To commemorates the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, (June 6, 2019), during the Second World War, Trafalgar has introduced a 10-day special interest trip across four European countries, D-Day Beaches and Battlefields 75th Anniversary.
On this meaningful journey through the battlefields of WWI and WWII, clients will remember the millions of lives lost in these 20th century conflicts. They will explore the poignant moments of the Battle of Britain, D-Day Landing, infamous Somme and the Battle of Dunkirk immortalized forever in the museums, memorials and cemeteries that dot the French, Belgium and Dutch countryside and more.
“We are very proud to allow our loyal Canadian agents the opportunity to pay their respects at the most significant military sites across Europe in 2019,” said Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar and Costsaver Canada. “Next year, marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day and on Trafalgar’s special interest trip style, clients can hour those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we have today.”
Arriving in London, clients will kick-off this 10-day special interest exploration through the British capital of London where they will meet with fellow companions and travel director for a traditional English pub “Welcome Dinner.” Next, they will tour Big Ben, the House of Parliament and Westminster Abbey with a “Local Specialist” and in the afternoon, visit the Churchill War rooms and get a glimpse into the tunnels of Churchill walked each day to plan Operation Overlord and the Dunkirk rescue. Later, there’s a visit to the HMS Belfast to explore this historic World War 2 battleship and learn the stories of the crew who lived on board.
Travelling to Portsmouth, clients will stop at Chartwell House, the home of Winston Churchill in Kent and visit the D-Day Museum and see the Overlord Embroidery, the story of D-day and the Battle of Normandy in 34 hand-stitched panels with a total length of 83 metres. Guests will then board an overnight ferry, crossing the English Channel to France, enjoying dinner abroad.
In Normandy, clients will arrive for the 75th anniversary of the beach landings and attend the ceremonies to commemorate this important day at Juno Beach and enjoy dinner at their hotel. Leaving Normandy to Amiens, guests will visit Vimy Ridge Memorial, where The Canadian Corps seized Vimy Ridge in 1917 and say “adieu” to France as they enter Belgium to Ypres. There they will visit the In Flanders Field Museum to learn more and visit Essex Farm Cemetery where over 1,200 brave servicemen were buried and where Lt. Col. John McCrae wrote him immortal poem In Flanders Field. Travelling to the Netherlands, guests first stop will be in Groesbeek to visit the National Liberation Museum and see the Airborne Memorial John Frost Bridge and visit the Open Air Museum. The journey ends in Amsterdam with clients meeting with a “Local Specialist” for a cultural orientation of the city along the canals before enjoying a “Be My Guest” farewell dinner with the Pauw family on their dairy farm.