occupied Holland and the operations by Allied Forces in 1944/45. After paying our respects at the Canadian Military Cemetery of Groesbeek, we tour back through Arnhem (~40min, 24.3km) to see the John Frost Bridge, (A Bridge Too Far) and the British Airborne Memorial. Our day will finish with a visit to the Hartenstein Hotel, the HQ of the beleaguered Airborne Forces in Operation Market Garden - now a remarkable museum. We return to the hotel in the late afternoon to enjoy dinner on your own.  [Overnight - Arnhem (B)] 

 

Day 5 -  May 04 | **Ceremony Day** Holten Military Cemetery 

After breakfast, we depart for the Commemoration Ceremonies at the Commonwealth Military Cemetery of Holten. (~1h 15min, 64km)  Before returning to Arnhem, we will stop at the Twente Kanaal where the RRC forced a crossing at Almen. Here, Jip will tell us about the interesting duel involving a PIAT and a Panzerfaust. Enjoy the rest of the day at your own pace to dine and explore.  [Overnight - Arnhem (B)]

 

Day 6 - May 05 |  **Ceremony Day** Wageningen, transfer to Groningen

Enjoy a relaxed start before saying your farewells to Arnhem. We travel to Wageningen today (~35min, 18km) for the Wageningen Parade complete with a static show with military trucks, basecamps and reenactments (Start time approx 3.00pm). After the ceremonies are over, we take the drive to Groningen (2h 15min, 187km) where we will check-in to enjoy a set dinner together.  [Overnight - Groningen (B, D)]

 

Day 7 - May 06 | Leeuwarden & Groningen
After breakfast this morning we will explore Leeuwarden (~1h 15min, 65km) and Groningen - both liberated by the 2nd Division in April of 1945. Both towns will be celebrating the 75th Anniversary Liberation of the Netherlands with local festivities and events. Tonight, enjoy dinner in Groningen at your own pace. [Overnight - Groningen (B)]

Day 8 - May 07 | Giethoorn & Haarlem  
We say our farewells to Groningen this morning, and head to Haarlem with a stop en-route in Giethoorn (~1h 30min, 91km), the Venice of the Netherlands, where you will find canals instead of streets. It is one of the most delightful villages in the Netherlands. This afternoon, we continue south to the Dutch Tulip Fields of Keukenhof gardens, (~2h 10min, 149km). This evening, we head to our hotel for our dinner and overnight. [Overnight - Noordwijk/Haarlem area (B, D)]

 

Day 9 - May 08 | Exploring in Amsterdam 

Today, we head to Amsterdam for a full day to explore the city, including a walking tour with your guide, plus the option of either taking a canal cruise, a visit to Anne Frank’s House, a tour of the Heineken Brewery Experience or perhaps even a visit of the Red Light District. After lunch, enjoy the afternoon to explore the city at your own pace. Enjoy dinner on your own, before meeting our guide to transfer back to our hotel, or, take the 1h train ride direct from Amsterdam Central at any time (runs every 30min).

[Overnight - Noordwijk/Haarlem area (B)]

Day 10 - May 09 | Full & Free Day to Explore Amsterdam (option to head to Apeldoorn)  Enjoy a full and free day on your own exploring Amsterdam. Those who wish to attend the Liberation Market events in Apeldoorn, complete with a static show of military trucks, basecamps and reenactments, you can be escorted by our guide today. Tonight, we gather for our ”Farewell Dinner” in one of our favourite local restaurants in the heart of Amsterdam. [Overnight - Noordwijk/Haarlem area (B)]

Day 11 - 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, contact our host travel agency: 


DH TOUR OFFICE

(Office Phone) 905-639-9954 
 (Toll-Free) 1-888-597-3519 | karen@dhtour.ca

^^^ Arrive and transfer to Antwerp, the City of Diamonds

^^^ A solemn visit to the CWGC Bergen Op Zoom Cemetery

^^^ A visit to the Hartenstein Hotel Museum in Arnhem

^^^ Commemorative Ceremonies, Holten

^^^ Exploring Leeuwarden

^^^ A visit to the Keukenhof Gardens 

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

^^^ Enjoy exploring Amsterdam at your own pace, with optional extension

Extend your tour & continue exploring Europe - choose from our following extensions:
 

-the Road to Berlin

-the Road Paris 

-the Road to Normandy 

Minimum Tour Capacity:

25 Travellers per 35 seat coach

Maximum Tour Capacity: 

45 Travellers per 50 seat coach

 

This Tour Includes...

Tour pricing comes with the following inclusions & exclusions:

Inclusions

Exclusions

AIR, THIS IS A LAND ONLY PROGRAM
 

Lunches (L), + drinks with dinner

Some Dinners (D) as per itinerary

 

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
Tour Manager


All Entrances as per Itinerary


Executive Motor Coach with Washroom/AC/tea/coffee


Breakfast (B) throughout


 Dinners (D) as per itinerary


Online Custom Map Kit & Tour

Resource & Info Guide


All surcharges, fees, and departure taxes

Tour Pricing

$3,870.00 CAD


$900.00 CAD

Land only - per person, based on twin occupancy

Single Supplement

$1,125.00 CAD

 Group Air with KLM // seats available until Jan 01, 2020

**Air is available from all major Canadian cities - please contact your Travel Agent for more information**

 

TOUR PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Initial Deposit: $300 (non-refundable) to guarantee your space is due immediately

 

Your Remaining Balance: Due 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:

“DH Tour”

Attn to: Karen Burwood [Travel Manager]

Mail to: 2319 Fairview St., Suite 609, Burlington ON L7R 2E3

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Where to go from here

 

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

Early registration is recommended for this battlefield program - This program will not be made available to more than 45 travellers, we suggest you register as soon as possible to hold your space

 

No payment is required to register - but an initial deposit of $300 is non-refundable and will be called upon to reserve/secure your spot.

 

Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure

 

Have questions about our tour program? Contact:

Tour Operator - The Battlefield Tours - SAMANTHA COWAN p: 1-877-449-6266  e:samantha@thebattlefieldtours.com

 

Don't have a travel agent and have questions about your flight or insurance options? Contact:

Our Host Travel Agent - DH Tour - KAREN BURWOOD p: 905-639-9954  e: karen@dhtour.ca

 

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