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Canadian World War History: Vimy to Juno Beach

with Paris extension
  • Duration: 10 or 12 days
  • Group size: 15-38
  • Reviews: 10
Rediscover the past—and look to the future—in this historic region.

Set out from Amsterdam to cross the former battlefields of the Netherlands, Belgium, and France, where brave soldiers gave their lives during the First and Second World Wars. Visit historic sites and memorials in Lille, Ypres, and along the coast of Normandy before ending your journey in awe-inspiring Paris—and returning home with a renewed sense of national pride.

Your tour package includes
  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 3 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Dam Square
  • Bergen op Zoom
  • In Flanders Fields Museum
  • Vimy Ridge Memorial
  • Juno Beach
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Amsterdam
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to the Netherlands! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam
Included meal: Breakfast

Today’s panoramic sightseeing tour introduces you to Amsterdam’s iconic canals and unique character.

• Walk past the National Opera and Ballet, Jewish Historical Museum, National Holocaust Museum, and Hollandsche Schouwburg war memorial

• Drive through the city center to see Museumplein and Mint Tower

• View Dam Square, home of many landmarks including the neoclassical Royal Palace, the 15th-century New Church, and the National Monument

• Pass the Anne Frank House, where the young diarist and her family hid during World War II

• Stroll by the canals and bridges, taking in the houseboats that dot the banks

Enjoy a free evening in Amsterdam or add an excursion.

Canal Cruise & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Lille2 nights
Day 4: Lille via Bergen op Zoom & Mechelen
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Lille, France today, stopping for several visits along the way.

• Stop in the city of Bergen op Zoom to learn about its history as one of the sites of the Battle of the Scheldt, an important military campaign for the Canadian First Army during the Second World War

• Continue on to the Belgian city of Mechelen to enter the Kazerne Dossin, a Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre on the Holocaust and Human Rights

In Lille, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 5: Full day excursion to Ypres
Included meal: Breakfast

Today, set out to explore the region surrounding Lille with a local guide who specializes in Canadian history.

• Stop at the Canadian Hill 62 Memorial at Sanctuary Wood

• Enjoy free time for lunch in the Belgian city of Ypres

• Visit the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 on the grounds of an historic château to learn about the battle that took place there

• Pay your respects at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest in the world for Commonwealth troops

• Enter the In Flanders Fields Museum, where you’ll discover the impact that the First World War had on this region

After free time for dinner, make your way to the Menin Gate for the Last Post ceremony, a nightly tribute to those who gave their lives for Belgium's freedom during WWI. Afterward, travel back to Lille.

Normandy Coast2 nights
Day 6: Transfer to the Normandy Coast via the Vimy Region & Beaumont-Hamel
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue your exploration of the Vimy region today on a sightseeing tour with a local guide.

• Visit the Vimy Ridge Memorial, a national historic site of Canada

• Enter the Vimy Interpretive Centre to see medals and memorabilia from the battle

• Explore the Vimy tunnels and trenches

Continue on to the Normandy coast, stopping en route to visit the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, which honors the sacrifices made by the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

Later, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 7: Full day excursion to the Normandy Coast
Included meal: Breakfast

Set out to explore the Normandy region with a local guide who specializes in Canadian history, stopping to uncover historic sites as you go.

• Visit the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, the burial place of many Canadian soldiers who fought during the beginning of the Battle of Normandy

• Enter the Juno Beach Centre

• Explore the seaside town of Arromanches

• Step inside the D-Day Museum, which highlights the events of June 6, 1944, when Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy

Paris2 nights
Day 8: Paris via Dieppe
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to Paris today, stopping en route to visit the town of Dieppe with your Tour Director leading the way.

• See the Canadian Memorial, which chronicles the events of the Dieppe Raid in August of 1942

• Visit the Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, where Allied soldiers killed in the Dieppe Raid were laid to rest

Later, arrive in Paris and enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Paris
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

A guided tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery, and history of the City of Light’s many neighborhoods, called arrondissements.

• Drive down the sycamore-lined Champs-Élysées to view the Arc de Triomphe

• Pass Pont Neuf and the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River

• See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house, and Place de la Concorde, the city’s grandest square

• Marvel at the iconic architecture of the Louvre and Hôtel des Invalides

Enjoy a free afternoon in Paris or add an excursion.

Then, join your group for a farewell dinner this evening.

Versailles Palace & Gardens
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 10: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Paris.

