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Europe - France & Belgium : World Wars

Sample package

World Wars – 10 days / 8 nights

DAY 1 : CANADA – FRANCE

Flight towards Paris.


DAY 2 : PARIS – VIMY – ARRAS

Arrival at the airport in Paris and meeting with your bus driver.

OPTION : Tour leader services for the whole trip.

Loading of luggage on the motor coach and departure for Vimy.  

Self-guided tour of the Canadian National Memorial of Vimy.  

Lunch at your own charge.

Journey towards Ablain-Saint-Nazaire in early afternoon. 

Visit of the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette’s Cemetery and French National Memorial which commemorate the violent battles of 1915.

Visit of the MTargette Military Museum. This tour will allow you to see, « in action », more than 70 mannequins in period costumes, as well as 4500 collector’s items: objects crafted by soldiers, documents, posters, cannons, machine guns, costumes, etc… The Musée de la Targette constitutes the most important collection relating to World War I Commonwealth troops in France with the reconstitution of a trench, a first-aid station.

Next, self-guided tour of the German Cemetery of Neuville St Vaast.

Transfer towards Arras in late afternoon where you will have some free time to visit the town.

Dinner and overnight in Arras.

Mémorial Canadien à Vimy


DAY 3 : ARRAS – YPRES

Breakfast.

Departure for the “Flanders Fields” and more precisely in Ypres’ region for a bus tour around Ypres Salient with stops.

Visit of Sanctuary Wood and more specifically of the Canadian Cemetery and Canadian Memorial of Mont Sorrel / Hill 62.

Then, continue on towards Zonnebeke and enjoy a tour of the Memorial Museum of Passendale. This museum, thanks to an impressive films, photos, and objects collection, relates the world conflict different steps in this part of Belgium. The must of this visit is the dug-out reconstruction, unhealthy tunnels network where soldiers used to hide for days.

Lunch at your own charge.

Visit of Tyne Cot Cemetery, world’s largest british cemetery with its 11.908 tombs.

Then, stop at Langemark German Cemetery.

Then, Back to Ypres to see where John Mc Rae composed «In Flanders Field ». Visit of Ypres Cloth Hall

Dinner in Ypres.

20:00 : You will attend the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial in memory of the First World War fallen soldiers. 

Overnight in Ypres.

Flandres Belges à Ypres


DAY 4 : YPRES – ST. OMER – AMIENS

Breakfast.

Departure for Albert. Tour of the Somme 1916 Museum, the « Shelters Museum ».

Lunch at your own charge.

Bus ride along the1916 front line going through Beaumont-Hamel.  

Visit of Newfoundland Park. This site is one of the rare sites, in France and Belgium, where it is possible to see a World War I battlefield trenches lines.

Stop in Thiepval to see the largest war memorial in the world. You will also stop at Longueval cemetery.

Continue towards Pozieres where one can discover two other memorials facing each other: the « Monuments aux chars », celebrating the first tanks battlle in the history and the« Mémorial du Moulin à Vent ».

Finally, make a stop at the impressive mine crater of Ovillers la Boisselle.

Departure towards Dieppe.  

Dinner and overnight in Dieppe.


DAY 5 : AMIENS – DIEPPE – COURSEULLES – CAEN

Breakfast.

8h30 : Departure for Normandy.

Self-guided tour of Dieppe in late morning, town from which started the « Raid des Canadiens » in august 1942.

Stop at the Square du Canada.  

Lunch at your own charge.

12:30 : Departure from Dieppe.

Arrival at the landings beaches.

 15h30 : Tour of Juno-Beach Center at Courseulles-Sur-Mer (closing at 17h).

Stop for a couple of minutes at Bernieres-Sur-Mer beach where landed the French Canadians of the « Régiment de la Chaudière ».  

Self-guided tour of the Canadian Cemetery in Reviers / Beny-Sur-Mer.  

Continue towards Caen. 

Dinner and overnight in the surroundings of Caen.


DAY 6 : CAEN

Breakfast.

Visit of the Caen Memorial of Peace. You will attend « le jour J » film projection.  

Lunch at your own charge inside the Memorial.

Departure for a bus tour of the Canadian landings beaches including: Longues-Sur-Mer (German Batteries), American Cemetery of Colleville-Sur-Mer (the one that can be seen at the start of the Spielberg’s movie “Saving Private Ryan”), and Arromanches (view of the landings artificial port).

16:30 : Then, the group will assist at the Arromanches 360° projection.

Dinner and overnight in Caen.


DAY 7 : CAEN – MONT ST. MICHEL – PARIS

Breakfast.

Departure for Mont St-Michel.

Self-guided tour of the famous abbey followed by a stroll along the main street.  

Lunch at your own charge.

Return to Paris. The motor coach will leave you at your accommodation. 

Dinner and overnight in Paris.

Mont st-Michel (en attandant l'autobus)


DAY 8 : PARIS

Breakfast.

Self-guided tour of the Army Museum at Les Invalides.  

Departure for Versailles in RER.

Lunch at your own charge (there is a cafeteria in the parc of the castle and sandwich shops close by).

Self-guided tour of Versailles, the Hall of Mirrors, the gardens and the King’s apartments. Louis XIV, the Sun King, built and held court at Versailles’s extraordinary palace, West of Paris. The incredibly lavish château embodies the extravagance of the Old Regime, especially in the Hall of Mirrors and fountain-filled gardens.

After your visit, you will be able to see the Hall of Mirrors and fountain-filled gardens.

Return to Paris.

Discover Montmartre district on your own: the Sacré-Coeur and Place du Tertre occupied daily by dozens of painters and portraitists.

Dinner and overnight in Paris.

Chateau de Versaille


DAY 9 : PARIS

Breakfast.

Self-guided tour of the Louvre Museum. This museum is one of the most important monuments in Paris. Before becoming a museum in 1793, it was first a fortress and then a royal residence. The Code of Hammurabi, the Venus de Milo, and this woman with the mysterious smile known as Mona Lisa, are some of the marvels that can be seen at the Louvre.

Lunch at your own charge.

Free time on Rivoli Street and/or at Les Halles Beaubourg for your last shopping session. 

Dinner and overnight in Paris.

Le Louvre


DAY 10 : FRANCE – PARIS

Breakfast

Transfer towards Paris CDG Airport in motor coach.

Return flight.

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