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Vimy Ridge Centennial: Paris to Amsterdam

11 days Special Event, Multi-country tours
Experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in the 100th anniversary ceremonies of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the event that cemented Canada’s national identity. Set out from Paris and cross the former battlefields where brave soldiers gave their lives during the First and Second World Wars in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Visit historic sites and memorials before ending your journey in Amsterdam, and return home with a new appreciation for our shared heritage.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and dirt paths, with some hills and stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Paris.

Paris 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrive in Paris

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Paris! Meet your fellow travelers and Tour Director at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Paris

  Included meals: Breakfast

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 in view of 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

Later, enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise $115pp* Details

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris’ bridges, you’ll behold the illuminated monuments of the city glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: The dress code may vary depending on the restaurant for your dinner. Your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Normandy Coast 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Transfer to the Normandy Coast via Dieppe

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to the Normandy coast 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 the Normandy Coast in time to enjoy dinner with the group.

Day 5: Full day excursion to the Normandy Coast

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set out to explore the Normandy region, making several stops 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

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

Vimy Region 3 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Transfer to the Vimy Region

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to the Vimy region today, where you will enjoy a free afternoon.

Later, enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers.

Day 7: 100th Anniversary Ceremonies of Battle of Vimy Ridge

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to the town of Arras today, where you’ll have time to join activities and explore special booths commemorating this historic event. Then, participate in the official 100th anniversary ceremonies of the Battle of Vimy Ridge at the site where the Allied forces fought.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of the Vimy Region

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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

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

• Participate in the Vimy Pilgrimage Medal Presentation

• Explore the Vimy tunnels

• View the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, which honours the sacrifices made by the Royal Newfoundland Regiment

(Please note: The content and order of activities on today’s itinerary is subject to change due to ongoing 100th anniversary events. If the Vimy site is closed, you will travel to Ypres, Belgium to visit the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, In Flanders Fields Museum, Canadian Hill 62 Memorial at Sanctuary Wood and Tyne Cot Cemetery.)

Spend a free evening in the Vimy region or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony $59pp* Details

Travel to Ypres, a Belgian town that was hit hard by the First World War. Make your way to the Menin Gates Memorial, where you’ll attend a moving tribute to the more than 300,000 Allied soldiers who fell here. You’ll witness local buglers play the Last Post at a ceremony that happens daily.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $69)

Amsterdam 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Amsterdam via Mechelen & Bergen op Zoom

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

• Enter the Kazerne Dossin, a Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre on the Holocaust and Human Rights in the Belgian city of Mechelen

• Continue on to 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

Enjoy a free evening in Amsterdam or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Canal Cruise & Dinner $115pp* Details

Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam on a houseboat, enjoying the view of row houses lit up for the night. Your cruise will take you through the center of the city as you enjoy dinner by lantern light.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

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

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

• Enter the Anne Frank House, where the young girl and her family hid during the Second World War 

Say goodbye to your fellow travelers at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Berlin.

Add Berlin Starting from $599 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this city pulses with life. The cobbled streets of the German capital date back 750 years; yet a fresh vibrancy pervades the boulevards, the markets, the hundreds of trendy night spots and the thousands of pubs and restaurants. This revitalized Berlin—also known as the "New York City" of Europe—is an essential destination for every traveler.

Berlin 3 nights

Day 11: Travel to Berlin

  Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Berlin, a city that’s evolved into a thriving metropolis since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Berlin

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Berlin, reunited Germany’s political and cultural capital city.

• Discover the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of a reunited Berlin

• See the Holocaust Memorial and East Side Gallery

• Journey down Unter den Linden, the city’s most elegant boulevard, passing the Reichstag and Museum Island

Enjoy a free afternoon in Berlin or add an excursion

Optional Excursion - World War II Walking Tour $59pp* Details

Take a walk through history on this insider’s tour of Berlin during World War II, detailing the rise and fall of Hitler and the Third Reich. You’ll start in the Wilhelmstrasse area and see the building that once housed the headquarters of Hermann Goering’s Luftwaffe. You’ll also view the former headquarters of the infamous SS and Gestapo, the massive Reich Chancellery and the Propaganda Ministry. Finally, stand directly above Hitler’s Führerbunker as your guide details the last days of World War II in Europe. Lunch is included.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $69)

Day 13: Free day in Berlin

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Berlin or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Potsdam $69pp* Details

Travel to Potsdam, the residence of Prussian Kings and German Kaisers until 1918. Once the royal playground of Prussian King Frederick the Great, Potsdam was also the location where American, British and Soviet leaders drew up plans for the postwar administration of Germany at the Potsdam Conference in 1945. A local guide will escort you through Cecilienhof Palace, built by Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany in the early 1900s and the site of the Potsdam Conference’s iconic photograph of Truman, Churchill and Stalin. After exploring the palace and gardens, your guide will introduce you to the historic center of Potsdam.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Day 14: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter the countries on this tour, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of return.

  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

  • If you are not a U.S.  or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your particular entry requirements.

Tour pace

  • This tour involves a moderate level of walking, sometimes on uneven terrain or uphill.

  • If you have any mobility and/or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Relations Team at 800.597.0350 so that we can review all necessary information with you. 

Transportation & arrival information

  • Flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Paris and depart from Amsterdam. 

  • Arrival and departure transfers to and from the hotel and airports are included for those travelers who have purchased air travel through Go Ahead. When you first arrive, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrivals area, as the representative may be helping other travelers.

  • For travelers who purchase their own airfare, transfers can often be requested through Go Ahead for an additional cost.

  • Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. 

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. 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 detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 

  • One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).

  • Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. 

  • For sightseeing,  bring a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight jacket or rainwear. 

  • If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. 

  • Please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis). 

  • During the 100th anniversary ceremonies on day 7 of this tour, you may be standing for over an hour. We recommend packing a folding travel chair if you’d like to get off of your feet during the event. You can purchase a collapsible stool that fits in a standard suitcase online or in the camping section of your local department store.

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling on this tour. However, it is always advisable to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine

  • In Paris, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For the most casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, patés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, filled with cheese, ham, fruit or chocolate. Mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafes.

  • 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 famous for its apples, which are used to create cider and calvados, or apple brandy. 

  • In the Netherlands, the universal staples of beef, chicken and fish are prepared in a simple fashion, and substantial soups and stews are also very popular. Snack food might be less familiar, where the emphasis is on fish. You might try maatje, raw green herrings served with onions. Also popular are pancakes, french fries, doughnuts and waffles served from street stands. 

Electricity & air conditioning

  • All destinations on this tour operate on the European standard 220 volts and use a type F plug adapter with two rounded pins.

  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.

  • Some of the hotels on this tour will provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed at hotels in more remote locations.

Time zones

  • The France, Belgium and Netherlands are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

  • When it’s noon in Toronto, it’s 6pm in these countries.

Currency

  • The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your 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.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. 

  • We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3CAD/USD per person per day for your driver and $6CAD/USD to $9CAD/USD per person per day for your Tour Director. 

  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 

  • Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • If you have not yet purchased your optional excursions, you may be able to do so while 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 advanced 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.

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