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First Class: Great Canadian War Memorial Tour

From $3649 $698 taxes

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.

Travel Best Bets Package Includes

  • Round trip airfare from Vancouver to Paris
  • 9 nights in First Class or Moderate First-Class accommodation below or similar
    Paris: Concorde Montparnasse
    Normandy: Mercure Caen Centre Port De Plaisance
    Dieppe: Mercure Dieppe La Présidence
    Somme: Mercure Arras Centre
    Ypres: Novotel Ieper Centrum
  • 10 day guided vacation First Class coach tour with individual headsets throughout the tour
  • Meals: 9 Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Paris
  • Round trip transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to airport

Vacation Highlights

PARIS – Welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant ascend the Eiffel Tower; guided sightseeing including Dome des Invalides and the Military Museum
GIVERNYVisit 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
BEAUMONTHAMEL – 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

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September 7-17,2017

Double Occupancy
Vancouver $3649  + $698 tax
Kelowna, Victoria add from $400 more per person
Pre-Pay Gratuities
(Tour Director & Driver)
add $122 per person
*Repeat Globus family of brands $150 discount

 

Repeat Globus brands passenger:
Anyone who has traveled with the Globus family of brands within the past five years is eligible for a 5% discount on the tour only. Whether you traveled with Globus, Cosmos, Monograms, or Avalon Waterways, you can start taking advantage of great perks as soon as you enroll. Click here to enroll.

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VIP Access:
Skip the lines and get special treatment at the must-see attractions.
Perfect Hotels: We’ve done the work to find just the right hotels in just the right locations.
Tour Directors: Take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.
Transportation: Leave the navigating to us – and just sit back and enjoy the ride.

 

Itinerary

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, Champs-Elysées, Concorde, Madeleine, Opéra, and Louvre. Visit Napoleon’s Tomb inside the DOME DES INVALIDES and the MILITARY MUSEUM. This evening, an optional dinner and show at a famous Parisian cabaret is 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: the famous Louvre Museum with the Mona Lisa, and a scenic cruise on the beautiful Seine River, followed by a visit to the artists’ hill of Montmartre.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 Paris
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Meals: Breakfast


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