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9 Days / 8 Nights
Availability : May 2 - Only one departure!
Start: Amsterdam, Netherlands
End: Amsterdam, Netherlands

HONOURING THE 78th ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIBERATION IN 2023

Liberation of Holland: 8 nts Arnhem

Join us, May 2023,  for the 78th Anniversary events for the Liberation of Holland tour, to give our thanks and remembrance to the Canadian veterans who liberated the Netherlands from the Second World War.

Embrace the Dutch and Canadian celebrations in a series of events and tours that promise to come back safer, healthier, and more exciting than ever – all to honour those who did the impossible, up against all odds, so that we could have peace today.

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

Minimum Tour Capacity: 15 Travellers per 30 seat coach/ Maximum Tour Capacity:  25 Travellers per 50 seat coach

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book the Liberation of Holland tour.

Liberation of Holland Tour Details

The Battlefield Tour Difference

– Celebrate 78 years of remembrance in the Liberation of WW2, in Holland
– Community Commemorations in Holten, Bergen-op-Zoom, Groesbeek, Arnhem, and Groningen
– A visit to the 005 Canadian Clubhouse in Lochem

– A visit to the Liberation Museums of Groesbeek, Arnhem, and Lochem

– A visit to Zeeland & Bergen Op Zoom to discuss the Battle of the Scheldt
– A day to explore the Keukenhof Gardens

 

 

Pick Up Location & TIme

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam)  (Google Map)
10:00am – Meet your tour manager in arrivals lounge.

 

Drop off Location & Time

Schiphol Amsterdam Airport  (Amsterdam) (Google Map)
11:00am drop off at airport

Price Includes

  • 8 nights accommodations in Superior Tourist Class (3 - 4 Star Hotels
  • Full-Time Experienced Battlefield Tour Manager
  • Executive Motor Coach with Washroom/AC/tea/coffee
  • Daily breakfasts, 8 dinners
  • Online Custom Map Kit & Tour Resource & Info Guide
  • All surcharges, fees, and departure taxes
  • All Entrances as per your Itinerary

Meals

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 0 lunch
  • 8 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare - this is a land only itinerary
  • Transfers
  • 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)
  • 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. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Tuesday, May 2ndJohn Frost Bridge, 'Airborne at the Bridge' museum

Upon your arrival into Amsterdam Schiphol, you will be met by your Tour Manager and Coach Driver before our journey to Arnhem. Upon arrival into Arnhem, we will see the John Frost Bridge, (A Bridge Too Far), with a stop at the ‘Airborne at the Bridge’ museum. As we drive to our hotel in Holland we will discuss the Battle of Arnhem. We arrive in time for some rest and relaxation before our “Welcome Dinner”, where we will have the opportunity to meet our fellow Canadian traveling companions arriving from Normandy. (D)

Accommodation: Van der Valk Hotel, Nijmegen-Lent

Day 2 - Wednesday, May 3rdKeukenhof Gardens, Kinderdijk Windmills

After breakfast, we make the drive to Lisse to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, home to Europe’s largest garden, home to 7 million tulip bulbs planted annually. After the war, the Dutch people and their Royal family expressed their thanks to Canada by sending thousands of tulip bulbs to Ottawa. The Gift of Tulips became a yearly tradition. Approximately 10,000 of the bulbs from the Keukenhof are gifted to Canada each year. Before returning to Arnhem we will see the Kinderdijk Windmills UNESCO World Heritage Site, the largest of all windmill sites in the Netherlands, where we’ll discuss more about Holland’s history & heritage. Tonight, we return back to the hotel for our dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Accommodation: Van der Valk Hotel, Nijmegen-Lent

Day 3 - Thursday, May 4thCommonwealth Military Cemetery, Canadian Clubhouse

**Private Community Wreath Laying Ceremonies at the Holten and Lochem**

Today is Remembrance Day in the Netherlands. After breakfast, we depart for the breathtaking Commonwealth Military Cemetery in Holten. Here we will explore the new Holten exhibits in their new and impressive interpretation centre, before uniting with Holten’s staff and community for a wreath laying ceremony. Before returning to our hotel for dinner, we will also get the opportunity to visit the Canadian Clubhouse, home to the 005 Canadian Legion of the Netherlands for a big and beautiful lunch. Later, Barry Swarthoff, will show us his collection at the Liberation Museum in Lochem, while showing what his community does to honour the Canadians. (B,D)

