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Canada's 75th D-Day Anniversary: London, Normandy & Amsterdam

with Berlin extension
  • Duration: 12 or 15 days
  • Group size: 15-35
  • Reviews: 2
Remember, reflect, and discover the history of World War II.

Along the coast of Normandy and through the streets of London and Amsterdam, the influence of WWII can still be felt. As you visit memorials, trenches, and museums, you’ll learn about the important role Canadian forces played in the outcome of D-Day. Explore the locations that were the backdrops for pivotal battles and take time to honor the sacrifices made by the Allied soldiers.

Your tour package includes
  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 4 three-course dinners
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach
Included highlights
  • Churchill War Rooms
  • Ferry ride across the English Channel
  • Juno Beach
  • Vimy Ridge Memorial
  • In Flanders Fields Museum
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London.

London2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in London
Included meal: Dinner

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

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of London
Included meal: Breakfast

View the historical buildings and landmarks of England’s vibrant capital on a guided sightseeing tour.

• Step inside the Imperial War Museums to see exhibits focusing on people’s experiences during times of war

• See Westminster Abbey, the setting for royal coronations, weddings, and funerals

• Pass by Wellington Barracks, headquarters for the British Army’s Foot Guards

• Visit the Churchill War Rooms and explore the secret underground bunker that the Prime Minister and his Cabinet met in during WWII

Normandy Region3 nights
Day 4: Normandy Region via Dover
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Dover and step inside Dover Castle, the largest castle in England.

• Explore the secret wartime tunnels, which were used as an air-raid shelter, command post, and underground hospital

• Learn about the evacuation of Dunkirk during Operation Dynamo

Then, board a ferry and cross the English Channel to the Normandy region in France. Sail along the same waters that the Allied soldiers did prior to the Normandy landings. You’ll dock in the Calais before heading to your hotel in the Normandy region.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Normandy Beaches
Included meal: Breakfast

Set out to explore the Normandy region, 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, where you’ll have free time for lunch

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Normandy Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Dive deeper into the Normandy region’s connection to WWII history today.

• Step inside the Mémorial de Caen to learn about the Battle for Caen

• Pay your respects at the Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery

• Learn about the Battle of the Falaise Pocket, the final fight between Allied and German forces in Normandy, at the Coudehard-Montormel Memorial

Lille2 nights
Day 7: Lille via Dieppe
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Lille 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 Lille and sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 8: Vimy Battlefields & Beaumont-Hamel
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring World War I sites located within the Vimy region on a sightseeing tour with a local guide.

• Visit the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, which honors the sacrifices made by the Royal Newfoundland Regiment

• Enjoy free time for lunch in the city of Arras

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

• See the Vimy Ridge Memorial, a national historic site of Canada, and explore the area’s tunnels, trenches, and cemeteries

Spend a free evening in Lille or add an excursion.

Tasting Tour of Lille
Excursion (additional cost)
Brussels1 night
Day 9: Brussels via Ypres
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to Brussels, Belgium today, stopping en route to visit the Belgian town of Ypres with a local guide who specializes in Canadian history leading the way.

• See the Tyne Cot Cemetery and the Canadian Hill 62 Memorial at Sanctuary Wood

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

• Enjoy free time for lunch in Ypres

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

Continue on to Brussels and enjoy a free evening in the city.

Amsterdam2 nights
Day 10: Amsterdam via Bergen op Zoom
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to Amsterdam today, stopping to visit the city of Bergen op Zoom.

• Learn about the Battle of the Scheldt, an important military campaign for the Canadian First Army during WWII

• Visit the Bergen op Zoom Canadian War Cemetery

Continue on to Amsterdam and spend a free evening in the city or add an excursion.

Canal Cruise & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Tonight, join your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Extension to Berlin

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.

Berlin3 nights
Day 12: Transfer to Berlin
Included meal: Breakfast

Board your flight to Berlin this morning and take the afternoon to familiarize yourself with Germany’s capital city.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Berlin
Included meal: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the monuments of Berlin’s intricate past as well as the signs of its re-emergence as a vibrant cultural center.

• View the Detlev-Rohwedder-Haus, former headquarters for the Nazi aviation branch known as the Luftwaffe

• See Hitler’s war bunker as well as the Topography of Terror Museum, which marks where the SS and Gestapo were once based

• Walk past the Reichstag building to see where the Parliament of the German Empire met from 1871 to 1918

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

• See the Holocaust Memorial and the Berlin Wall's East Side Gallery

Day 14: Free day in Berlin
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Berlin or add an excursion. Then, join your group for a farewell drink this afternoon and raise a glass to your trip.

Potsdam
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Nov 6–Nov 17, 2019
$2,999
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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.

Dorsett Shepherd's Bush

This elegant hotel is located in Shepherd's Bush in West London. Guests enjoy a fitness center, spa, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find Notting Hill,...

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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 ...

Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie

This colorful hotel is located in the Châtelain neighborhood. Guests enjoy a restaurant, a bar, and a sauna. Nearby, you’ll find the Royal Palace, Ave...

Abba Berlin Hotel

This contemporary hotel is located in Berlin center. Guests enjoy a restaurant, lounge-bar, and fitness room. Nearby, you'll find exclusive boutiques ...

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Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands (as well as 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 2.5 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, as well as getting in an out of boats.
  • 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 London and depart from Amsterdam (or Berlin on the tour extension). When you first arrive in London, a driver from a private chauffeur service will be standing at the arrival gate with your name on a message board. If you do not see your driver, please remain in the arrival lounge, as the driver may be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the shuttle at the time of your arrival. For more details, please reference the London 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 Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A ferry ride from Portsmouth to Normandy is included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a flight from Amsterdam to Berlin).
  • All other included transportation 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 your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • For traditional English fare at a reasonable price, try a pub meal of fish and chips or bangers and mash. Stilton cheese, steak and kidney pie, and Cumberland sausages are also worth a try.
  • Modern-day London boasts an array of diverse international restaurants. Popular options for the adventurous palate include Indian, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, Greek, and West African cuisines. Sip afternoon tea with delicious finger sandwiches and scones at Harrods for the ultimate in English tradition.
  • 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.
  • Although lunch in France is generally served from noon until 2pm, dinner is served from 7:30pm onward. Those wishing to eat earlier can stop at a cafe, where light entrées and sandwiches are available throughout the afternoon and evening.
  • 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, french fries, doughnuts, and waffles are just as 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
  • The United Kingdom operates on the European standard 220–240 volts and uses a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
  • France, Belgium, and the Netherlands (as well as Germany on the tour extension) 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 electrical 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.
  • Hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances, but 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 United Kingdom operates on Greenwich Mean Time Zone (GMT) and is five hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • France, Belgium, and the Netherlands (as well as Germany on the tour extension) are one hour ahead of GMT and six hours ahead of ET.
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm in the United Kingdom and 6pm in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands (as well as in Germany on the tour extension).
Currency
  • You will use the Pound sterling in the United Kingdom, and the euro in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands (as well as in Germany on the tour extension).
  • 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 tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for 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.
Choose your dates to start a quote
1 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Nov 6–Nov 17, 2019
$2,999