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WWI & WWII Battlefields

Normandy Landing Beach
13 Days

Lest we forget, this sobering journey through the battlefields of WWI and WWII reminds us of the millions of lives lost in these 20th century conflicts. 

Explore the poignant moments of the Battle of Britain, D-Day Landing, infamous Somme and Operation Market Garden immortalized forever in the museums, memorials and cemeteries that dot the French, Belgian and Dutch countrysides.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. After checking in at your hotel, why not explore the city of London? Whether you stroll through one of the Royal Parks, shop in the vibrant West End or visit one of the world-famous historical attractions, London has plenty to keep you entertained. Later meet with your Travel Director and fellow companions for a traditional English pub Welcome Reception.
    hotel:Park Plaza Riverbank
  3. See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace on your half day introductory sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. This afternoon travel to the Imperial War Museum which tells the stories of those whose lives were shaped by war from the First World War to the present day. You will see among other items a Spitfire that saw action in the Battle of Britain. Later you will have free time in the city or you may decide to visit the Tower of London and take a cruise along the Thames.
  4. Today leave the bustle of London and head south to Portsmouth. Stop at the fascinating Historic Dockyard and visit HMS Monitor M33, the Royal Navy's sole surviving warship from the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign and the only warship from World War I open to the public of the three that remain intact today. Learn about the ships' fascinating history from its 69 years in service, including the Dardanelles Campaign of 1915-16, the Russian Civil War and its work as a mine-laying training ship in Portsmouth. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore this fascinating area which highlights the Royal Navy's past before dining at a local restaurant this evening. Tonight board an overnight ferry to France.
    meal(s):FB, RM
  5. Disembark from the ferry this morning after an early breakfast. Travel to the historic D-Day Normandy landing beaches and learn about British, Commonwealth and American involvement. The beaches and memorials are a moving testament to the Allied Soldiers of WWII. Later visit Bayeux Cemetery and museum and see the famous Bayeux Tapestry.
  6. This morning visit the Memorial de Caen. Learn about the significance of Normandy and receive a souvenir D-Day Landing beach booklet. Travel to Amiens and visit the cathedral that was built between 1220 and 1270 and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the First World War this town was liberated by British, Canadian and Australian forces which ultimately led to the armistice of 11 November 1918.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Mercure Cathedrale
  7. After an early start visit some of the Somme Battlefields. Stop at Thiepval to see the poignant memorial which honours the 72,191 missing British and South African men who died with no graves. Visit Delville Wood (Devils Wood) where the South African Brigade suffered substantial losses. Later arrive in Paris for a two-night stay.
    hotel:Novotel Center Tour Eiffel
  8. This morning your Local Specialist reveals not just where, but how real Parisians live and shop, showing you the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris' oldest historical neighborhoods. This short insider walk finishes at one of Paris's loveliest squares, little known to outsiders, but a real favorite of the locals. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower and see the city in all its glory. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. This afternoon consider an Optional Experience to the Palace of Versailles. You might like to round off your day by attending a performance at a famous Parisian cabaret.
  9. Visit the memorial at Vimy Ridge dedicated to the Canadian soldiers who died during the First World War. An included visit to La Coupole World War II Museum will give a Cultural Insight into why this old German Bunker could have changed the outcome of the war as well as the course of European history. Later in Fromelles see where there was a combined operation between British troops and the Australian Imperial Force.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Crowne Plaza
  10. Visit the Ypres Salient and see sites such as Tyne Cot, Langemark and Vancouver Corner. Stop in Passchendaele where you have an included visit to The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, here you can see a replica trench. See Essex Farm Cemetery where Lt. Col. John McCrea wrote the immortal poem - ‘In Flanders Fields'. Have free time for an early dinner before making your way to the Menin Gate to witness The Last Post Ceremony at 8.00pm. Return later to your hotel.
  11. This morning travel across Belgium into The Netherlands and stop at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery and Memorial. The cemetery contains the remains of over 2,000 Canadian soldiers who lost their lives in World War II. Continue on to visit the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945. You will have time to visit the permanent and temporary exhibitions before coffee or tea with a special ‘liberation cake'. Later visit Arnhem. In World War II during Operation Market Garden (September 1944), the British 1st Airborne Division and the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade were given the task of securing the bridge at Arnhem. The events that took place were dramatised in the 1977 movie ‘A Bridge Too Far'. Finally arrive in Amsterdam for a two-night stay.
    hotel:Mercure City
  12. Start your day with an orientation featuring the Mint Tower, Dam Square and Museum Square. Later visit the town of Volendam for a Cultural Insight. Learn about the production of Dutch cheeses and see how clogs are made. This afternoon have free time in the city and tonight enjoy a unique Be My Guest Farewell Dinner with your traveling companions.
    meal(s):BB, BG
  13. Say farewell to this magical country and your newfound friends at the end of a remarkable Battlefields trip. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
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  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

