Trip to the Canadian Battlefields in France and Belgium

This trip allows Canadians who so desire, young and less young, to visit the battlefields in France and Belgium, and to understand on-site the contribution of young Canadians at that time to the maintenance of the freedom they themselves enjoy today.

These sacrifices of young Canadians in the two world wars that bloodied the twentieth century, have given Canada a major international scale and influence and made it an important force for maintaining peace in the world.

 

Day 1: Paris – Verdun

Departure to Verdun today World Capital of Peace, which was one of the battlefields most horrific of the Great War. From February to December 1916 for 300 days and 300 nights, soldiers, French and Germans lived in this place a real "hell". Lunch in Verdun. Afternoon visit the city and the Verdun Memorial Museum - Visit Fort Douaumont and the ossuary.

Dinner and overnight in Verdun. In the evening possibility to attend the Sound and Light Show "From Flames to Light".

 

Day 2: Verdun - Peronne - Beaumont Hamel – Arras

Departure for Perronne (245 km) Arrival by late morning and guided tour of the Museum of the Great War. Lunch at the museum. Afternoon tour of remembrance including the Museum of the Somme in Albert and the Newfoundlanders monument in Beaumont Hamel. Continue to Arras. Dinner and accommodation in Arras.

 

Day 3: Arras - Vimy – Ypres (Leper)

Short visit of Arras and departure for Vimy. Visit of the Canadian Memorial Park one of Canada's most impressive tributes to its citizens who fought during the First World War. Lunch and departure for Ypres (Leper) in Belgium (90 km) which was one of the most sanguinary front of the Western during the Great War. Visit the city rebuilt and the Flanders Field Museum devoted to the history of war 14-18. Dinner and accommodation in Ypres.

 

Day 4: Ypres
Day in Ypres - Visiting Battlefields and evocation of the Battle of Passchendaele.

Dinner and accommodation in Ypres.

 

Day 5: Ypres - Caen
Departure for Dieppe (275 km) where took place in 1942 an attempt to land which cost the lives of many Canadian soldiers of the Mont-Royal firing squad. Visit of the 1942, August 19th Memorial.

Lunch and continuation for Caen (185 km) over the Normandie bridge.

Dinner and overnight in Caen.

 

Day 6: Caen - Juno Beach
Visit the Cultural Center of Juno Beach, which opened in Courseulles sur mer in 2003 and which present the effort of civilian and military war across the Canadian population in Canada and on the various fronts during the Second World War.

Afternoon visit the Caen Memorial and the Garden of Canadian remembrance.

Dinner and overnight in Caen.

 

Day 7: Caen – Paris

Return to Paris.

 

Our service includes:

  • 6 x half-board as per itinerary (1 x Verdun, 1 x Arras, 2 x Ypres, 2 x Caen), 2 or 3 star hotel, rooms with shower or bath and toilet, breakfast buffet, 3 course dinner without drinks
  • Coach and guide for the Circuit from Paris to Paris (7 days)
  • The entrance in the museums and sites listed

 

 

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