Canadian Battlefields of Europe (Summer 2018)
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- Explore Canada’s rich military heritage in the Netherlands, Belgium and Northern France with Dr. Jody Perrun as he takes you on an indepth journey tracing Canada’s participation in the great wars and paying homage to our contribution.
- D-Day Normandy Beaches: Visit the Juno Beach Centre and the Canadian War Cemetery at Beny-Sur-Mer.
- Amsterdam: Follow the tragic story of the Jews in occupied Amsterdam with a visit to the Anne Frank House.
- Brussels: Visit the Waterloo battlefield where Napoleon met his final defeat in 1815. Visit the Grand Place, the exquisite market square, see the cheeky Manneken statue.
- Ypres Battlefields: Visit the Flanders Fields Museum in Cloth Hall as well as Sanctuary Wood (Hill 62) Museum. Visit the Tyne Cot Cemetery, and the Passchendaele Canadian Memorial (Crest Farm). Also, see the Last Post Ceremony.
- Vimy Ridge Battlefields: Visit the Vimy Ridge National Historic Site of Canada for a guided tour and walk through the preserved trenches.
- Somme: Visit the Newfoundland Memorial at Beaumont-Hamel and the Franco-British Memorial at Thiepval., Canadian Memorial in Courcelette, Somme Museum in Albert.
- Dieppe: Visit the Canadian War Cemetery and see the Canadian landing sites of the ill-fated raid. Visit the Memorial Museum, housed in the Municipal Theatre.
- Honfleur: Visit in the charming fishing town of Honfleur to see where Samuel de Champlain set sail and founded Quebec.
- The Road to Falaise & Falaise Gap: Visit, Bretteville-sur-Laize, Falaise, St Lambert-sur-Dives, and Mont Ormel.
- Paris: See the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.
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The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country, a land of colourful tulip fields and canals, sophisticated cities and some of the most striking coastline in Northern Europe. The people, language, and culture of the Netherlands are referred to as "Dutch". At the head of the state sits the country's constitutional monarchy, whose palaces dominate many of the larger cities, including The Hague and the gorgeous capital city, Amsterdam. Its small size, welcoming attitude to travellers and many wonderful sights make it a unique and fairly easy to discover destination and a great addition to any European trip.
Belgium is a sovereign state in Western Europe. It is one of Europe’s most underrated travel destinations. Beer, chocolate and moules-frites might be the starting points for many first-time visitors, but while you’ll eat and drink well, the country’s other selling points are no less weighty. Medieval cities like Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent play home to some stunning architecture, while a military legacy that covers everything from Waterloo to WWII holds its own interest. It’s compact, easy to travel around and boasts no fewer than 60 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for over twenty years. It received 83 million visitors in 2012, although these figures are highly skewed by the number of people who frequent the country for the weekend, particularly to visit Disneyland Paris, Europe's most popular visitor attraction. All these people come to France for many a reason: its cities contain some of the greatest treasures on the continent, its countryside is prosperous and well-tended and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions. France is one of the most geographically diverse countries in Europe, containing areas as different from each other as urban chic Paris, the sunny French Riviera, long Atlantic beaches, the winter sports resorts of the French Alps, the castles of the Loire Valley, rugged Celtic Brittany and the historian's dream that is Normandy. The country seduces travellers with its unfalteringly familiar culture, woven around cafe terraces, village-square markets and lace-curtained bistros with their plat du jour chalked on the board. France citizens enjoy a high standard of living, and the country performs well in international rankings of education, health care, life expectancy, civil liberties, and human development.