Canadian Memorials & Battlefield Sites from the First and Second World Wars
These iconic custom tours give an opportunity to explore some of the most historically significant locations in the world. These tours are designed with services provided by an English speaking certified lecturer-guide and include transfers, visits to memorials, battlefield sites and cemeteries in France and Belgium.
Samples of 2-day Tours
*Tours will be designed according to personal preference based on the areas shown in France and Belgium.
Day 1: Tour begins in Bayeux
Program: 9:30 am to 17:30
Start the day at Ardenne Abbey, where on June 1944, 20 Canadian soldiers were illegally executed at the abbey by members of the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend. The event has become known as the Ardenne Abbey massacre. Continue on throughout the day to the Memorial of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders, Memorial of the Sherbrooke Fusilier Regiment , Hell’s corner , Anguerny and its’ Inukshuk, Creully Castle, Beny-sur-Mer Canadian Cemetery, Canada House and finally end the day at Juno Beach – Juno Beach Center & Park , located just in front of the Juno Beach Centre, Juno Park contains the remnants of a German defensive strongpoint built in the early 1940s as part of the Atlantic Wall.
Day 2 : Juno Beach to Vimy Ridge
Start the day with a transfer Juno to Vimy. Once in Vimy you will visit the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, a war memorial site in France dedicated to the memory of Canadian Expeditionary Force members killed during the First World War. It also serves as the place of commemoration for Canadian soldiers of the First World War killed or presumed dead in France who have no known grave. The day continues with a guided tour of the tunnels and trenches, then onto the Visitor center and finally conclude the day with a transfer from Vimy to Arras train station.
France Tour Highlights:
- Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial
- Juno Beach
- Beny-sur-mer Cemetery
- Square du Canada, Dieppe
- Abbaye d’Ardenne
- Courcelette Memorial
Belgium Tour highlights:
- Menin Gate
- Ypres Salient
- Hill 62
- Battle of the Somme