As the world was recently marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I, many Canadians are reflecting on the war’s impact on history and perhaps on their own families. To make it even more meaningful, they can experience many significant sites of the two World Wars on a memorable tour from Globus.
History, heritage and heartbreak: an unusual combination for a trip to Europe, and part of what makes Globus’ Great Canadian War Memorial Tour a memorable and meaningful experience.
The tour, described as “designed by Canadians, for Canadians,” takes in many museums, memorials and special sites that commemorate Canadians’ contributions during both world wars.
“These tours have clearly struck a nerve with those who have a personal connection or abiding interest in European history,” says Stéphanie Bishop of Globus’ Canada office, which has been offering the tours since 2008.
The 10-day tour to France and Belgium takes in the impressive and inspiring Canadian Memorial at Vimy Ridge and the Canadian Cemeteries in Reviers and Dieppe, as well as the Newfoundland Memorial Park at Beaumont Hamel. Other sites include the Landing Beaches of Normandy, the Juno Beach Memorial Centre, Amiens and Ypres in Belgium.
“We find the itinerary appeals not only to history buffs, but also to Canadians who grew up hearing tales of war from their parents and grandparents,” added Bishop.
Over one million Canadians served with the British Forces in World War II alone.
There are eight departures slated for 2019, between April and October, and all include first class accommodation, transportation by WiFi-equipped coach, many meals, all admission fees and the services of an expert tour director. Prices start from $3,549 per person excluding airfare (10% less if booked by Nov. 27).
An optional three-day extension is available to London including transportation by Eurostar “Chunnel train,” accommodation and a half-day sightseeing tour.