GREAT CANADIAN WAR MEMORIAL TOUR    Starting at $3,499 $3,324*

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE!

Great Canadian War Memorial Tour

Designed by Canadians for Canadians, this special tour pays tribute to all who have served their country in the Great War and World War II. Take in the museums, memorials and special sites throughout France and Belgium that commemorate the contribution of Canadian soldiers during these two wars, including: the impressive and inspiring Canadian National Vimy Memorial at Vimy Ridge, the Canadian Cemeteries in Bény-sur-Mer and Dieppe, as well as the Newfoundland Memorial Park at Beaumont Hamel. Other destinations visited include the Landing Beaches of Normandy, the Juno Beach Memorial Centre & Park, Amiens and Ypres in Belgium.

Trip Highlights

Destinations and Sightseeing

  • PARIS Welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant ascend the Eiffel Tower; guided sightseeing, visit Notre Dame Cathedral
  • GIVERNY Visit Claude Monet’s home and gardens
  • CAEN Visit Ardenne Abbey site, orientation; visit the Memorial Museum for Peace
  • NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES Visit the Canadian War Cemetery at Bény-sur-Mer and the Juno Beach Memorial Centre & Park
  • RANVILLE Take pictures of the famous Pegasus Bridge
  • HONFLEUR Cross the Normandy Bridge
  • DIEPPE Visit the Canadian Cemetery; and the Jubilee Center
  • AMIENS Visit the cathedral and memorial to Allied Forces
  • BEAUMONT–HAMEL Visit the Newfoundland Memorial Park
  • VIMY RIDGE Visit the WWI site and memorial; walk along the trenches and tunnels; visit the Interpretive Centre and Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery
  • YPRES Visit Cloth Hall and it’s In Flanders Fields Museum; stop at Essex Farm Cemetery
  • PASSCHENDAELE Guided sightseeing; visit the Canadian Memorial on the site of Crest Farm; stop at Tyne Cot Cemetery
    Headsets throughout the tour

Transportation

Fully air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Paris

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Detailed Itinerary

Note: Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

DAY 1 Paris, France

The day is free to rest or to start exploring the splendid French capital. At 5.30 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at one of Paris’ lively restaurants. Then, take the elevator to the second floor of the EIFFEL TOWER to get a first impression of the “City of Light.”
Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 Paris

This morning an optional excursion is available to the impressive Palace and Gardens of Versailles, built by the “Sun King,” Louis XIV. Afternoon sightseeing with a Local Guide features the city’s major highlights: the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, Louvre, and Champs-Elysées. Also visit magnificent NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL and admire its Rose Window. Balance of the day at leisure. Exciting optional excursions are available.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 Paris–Giverny–Normandy Area

Depart the bustle of Paris and head northwest toward the coast.Stop in Giverny and visit Claude Monet’s HOME and stunning GARDENS, the true inspiration behind many of his masterpieces. Next, visit ARDENNE ABBEY SITE on the outskirts of Caen, where Canadian soldiers were illegally executed by members of the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend (Hitler Youth) in June 1944. Arrive in Caen, where an orientation drive includes views of Caen Castle, St. Étienne Cathedral and the Town Hall, the former Men’s Abbey.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 Normandy Area. Excursion to the Landing Beaches

As site of the World War II Battle for Caen, from June to August 1944, the city saw heavy fighting and suffered major destruction. This morning is devoted to visiting the poignant MEMORIAL MUSEUM FOR PEACE with its exhibits and audiovisual presentation that tell the story of the pivotal Battle of Normandy. Afterward, drive to the Bény-sur-Mer CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY. Surrounded by peaceful groves of pine and maple trees, the cemetery contains 2,049 headstones that mark the dead of the Canadian 3rd Division and 15 airmen. Next visit the JUNO BEACH MEMORIAL CENTRE & PARK. It was on nearby Juno Beach that on June 6th, 1944, Canadian forces landed and secured the bridgehead for a successful opening of the Western Front. The centre educates visitors about Canada’s military and civilian contribution during the war. Also stop for pictures at the Canadian House at Bernieres-sur-Mer. Pass the Gold Beach Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches–one of two artificial harbors built by the Allied troops for the D-Day invasion and one of the greatest engineering feats of World War II. Back to Caen.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 Normandy Area–Dieppe

Take pictures of the famous Pegasus Bridge – secured by the British on the night of June 5th, 1944, and crucial for the success of the Normandy landing and further operations. At Honfleur, from where Samuel de Champlain left France in 1603 to become the founder of the Province of Québec, cross the Normandy Bridge, spanning the Seine River at its mouth and linking Honfleur to Le Havre. Continue East to Dieppe and see the CANADIAN CEMETERY MEMORIAL, and the actual beach battle site to pay tribute to 913 Canadian soldiers who died that tragic morning of August 19th, 1942. Lessons learned here were instrumental in the successful landing two years later on the beaches of Normandy. On September 1st, 1944, the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division liberated Dieppe.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 Dieppe–Amiens–Somme Area

