Code: HS006
Duration: 11 Days
Base Price: 2150 CAD
Fully customized tour for each school group

Battlefields Of France & Holland Tour


Beginning in Paris, your school group will experience the rich culture and history of this historic European city.  A visit to the Louvre; Versailles Palace; Musee D'Orsay; the Eiffel Tower; Notre Dame Cathedral among the highlights will create the backdrop for your intensive visit to some of the most significant historic sites of World War I and II in France, Belgium and Holland for Canadian troops.

Your group will visit Arromanches 360; Juno Beach; Vimy Ridge; Dieppe; the Somme; Waterloo (Napoleon's famous battle) and after a visit to Brussels, the group will continue on to Amsterdam where students will have a chance to see the memorial house of Anne Frank and will visit the Rembrandt gallery.  You will fly back to Canada from Amsterdam.

Please see below for detailed highlights of this tour.  Links to the sites will be updated over coming weeks.


Inclusions
Exclusions

  • local transportation, service charges and taxes
  • 1 free chaperone per 10 students - lower ratio can be accommodated
  • services of a professional English speaking guide
  • breakfast and dinner daily
  • one non-alcoholic beverage with meals
  • twin or triple accommodation for students and twin for chaperones
  • luggage tags for all participants
  • curriculum and board/school application support from an experienced educator
  • web site support
  • professional service and support with a smile
  • full medical and trip cancellation insurance available at very reasonable cost

  • return air transportation - departure city to be determined
  • items of a personal nature
  • passport application and fees
  • admission to sites not noted in the itinerary
  • single supplement if requested
  • medical and trip cancellation insurance (available at very reasonable cost)
  • drinks with meals other than a soft drink, water or juice
  • tipping for the local guides and drivers

Itinerary

DAY ONE

Executive motorcoach and guide meet us at the airport and we then enjoy a sightseeing tour of Paris before checking into our hotel.

Paris is a captivating city with bustling street life, cosmopolitan cafés and the some of the most spectacular buildings and monuments in Europe. The city exudes style and there is an exciting, romantic buzz in the air.

Overnight at your hotel
Dinner Bed & Breakfast

DAY TWO

Dating back to the year 1163 the Notre Dame Cathedral is a magnificent historic building. Today we enjoy a visit to the Cathedral and gain a sense of the history that has passed through Paris through the centuries.

Enjoy a visit to Paris' most famous landmark. The Eiffel tower is 318 m hight, including the television antenna at the very tip. We enjoy a trip up to the 2nd floor via the Elevator.

Enjoy a visit to the Louvre, the most famous and prized museum in France. Constructed around 1200 as a fortress, and rebuilt around the mid-16th century as a royal palace, it became a public museum in 1793. The paintings, sculptures and artefacts on display have been assembled over the last 5 centuries, but undoubtedly the most famous is Da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

Overnight at your hotel
Dinner Bed & Breakfast

DAY THREE

This morning we depart Paris by tour coach and head north west  to Normandy.  En route we stop at the Chateau de Versailles.

In Versailles, visit the palace, the magnificent monument to the extravagance of the French monarchy during the 17th century. Built by Louis XIV, the Sun King, Versailles became the home of the French royalty during that period,and eventually grew to represent all that was hated about the monarchy in the build up to the revolution in 1789. Your tour includes a walk around the fabulous state apartments which feature many superb works of art.

Full of history, from William the Conqueror to the Normandy Landings, Normandy takes us on a journey through time. A succession of abbeys, small harbours and half-timbered houses line the cliffs between Etretat and Deauville.

Located in the heart of the city for several centuries, Rouen's Cathedral is a magnificent display of Gothic architecture. The cathedral has been immortalised by Claude Monet's impressionist paintings of the 19th century. The cast-iron spire of 151 metres is the tallest in France. The cathedral also boasts stained art glasswork from the 13th century and houses famous tombs such as Richard the Lionheart's.

Overnight at your hotel
Dinner & Breakfast

DAY FOUR

Arromanches 360 was created at the fiftieth anniversary of the D-Day landings in 1994. Located on the cliffs above the beach where the remains of a Mulberry Harbour lie at Arromanches, the circular cinema features a panoramic film ‘The Price of Freedom’. The film mixes unreleased archive footage from war correspondents with present day pictures of the now peaceful setting. The building also houses an exhibition hall containing photographs of local commemorations for the fiftieth anniversary of D-Day

The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944. Many of those buried in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery were men of the 3rd Canadian Division who died either on 6 June or during the early days of the advance towards Caen, when the Division engaged a German battle group formed from the 716th Division and the 21st Panzer Division. The cemetery contains 2,048 Second World War burials, the majority Canadian, and 19 of them unidentified.

