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    HISTORY UNPLUGGED: WWI & WWII in England and France - 12 Day Journey

    Early Booking Discount:

    $100 discount for deposits received by January 7, 2019
    or $50 discount for deposits received by April 7, 2019

    Included in Price:

  • Round trip airfare (including fuel surcharge & taxes) from New York
  • Accommodations in 3 or 4 star hotels
  • Breakfast daily, plus 9 dinners and 1 lunch
  • Sightseeing as per the attached itineraries
  • English speaking tour escort throughout
  • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Not Included:

  • Meals not mentioned
  • Travel insurance (Highly Recommended)
  • Tips to driver, guide etc ($125.00 - $150.00)
  • Single supplement ($1200.00)
  • Contact:

    Nick Gjeca • Journeys Unlimited
    Email: ngjeca@groupist.com • Phone: 1-800-486-8359 ext. 216

    Itinerary

    Extensions

    Day 1: New York/London

    Meet at the international airport for our fl ight to London. Dinner and entertainment on fl ight.

    Day 2: London

    Upon arrival at London's Heathrow Airport, we will be met by our driver and battlefi eld guide. We will begin with a short tour of Windsor as well as a visit to the Commonwealth Air Force Memorial overlooking Runnymede, followed by our hotel check-in, a welcome dinner, and overnight. (D)

    Day 3: London in WW2

    After breakfast this morning, we will take a tour of London on a restored 1940's Double Decker Bus, exploring the city through the lens of the Second World War. We will stop at the Imperial War Museum and the National Army Museum, where we will explore the WW1 Centennial Exhibitions, especially organized for the 2018 Centennial Remembrance. This evening, we enjoy a Pub Night in one of our favorite local pubs. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)

    Day 4: An afternoon at Bletchley

    This morning we take the drive to Bletchley Park, the center of British code-breaking activity during World War II. Here, we will get a fi rsthand look at the secret and undercover history of spies and espionage. Learn of the determination and brilliance behind the code-breakers who worked here, and how they impacted not only the war effort but the world on a revolutionary scale. After our tour, we will enjoy afternoon tea together in the Bletchley Park Mansion's own Victorian dining room. Afterward, we will visit the Royal Air Force Museum, which offers a world-class collection of aircraft, aviation and wartime collections. The museum just reopened after a major transformation to mark the RAF's Centenary in 2018, displaying entirely new exhibits of their Battle of Britain collections. Enjoy London this evening with some free time to explore before dinner on your own. (B, L)

    Day 5: London Underground

    This morning, we explore the Whitehall and Westminster Abbey area, beginning with a visit to the Cabinet War Rooms where Churchill spent his most historic years. After lunch, we will have the option to explore central London on your own. May we suggest taking a visit to the Tower of London (optional) to explore the secure fortress, royal palace and infamous prison. The Tower was used as an iconic exhibition to honor the beginning of the Centennial years of the First World War. In 2014, ceramic poppies progressively fi lled theTower's famous moat, entitled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.” Tonight, after an early dinner, we will go to the Victoria Rail-way Station where, on Platform 8, the WFA Unknown Warrior Annual Commemoration takes place. [*Please note - today's itinerary is dependent on memoration takes place. [*Please note - today's itinerary is dependent on the offi cial ceremonial schedule, and may be subject to changes*] (B, D)

    Day 6: The 100th Remembrance

    Today marks the 100th Remembrance Day, 100 years since the Great War fi nally came to an end. We will leave our day open for London's 100th Remembrance Day Ceremonies at the Cenotaph at Whitehall. Since the early 1990s, the Western Front Association (WFA) has held an annual Ceremony of Remembrance at the Cenotaph memorial on Whitehall at 11.00 hours on November 11th. Wreaths are laid by Her Majesty, The Queen, members of the Royal Family, senior military leaders, politicians and representatives of the Commonwealth. Following the formal ceremony and wreathlaying, the Royal British Legion coordinates a march past the Cenotaph, which includes members of ex-Service organizations and civilian organizations which have played their part on the Home Front in wartime. [*Please note - today's itinerary is dependent on the offi cial ceremonial schedule, and may be subject to changes*] (B,D)

