Vimy Ridge Centennial: Paris to Amsterdam

11 days Special Event, Multi-country
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

• 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.

More than 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

  • This tour visits France, Belgium and the Netherlands (plus Germany on the tour extension). 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 arrive in Paris and depart from Amsterdam (or Berlin on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative 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. For more details, please reference the Paris transfer information included in your Go Kit.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • The tour extension includes a flight from Amsterdam to Berlin. 
  • 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 Go Ahead 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 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

  • 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. 
  • 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.   
  • In Belgium, seafood is of a very 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. 
  • 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, fries, doughnuts and waffles are also plentiful.
  • On the tour extension, German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are dumpling stews, sauerkraut, sausages, smoked cheeses and dark breads. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers, and white German wines are exceptionally good.

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 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

  • France, Belgium and the Netherlands (plus Germany on the tour extension) are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).      
  • 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/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD 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.

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