Day 1 OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO LONDON
Overnight flight to London
Day 2 ARRIVE LONDON
Wens tourescort will welcome you at the airport. City tour on the way to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to rest and unpack and become oriented to area around your hotel.
Dinner and accommodation
Day 3 London
This morning guided tour. We'll stop at St. Paul's Cathedral and see the book which lists every airman killed while stationed in England. In the afternoon we will visit the Imperial War Museum, which houses authentic examples of World War II weaponry and an exhibit of World War I trench warfare. Then we proceed to the Churchill War Room, part the underground nerve center of Britain's war effort.
Afternoon tour to the British Museum.
Dinner and accommodation.
Day 4 London - Porthmouth – Bayeux
We depart London, passing by Aldershot Camp, which was home to the Canadian Army from 1939-45. We continue to Portsmouth, we visit the award winning D-Day Museum.
Board our ferry and cross to France, passing near the D-Day beaches and landing near Caen. Dinner on board. Accommodation Bayeux.
Day 5 Normandy
Full day Landing Beaches tour, with focus on the Canadian section. Visit Canada’s Juno Beach Centre. Later, we see the remains of the Mulberry harbour (an engineering marvel). On our way back to Bayeux we visit the Battle of Normandy Museum. If time permitting visit to the Commonwealth war cemetery.
Dinner and accommodation.
Day 6 Normandy
After breakfast we visit the sites of the first violent clashes between the advancing Canadians and the German panzer reserves. A visit to the Beny-sur-mer Canadian War Cemetery is included. On to Caen where we visit Caen Peace Memorial museum. Special lecture will be held here (subject to be discussed with you).
Dinner and accommodation in Bayeux.
Day 7 Bruges
After breakfast leave to the WW I Memorial at Vimy Ridge. On to Yper After breakfast you will leave Bruges for Ipers (Ypres) one of the most powerful and flourishing Flemish towns in the 13th century.
Ypres was the front line with the British troops at the east and the Germans at the west. In the end 300.00 Allied soldiers died, 250.000 of them British. There are over 170 military cemeteries near Ypres.
During the tour you will visit the Flanders Fields museum, showcasing the history of WWI, starting in Sarajevo. In the museum you will see a description of the battle of the Ijzer River, the life behind the front. Many biographies and 20 objects are housed in the museum all linked to fascinating anecdotes.
On to the Sanctuary Wood Museum followed by a visit to the Essex Farm Cemetery in “Flanders Fields” to see Lieutenant –Colonel John McCrea’s grave. He was born in Ontario and became famous for his poem starting with “In Flanders fields the poppies blow”
Dinner will be served at Ypres. After dinner you will attend the Last Post at the Menin Memorial Gate ( Menenpoort). The walls of the Memorial bear the names of 54,896 British soldiers, who were killed on August 1917. On to Bruges for accommodation.
Day 8 Brussels
Walking tour with local guide, including a canal boatride. Afternoon on to Brussels, for dinner and accommodation,
Day 9 Brussels
Morning tour of Brussels with a local guide to see the highlights like the Market Square, EXPO building, Little Man Pee and NATO headquarters.
A lecture about transatlantic relationship and the role of NATO nowadays can be arranged.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Fare well dinner and accommodation
Day 10 Departure
After breakfast departure for the airport of Brussels for your flight back home.