October 1 - 19, 2017
CAD 7,600.00 ppdo
airfare from Toronto)
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|Canada Goes To War Tour|
We overnight 3 nights in Normandy
We offer a great mix of History and Culture
We include a visit to Rothenburg ob der Tauber,
the best preserved medieval village in Germany
Experience counts! We have operated World
War II Tours throughout Europe for 20 years
17 Nights in 3 and 4 Star Hotels
12 Dinners and Breakfast Buffets daily
All Road Tolls, Parking, Fuel, and Local Taxes
All Entrance Fees to Museums and Attractions
Compiegne Surrender Museum from WWI
Claude Monet's Home and Gardens
Lunch at the historic Gondree Cafe
SWORD Beach and Pegasus Bridge
JUNO Beach with Museum and Bunkers
GOLD Beach and Mulberry Harbor ruins
Tour of Longues-sur-Mer Gun Battery
See the Bayeux Tapestry and Cathedral
Somme 1916 Museums in Albert / Peronne
Guided Tour of the Somme Battlefields
Beaumont-Hamel and Newfoundland Park
Visit Vimy Ridge and Canadian Memorials
Ypres / Battle of Passchendaele sites
Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate (Ypres)
Battle of the Bulge Tour in the Ardennes
Underground fortress of the Maginot Line
Visit the Westwall Museum (Siegfried Line)
Tour of former Nazi Party Rally Grounds
Visit medieval, walled-city Rothenburg
Munich City Tour with Third Reich sites
Guided Tour of Hitler's alpine Eagle's Nest
Visit Obersalzberg Documentation Center
Boat Cruise across Lake Koenigssee
City Tour of beautiful Salzburg, Austria
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This Tour begins at Paris (CDG) Airport and ends at Munich (MUC) Airport. The Tour rate includes roundtrip airfare from Toronto and ground transfers from the London area. It is also possible to book this Tour without flights - contact Heather Wilkinson for more details: (519) 473-8591.
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|WWI and WWII sites in France, Belgium, Germany and Bavarian Alps|
This Tour begins at Paris (CDG) Airport in France and finishes at Munich (MUC) Airport in Germany. Canada Goes To War Tour follows in the footsteps of the Canadian military in both World Wars across Europe. This exclusive Group Tour focuses on historical and cultural sites in France, Belgium, and Germany. Tour participants will get the opportunity to honor the tens of thousands of brave Canadians where they sacrificed their lives for peace, justice, and our future. The first half of our historical journey takes us to the Canadian Battlefields of France and Belgium; where we will hear fascinating stories of courage and determination, from Juno Beach all the way to the Scheldt Estuary on the Dutch border. The second half of our adventure explores the political situation throughout Germany; including the tragic events and circumstances that led the country to war in both 1914 and 1939. In addition to visiting many fascinating historical sites and museums, Tour guests will also enjoy the best scenic and cultural features Europe has to offer - whether it is medieval architecture, traditional cuisine, beautiful art, or amazing scenery; Canada Goes to War Tour will be an incredible experience full of history, fun and adventure!
Explore Third Reich Sites in Bavaria and visit the Eagle's Nest.
The secrets of the Third Reich are revealed as we investigate Hitler's rise to power in Nuremberg and Munich, the birthplace of the Nazi 'Movement'. We will also explain how the Nazi State changed under Hitler's tyrannical Dictatorship, and how propaganda was perfected at the annual Nazi Party Rallies in Nuremberg. At Dachau Memorial we will explain the history of the Jewish Holocaust. During our two full days in Berchtesgaden, we will explore the nearby Obersalzberg Mountain, which was a refuge for Hitler in the early days. The mountain was transformed into the southern headquarters for the Third Reich in the mid-1930's. History comes alive as we tour Hitler's underground bunkers at Obersalzberg and travel to the infamous mountaintop Eagle's Nest, and enjoy the incredible panorama of the surrounding mountains.
"Once again, you have surpassed our expectations! Your personal attention to detail along with your enthusiasm, research and knowledge of military history has given us an unforgettable vacation, as well as an indelible insight to the sacrifices made for liberty..."