Accommodation: Van der Valk Hotel, Nijmegen-Lent

Day 4 - Friday, May 5thWageningen, Apeldoorn

After breakfast, we take the short drive to Wageningen. On 5 May 1945 German Commander General Blaskowitz met with Canadian General Foulkes, here, at the Hotel de Wereld. There they negotiated the surrender document for all German forces in the Netherlands. This afternoon, we head to Apeldoorn to walk the street of the Thank you Canada Lane – home of the ‘Man with Two Hats’ Memorial to Canada. Here we will lay a wreath to commemorate the veterans we’ve held hands with down this lane. This afternoon, we return to our hotel for dinner and a good rest, or take the chance to see the Memorial Crossing over Nijmegen. (B,D)

Accommodation: Van der Valk Hotel, Nijmegen-Lent

Day 5 - Saturday, May 6thGroningen

**Drive to Groningen**  

This morning we take an early and leisurely drive up to Groningen in the northern part of the Netherlands. Liberated by the 2nd Division in April of 1945, the Canadians up here had to fight for four long days to liberate the city, suffering 43 fatalities, 166 wounded.110 civilians were also tragically caught in the crossfire. This afternoon, we will meet our local guide before exploring the central market square. Here, the heaviest fighting took place – the scars still bear witness to the action 77 years ago. Despite the loss and destruction, the citizens of Groningen were determined to celebrate their liberation – and in the early evening, we will honour that memory in celebration with our local friends in a private dinner event in the heart of the city. After dinner, we take the drive back to Nijmegen, enjoy the option of watching a film on board. (B,D)

Accommodation: Van der Valk Hotel, Nijmegen-Lent

Day 6 - Sunday, May 7thNational Military Museum

**Special visit to the NMM**  

Today, we’ll make the drive out to the National Military Museum in Soesterberg who has invited us to join them for a special introduction. Upon arrival, we will be welcomed with coffee and tea, followed by the orientation of the New Lancaster Pavillion – Nowhere in the world is an aircraft exhibited in this way. A beautiful tribute to the seven crew members of this Lancaster NN775. We’ll partake in an orientation tour, followed by a museum visit for you to explore the museum at your own pace. A large part of the museum’s ground floor is furnished with Canadian and German WWII equipment. (B,D)

Accommodation: Van der Valk Hotel, Nijmegen-Lent

Day 7 - Monday, May 8thVE Day: Hartenstein Hotel, Nijmegen, Liberation Museum, Canadian Military Cemetery of Groesbeek

**VE DAY in Europe**

Today marks the 77th Anniversary of Victory Day in Europe. We begin our day with a visit to the Hartenstein Hotel, the HQ of the beleaguered Airborne Forces in Operation Market Garden – now a remarkable museum before heading to the city of Nijmegen for an orientation tour and lunch before a private wreath laying ceremony in honour of our good friend, Bud Weeks, at the foot of the Sherman Tank. This afternoon, we continue to Groesbeek with a visit to the Liberation Museum. We finish our day in the Canadian Military Cemetery of Groesbeek to pay our respects. (B,D)

Accommodation: Van der Valk Hotel, Nijmegen-Lent

Day 8 - Tuesday, May 9thLiberation Museum of Zealand, Liberation Park, Yerseke, Canadian War Cemetery of Bergen-Op-Zoom, Woensdrecht

Today we take a drive out to Zeeland to visit the Liberation Museum of Zealand and Liberation Park to discuss the Battle of the Scheldt. Zeeland was the hardest-hit province in the occupation, and the effects of the Battle for the Scheldt were felt far beyond. This single operation cost the Canadians more casualties than any other operation during the whole of WWII. After our orientations we head to Yerseke to sample some of their world renowned seafood for lunch. We end our day with a solemn visit to the Canadian War Cemetery of Bergen-Op-Zoom. Before the day’s end, we will also visit the small village of Woensdrecht. Here, the Black Watch and the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry engaged with the German 6th Paratrooper Regiment in a fierce battle on October 13th, 1944 – “Black Friday” as it is known, due to the high losses of men from both Canadian unit – however, victory was achieved, and it paved the way in cutting off a large number of German forces in the battle of the Scheldt. Tonight we return to our hotel for our dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Accommodation: Van der Valk Hotel, Nijmegen-Lent

Day 9 - Wednesday, May 10thAmsterdam

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Schiphol Amsterdam airport for our flights back to Canada. (B)

Option to extend to Berlin or Amsterdam with visits to Anne Frank & the Dutch Resistance Museum… ask us!

Dates and Prices
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2023: May 2  $4,099 $5,059

TOUR PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

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

Your Remaining Balance: Due by Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 (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 dhtour@dhtour.ca  to book.

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

 

Notes

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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