Extension to Paris

Paris—the city of love and light. From the iconic Eiffel Tower and Mona Lisa to the bustling Champs-Élysées and winding streets of Montmartre, you'll find romance, history, and beauty. Browse boutiques, stroll through manicured parks, take a seat at a sidewalk café, and watch the sun set over the Seine.

Paris2 nights
Day 10: Free day in Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Paris or add an excursion.

Paris Home-Hosted Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 11: Free day in Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy another full free day in the City of Light or add an excursion.

This evening, sip a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Walking Tour of Wartime Paris
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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7 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Sep 20–Sep 29, 2019
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$3,899CAD
Apr 4–Apr 13, 2020
Extension available
$3,499CAD
May 31–Jun 9, 2020
Extension available
$3,749CAD
Nov 6–Nov 15, 2020
Extension available
$3,499CAD
Apr 4–Apr 13, 2021
Extension available
$3,499CAD
May 31–Jun 9, 2021
Extension available
$3,749CAD
Nov 6–Nov 15, 2021
Extension available
$3,499CAD
Reviews
4.9 average
by 2nd time traveler 

This was a very informative tour. Our tour conductor Jean-Jacques (JJ) was extremely knowlegable and went above and beyond to ensure that everyone's needs were met no matter what he was asked for. I believe we were very fortunate to have him as our guide. Some of the days were long. We stayed the e...

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by 2nd time traveler 

Excellent tour with a great tour leader Jean Jacques and bus driver Martin along with a great group of travelling companions

Learning Adventure made Fun!
by 2nd time traveler 

This was a very well planned tour for Canadians. We saw the major battlefields and cemeteries of both wars and we had an Excellent tour Director in Jean Jacques! He was very knowledgeable on the history of the region and was personable and humorous. Thank you JJ!! Our driver Martin also went the ext...

by 2nd time traveler 

Our first tour and first time to Europe. Our tour director was the best and went above and beyond to educate us, help us adjust to a new culture, and warn us of any potential hazards or scams. He was very helpful to the couple who wanted to travel to another area one day to find family grave. Would...

by 2nd time traveler 

My husband & I just returned from the tour Vimy to Juno beach. There were so many memorable and heartfelt moments. One such moment was seeing and walking on Juno beach in honour of my husbands relative that was killed there. There was a local tour giude/ historian in Belgium that joined us when w...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 05/31/2019

Dear Patricia, Thank you for sharing such heartfel...

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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel

This modern hotel is located in Montparnasse. Guests enjoy a fitness center, restaurant, and free Wi-Fi in the lobby. Nearby, you'll find Luxembourg G...

Hotel Mercure Cabourg Hippodrome

This contemporary hotel is located in downtown Cabourg. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and bar. Nearby you’ll find the Hippodrome de Cabourg, Pl...

Mercure Lille Centre Grand Place

This contemporary hotel is located in Lille’s city center. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and lounge. Nearby, you’ll find the the opera house, Grand ...

Hampshire Hotel - The Manor Amsterdam

The Manor Amsterdam is located in a unique building in Amsterdam-Oost: the perfect location if you wish to stay overnight in a historic building durin...

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Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Amsterdam and depart from Paris. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • In the Netherlands, simply prepared meat and fish dishes, substantial soups, and hearty stews are local staples. Snack food traditionally features fish—you might try maatje, raw green herring served with onions—but pancakes, french fries, doughnuts, and waffles are just as plentiful.
  • In Belgium, seafood is high quality, and mussels steamed in white wine are a favorite. Patisseries offer decadent pastries and cakes, and you won’t want to miss indulging in favorites like fries, handmade chocolate, locally brewed Abbey-style beer and, of course, Belgian waffles. Please note that Belgian beers vary widely in style and flavor and are often much higher in alcohol content than other European beers.
  • Cuisine in the Normandy region of France is known for its fresh flavors. Chicken, rabbit, and duck are staples, and you can find fish and shellfish in its coastal towns. The abundance of dairy farms throughout the region means many dishes are accompanied by cheeses and creams. Normandy is also famous for its apples, which are used to create cider and calvados, or apple brandy.
  • For a picnic with French flair, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread, and fruit. In the cities, sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, while mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from cafes. In restaurants, the prix fixe option is a popular way to enjoy a set three- or four-course menu for a good price.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • All destinations visited on this tour operate on the European standard 220–240 volts and use Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning. The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • The Netherlands, Belgium, and France are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
Currency
  • You will use the euro on this tour.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.