Canadian battlefields of the First World War 2022

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Guided by David O’Keefe
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6 Days / 5 Nights
Availability : June 17 - Only one departure!
Start: Paris CDG Airport, France
End: Brussels BRU Airport, Belgium

Canadian battlefields of the First World War: 2 nts Arras, 3 nts Ypres

To walk the ground of the First World War battlefields helps us gain great insight into the world we live in today.

On this tour, Historian and Professor David O’Keefe, will lead us on an expanded tour of the First World War Canadian battlefields, including Vimy, the Somme, and Passchendaele. This is a custom tour created for a special group of Canadians who wish to participate in an explorative tour alongside our experienced team as led by our knowledgeable guide, Canadian historian and professor David O’Keefe.

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
Maximum: 24 people per 40 seat coach.

Minimum: 15 travellers per 30 seat 

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Commemorate and honour the Canadian Battlefields of the Great War – from Vimy to Flanders and all in between
  • Enjoy beautiful, independent, superior class accommodation throughout our stay with our favourite hoteliers
  • Extended visits at Vimy Ridge, and Beaumont Hamel + Flanders – from Passchendaele to Poperinge
  • Executive coach transportation, with washrooms, air conditioning, and now ozone filtration!
  • Join our long time Battlefield team, along with the guidance of professor and historian David O’Keefe throughout the tour 

Pick Up Location & TIme

Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris)  (Google Map)
Time: TBA – Meet your tour manager and David O’Keefe in arrivals

Drop off Location & Time

Brussels International Airport (Brussels) (Google Map)
Time: TBA

Price Includes

  • 5 nights accommodations in Superior Tourist Class Hotels (3-4 star)
  • All Entrances as per your Itinerary
  • Full-Time Experienced Battlefield Tour Manager & Escort
  • Transportation in fully air-conditioned, ozone filtered executive coaches
  • Daily breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 3 dinners (D)
  • Online Custom Map Kit & Tour Resource & Info Guide
  • All service fees, surcharges, fees and departure taxes

Meals

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare - this is a land only itinerary
  • Lunches (L), Some Dinners (D) + and drinks with dinner
  • Gratuities owed to tour staff (may we suggest 5EUR per person, per day)
  • Porterage (luggage handling to your room available upon request)
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

With over 30 years of experience we provide you with a seamless travel program using trusted accommodation and restaurants that we personally know and love. As well, you’re receiving reliable and insightful information from an experienced and knowledgeable source, gaining one of the most in-depth understandings of the areas you’ll be exploring.

Following the footsteps of our fathers, The Battlefield Tours has had the honour of leading our Canadian Veterans through the Battlefields of Europe. Unique to mainstream tours, the Battlefield Tours are different: This is real history. 

David O’Keefe is a Canadian historian and professor. It’s fair to say that if you’re a fan of History, you’re familiar with David’s work – from History Television’s War Junk to documentaries like The Black Watch Snipers, and Dieppe Uncovered, David O’Keefe may have graced your television screen once or twice. Or perhaps his name graces your bookshelf? His three critically acclaimed books, (The Seven Days in Hell + Dieppe Uncovered), were Amazon’s top 3 Canadian bestsellers this year for Canadian History in the 20th Century. Not only an award-winning historian, during the school year, he teaches at Marianopolis College in Westmount, Quebec. David O’Keefe also served – as an infantry officer in the Royal Highland Regiment (The Black Watch of Canada) in Montreal. He was later employed as their official historian for nearly a decade.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday, June 17thSomme, Albert

This morning, upon arrival into Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport you’ll greet the team, including our guide, historian and professor David O’Keefe. Together, we begin our journey to the Somme, with a stop en-route to visit the Trench Museum in the town of Albert for a good introduction. We then head to the city of Arras for our hotel check-in. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and reception. (D)

Accommodation: TBA, Arras

Day 2 - Saturday, June 18thBeaumont Hamel, Lochnagar Crater, Memorial to the Missing at Thiepval, Pozieres, Courcelette

We begin this morning with a visit to one of the largest preserved battlefields in the world, at Beaumont Hamel. It is also a Canadian National Historic site. The brave men of Newfoundland’s only Regiment to fight in the Great War suffered horrendous casualties in the opening hours here. We will walk through original trenches on the untouched Battlefield, while stories of archeology, sacrifice, and bravery are told. Next, we continue to visit the Lochnagar Crater – one of the largest preserved mine craters, the explosion of which signalled the start of the battle of the Somme. Today’s unique lunch stop will be at the Old Blighty Café located on the Battlefield itself. Nearby we will tour the Memorial to the Missing at Thiepval – the largest Commonwealth Memorial in the world – commemorating the names of over 72,000 missing. See the tank monument at Pozieres, the spot where armoured vehicles or tanks were first used in the history of warfare, and Courcelette, where the Canadians came, and the battle ends. Tonight, everyone will be given the opportunity to explore the beautiful City of Arras while enjoying dinner at your own pace. (B,L)

Accommodation: TBA, Arras

Day 3 - Sunday, June 19thHill 145, Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Ring of Remembrance, Albian-Saint Nazaire Church