Canada Goes To War Tour
October 1 - 19, 2017
October 1: IN FLIGHT - to Paris Airport (CDG)
Early afternoon departure by private charter ground transportation to Toronto Pearson Airport. An early evening non-stop flight will take us to Paris.
October 2: PARIS - Arrival and Relax
On arrival in Paris, we will have a transfer to our hotel located on the left bank in the Latin Quarter. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. We will meet early evening for dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Paris. (D)
October 3: PARIS - Paris Walking Tour
Breakfast. After breakfast we will have a private Walking Tour, the Resistance and Occupation; the story of the resistance, the prisons, the round ups, and the plight of the Jews. Everyday life during the Occupation, and many poignant and revealing stories of ordinary people. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight Paris. (B)
October 4: NORMANDY - The City of Bayeux
Today we depart for Normandy with our Tour Director, Tony Cisneros (Alpventures). We will first stop in Compiegne Forest, site of the Armistice ending WWI in 1918 and in June 1940 after the Battle of France in World War II. We continue to Giverny for a visit to Claude Monet's famous gardens. We continue to Bayeux for hotel check-in and dinner in Normandy. Overnight Bayeux. (B, D)
October 5: NORMANDY - Juno Beach
Breakfast. Morning Tour of Pegasus Bridge near SWORD BEACH, where the British 6th Airborne Division spearheaded the entire D-Day landing forces with a daring pre-H-Hour glider assault. Lunch at the famous Gondree Cafe, the first home in France liberated by the Allies on D-Day. This afternoon we continue west to JUNO BEACH; with a stop at the infamous "Canada House" at Bernieres-sur-Mer. Visit the impressive Juno Beach Centre museum and enjoy a Guided Tour of the beach fortifications, Canadian memorials, and monuments. Return to our hotel in Bayeux and relax before dinner. Overnight Bayeux. (B, D)
October 6: NORMANDY - Gold Beach
Breakfast. Today we continue our Tour of the D-Day Landing Beaches with a visit to the only German Coastal Battery in the Atlantic Wall which still has its original guns in place: Longues sur Mer. Our next stop is the scenic seaside town of Arromanches (GOLD BEACH), where we will enjoy a special 360° film presentation of "100 Days in Normandy", and see the remains of the greatest engineering feat of the invasion: Project Mulberry, the artificial harbor. Lunch. This afternoon we will see the Bayeux Tapestry (self-guided tour) and visit the beautiful gothic Bayeux Cathedral. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are at leisure in town. Dinner on your own. Overnight Bayeux. (B)
October 7: NORMANDY - The Dieppe Raid / Somme
Breakfast. Check out of our Bayeux hotel and continue east past Caen to the delightful Pays d'Auge, where we will enjoy a visit to a traditional French cheese manufacture. Next, we will discover Beuvron-en-Auge, one of Normandy's prettiest villages, with free time to explore and lunch. This afternoon we will continue along the coast to the Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery at Hautot-sur-Mer. The Canadian-led Dieppe Raid of August 18 - 19, 1942 was the first large-scale daylight assault on a strongly held objective (port) on the Continent since the Allied withdrawal in spring 1940. The ordeal would prove a valuable albeit costly lesson for the Allies - the attackers suffered over 50% casualties during the raid. After a photo stop at the Dieppe port, we will continue to our hotel near Amiens for check in and dinner. Overnight Amiens. (B, D)
October 8: SOMME - Vimy Battlefields
Breakfast. Check out this morning and continue to nearby Albert to visit the fascinating Battle of the Somme 1916 Museum, which recreates WWI scenes in a series of alcoves telling the tale of trench warfare in the Somme (with light / sound effects adding to the experience). Our journey continues with a Guided Tour of the Somme Battlefields including a stop at Beaumont-Hamel and Newfoundland Memorial Park. If time permits, we will also visit the "Historial de la Grande Guerre" at Peronne, which has established an international reputation through its innovative approach in the presentation of World War One. Lunch. Afternoon visit to Vimy, where we will see the Memorial to the Canadian Forces, which honors those who took part in capturing Vimy Ridge in April 1917. Here we will discover Canadian and German trench systems, as well as a landscape scarred by bombardment. Continue north to Ypres, Belgium for hotel check in and dinner. Experience the very moving "Last Post" ceremony at the famous Menin Gate in Ypres. Overnight Ypres. (B, D)
