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Trafalgar WWI and WWII Battlefields Summer 2018 (FBAT)

12 Days from London to Amsterdam Print
Tour Style: Special Interest
Europe & Britain First Class 2018
Visits: London, Bayeux, Portsmouth, Caen, Amiens, Paris, Lille, Ypres, Amsterdam, UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands

Lest we forget, this sobering journey through the battlefields of WWI and WWII reminds us of the millions of lives lost in these 20th century conflicts. Explore the poignant moments of the Battle of Britain, D-Day Landing, infamous Somme and the Battle of Dunkirk immortalised forever in the museums, memorials and cemeteries that dot the French, Belgian and Dutch countrysides.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in London
  • Insider walking tour in Paris
  • Orientation of Portsmouth, Normandy, Bayeux, Amiens, Somme Region, Ypres, Dunkirk, Bruges and Amsterdam
  • See the cobblestone streets and canals of Bruges, the Dam Square and the Mint Tower in Amsterdam
  • Visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS Monitor 33, D-Day Beaches in Normandy, Amiens Cathedral, Military cemeteries throughout Northern France, Belgium and The Netherlands, the Bayeaux Tapestry Museum, Caen Memorial, WWI & WWII Battlefields, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, The Dunkirk War Museum and evacuation beaches and Passchendaele Memorial in Ypres

Dining Highlights

  • 11 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 4 dinners
  • 1 Regional Meal dinner

