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Duration: 10 Days
Base Price: 2450 CAD
Each tour customized for your school & departure city.

World War I & II Educational Tour

This tour will be customized for each school and transportation will be included from the closest international airport.

The tour is a memorable and historic look at some of the most significant sites and museums related to the Battles of World Wars I & II. 

Travelling from England to France and finishing in Belgium, students and staff will explore such highlights as St. Paul's Cathedral, Churchill's War Room and the Imperial War Museum in London.  Before leaving England, a visit will be made to the Aldershot Camp - home to the Canadian Army in W.W. II as well as the D-Day Museum.

In France, the group wil visit Normandy with the emphasis on the Canadian section at Juno Beach.  The Battle of Normandy Museum; Caen Peace Memorial Museum and Beny-sur-mer Canadian War Cementary are featured in this area.  While in France, students will visit Bruges and the WW I memorial at Vimy Ridge.  Ypres (Ypers) and the Flanders Fields Museum highlight Canada's important involvement during W.W. I.

The tour continues on to Brussels where students will tour locally; take a canal boatride and the next day visit the EXPO building, Little Man Pee and NATO headquarters.  A lecture about transatlantic relationships and the role of NATO can be arranged.

Your flight home will be from Brussels.

Call our Merit Travel groups department for your customized quote today!

 


Inclusions
Exclusions

  • local transporation, 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 from departure city
  • 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

World War I and II Educational Tour

Britain, France, Belgium

 

Day  1               OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO LONDON

Overnight flight to London

  

Day 2               ARRIVE LONDON

Wens tourescort will welcome you at the airport. City tour on the way to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to rest and unpack and become oriented to area around your hotel.

Dinner and accommodation                               

 

Day 3               London

This morning guided tour. We'll stop at St. Paul's Cathedral and see the book which lists every airman killed while stationed in England. In the afternoon we will visit the Imperial War Museum, which houses authentic examples of World War II weaponry and an exhibit of World War I trench warfare. Then we proceed to the Churchill War Room, part the underground nerve center of Britain's war effort.

Afternoon tour to the British Museum.

Dinner and accommodation.

 

Day 4               London - Porthmouth – Bayeux

We depart London, passing by Aldershot Camp, which was home to the Canadian Army from 1939-45.  We continue to Portsmouth, we visit the award winning D-Day Museum.

Board our ferry and cross to France, passing near the D-Day beaches and landing near Caen.  Dinner on board. Accommodation Bayeux.

 

Day 5               Normandy

Full day Landing Beaches tour, with focus on the Canadian section. Visit Canada’s Juno Beach Centre.  Later, we see the remains of the Mulberry harbour (an engineering marvel).  On our way back to Bayeux we visit the Battle of Normandy Museum.  If time permitting visit to the Commonwealth war cemetery. 

Dinner and accommodation.

 

Day 6               Normandy

After breakfast we visit the  sites of the first violent clashes between the advancing Canadians and the German panzer reserves.  A visit to the Beny-sur-mer Canadian War Cemetery is included.  On to Caen where we visit Caen Peace Memorial museum. Special lecture will be held here (subject to be discussed with you).

Dinner and accommodation in Bayeux.

 

Day 7               Bruges

After breakfast leave to the WW I Memorial at Vimy Ridge. On to Yper             After breakfast you will leave Bruges for Ipers (Ypres) one of the most powerful and flourishing Flemish towns in the 13th century.

Ypres was the front line with the British troops at the east and the Germans at the west. In the end 300.00 Allied soldiers died, 250.000 of them British. There are over 170 military cemeteries near Ypres.

During the tour you will visit the Flanders Fields museum, showcasing the history of WWI, starting in Sarajevo. In the museum you will see a description of the battle of the Ijzer River, the life behind the front. Many biographies and 20 objects are housed in the museum all linked to fascinating anecdotes.

On to the Sanctuary Wood Museum followed by a visit to the Essex Farm Cemetery in “Flanders Fields” to see Lieutenant –Colonel John McCrea’s grave. He was born in Ontario and became famous for his poem starting with “In Flanders fields the poppies blow”

Dinner will be served at Ypres. After dinner you will attend the Last Post at the Menin Memorial Gate ( Menenpoort). The walls of the Memorial bear the names of 54,896 British soldiers, who were killed on August 1917. On to Bruges for accommodation.

 

Day 8               Brussels

Walking tour with local guide, including a canal boatride. Afternoon on to Brussels, for dinner and accommodation,

 

Day 9               Brussels

Morning tour of Brussels with a local guide to see the highlights like the Market Square, EXPO building, Little Man Pee and NATO headquarters.

A lecture about transatlantic relationship and the role of NATO nowadays can be arranged.

Rest of the day at leisure.

 

Fare well dinner and accommodation

 

Day 10             Departure

After breakfast departure for the airport of Brussels for your flight back home.