Before leaving Dieppe visit the JUBILEE CENTER. Later arrive in Amiens and visit medieval AMIENS CATHEDRAL and the Memorial to Allied Forces, which commemorates the men who fought one of the decisive battles in August 1918, ultimately leading to the end of World War I. Then, visit the NEWFOUNDLAND MEMORIAL PARK in Beaumont-Hamel, dedicated to the Dominion of Newfoundland forces members who were killed in WWI. The attack that tragic morning of July 1st, 1916, claimed 91% of the regiment. The site contains the stunning bronze caribou monument, emblem of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, the Danger Tree, around which the highest casualty numbers were inflicted and the visitors’ centre.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 Somme Area–Vimy Ridge–Ypres, Belgium

Today visit VIMY RIDGE, site of an outstanding Canadian victory in World War I. The battle, which began April 9th, 1917, marks the first time all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force participated in the battle together, and has since become the symbol of the Canadian nationalistic achievement and sacrifice. Visit the newly restored MEMORIAL that dominates the area. Around its base are the names of 11,000 missing Canadians who died in France during the Great War and have no known graves. Time to walk along the restored trenches and tunnels (subject to availability) and to visit the INTERPRETIVE CENTRE. End with a visit to the CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, from where the remains of an unknown Canadian soldier were returned home in 2000 as a symbol of all the missing and unknown soldiers who died during the Great War in Europe. Continue to Ypres. Later your Tour Director will accompany you to Menin Gate. Here, the “Last Post” is played every evening to honour the memory and sacrifice of the war’s dead.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 Ypres

Visit famous CLOTH HALL and its IN FLANDERS FIELDS MUSEUM. Afterwards, stop at the ESSEX FARM CEMETERY, where John McCrae wrote his poem in May 1915. On to Passchendaele, where a Local Guide will tell you the story of the tragic battle that took place here in 1917. Up the hill at Crest Farm is the PASSCHENDAELE CANADIAN MEMORIAL, which marks the place where the men of the Canadian Corps took possession of the high ground at Crest Farm after two weeks of ferocious fighting. Also stop at TYNE COT CEMETERY, the largest Commonwealth military graveyard in the world with its 12,000 graves and a memorial dedicated to another 35,000 missing.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9 Ypres–Paris, France

Return to Paris. Choose from our exciting optional excursions.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 Paris

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Meals: Breakfast

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Featured Hotels and Accommodations

CONCORDE MONTPARNASSE, PARIS

First-Class
The 4-star Hotel displays a truly amazing interior design with warm and inviting colors. The high glass doors make the reception area and the O’40 Restaurant spacious and bright. On the other hand, The Wenge Bar gives the intimate feel of a private club thanks to its rich elegant colors and soft lighting.

Hotel Amenities

  • Ice Machine
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Parking/Valet
Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Newspaper

MERCURE CAEN CENTRE PORT DE PLAISANCE, NORMANDY

First-Class
Multistory Hotel located in heart of city, facing the Plaisance Port, close to the Castle.

Hotel Amenities

  • Elevator
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar

MERCURE DIEPPE LA PRÉSIDENCE, DIEPPE

Moderate First-Class

A hotel of supreme comfort, airconditioned throughout. Located opposite Dieppe beach and the Les Bains de Dieppe Thalassotherapy and Aquatic Centre, next to the casino and the chateau, a few steps from the town centre, the harbour and just 1 km from Pourville golf course. Le Verrazane Bar and modern function rooms with the latest in audiovisual equipment.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Pool
Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Window Opens
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Television

MERCURE ARRAS CENTRE, SOMME

Moderate First-Class

The Mercure Arras Centre hotel is located opposite the TGV train station, just a few steps from the old town with its squares and belfry, which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. The hotel boasts an ideal location close to the Louvre Lens museumand the Notre Dame de Lorette and Vimy remembrance sites. There is an auditorium (for 300 people) and meeting rooms (for 400 people) for hosting conferences, seminars, cocktail parties, etc. 50 minutes by TGV train from Paris Gare du Nord.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • ATM
Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Internet Access
  • Climate Control
  • Television
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Mini-bar
  • Wake-Up Calls

NOVOTEL IEPER CENTRUM, YPRES

First-Class

A modern 122 room hotel set in the heart of historical Ypres offering Free Wi-Fi access, a fitness room, spa and hamman. Delicious food and drinks are served in the hotel’s brasserie and bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Elevator
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
    Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Voicemail
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Cable/Satellite

 


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