Our journey today will take us to a place of great pilgrimage for generations of Canadians, Hill 145Vimy Ridge. On April 9th,1917, Canada’s citizen-soldiers took center stage on the world’s news headlines by capturing the impregnable fortress of Vimy Ridge. Accomplishing what our allies earlier in the war could not, the Canadian Corps fighting all together for the first time handed the Germans their most significant defeat of the war at that point. Our tour of the park will begin at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. A complete overview of its construction, history and dedication events will be shared amongst all. More time will be taken to view the visitor’s center & staff. Outside, we tour the trenchestunnels and observation points in the heavily scarred landscape. We continue with a stop at the nearby Hill 70 Memorial to discuss Canada’s forgotten battle. We end our day with a visit to the “Ring of Remembrance” and the Albian-Saint Nazaire 15th Century Church. Both hold powerful meaning for one to ponder in the destruction. Afterwards, we travel on to YpresBelgium, to check in to our hotel for an early group dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: TBA, Ypres

Day 4 - Monday, June 20thEssex Farm Cemetery, Langemark, Tyne Cot Commonwealth Cemetery, Crest Farm Memorial, St. Julien, Hill 62

Today will be spent exploring the Ypres Salient from 1914-1918. Flanders Fields was the location of prolonged and intense fighting for the entirety of the war. We first visit Essex Farm Cemetery, the exact site where Canadian John MacCrae wrote his now-famous poem “In Flanders Fields.” We continue to the German Cemetery of Langemark. Originating in 1915 with several hundred German graves, it swelled to over 40,000 in the time that followed. We continue on to the Tyne Cot Commonwealth Cemetery – the largest Commonwealth Cemetery in the world with close to 12,000 burials, including the grave of VC awarded Canadian Private James Robertson. The next stop is the Crest Farm Memorial on the Battlefield of Passchendaele, the most horrific battle of WW1. Our day will also include a detailed stop at the village of St. Julien. In late April of 1915, Canada’s newly arrived Division experienced some of the worst in warfare; the first Chlorine gas attacks. Our last stop today will be at the Hill 62 battlefield site and monument. The Canadian Corps held this crucial area in Spring/Summer of 1916 in which the Canadians distinguished themselves for their bravery and steadfastness despite a terrible cost in life. We head back early to Ypres for some time to enjoy the historical site on your own. Choose from a wide range of delicious local Belgian cuisine on your own, among a multitude of restaurants in the famous Grote Markt of Ypres. (B,L)

Accommodation: TBA, Ypres

Day 5 - Tuesday, June 21stIn Flanders Fields Museum, Talbot House, Lijssenthoek, The Last Post Ceremony

After breakfast this morning, enjoy a visit to the In Flanders Fields Museum, located in the Cloth Hall of the City. We finish our orientations with a trip to Poperinge for a picnic lunch and an extended visit at the Talbot House. 106 years ago, this is where Allied soldiers went to find vital respite. Beforehand, we’ll have time to visit the former field hospital along the Ypres Salient, Lijssenthoek. See the CentreMemorial & Cemetery. This afternoon, we head back to Ypres to enjoy the rest of the day to explore Ypres on our own. Tonight, we reunite for an early farewell dinner. At 8:00 PM tonight we will attend one of the most moving ceremonies in the world, The Last Post Ceremony. Performed every day without exception, it can only be described as an incredibly moving and solemn tribute to those lost in Belgium in the Great War. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: TBA, Ypres

Day 6 - Wednesday, June 22ndDepart

This morning, after breakfast, we say our farewells to Ypres and head to Brussels BRU International Airport for our return flights home. (B)

Dates and Prices
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2022: June 17 $4,177 $5,007

 

Group Air:

Available from Toronto for $1,600 per person including tax. Flight details TBA. 

Flight departure: [Jun 16, to Paris (CDG)]
Flight return: [Jun 22, from Brussels (BRU)] 

Please request air rate from your gateway and/or if you are extending your stay. 

TOUR PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

Pricing Subject to change for 2022 tour.  Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking. 

Initial Deposit: $500.00 (of which $300 is non-refundable) to guarantee your space is due immediately

Your Remaining Balance: Due by Friday March 18th, 2022 (90 days prior to departure)

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected]  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes:

***This itinerary is subject to changes*** 

Rooms:
Please specify if you prefer a double (shared) or twin beds. Most rooms are doubles and twins may be on request. Single rooms are in short supply and early booking is advised. All rooms have private facilities which will be either bath or WC or shower & WC. We will try to meet your request but cannot guarantee your preference will be met.
 

Luggage:
We ask that those of you on the motor coach tours, limit your luggage to one suitcase plus a carry on. Please be sure that you are aware of current airport and airline weight and carry-on restrictions.
 

Wheelchairs:
We are able to carry your folding wheelchair in the luggage compartment but not battery powered wheelchairs. Please advise the Battlefield Tours if you intend to bring one. If you are disabled in any way please ask our staff about the suitability of any particular tour or hotel.

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