Vimy Ridge Anniversary Tour

Starting Price $3150 per person
Trip Duration 9 Days
Availibility All Year
Activity Level Medium level of fitness
Highlights

Amsterdam:

  • Guided city walking tour
  • Canal boat tour

Ypres:

  • Visit In Flanders Field Museum
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery
  • Essex Farm
  • Passchendaele Memorial Museum
  • Last Post Ceremony at Ypres’ Menin Gate

Vimy:

  • Tour the brand new Vimy Ridge Memorial
  • Explore the tunnels and trenches
  • Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery
  • Neuville St. Vaast German War Cemetery
  • Notre Dame de Lorette

Arras:

  • Tour the Canadian Battlefields in the surrounding area
  • Visit Passchendaele
  • St Julien Memorial at Vancouver Corner
  • Sanctuary Wood Museum and Cemetery

Somme:

  • Theipval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme
  • Guided tour of Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial

London:

  • Visit St. Pauls Cathedral, Windsor Castle, Picadilly Circus
  • Changing of the Guards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace
  • Views from the London Eye
What To Expect

Evolve offers you a comprehensive look at WWI and WWII History paired with the cultural interests that Europe has to offer. Give your students a hands-on approach to learning.

Educational Benefits

History leaps off the page with Evolve Vimy. Visiting actual spots of WWI and WWII battles and being steeped in the culture and language of the region gives your students an edge to learn like no other.

Customization

All Evolve Tours itineraries are completely customizable for your groups desires and needs.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - Travel to the Netherlands

Depart from your hometown and head towards Amsterdam. Overnight flight via connections.

Day 2 - Welcome to Amsterdam!

Arrive in Amsterdam and meet your Evolve Tour Director! Enjoy a walking tour of the city and see historical sites by foot – and then by water, as you hop on a canal boat and tour Amsterdam by its famous waterways.

We’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and look forward to the rest of our trip together.

Day 3 - Ypres

We set off towards Ypres this morning. This city has three official languages – Dutch, French and German – and was a very strategically important location during the First World War.

Our first stop is at the In Flanders Fields Museum, which educates visitors on WWI: the initial invasion of Belgium, trench warfare and remembrance efforts. Lunch will be in Grote Markt nearby, where there are many delicious restaurants and stalls to explore.

After lunch, we will visit the Tyne Cot Cemetery which is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world before going to the Essex Farm Cemetery, where 1,200 British servicemen are buried or commemorated.This is the site where John McCrae is supposed to have written his famous poem, “In Flanders Fields”. Another stop will be at Memorial Museum Passchendaele in Zonnebeke.

Enjoy dinner in the city centre before walking to Menin Gate Memorial to witness the Last Post Ceremony which is dedicated every night to civilians who died protecting Ypres.

Day 4 - Canadian Battlefields

We pass through Passchendaele today, east of Ypres. Learn about the 1917 battle where many Canadians fought.

Continue on to Mount Sorrel, and then we are on to the Hill 62 Canadian Memorial and Sanctuary Wood Cemetery as well as the Sanctuary Wood Museum, which houses WWI items, weapons, uniforms and original preserved trenches. Now we travel to the Saint Julien Memorial, home to the Canadian monument, the Brooding Soldier at “Vancouver Corner”.

We will head to our next town, Arras, this evening and explore the old city after dinner and a long day.

Day 5 - Vimy Region and Arras

Discover historically significant locations around Arras today. Take a guided visit to Wellington Quarry, Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery in Souchez, and then back towards Arras to the Neuville St. Vaast German War Cemetery, the largest German military cemetery in France.

We will also visit the world’s largest French military cemetery at Notre Dame de Lorette before returning to Arras for free time around the city centre and group dinner.

Day 6 - Vimy Ridge Education Centre

Today is dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which began in the early morning hours of April 9th, 2017.

We will visit Canadian Vimy Ridge Memorial and witness the remarkable remembrance ceremonies taking place today in honour of brave Canadians who fought here a hundred years ago and helped establish our country’s reputation. Tour the newly unveiled Vimy Education Centre on site to learn more about this historic event.

Return to Arras for another overnight stay and prepare to depart the next morning.

Day 7 - Transfer to London

Leave Arrras and visit sites that relate to the Battle of the Somme, 1916, like the Theipval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. We will take a guided tour at the Beaumon-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial.

We will depart to the train station in Lille, just north of Arras, to board a train to London. Arrive in London in the late afternoon and start exploring the city in the evening!

Day 8 - Explore London

Enjoy a jam-packed tour day of London! Take a walking tour of the city highlights by foot. See: St. Paul’s Cathedral, Windsor Castle, Picadilly Circus, St. James Park and Buckingham Palace to watch the changing of the Guards Ceremony.

In the evening, we will visit the London Eye and enjoy views of the city at night from the top of the giant Ferris Wheel.

Day 9 - Homeward Bound

Enjoy a final morning in London, transfer to the airport and head homewards bound after a great trip together!

Transportation
  • Flight
    Roundtrip group airfare, depending on departure city.
  • Bus
    Private coach bus equipped with A/C, T.V & DVD players, on-board washroom
  • Metro
    Travel around London on the Tube!
Accommodation
  • Hotel
    Centrally located, student friendly, 3 * minimum, acclaimed hotels
Food

Daily breakfasts and dinners included in tour. Meals at locally owned and delicious restaurants.

Meet Our Leaders
Elie Landesberg
Did you know?

After Vimy, the Canadian Corps went from one success to another, to be crowned by their achievements in the 1918 “advance to victory”. This record won for Canada a separate signature on the Versailles Peace Treaty ending the War.

Places You’ll Visit

Amsterdam

Explore this city by foot and by water!

Vimy Ridge

The site of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Passchendaele

location of the infamous Battle of Passchendaele. Learn about the autumn of 1917 when Canadian forces participated in a difficult, yet successful, push to capture the village of Passchendaele alongside fellow Allied forces.

London Eye

Views from the top of London!