October 9: SOMME - Ypres and Passchendaele
Breakfast. Check out of our hotel and continue exploring Flanders, Belgium, starting with a visit to the impressive Memorial Museum at Zonnebeke, which focuses on the horrendous Battle of Passchendaele. We will also make a stop at the nearby Canadian Hill 62 Memorial and Cemetery. Lunch. Afternoon transfer north to the beautiful town of Brugge with its lovely canals, in the western part of Belgium. Dinner. Overnight Brugge. (B, D)
October 10: BRUGGE - Brugge at Leisure
Breakfast. This morning we will enjoy an exciting Guided Tour of Brugge, including stops at the most significant sites in majestic Old Town. Lunch and the afternoon are yours in Brugge to wander the quaint, winding streets, visit one of the many museums, shop for Belgian lace and chocolates, take a cruise down the canals, or just simply relax in this beautiful city. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight Brugge. (B)
October 11: BASTOGNE - Battle of the Bulge
Breakfast. Check out of our Brugge hotel, and continue our historical and cultural adventure across Belgium to the Ardennes. The result of Adolf Hitler's surprise winter 1944 attack in this area became known as the largest battle on the Western Front: The Battle of the Bulge. This morning we start with a visit to see "Easy" Company's foxholes near Foy (101st Airborne Division, from the Band of Brothers). Lunch. Continue to the nearby Mardasson (American Memorial) on the outskirts of Bastogne. Afternoon visit to the 101st Airborne Division Musuem with free time in the town center. Dinner. Overnight Bastogne. (B, D)
October 12: HEIDELBERG - Maginot Line and Westwall
Breakfast. Check out of our hotel this morning and drive through the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to the French Elsass and Vosges National Park. Visit the Hagenau Sector of the infamous Maginot Line, with including a Guided Tour of the "Limekiln" Fortress at Ouvrage du Four-a-Chaux (Lembach). Lunch. Afternoon transfer over the border to Pirmasens, Germany, for a Guided Tour of the impressive Westwall Museum. The museum is located inside the largest bunker in the so-called Westwall or "Siegfried Line". Continue to Heidelberg for hotel check in and dinner on your own. Overnight Heidelberg. (B)
October 13: ROTHENBURG - The Medieval City
Breakfast. Hotel check out this morning and transfer south via the German Romantic Road with lunch en route to Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Rothenburg above the Tauber River). Afternoon Guided Tour of Rothenburg, including stops along the old, medieval city wall and ramparts, Marktplatz (Market Square), and Herrngasse (Street of Lords). Late afternoon transfer to Nuremberg for hotel check-in and dinner. Overnight Nuremberg. (B, D)
October 14: NUREMBERG - Rallies and War Trials
Breakfast. We start off with a stop at the East Wing of the Palace of Justice (Nuremberg Courthouse), where the International Military Tribunal was held after the war. Transfer to the city center to see the Imperial Fortress and lunch in the old town square. Afternoon tour of the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds, where Hitler staged his grand propaganda spectacle in front of millions of devoted followers. Our tour follows the history and development of the Reichsparteigelaende, including sites such as the World War I Memorial at Luitpold Grove, the Zeppelin Field and Grandstand, Great Road and Congress Hall where we will visit the Documentation Center (museum). Dinner. Overnight Nuremberg. (B, D)
October 15: NUREMBERG - BERCHTESGADEN
After breakfast this morning, we will have a leisurely drive from Nuremberg to Berchtesgaden. On arrival, we will have a short orientation of the town and the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Dinner. Overnight Berchtesgaden. (B, D)
October 16: BERCHTESGADEN - The Eagle's Nest
