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Vimy Ridge 105th Anniversary: London to Brussels

12 days |  15 days with Berlin extension
Group size1538 travelers
vimy ridge memorial with shell craters in the foreground
trenches walled with sandbags at vimy ridge
entrance to the london underground tube
dieppe cliffs in normandy france at low tide
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Remember the battles. Commemorate the soldiers. Rediscover the World Wars.

Follow in Allied soldiers’ footsteps on this immersive journey through World War I and World War II. From the French Battlefields and British secret bunkers to cramped trenches across Beaumont-Hamel, you’ll experience the struggle, and the celebration, on the front lines. Along the way, you’ll follow Canadian forces toward victory at Vimy Ridge, and join in honoring the thousands who gave their lives 105 years ago.

Your tour package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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Included highlights

  • Imperial War Museum
  • Churchill War Rooms
  • Ferry ride across the English Channel
  • Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery
  • Juno Beach
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London.

London3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in London
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to England! Meet your fellow travelers during tonight’s welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

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

Enjoy free time in London or add an excursion.

Thames River Cruise & Pub Dinner

$99 per person

Day 4: Free day in London
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in London or add an excursion.

Bletchley Park: The WWII Codebreakers

$99 per person

Normandy Region3 nights
Day 5: Ferry to the Normandy Region
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Tonight, sit down for an included dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of the 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 7: Sightseeing tour of the 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
Lille3 nights
Day 8: 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 War 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 for an included dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 9: Vimy battlefields & anniversary celebrations
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Spend the day exploring World War I sites of Vimy Ridge on a sightseeing tour with a local guide.

  • 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
  • Enjoy an included, catered picnic lunch
  • Take part in commemorative events to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Please note: Depending on the anniversary event schedule, the sightseeing tour of Vimy Ridge and the Vimy Interpretive Centre may take place on day 10.

Day 10: Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial
Included meal: Breakfast

Join your Tour Director to explore the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, which honors the sacrifices made by the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

  • See the Caribou Memorial statue, a memorial to the Newfoundlanders who fought in Belgium
  • Enter the visitor center and trenches to learn about the history of this Great War battlefield

Enjoy a free evening in Lille or add an excursion.

Please note: Depending on the anniversary event schedule, the sightseeing tour of Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial may take place on day 9.

Ypres & Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony

$85 per person

Brussels1 night
Day 11: Brussels via Battliefields of Ypres
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Travel to Brussels, Belgium, stopping en route to visit the battlefields of Ypres. You’ll explore the region with a local guide who specializes in Canadian history.

  • Pay your respects at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest in the world for Commonwealth troops
  • Visit the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, which is located on the grounds of a historic château, to learn about the battle that took place there

This evening, celebrate your trip with your group during a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

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

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

Extension to Berlin
Inviting markets, cobbled streets, trendy restaurants—find all this and more in the German capital. Fly to this reinvigorated cultural center, which buzzes with life, and you'll spot all the city’s highlights during a guided sightseeing tour.
Berlin3 nights
Day 12: Flight to Berlin
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Berlin and enjoy a free evening in Germany’s capital city or add an excursion.

Berlin Home-Hosted Dinner

Additional cost per person

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 on this morning’s walking tour.

  • 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

Spend a free afternoon in Berlin or add an excursion.

East Germany: A Local's Perspective

Additional cost per person

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 evening.

Potsdam

Additional cost per person

Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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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
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
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 ...

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Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie
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...

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Abba Berlin Hotel
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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Flights

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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Local weather

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Berlin, Germany
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Lille, France
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FAQ

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Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits the United Kingdom, France, and Belgium (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 at least 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 and out of ferries.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • 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 Brussels (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 Dover to Calais is included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a flight from Brussels to Berlin).
  • All other included transportation is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • 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.
  • 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 and Belgium (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 and Belgium, (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 and Belgium(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 and Belgium (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.