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The Origin of the Poppy

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WW1: Canada Photo Gallery (Incl. Vimy Ridge)

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2019 TOUR: CANADIANS AT WAR: WW1: The Battle of the Somme 1916

The Battle of Arras – 1917 Vimy  The Ypres Salient – 1915 – 1917/18

At 10.58 hours in the Belgian village of Ville-sur-Haine on November 11, 1918 a single 7.92mm round fired by a German soldier hit Private George Lawrence Price of "A" Company, 28th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. Price died instantly. Two minutes later at 11.00 hours the First World War ended. With his death Price would become the last soldier of the British Empire to be killed in the war. By then, Canada had lost 66,975 men through enemy action.

Canadian troops and the men of Newfoundland had fought with courage and distinction in World War I winning 71 Victoria Crosses. Our tour pays tribute to their sacrifice and bravery and takes you to the key battlegrounds of war including Ypres and Vimy Ridge. Come with Spirit of Remembrance to France and Belgium and walk over land that through courage and sacrifice has become a part of Canada.

*2019 "Canadians at War - WW1" Tour:

AT A GLANCE:
Tour Code: CA19WW1LIL5
Tour Duration: 4 Nights/5 Days
Tour Operating Dates: Starts: 1 July & 2 September 2019 
Departs/Returns: Lille-Lille-France
Guide: SOR approved Battlefield Guide/Historian 
Cost P/Person: Share Twin/Double Room: €1298.00
Cost: Single Room Supplement: €660
Cost: Triple Room Cost: On Application


Bonus! Combine with our Canadian WW2 Tour and receive €100.00 (Approx. CAD $150.00) per booking discount off total cost!

The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance DAY ONE
Arrive Lille and check into your hotel for your overnight accommodation.
Accommodation: 4* Hotel (Lille) 
Meals: Nil

The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance DAY TWO
After breakfast check out and depart hotel for Ypres, Belgium.You will then have free time for optional visits to St. George's Memorial Church, 'In Flanders Fields Museum' or have an opportunity to wander or for shopping in this beautiful medieval town, blasted into oblivion in WW1 and now completely rebuilt to the original plans from the 16/17th century. After lunch (own expense) we will visit the following:
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Essex Farm. The Canadian dressing station where in 1915 a Canadian surgeon, John McCrae, wrote the famous poem "In Flanders Fields" and the story of the Poppy was born.
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance PPCLI Memorial – commemorating a gallant stand by the Patricia's in May 1915.
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Vancouver Corner The Brooding Soldier: Where Canadians held the line during the first German poison gas attack in April 1915.
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance At around 5.00pm you will return to Ypres & check-in to your hotel for your overnight accommodation and an early dinner at a local restaurant.
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance At 7pm we will take our places at the Menin Gate ready to experience the world famous 'Last Post' Ceremony which takes place at 8 pm.
Accommodation: 3-4* Hotel Ypres
Meals: B, D

 The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance DAY THREE
After an early breakfast you check out of your hotel and we depart for the Ypres Salient. We will visit:
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Mount Sorrel – The 1916 British Front Line south-east of Ypres was situated on this high ground of the Ypres ridge at Zillebeke and the double summits of Hill 61 and Hill 62. Three divisions of the Canadian Corps were involved in the defence of the line here when the German Army made an attack on 2nd June 1916.
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Hill 62 (Sanctuary Wood) Canadian Memorial.
3rd Battle of Ypres – July to November 1917
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Canadian Memorial Passchendaele
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Passchendaele Memorial museum (admission included)
Taking a break there will be a catered packed lunch in the grounds of the museum. This afternoon:
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Neuville St. Vaast German War Cemetery. The largest German cemetery in France containing the remains of 44,833 German soldiers from 100 different military units, many of whom fell at Vimy Ridge
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Tyne Cot Cemetery – the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world. Act of Remembrance.
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Travel via Passchendaele New Cemetery viewpoint and hear how the Canadian Corps took Passchendaele in Oct/Nov 1917. Synonymous with Vimy - Passchendaele is infamous for the terrible bloody brutal battle of 'mud and blood' where Canadian troops finally won this terrible battle in November 1917, with over 16,000 men killed and wounded and 9 Victoria crosses won.
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance We now depart to Vimy Ridge and spend a couple of hours visiting the Canadian National Vimy Memorial Park.
The Vimy Tour section will include the following:
 The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Preserved trenches
 The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance The magnificent Vimy Memorial to Canada's Missing
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance New Vimy Information Centre
 The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance A guided tour of Grange Tunnel with a Canadian student guide. (If available)
After leaving Vimy we will then drive to our hotel in Arras. Dinner tonight will be at one of the wonderful local restaurants in Arrasaurant. 
Accommodation: 4 star hotel Arras
Meals: B, D

 The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance DAY FOUR
After breakfast in our hotel and collecting a packed lunch we will depart at 8.30AM for the Battle of the
Somme 1916.
The Battle of the Somme raged for over four months and resulted in over a million casualties to Allied and German troops. The Canadians, originally in the Ypres sector, missed the first months of the fighting, but had moved to the Somme by early September. On 15 September, in a carefully prepared infantry attack, the Canadians captured the ruined village of Courcelette. Despite thousands of casualties, it was a victory, one of the few for Allied forces on the Somme. Further attacks through September and October were just as costly, but less successful. Operations against Desire Trench and Regina Trench, to the north of Courcelette, were grinding affairs where soldiers attacked and counterattacked repeatedly over the same ground, and always under heavy enemy fire. In late October, the three battered divisions of the Canadian Corps limped off the Somme having suffered 20,000 casualties.

