PARIS | NORMANDY | CAEN | FLANDERS | VIMY RIDGE | SOMME
This tour of Canadian War Memorials pays tribute to those Canadians who served their country in World Wars I and II. Visit museums, memorials and sites, which commemorate the fallen soldiers. Sites include the three Commonwealth Landing Beaches of Normandy, the Caen Memorial, Ypres and Flanders Battlefields as well as the Vimy Ridge Memorial and the battle area of Somme.
- Small group* tour of Paris
- Private tour of Landing Beaches, Caen Memorial
- Full-day tour of Ypres and Flanders Battlefields
- Full-day tour of Vimy Ridge and Somme
- Total 7 nights accommodation
- 2 nights in Paris at Hotel le Senat 4-Star, Standard Room
- 2 nights in Bayeux at Hotel Villa Lara 4-Star, Standard Room
- 3 nights in Ypres, Belgium at Hotel Ariane 4-Star, Standard Room
- Comfort Class Train tickets: Paris – Bayeux – Paris – Lille – Paris
- Private transfers; private and shared group tours
- Continental breakfast daily
- Hotel taxes and service charges
Optional Add-on Tours
- Visit of Mont Saint-Michel
International airfare not included. Minimum 2 passengers travelling together.
*Small group tour sizes and schedules may vary based on seasonality.
Price as indicated valid March 1, 2017, subject to availability at time of booking. For alternative dates, inquire for pricing. Itineraries are fully customizable. Not valid during trade shows, bank holidays and other special events. Blackout periods may apply.
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Tour Code: EU1217
PARIS, FRANCE Welcome to Paris, the City of Lights! Situated on the River Seine, Paris is the capital of France and one of the most popular destinations in the world. Arrival and private transfer to your hotel. Take some time at leisure to begin exploring this magical city.
Day 2 Breakfast
PARIS After breakfast, enjoy your morning at leisure. In the early afternoon, depart from your hotel for your shared small group tour to discover Paris. Drive through Concorde Square, past the Louvre Museum, see the Seine River and its bridges, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the famous Champs-Elysées Avenue, the Eiffel Tower and stop for free time in Montmartre near Sacré-Coeur Basilica. We recommend an optional tour at O-Château Wine Bar near the Louvre for a tasting of six wines from six different regions in France with a very knowledgeable sommelier – fantastic for beginners or wine connoisseurs alike (not included).
PARIS – BAYEUX After breakfast, transfer to the train station for your train to Bayeux, the first town to be liberated after D-Day in June 1944. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Your driver-guide is at your disposal to customize your Canadian War Memorials itinerary as you wish. We suggest a visit to the three Commonwealth beaches of Sword, Juno and Gold; also see the famous Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches. Stop at the Cassine Bunker for more explanation and sites of interest like pillboxes, the seawall, the House of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, the rue du Régiment de la Chaudière and the House of the British and Canadian reporters. Visit the Caen Memorial. Return to Bayeux.
BAYEUX After breakfast, enjoy your day at leisure to explore the medieval center of Bayeux with cobbled streets, half-timbered houses and its towering cathedral.
BAYEUX – PARIS – LILLE – YPRES, BELGIUM After breakfast, transfer to Gare du Nord and continue your journey to Lille which lies near the border of Belgium. Upon arrival, take your private transfer to your hotel in Ypres, notable for its place in World War I history. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
FLANDERS BATTLEFIELDS After breakfast, begin your tour of Ypres. Walking around this pretty Belgian city, it is hard to imagine the incredible highs and lows it has endured. Extreme wealth in the Middle Ages and then, less than one hundred years ago, reduced to rubble during World War I. The Ypres Salient battlefields in Flanders, Belgium, are among the most visited on the entire Old Front Line. Visit the Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing, the site of the Christmas Truce of 1914, Passchendaele Ridge, and the many cemeteries, memorials and bunkers that line the Salient. Visit Essex Farm, where Canadian John McRae penned the unforgettable Flanders Fields poem that resounds in the hearts of many each year during Remembrance and Veterans Day ceremonies. Every evening at 8pm since 1928, the Last Post has been sounded under the imposing memorial arches of the Menin Gate. The Last Post is the traditional salute to the fallen and is played in honour of the memory of the soldiers of the then British Empire, who fought and died in Ypres. Return to your hotel.
VIMY & SOMME Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Depart towards Vimy and visit the Vimy Ridge Memorial the most important and impressive to the nation of Canada, the immediate surrounding cemeteries along with Cabaret Rouge Cemetery site where the unknown Canadian soldier was exhumed and repatriated to Canada, Neuville St. Vaast German Cemetery and the Notre Dame de Lorette. Continue to the area of Somme to visit cemeteries and memorials synonymous with the Battle of the Somme: Beaumont Hamel, Newfoundland Park, Delville Wood, Lochnagar Crater, La Boiselle, Thiepval Memorial and the Ulster Tower Memorial. Return to Ypres for overnight.
YPRES – LILLE – PARIS – HOME After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the train station to begin your journey home via Paris and on to Charles de Gaulle Airport.
General Information & Maps
- Airport and departure taxes
- Gratuities to guides and drivers
- Items of a personal nature
- Travel insurance
- Reciprocity and/or local taxes if applicable
- Visas required for entry into the country as necessary. Please discuss this with your travel agent to determine your requirements prior to departure.