Canadian Experience 5 Day Tour

D-DAY and the BATTLE OF NORMANDY 1944 – DIEPPE 1942 – VIMY RIDGE 1917
This tour covers from D-Day to D+84 for the Canadian forces during the Battle of Normandy and also the ill-fated assault on Dieppe in August 1942 ending at the WWI site of Vimy Ridge – site of the Canadian actions during the Battle of Arras in April 1917.

Start point and pick up is in Caen in Normandy and drop off is in Arras, N. France. (Both locations have direct rail routes into and out of Paris).
View dates, prices and availability here or this tour can also be taken as a private tour with dates to suit you. Please enquire for further details.
Accommodation packages also available with this tour.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Part I– Juno Beach on D-Day
St-Aubin-sur-Mer – Nan Red Sector
Tailleville
Bernières-sur-Mer – Nan White Sector
Courseulles-sur-Mer – Nan Green Sector
Graye-sur-Mer – Mike Red & Green Sector
*** Lunch at Courseulles-sur-Mer ***
Juno Beach Centre

Part II– The Advance Inland
Airfield ALG B4 – learn about the participation of the Royal Canadian Air Force in Normandy
Beny-sur-Mer CWGC Canadian Military Cemetery
Revièrs
Fontaine-Henry
Villons-Les-Buissons
Buron

Day 2

Part III– Battles against the 12SS “Hitler Youth” Panzer Division June 1944
Château D’Audrieu
Putot-en-Bessin
Le Mésnil-Patry
Norrey-en-Bessin
Bretteville-l’Orgueilleuse
Rots
Authie
Abbaye d’Ardennes
*** Lunch at Carpiquet ***

Part IV– Operation Atlantic & Spring – July 1944
Hill 67 – Verrières Ridge
Troteval Farm
Verrières
Part V– Operation Totalize – August 1944
Rocquancourt
Cintheaux
Cauvicourt
Estrées-la-Campagne
Point 140 – Worthington Force – Battlefield and Memorial
Bretteville-sur-Laize CWGC Canadian Military Cemetery

Day 3

Part VI– Operation Tractable and the Falaise Pocket – August 1944
Falaise
Trun
St-Lambert-sur-Dives
Le Château d’Aubry
Hill 129
Hill 114
Torpedo Junction
Tournai-sur-Dives
Moissy
Chambois/Fel
Montormel
Hill 262 North – The Mace (Maczuga)
Boisjos Farm
Vimoutiers
Rommel’s Crash Site

Day 4

Part VII– Operation Jubilee – Dieppe – August 1942
Puys – Blue Beach
Dieppe – Red Beach
Dieppe – White Beach
*** Lunch at Dieppe ***
Dieppe – 1942 Museum
Dieppe – Canadian CWGC Canadian Military Cemetery
Pourville – Green Beach (including Lt Col Merritt’s VC action)

Day 5

Part VIII– The Battle of Vimy Ridge – April 1917
Vimy Ridge Memorial

Exploring the many sites around the vast Vimy Ridge Memorial Park including
Trench systems
The battlefield site including the cratered ground and Regimental Memorials
The Cabaret Rouge CWGC Military Cemetery (where in 2000 the unknown soldier was exhumed and repatriated to Canada)
Neuville St Vaast German Military Cemetery
Notre-Dame de Lorette French battlefield and Military Cemetery
Vimy Ridge Memorial Centre
Arras

Tour Details:

5 Days

Tour Length

Generally either Arras or Normandy

Start Location

Dependent upon bespoke nature of tour.

Tour Price

The Canadians

Category
For the discerning Canadian Military enthusiast this tour ticks all the boxes. Even if you only have a passing interest this tour passes through such beautiful countryside with so much to see and hear it is hard not to be overwhelmed. To end the tour at the majestic Vimy Memorial is testament to Canada as a proud and wonderful nation.
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