Today we will visit the following: (Including a relaxed picnic lunch in the area)
 The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Beaumont Hamel - Newfoundland Memorial Park. Here, the 1st Newfoundland Regiment, attached to a British division, was cut down on 1 July 1916 by German machine-gun fire as it attacked over open ground. Within 30 minutes the regiment suffered a crippling 324 killed and 386 wounded out of a total of 801 soldiers.
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Thiepval memorial and museum
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont. Act of Remembrance.
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance  Mouquet Farm area – 3rd Canadian Division.
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance The story of Pte John Kerr VC, 49th Battalion.
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Courcelette – 2nd Canadian Division. The first use of tanks.
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Domart Bridge – A Canadian engineer story.
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Hangard Wood & War Cemetery – the story of three VCs
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Beaucourt Wood – another VC
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Manitoba Cemetery, Caix – burial place of the Hallu 8 who were 8 Manitobans buried with full military honours on 13th May 2015, nearly a century after they were killed.
We then return to our hotel in Arras for tonight and dinner.
Accommodation: 4 star hotel Arras
Meals: B, D

 The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance DAY FIVE
After early breakfast in our hotel we check out at 8am to travel to the Mons area via the Hindenburg Line 1918. After the victory at Amiens, Allied commanders agreed on a multi-army offensive along the Western Front against German forces that, for the first time in the war, appeared vulnerable. The ensuing campaign, known as the Hundred Days (August - November 1918), ended in the defeat of the German forces in the West. After almost a month of planning and preparation, the Canadian Corps attacked across the Canal du Nord in a high-risk operation on 27 September. Behind a complicated fire plan and the work of engineers, the Corps crossed the canal and pushed through the enemy defences, eventually capturing strong points like Bourlon Wood and Cambrai on 9 October. Today we will visit:
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Canal du Nord
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Bourlon Wood Canadian Memorial
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance Cantimpre Canadian Cemetery

The German Army Retreats
The Arras and Canal du Nord battles cost over 30,000 Canadian casualties but helped break the German army's final defensive positions. After Canadian and other Allied troops crossed the Canal du Nord, the German forces were in full retreat. The end of the war was near. In the final month of the war, Allied forces pushed ahead on all fronts. The Canadians, having lost more than 40,000 killed and wounded since August, closed on Mons, a city of huge symbolic value. From here, British troops had staged an epic fighting retreat in the early days of the war, delaying the Germans in their advance towards Paris but suffering heavily in the process. Now, the Canadians had a chance to capture Mons on the last day of the war... which is exactly what they did.

At approximately 1pm we will have lunch in Grand Place Mons (own expense). This is where the Canadian Corps Commander, Lt Gen Sir Arthur Currie, took the salute on 11th November 1918.

After lunch we will visit:
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance St Symphorien Cemetery – Buried here is the last Canadian soldier to die in combat in the First World War. He was Private George Price of the 28th Battalion, killed by a German sniper northeast of Mons only a few minutes before the Armistice. The war ended at 11 AM on 11 November 1918.
The Flanders Poppy - The Spirit of Remembrance The Last Shot memorial

We will leave here at approximately 5.30-6pm to drive to Lille where our tour finishes at Lille Europe station.

(** Note: We reserve the right to change the order and areas we visit on this tour and any other operational constraints we may have to incorporate into the present itinerary due to unusual or unforseen circumstances, however it is our intention to operate the tour based upon this itinerary or an itinerary very similar.)

 Tour Price Includes:
 All meals as specified in the itinerary
 Services of an expert WW1 Battlefield Guide/Historian throughout the tour.
 Luxury air conditioned/heated coach travel with onboard toilets and *Wifi (*where available)
 All museum entrance fees, excursions and sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
All accommodation as specified
High quality full colour comprehensive souvenir book(s)
High quality souvenir clothing (Depends on seasonality) Thinsulate Beanie or T-Shirt/cap and polo shirt)
Luggage tags and quality Spirit of Remembrance backpack
 
Tour Price does NOT Include:
International Airfares from Canada
Meals/Refreshments other than stated on the itinerary
Travel / Cancellation / Medical Insurance
Passport & related fees
Any optional excursion not specifically stated
Items of a personal nature

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