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This tour tells the story of Canada’s involvement in the Liberation of Europe from the Dieppe raid in 1942 and the Normandy campaign that began on D-Day 6th June 1944 to the liberation of the Netherlands. For Canadians this will be an insight into the fortitude and resolve of their forces as they fought the best of the German Army. The landings at Normandy and the subsequent breakout saw the Canadians forces involved in some of the toughest confrontations in WW2 against a skilled and fanatical enemy.
DAY 1: Normandy - Introduction
Midday. Meet Guide and coach at Caen Station. Check in to Hotel. Visit the Caen Memorial Museum followed by a visit to and the British airborne landing grounds, including Pegasus bridge and the site of the actions if 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion at Varaville and Robehomme and the graves at Ranville Cenmetery before returning to our hotel. Welcome dinner.
Le Grand Hotel Cabourg - MGallery Collection
DAY 2: Canadians in Normandy
Following breakfast in the hotel you will check out and tour the Normandy area:
We will visit Juno Beach assaulted by Canadian troops, looking at the heritage at the seaside villages of St Aubin-sur-Mer , Bernieres-sur-Mer and Courseulles-sur-Mer and hearing the stories of the heroes who made success possible. We will visit the Juno Beach centre and have lunch in Courseulles-sur-Mer.
After lunch we call at the Canadian Military cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer and then follow the fighting by the 1st Canadian army to reach Falaise and close the Falaise pocket and make our way to out hotel by the banks of the River Seine, close to where the Canadians cross the river near Elfbeuf .,
DAY 3: Clearing the Channel Coast
After breakfast check out and continue the path of the Canadian army along the coast.
We visit the site of the tragic raid at Dieppe in August 1942 and the cemetery at Dieppe and also remember that the Canadian 2nd Division Liberated Dieppe in September 1944.
Lunch Dieppe (Own cost)
We continue along the coast following in the footsteps of the Canadian Army as it captured the channel ports of Boulogne and Calais. We visit the site of the giant battery of coastal guns at Audinghen where the gaunt casemates ate pockmarked with the damage from the Canadian attack. There is an option to visit the Atlantic Wall Museum. Wqe will pass the Calais Canadian War Cemetery, Leubringhen and drive to our hotel in historic Brugge, liberated by
DAY 4: Southern Netherlands. We follow the path of the 1st Canadian Army in the difficult operations clearing the mouth of the Scheldt Estuary
AM Following breakfast and check out drive to .the sites of the Breskens pocket and the Adegem Canadian War Cemetery in Belgium. We cross the the Netherlands and see the area of the fighting for Walcheran Island and the Canadian War cemetery at Bergan -op-Zoom
We drive to Nijmegen undertake a brief tour of the doomed Operation market Garden sites in the Nijmegen area, and hear about the expereinces of the Canadina troops who fought here in the winter of 1944-45 .
with an option to visit the National Liberation Musuem Groesbeek and the the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery
We cross to Germany and explore the battlefields of the Reichwald. The operation to clear the West Bank of the River Rhine was one of the largest operations undertaken by the 1st Canadian Army and fought in difficult conditions in February 1945. We follow the story of Canadian troops in the fight for towns such as Goch, Cleves and Xanten and the Hochwald.
Our accommodation is Xanten in Germany
DAY 6: The Liberation of the Netherlands
After breakfast continue your journey
We cross the River Rhine at Rees and follow the advance of the Canadian army liberating Zutphen, Deventer and Groenigen
Drive to Amsterdam. Not only is this the heart of Holland, but it is the location of the Ann Frank House, which offers a moral insight into the nature of the Second World War and the reason why Liberation was worth the sacrifice.
Free time in Amsterdam
DAY 7: Disperse Amsterdam