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Caen.
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Trafalgar Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Arrive London (2 Nights)
From tragic battles to tales of triumph, this special-interest exploration of two World Wars kicks off in the vibrant British capital of London. Embrace the stoic heroism of a nation that endured destruction and death in the name of freedom. See a city that has risen from the ashes of the Battle of Britain. Or retreat to the quiet sanctuary of one of the city's beautiful Royal Parks. Meet your Travel Director and fellow companions this evening for a traditional English pub Welcome Reception. Welcome Reception
Day: 2 London – Sightseeing and included Imperial War Museum Visit
Towering Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey feature on this half-day introductory sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist, which also includes views of the English Royals' Buckingham Palace. This afternoon, we visit the Imperial War Museum, which tells the story of those whose lives were shaped by war since World War I to today. See extensive archives and recordings, as well as a Spitfire that saw action in the Battle of Britain. Enjoy London after dark, spending your evening at leisure meandering along the Thames, riding the London Eye or watching the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London. Full Breakfast
Day: 3 London – Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – Overnight Ferry to Caen
We journey south to Portsmouth, stopping at the fascinating Historic Dockyard for an insider view into the past, present and future of the Royal Navy. We'll also visit the HMS Monitor M33, the Royal Navy's sole surviving warship from the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign and the only warship from World War I open to the public of the three that remain intact today. Learn about the heroism of the sailors whose lives were intertwined in the service of this ship, including the Dardanelles Campaign of 1915-16, the Russian Civil War and its work as a mine-laying training ship in Portsmouth. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore maritime history and ship engineering before dining at a local restaurant this evening. Tonight dine at a local restaurant and then board an overnight ferry crossing the English Channel to France.Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
Day: 4 Overnight Ferry – D-Day Normandy Beaches – Bayeux
Disembark from the ferry this morning after an early breakfast. We journey to the historic D-Day Normandy landing beaches and learn about British, Commonwealth and American involvement in this unbelievable battle for supremacy. The beaches and memorials are a moving testament to the Allied Soldiers of WWII who selflessly sacrificed their lives. Later, we stop in Bayeux and see the famous Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Norman conquest of England.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Day: 5 Bayeux – Visit Memorial de Caen – Amiens
Take yourself back to June 6, 1944. Imagine the terror and bravery of thousands of soldiers who landed on the beaches of Normandy to free Europe from the Nazis. This morning we visit the Memorial de Caen to learn about the significance of Normandy and the day that changed World War II. You'll also receive a souvenir D-Day Landing beach booklet, before travelling to Amiens to see its 13th century Gothic Cathedral, the largest of its kind in France. During World War I, this town was liberated by British, Canadian and Australian forces which ultimately led to the armistice of 11 November 1918.Buffet Breakfast
Day: 6 Amiens – Somme Battlefields – Paris (2 Nights)
An early start sees us visit the bloody battlefields of the Somme. Stop at Thiepval to see the poignant memorial which honours the 72,191 missing British and South African men who died with no graves. Visit the thick tangle of oaks and birch and remains of trenches that are all that is left in Delville Wood (Devils Wood) where the South African Brigade suffered substantial losses during World War I. We journey to Paris, our home for the next two nights and enjoy an evening at leisure exploring the City of Light.Buffet Breakfast
Day: 7 Paris Sightseeing
Join your Local Specialist for an insider view into the lives of Parisians, wandering through the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris's oldest historical neighbourhoods. Our short insider walk concludes in one of the city's loveliest squares off the beaten tourist track, but a real favourite among the locals. We ascent to the second level of the Eiffel Tower to see the city in all its splendour, spending the rest of the day at our leisure to see the sights. Meander along the Seine admiring the works of local artists and performers, ramble up the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe, built by Napoleon, or consider an Optional Experience to the opulent Palace of Versailles. This evening you may wish to soak up the pageantry of a traditional Parisian Cabaret.Buffet Breakfast
Day: 8 Paris – Vimy Ridge – Fromelles – Lille (2 Nights)
We travel north to the memorial at Vimy Ridge dedicated to the Canadian soldiers who fought a battle here in 1917 during the First World War. This horrific battle and the bravery of the men who fought in it came to symbolize Canada's coming of age as a nation. Later, we visit Fromelles where there was a combined operation between British troops and the Australian Imperial Force, described as the "worst 24 hours in Australia's entire history".Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Day: 9 Lille – Excursion to Ypres Battlefields – Passchendaele – Menin Gate
Some of the biggest battles of World War I are explored at Ypres Salient in Belgium, where we will see such sites as Tyne Cot, Langemark and Vancouver Corner. Stop in Passchendaele for an included visit to The Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 where you can see a replica trench. See Essex Farm Cemetery where over 1,200 brave servicemen are buried and where Lt. Col. John McCrea wrote his immortal poem - 'In Flanders Fields'. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure before making your way to Menin Gate to witness the moving Last Post Ceremony at 8.00pm to pay tribute to over 100,000 Australian soldiers who laid down their lives in war over more than a century. After such a poignant reminder of war, we return to our hotel in Lille.Buffet Breakfast
Day: 10 Lille – Dunkirk – BrugesAmsterdam (2 Nights)
Travel to Dunkirk where we will visit the 'Musée Dunkerque 1940' located in Bastion 32, the headquarters for the French and Allied forces during the Battle of Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo. Gain an insight into the largest evacuation effort in military history and see where many scenes of 'Dunkirk' where filmed in the city where the events actually happened. Travel to the picturesque town of Bruges for free time for lunch and perhaps try the delicious local chocolate and Belgium's famous friets - the perfect fried chip! Explore the cobblestone streets with charming medieval step-roofed houses and imposing churches reflected in the still waters of the canals. Continue to Amsterdam where we spend the next two nights.Buffet Breakfast
Day: 11 Amsterdam Orientation
Gabled façades dating back centuries and leafy canals provide a beautiful backdrop for our orientation tour to see such sights as the Mint Tower, Dam Square and Museum Square. Enjoy free time afterwards to explore the city. Later, we visit the quaint town of Volendam for a Cultural Insight into the art of making Galcheeses and wooden clogs, before joining the Pauw family for a gezellig Be My Guest Farewell Dinner, savouring delicious local cheeses on their dairy farm. Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
Day: 12 Depart Amsterdam
Say tot ziens to this magical city and the fields of bravery dotted across Western Europe at the end of a remarkable Battlefields trip. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.Buffet Breakfast

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