Canadian D-Day ExperienceRéf Tour : # H3
From the port of call in Cherbourg, go back in time and visit the great Norman battlefields of the Second World War to understand the key events of Operation Overlord. Your guide will welcome you to the port of call. Picking it up usually takes place between 8 am/8.45am.Tours are private, but if you want to share yours with some other participants, you can look on the website like www.cruisecritics.com or try to join a facebook group by searching for the name of your ship and the date of your cruise. For more details on our policy without any worries on the return on time on your ship, see our Terms and conditions.
Pick-up/drop-off locations: Cherbourg port of call
Pick-up time/drop-off time: 8.30am/9am
Duration: 9 hours with 1 hour for lunch time.Rates for 1 to 7 pax: from 850€Inclusions
Lunch of the guide/driverExclusions
Entrance fees or tasting fees, unless mentioned
Gratuities for the driver/guide
Meals and drinks, unless specified
Personal insurance and expensesDescriptionThe Ardenne Abbey – The North Nova Scothia Highlanders Memorial – The Sherbrooke Fusiliers Regiment Memorial – Hell's Corner – The Canadian Cemetery in Bény-Reviers – The Canada House - Juno Beach Center with its park – Juno Beach
Explore with your licensed driver-guide the details of Overlord operation and discover key Canadian D-day sites and the different divisions (Infantry, Navy, Airforce, Support) involved in the landing of Juno area. During that highly personalised tour, your guide will give you some full explanations to better understand what went wrong and what whent right for each battlefield site. By the end of your visit, you will understand the strategic choices for the Allied invasion of Normandy and you will feel that you have proudly fulfilled your duty of remembrance by paying tribute to all those young men who sacrificed themselves to save France, Europe and the world.
Your private driver-guide will share the highlights of Juno sector. Your day will start at the Ardenne Abbey built in the 12th century and occupied by the monks until the French revolution. In the 20th century, the place was under the control of a farmer Jacques Vico and became under the german occupation a training camp for the the French resistance. A few weeks before D-day, the buildings were occupied by the Hitlerjugend Division or called the Baby division (12 SS division). Today a Memorial commemorates a tragic event that happened there with the execution of 24 canadian soldiers.
On the way to go to Juno beach, you will see two Memorials dedicated to the North Nova Scotia Highlanders and to the Sherbrooke Fusiliers Regiment. One stop will be held to Hell's corner where the Canadians resist repetitive attacks by the Germans and bombardments for a month until the victory at the Carpiquet aerodrome on July 4.
To conclude the morning, you will pay tribute to the 2.049 brave and young Canadians who are burried in that small Cemetery in Bény-Reviers before you gather at the Canada House where a memorial has been erected in honour of the Queen's Own Rifles Regiment and the Fort Garry Horse Armoured Division who paid a heavy price in the assault.
After the lunch break, you will head to Juno Beach Centre, its park and the landing beaches where the Regina and all the Canadian Scottish regiments landed. Juno Beach Center presents the story of a new nation, the civilian war effort of the entire population, the early involvment of the country to help England to fight the Nazis as well as the various Canadian campaigns through Europe and even Asia.
If you are interested in visiting Dieppe and the Canadian battlefields of the First World War in France and Belgium, ask us for a quote. We organise round trips or round trips from Ypres, Calais, Paris and Normandy with driver-guide. You will save your time with connections between the various sites of the First World War and the Second World War. You will be travelling in a comfortable sedan or minibus and you don't need to carry your luggage from one place to another. Your guide will take care of it. A family trip can even be cheaper than travelling alone with trains. We will be glad to help you to organize your Canadian Battlefields Tour and optimize your time with our suggestions for transportation from England, Belgium and France for easy connections for accomodations and restaurants that fit in your budget.
If your cruise ends at the port of call in Cherbourg, you can extend your journey to the main fascinating highlights of Canadian World War I sites in France and Canadian troops have engaged in this region.
From the first successful use of toxic gases against allied troops to the final ascent of Passchendaele Ridge, the Canadians were involved in some of the fiercest fighting on this part of the front. Your guide will tell you the story of Canadian military engagement at the following sites:Ypres in Belguim
– Essex Farm ADS et John McCrae’s Dressing Station Vancouver Corner and the defence of the 1st Canadian Division against the German use of chlorine gas, April 1915. Hill 62 and the battles for the Mount Sor
rel in June 1916 - October - November 1917 and fighting to Passchendaele Ridge, Bellevue Spur and the seizure of Passchendaele - PPCLI on Bellewarde Ridge - May 1915 Canadian Equities around Kemmel and Plogsteert - 1915
The day will conclude with the Last Post Ceremony under the Menin Gate Memorial commemorating more than 54,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers, among them 7,000 Canadians who died in the area and have no known grave.
From Ypres, the road can continue to Vimy Ridge. Vimy at Vimy is still present in canada's memory because of the stunning victory of Canadian troops at the Battle of Arras in April 1917.Vimy Ridge
Vimy is still present in Canadian memory because of the stunning victory of Canadian troops at the Battle of Arras in April 1917. The memorial was ingared in 1936 and is the work of Toronto sculturer Walter Allward. This memorial is first and foremost a testimony to peace, listing the 11,000 Canadians who died in France and who have no known grave. Located at the top of the ridge, one understands the strategic importance of this site to the occupying forces. You can explore the trenches and tunnels.
You Want to live an unforgettable experience and know the living conditions of soldiers inside a limestone quarry, we highly recommend the Wellington Quarry, 15 minutes from Vimy.Wellington quarries
If you want to live an unforgettable experience and know the living conditions of the soldiers inside a limestone quarry, we strongly recommend the Wellington Quarry, 15 minutes from Vimy. There was no Canadian presence but 20 meters underground, 24000 British soldiers and New Zealand Tunnellers built a city underneath the town. 8 kilometers of trenches were built between October 1916 and March 1917. You will see graffiti drawn by soldiers, a chapel, dormitories, the officers' office, signals, authentic artifacts.
Located outside the village, some of these heroes are buried in nearby cemeteries. There are many fascinating sites in the Somme region, but the Thiepval Memorial to the Disappeared in Action is worth a visit as it overlooks the skyline and surrounding battlefields.Beaumont-Hamel Memorial & Newfoundland Regiment
Canadian troops did not take part in the fighting in the sum until September 1916. But the then-independent Dominion of Newfoundland participated from day one by being attached to the 29th British Division. In the offensive of July 1, 2016, the Newfoundland Regiment lost 684 of its 800 men in 45 minutes to capture the village of Beaumont-Hamel. The park still bears the scars of the battle with British and German trench lines still visible.Courcellette Memorial
Canada's major participation in the Somme campaign began with the capture of the village of Courcelette where a Memorial was erected to commemorate the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Located outside the village, some of these heroes are buried in nearby cemeteries. There are many fascinating sites in the Somme region but the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing in Actions is worth a stop as it dominates the skyline and the surrounding battlefields.