11 nights, 11 hot buffet breakfasts, 5 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Go Dutch and share a ‘gezellig' dinner, savouring delicious local cheeses, with the Pauw family on their dairy farm near Amsterdam

Cultural Insight

  • Visit La Coupole Museum housed under a concrete dome built by the German army to launch their V2 rocket that once threatened to destroy London. The charming town of Volendam in North Holland reveals its secrets behind perfecting Dutch cheese and crafting the traditional clog

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in London and Paris

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Insider walking tour in Paris
  • City tour in London
  • Orientation of Portsmouth, Normandy, Bayeux, Amiens, Somme Region, Ypres, Amsterdam
  • Visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS Monitor 33, D-Day Beaches in Normandy, Amiens Cathedral, Military cemeteries throughout Northern France, Belgium and The Netherlands, the Bayeaux Tapestry Museum, Caen Memorial, WWI & WWII Battlefields, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, La Coupole Museum, Passchendaele Memorial in Ypres, the National Liberation Museum in Groesbeek
  • See John Frost Bridge in Arnhem and the Dam Square, the Mint Tower in Amsterdam
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
13 Apr 17 25 Apr 17 $3,095$2,786pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,095 $2,786 pp
17 Apr 17 29 Apr 17 checkmark $3,095$2,786pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,095 $2,786 pp
28 Apr 17 10 May 17 $3,125$2,813pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,125 $2,813 pp
13 May 17 25 May 17 $3,195$2,876pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,195 $2,876 pp
30 May 17 11 Jun 17 $3,295$2,966pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,295 $2,966 pp
10 Jun 17 22 Jun 17 checkmark $3,175$2,858pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,175 $2,858 pp
15 Jul 17 27 Jul 17 checkmark $3,050$2,745pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,050 $2,745 pp
12 Aug 17 24 Aug 17 $3,050$2,745pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,050 $2,745 pp


Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,070 p.p.

Triple Discount: $60 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $80 per person.

Airport transfers: Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Amsterdam Airport at 8:00 am and 10:00 am.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering these counties.

  • The currency in England is the Pound (£) and in France, Belgium and the Netherlands is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the cuisine. 

    Restaurants around London serve specialties such as fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, sausages, stilton cheese, and scones with clotted cream. Culinary experiences to not to miss include a traditional pub meal, afternoon tea, and full English breakfast.

    The French have an ongoing love affair with food and wine. Meals are lovingly prepared and consumed leisurely through a bevy of appetizers and main courses, usually accompanied by a number of wines. Boeuf bourgignon (beef stew with wine, herbs and vegetables), coq au vin (chicken cooked with bacon in a white wine and herb sauce) and bouillabaisse (fish stew) are featured on many menus. Cheese lovers will not be disappointed with hundreds of varieties to choose from.  And no visit would be complete without a visit to a pâtisserie, with its delicate pastries you will definitely be tempted.

    Wine is the most popular drink in France and is consumed at both lunch and dinner. Coffee is generally served black, unless a café au lait or café crème (with milk) is requested. For a simple and inexpensive lunch or snack, stop by a local bakery or food cart for a baguette au jambon (ham sandwich), crêpes, or a buckwheat galette filled with melted gruyère cheese and mushrooms. Many restaurants also offer a simple three course menu at a reasonable price.

    Dutch cuisine is simple and rustic.  You might like to try specialties such as rookworst (smoked sausage), kibbeling (fried fish) and pannenkoeken (Dutch pancakes)And, if you’re feeling adventurous you can try local raw herring prepared with onions and gherkins.  For something sweet, try stroopwafels, a delicious chewy cookie made with two thin layers of waffle and sticky syrup filling.

     Belgian food is saucy, rich, and satisfying. Try popular dishes like waterzooi (fish stew), boudin blanc sausage, stoemp (Belgian mashed potatoes), moules-frites, and waffles.


  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress, as well as comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood.  Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping is less common in Europe than in the U.S. Many restaurants will include a service charge in the bill. While tipping it is not required, you can leave up to 10 percent gratuity for excellent service. In bars and cafes it’s appropriate to round up or leave some small change.

    In France, a 15% service compris is included by law in the price of food and drink. Tipping in addition to this service charge is never expected, but always appreciated. If you’d like to leave something extra, keep in mind that even in the fanciest restaurants, people rarely tip more than 5-10%. A good rule of thumb is to leave an extra €1 for every €20 spent. Rather than adding gratuity to your credit card slip, leave coins in the tray where the check was presented to ensure that your waiter receives it.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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