Commemorating 100 years of
'In Flanders Fields'
October 2 @ 8:00 am - October 10 @ 5:00 pm
Guelph Museums is partnering with Frederick Travel Waterloo to offer In the Footsteps of John McCrae: Tour of France and Belgium. Participants will travel to Europe from October 2 to 10 with Guelph Museums’ curator and renowned John McCrae expert, Bev Dietrich. They will visit important First World War landmarks, and see the places where John McCrae served as a soldier and doctor, and where he was inspired to write In Flanders Fields. The cost is $3495 per person twin/double or $3980 per single room.
To register, contact Ingrid Nardella at Frederick Travel, email@example.com, 519-745-1860, or 1-800-578-8958
Friday, October 2
Toronto – Paris (in-flight meals and entertainment)
This evening we board our non-stop flight to travel from Toronto to Paris. Air Canada 880 departing at 19:25.
Saturday, October 3
08:30 arrival in CDG. Meet our bus driver and transfer to our central Paris hotel– the Mercure Porte d'Orléans (2 nights). This afternoon 3-hour city tour of Paris. Welcome dinner in a typical Parisian restaurant
Sunday, October 4
Versailles – Paris (B)
Half-day tour to visit the Versailles Castle. Mid-day return to Paris and an open afternoon and evening for individual exploration.
Monday, October 5
Paris – Ovillers-La-Boisselle – Vimy (B, D)
Morning transfer to Ovillers-La-Boisselle. Visit the Lochnagar Memorial Crater. Open for lunch in the region. Continue to visit the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. Continue to Ypres (now known by its Flemish name of Ieper). Dinner at our hotel—Albion Hotel Ypres (5 nights).
Tuesday, October 6
Ieper (B, D)
We will walk (or transfer) to the IFF Museum and the square. The Museum shows how the First World War affected the lives of the thousands of people of different nationalities. Visit of the bell tower. The balance of this afternoon is left open for individual exploration and reflection. Dinner and departure for the Menin Gate where our group will lay a wreath. At 7:30 pm we will gather at the Gate as each evening at 8.00 pm the Last Post is sounded (depending on ceremony this day / date may be altered).
Wednesday, October 7
Ypres region (B, L)
Transfer to Essex Farm. Here we will have a guided visit of Essex Field Dressing Station and Essex Field Cemetery. The Canadian Medical Officer John McCrae served here. Lunch locally. This afternoon transfer to Sanctuary Wood and Hill 62 today a Canadian memorial which we will visit beside Sanctuary Wood on the top of Mount Sorrel.
Thursday, October 8
Ypres - Poperinge (B, D)
Visit to St. George Memorial Church. The church was built between 1927 and 1929 to remember the 250,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in one of the four Flanders battles. We then transfer to Poperinge where we will visit Talbot House now a 'living museum'. Early in the evening we will enjoy dinner in a local brewery restaurant.
Friday, October 9
Calais – Boulogne - Ypres (B, D)
Depart to the North Sea (Channel) and along the coast to the Boulogne region. On the way we will have many photo stops – by example at Calais where we can see the white cliffs of Dover. Today we will visit Wimereux Cemetery. Wimereux Communal Cemetery contains 2,847, Commonwealth burials of the First World War, two of them unidentified. Buried among them is Lt. Col. John McCrae, author of the poem "In Flanders Fields." Return to Ypres and enjoy a Farewell dinner.
Saturday, October 10
Lille – Paris (B)
Breakfast and hotel check out – transfer to Lille for our fast train at 07:17 to Paris Airport CDG 08:14 and our return to Ontario. On arrival at CDG, check-in and board our non-stop return flight to Toronto. Air Canada 881 at 11:00. You may also elect to extend your stay in Europe.