Breakfast. Morning excursion up Germanys highest alpine mountain road to the infamous Eagle's Nest, formerly Hitler's mountaintop Tea House and conference center. Situated on a high mountain crag 6017 ft. above sea level, the building has been a restaurant since 1953 and maintained by the Berchtesgaden Historical Trust since 1960. We will hear details of its engineering and construction, as well as its use during a guided tour of the building. Return to the Eagle's Nest bus station for lunch and visit the former Diplomatic Guest House (now a Documentation Center) and wartime air-raid shelters (bunker system). Continue this afternoon back down to the village of Berchtesgaden for a short visit to the Enzian Schnapps Distillery for some free sampling of the local Grassl Schnapps, made from the root of a wild alpine flower. Dinner on your own. Overnight Berchtesgaden. (B)
October 17: BERCHTESGADEN - Salzburg and Lake Koenigssee
Breakfast. Today we start with a short journey over the border to Salzburg, Austria for a walking orientation of the old town. Highlights today include the Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart's birth house, the famous medieval Getreidegasse shopping street and St. Peter's Monastery, where we will have the option to eat lunch in the Monastery Restaurant "Stiftskeller". Afternoon transfer to Berchtesgaden, and enjoy a relaxing, scenic cruise on Lake Koenigssee, in the heart of the Berchtesgaden National Park. Dinner. Overnight Berchtesgaden. (B, D)
October 18: MUNICH - The Capital of Bavaria
Breakfast and check out. Transfer to Munich and on arrival we will have a driving tour of the city's historical highlights; including the Haus der (Deutschen) Kunst, the University (home to the White Rose resistance movement), and Koenigsplatz (site of the 1938 Munich Accords). Lunch. Finish with a walking tour of the old city including the most significant locations of Hitler's unsuccessful 1923 Beer-Hall Putsch. We will also see many historical sites connected with the Nazi Party and the occult Thule Society, the sinister group and benefactor behind the German Workers Party. Remainder of the day is free to enjoy Munich before meeting for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Munich. (B, D)
October 19: HOMEWARD BOUND
The morning is free to relax with a leisurely breakfast or visit the old town again on your own. We will depart Munich mid-afternoon for Toronto. On arrival, our private chartered ground transportation will meet us for our transfer to London... Welcome Home!
Juno Beach Centre Monument
in Normandy, France
Longues-sur-Mer Gun Battery
in Normandy, France
Vimy Ridge Battlefield
in the Somme, France
Rothenburg ob der Tauber,
Medieval town in Germany
Village of Berchtesgaden
in the Bavarian Alps
Eagle's Nest in the Alps above Berchtesgaden, Germany
"Thank you so much for a wonderful Tour. You were just wonderful and so patient and concerned about my father. He talks to someone everyday about the trip! I have a greater understanding of the war and a greater appreciation for all Veterans after this trip."
Canada Goes To War Tour
October 1 - 19, 2017
Tour prices are per person, based on double occupancy.
The Tour price includes roundtrip airfare to Europe from Toronto, Canada
Please contact Heather Wilkinson (Travel Professionals International) to book this Tour.
You can reach Heather by phone at (519) 473-8591 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A completed and signed Tour Reservation Form and a refundable CAD 530 deposit (per person) are required to book this Tour. You can book this Tour online, by phone or by mail. (To book online: scroll to the top of this page and click the Book this Tour button). You change adjust the quantity of people on our secure payment pages with PayPal. Payments are made to: ALPVENTURES. Payment in full is due 90 days prior to Tour departure, and must be paid in US Dollars by check. Credit cards are accepted for the deposit only; and cannot be accepted for final payment.
Although Tour cancellations are not anticipated, Alpventures® reserves the right to cancel Tours for any reason, prior to Tour departure date, in which case the entire payment will be refunded without further obligation on Alpventures® part. In the case of Tour Participant cancellation, a full refund will be granted up to 30 days prior to Tour departure. A cancellation fee of 20% of the Tour price will be charged for cancellations between 30 and 20 days prior to departure date and 40% between 20 and 10 days prior to departure. No refunds will be honored within 10 days of Tour departure date.
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