The Juno Beach Centre is a museum and cultural centre, which opened at Courseulles-sur-Mer, France on June 6, 2003. The Centre presents the war effort made by all Canadians, civilian and military alike, both at home and on the various fronts during the Second World War, as well as the manifold faces of contemporary Canadian society. It is the only Canadian Museum in Normandy.

Overnight at your hotel
Dinner & Continental Breakfast Caen

DAY FIVE

Enjoy a morning`of tour of Dieppe with a local guide.

Overnight at your hotel
Dinner & Continental Breakfast

DAY SIX

Of the five memorials established in France and Belgium in memory of major actions fought by the 1st Battalion of the Newfoundland Regiment, the largest is the thirty hectare site at Beaumont-Hamel, nine kilometres north of the town of Albert. This site commemorates all Newfoundlanders who fought in the Great War, particularly those who have no known grave. The site was officially opened by Field Marshal Earl Haig on June 7, 1925.

Visit the Somme Trench Museum in Albert which evokes the grim reality of trench warfare in WW1. The town of Albert was at the very heart of the Battle of the Somme in which so many suffered and gave their lives.

Dinner Bed & Breakfast

DAY SEVEN

The Battle of Vimy Ridge was one of the opening battles in a larger British campaign known as the Battle of Arras during the First World War. It is also considered a major event in Canadian history for the key role the Canadian Corps of First Army played in the attack. The battle is commemorated by the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, set atop Hill 145 near Vimy and Givenchy in the French Pas-de-Calais. It is the largest of Canada's war monuments. The land is a Canadian National Park and was given by the people of France to the people of Canada in perpetuity in recognition of Canada's war efforts on behalf of France. Around the Memorial, beyond the grassy slopes of the approaches, are wooded parklands. Trenches and tunnels have been restored and preserved and the visitor can picture the magnitude of the task that faced the Canadian Corps on that distant dawn when history was made.

Overnight at your hotel
Dinner Bed & Breakfast

DAY EIGHT

Enjoy a full day excursion to Waterloo.

The Lion Mound Hamlet is located at the heart of the Waterloo battlefield, on the frontline where French and English troops met. It was built after the battle around Lion Mound, the main monument commemorating the battle. The Lion Mound Hamlet is now home to the Visitors’ Centre. It is the starting point for discovering the battlefield. Lion Mound, the Panorama, the Audiovisual Presentation, the Visitors’ Centre’s Film, along with the Wax Museum, will all help you relive the famous Battle of Waterloo.

Overnight at your hotel
Dinner & Continental Breakfast

DAY NINE

Enjoy a morning tour of Brussels with a local guide.  Brussels, the capital of Belgium and headquarters of the European Union, is a bustling and cosmopolitan city. Brussels’ fame as a political centre is well known, but it also offers stylish shopping districts, incomparable beers, chocolate and seafood and one of the finest squares in Europe, The Grand Place.

Afterwards we depart for Amsterdam. Amsterdam is often referred to as one of the most colorful cities in the world. And rightly so! With its beautiful tree lined canals, world famous museums, 17th century townhouses, infamous coffee shops and flower markets there is something for everyone. You can't fail to fall for Amsterdam's relaxed charm.

Overnight at your hotel
Dinner & Continental Breakfast

DAY TEN

Enjoy a full day tour of Amsterdam.

Queen Wilhelmina officially opened the Rembrandt House Museum on 10 June 1911. At the suggestion of the painter Jan Veth, one of the members of the museum’s first board of governors, it had been decided to assemble a collection of Rembrandt’s etchings, which, it was felt, could hardly be better displayed than in the house in which most of them were made. The Rembrandt House Museum consists of the 17th century old house and studio of Rembrandt and a modern building which houses the entrance, the museum shop and the two exhibition rooms.

The former hiding place, where Anne Frank wrote her diary, is now a well-known museum. The museum tells the history of the eight people in hiding and those who helped them during the war. Anne Frank's diary is among the original objects on display.

Overnight at your hotel
Dinner & Continental Breakfast

DAY ELEVEN

Transfer by coach to Schiphol Airport.