Places of Remembrance
Canadian National Vimy Memorial - Photo Credit Globus
Travel companies such as Trafalgar and Globus are giving a nod to remembrance during this week, with fantastic, limited time-only deals to travelers interested in visiting some of the First and Second World Wars’ most iconic sites. Did you know the 250–acre park surrounding the Canadian National Vimy Memorial has 11,285 Canadian shrubs and trees to commemorate the soldiers who went missing in action? This is just one of the stirring monuments on the Trafalgar tour.
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The Deal: Trafalgar is offering their Early Payment Discount of 10% off the cost of 2014 Europe & Britain summer guided vacations*, as well as 10% off flights*, when the trip is booked and paid in full by January 15th, 2014.
With the upcoming Remembrance Day memorials, 2014 is a historically significant year for Canadians, as they not only honour those who fought in The Great War 100 years ago, but also remember the World War II 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. On the anniversary of these two notable periods in history, Trafalgar (www.trafalgar.com), the Insider of guided vacations, invites travellers to join them on a journey to the most poignant battlefields and monuments in Southern England, northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Honour the 100th Anniversary of the First World War and the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings on the Battlefields of Europe
Trafalgar offers a 13-day trip to WWI & WWII’s most poignant sites in England, France, Belgium and The Netherlands
On the 13-Day WWI & WWII Battlefields, Trafalgar takes travellers beyond the expected to explore the rich military and cultural history of Europe. Guests will reflect on the loss of their countrymen at important sites of the two wars, such as the beaches of Normandy, Somme battlefields and Bayeaux Cemetery, plus three sites that hold special significance to Canadians: Ypres Battlefields, Vimy Ridge and Groesbeek, the resting place of more than 2000 Canadian soldiers.
The Deal: Save up to $700 per couple when you book November 6 – 26 this year
History, heritage and even 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.
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,” says Bishop. Over one million Canadians served with the British Forces in World War II alone.