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HISTORY, HERITAGE AND HEARTBREAK

History, heritage and even heartbreak — an unusual combination for a trip to Europe, and part of what makes the Great Canadian War Memorial Tour offered by Globus 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.

“Agents are learning that 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. 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 five departures slated for 2014, from April to September, and all include first class accommodation, transportation by WiFi-equipped coach, many meals, all admission fees and the services of an expert tour director. The price is from $2,419 p.p., excluding airfare (reflecting a discount, depending on departure date, of up to $200 p.p. when booking by Nov. 26) — and anyone who has travelled with Globus or its sister companies Cosmos, Monograms or Avalon Waterways is eligible for a further $50 p.p. discount plus a 5% cent repeat traveller discount. (http://www.agentlingo.ca)

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