    Day 7: The White Cliffs of Dover

    Today, we say our farewells to London, and travel down to Dover to visit Dover Castle. We will spend a full day exploring the medieval castle grounds. While there, we will see where the Allies housed and prepared the “Ghost Army,” a unique effort to divert the attention away from Normandy for the D-Day landings. We will tour the artillery operation rooms and command centers while discussing the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk, “Operation Dynamo,” which was drawn out and put into action in these very rooms. During our exploration of the castle, take some time to enjoy lunch on your own. After our day at the castle, we will transfer to our hotel to enjoy dinner and overnight in the local area. (B, D)

    Day 8: Ferry to Calais

    This morning, we cross by ferry from Dover to Calais. Upon our arrival, we will work our way up the coast to visit the beaches of Dunkirk where, in May 1940, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach under air and ground fi re, using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. We continue further still, to explore the Ypres Salient Battlefi elds, better known as Flanders Fields, as we continue our commemorations of the First World War. Visit the German Cemetery of Langemark for a German perspective, before continuing on to see the Brooding Soldier at Vancouver's Corner, acknowledging the fi rst gas attacks used in this area against the newly arrived Canadian troops. We continue to Tyne Cot, the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world, for any war. We fi nish our day of exploring with a visit to Passchendaele to commemorate the Canadian troops who put an end to the Blood and the Mud that was the Battle of Passchendaele. We will come together for a subdued refl ection at the Crest Farm Canadian Memorial. Continue to the BW Flanders Lodge in the city of Ypres where we will have time to enjoy dinner and overnight. (B, D)

    Day 9: In Flanders Fields

    This morning, we will tour Mons, where the fi rst and last actions in the First World War took place. Consequently, this is also where the fi rst and last Allied casualties are laid to rest. Our visit will include a trip to Essex Farm, the place where John McCrae wrote the iconic poem “In Flanders Fields,” as well as Hill 62, Sanctuary Wood and the Hooge Crater - a small area of the original battlefi eld and part of the Canadian Front Line. After exploring the Ypres Salient, we continue back to the city of Ypres, otherwise known as the ‘City of Peace,' to explore the medieval and iconic Belgian city. This evening we will enjoy an early dinner together before participating in the Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony at 8PM, which will be led by the Yeper Fire Department & the Last Post Association. In these Centennial Years, the Last Post Association promises this to be one of the most memorable ceremonial years yet. Overnight at Ypres Flanders Lodge. (B, D)

    Day 10: Exploring the Western Front

    Today, we say farewell to Belgium as we continue through the North of France to the Hill 70 Memorial to discuss Canada's “forgotten battle,” before traveling to Vimy Ridge Memorial Park. Tour the tunnels, trenches and memorial, as well as the brand new interpretation center, which was built in Spring 2017 for the battle's 100th Anniversary. We continue to explore the Somme Battlefi elds, making visits to the Memorial to the Missing at Thiepval, the Lochnagar Crater as well as one of the only surviving intact First World War monuments in the world: the memorial park at Beaumont Hamel. This park, now maintained by Canada, remains as it was during the Battle of the Somme, in dedication to the Royal Newfoundland and Labrador Regiment who lost so many men on that fi rst day of battle. We continue to Amiens for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

    Day 11: Paris

    After breakfast we drive to Paris, the City of Light, where our local specialist will take us on a sightseeing tour. We will view the grand Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde, renowned for its tumultuous history, before ascending to the second level of the Eiffel Tower for a bird's-eye view of the capital. This afternoon is at leisure to soak up the sophistication of this beautiful city. Wander the charming streets of Montmartre and admire the imposing white domes of Sacre Coeur, enjoy a lighthearted picnic in the pretty Tuileries gardens or pay a visit to da Vinci's Mona Lisa at one of the world's most visited museums, the Louvre. Dinner and overnight in Paris. (B, D)

    Day 12: Paris/USA

    This morning after breakfast we transfer to Charles du Gaulle International Airport for our departure fl ight home, arriving the same day. (B)

    *(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    WWI & WWII in England & France - 12 Day Journey 
    2019 Dates & PricesLand OnlyAir & Land
    Oct 07N/A$4698

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    Optional tours and gratuities.


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