WWI and WWII Battlefields

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WWI and WWII Battlefields



Tour Description:

Travel to the front lines of Europe, where brave soldiers once fought for freedom. On this epic battlefield tour through the countryside of Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, you’ll explore the tragedy and triumph of two World Wars.

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Dates & Pricing

Friday 07 Apr 23 — Tuesday 18 Apr 23Starting at $3,263Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Friday 12 May 23 — Tuesday 23 May 23Starting at $3,725Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Friday 26 May 23 — Tuesday 06 Jun 23Starting at $3,353Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Sunday 04 Jun 23 — Thursday 15 Jun 23Starting at $3,725Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Friday 16 Jun 23 — Tuesday 27 Jun 23Starting at $3,195Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Sunday 09 Jul 23 — Thursday 20 Jul 23Starting at $3,195Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Friday 21 Jul 23 — Tuesday 01 Aug 23Starting at $3,195Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Sunday 06 Aug 23 — Thursday 17 Aug 23Starting at $3,218Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Friday 18 Aug 23 — Tuesday 29 Aug 23Starting at $3,218Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
Friday 01 Sep 23 — Tuesday 12 Sep 23Starting at $3,575Check Mark Icon SPECIALGet a Quote
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ITINERARY

Welcome to London
From tragic battles to tales of triumph, this special-interest exploration of two World Wars kicks off in the vibrant British capital of London. Meet your Travel Director and fellow companions this evening for a traditional English pub Welcome Reception.

See the Sights of London
Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey feature on this half-day introductory sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist, which includes views of Buckingham Palace. This afternoon, we visit the Imperial War Museum, which tells the story of those whose lives were shaped by war from World War I to today. See extensive archives and recordings, as well as a Spitfire that saw action in the Battle of Britain. Maybe enjoy London after dark, spending your evening at leisure meandering along the Thames, riding the London Eye or visiting a traditional English pub.

Cross the English Channel to Caen
We journey south to Portsmouth and leave British shores bound for Caen by ferry this afternoon. After dinner on the ferry, we transfer to our hotel in Caen.

Explore the D-Day Normandy Beaches
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.  Then journey to the historic D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches, including Juno Beach, Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach. Visit the American Cemetery and Memorial to learn about the Canadian, American, and Commonwealth involvement in this unbelievable battle for supremacy.

Journey to Elegant Paris
Journey inland through Normandy today, bound for the grand boulevards of Paris. Perhaps join us for an optional visit to the glittering Palace of Versailles before arriving in the French capital.

Discover the Delights of Paris
Join your Local Specialist to visit the remarkable church of Saint-Sulpice, then delve into the lives of Parisians, wandering through the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris's oldest neighbourhoods. Our walking tour concludes in one of the city's loveliest squares which is a real favourite among the locals. Spend the rest of the day on your own to see the sights.  This evening, you may wish to enjoy a traditional Parisian Cabaret.

Onwards to the Somme Battlefields and Amiens
The bloody battlefields of the Somme take centre stage today. Stop at the Villers-Bretonneux memorial to the Australian soldiers who lost their lives in WWI. Carry on to Thiepval to see the poignant memorial which honours the 72,337 missing British and South African men who died with no known graves. We journey to Amiens for an evening at leisure.

Venture to Vimy Ridge, Dunkirk, Fromelles and Lille
Today we visit the memorial at Vimy Ridge dedicated to the Canadian soldiers, who fought a battle here in 1917. This horrific battle, and the bravery of the men who fought in it, came to symbolise Canada's coming of age as a nation. We then journey to Dunkirk, where Operation Dynamo miraculously saw over 330,000 Allied troops evacuated to Britain. We stop in Fromelles, where there was a combined operation between British troops and the Australian Imperial Force, described as the "worst 24 hours in Australia's military history".

Off to the Ypres Battlefields and 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 Zonnebeke 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 McCrae wrote his immortal poem, ‘In Flanders Fields'. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your own, before making your way to Menin Gate to witness the moving Last Post Ceremony to pay tribute to over 100,000 soldiers who laid down their lives more than a century ago.

Journey to Bruges and on to Amsterdam
Travel to Bruges and perhaps try the delicious local chocolate and Belgium's famous frites – the perfect fried chips! Explore the cobblestone streets and medieval façades reflected in the still waters of the canals. Continue to Amsterdam, where we spend the next two nights.

Experience Atmospheric Amsterdam Dive Into Culture Connect with Locals
Gabled townhouses dating back centuries and leafy canals provide a beautiful backdrop for our orientation tour. Enjoy free time afterwards to explore the city on your own. Later, we Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the art of making cheese and wooden clogs, before we Connect With Locals, joining the Pauw family for a gezellig Be My Guest Farewell Dinner.

Farewell Amsterdam
Say tot ziens to this magical city and the fields of bravery dotted across Western Europe at the end of a remarkable trip. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

Check Mark Disclaimer: Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy, and in USD. All promotions are valid for new bookings only, capacity controlled and valid on select dates and departures. Individual Terms and Conditions will apply to all promotions. Any promotion can be withdrawn at any time without notice. Please speak with your Pavlus Travel Planner for complete vendor terms and conditions, including eligible tour and cruise dates.