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Canadian WWII History: Victory in Europe 75th Anniversary

with Munich extension
  • Duration: 9 or 12 days
  • Group size: 15-38
Step into the past, look toward the future.

Victory in Europe Day marks the surrender of Nazi forces, but this momentous event holds a much deeper meaning. It’s a time for people across the former wartime fronts to reflect on their shared history while celebrating the enduring spirit within us all. Enjoy one-of-a-kind access to the 75th anniversary ceremony, which honors the sacrifices Canadian soldiers made throughout World War II, before joining in on the Liberation Day festivities alongside Dutch locals.

Your tour package includes
  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • Guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Dam Square
  • Airborne Museum
  • Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery
  • 75th annual V-E Day Remembrance Ceremony
  • Liberation Day celebration
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Amsterdam today.

Amsterdam2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Amsterdam
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to the Netherlands! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam
Included meal: Breakfast

Today’s panoramic sightseeing tour introduces you to Amsterdam’s iconic canals and unique character.

  • Walk past the National Opera and Ballet, Jewish Historical Museum, National Holocaust Museum, and Hollandsche Schouwburg war memorial
  • Drive through the city center to see Museumplein and Mint Tower
  • View Dam Square, home of many landmarks including the neoclassical Royal Palace, the 15th-century New Church, and the National Monument
  • Pass the Anne Frank House, where the young diarist and her family hid during World War II
  • Stroll by the canals and bridges, taking in the houseboats that dot the banks

Enjoy a free evening in Amsterdam or add an excursion.

Canal Cruise & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Arnhem Region2 nights
Day 4: Arnhem Region via Operation Market Garden sites & Remembrance Ceremony visits
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to the Arnhem region of Holland, exploring sites integral to Operation Market Garden along the way.

  • Visit the Airborne Museum, dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem, with a local guide
  • Stop at the Airborne Cemetery outside Arnhem

Continue on to the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery this evening, where over 2,000 Canadian soldiers were laid to rest.

  • Pay your respects during a nationwide moment of silence
  • Attend the 75th annual V-E Day Remembrance Ceremony alongside fellow Canadians and locals

Sit down to enjoy an included dinner with your group tonight.

Day 5: Liberation Day celebrations
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to Wageningen, a historic town along the Rhine River.

  • Commemorate Liberation Day, when the Dutch celebrate the end of Nazi occupation and honor freedom, democracy, and human rights
  • Join EF-exclusive events surrounding the celebrations
Berlin3 nights
Day 6: Flight to Berlin
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Berlin, Germany. Spend a free evening in the city or add an excursion.

Berlin Home-Hosted Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Berlin
Included meal: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the monuments of Berlin’s WWII history as well as the signs of its re-emergence as a vibrant cultural center.

  • Discover the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of a reunited Berlin
  • Walk past the Reichstag building to see where the Parliament of the German Empire met from 1871 to 1918
  • Pass by the Holocaust Memorial
  • See Hitler’s war bunker as well as the Topography of Terror Museum, which marks where the SS and Gestapo were once based
  • View the Detlev-Rohwedder-Haus, former headquarters for the Nazi aviation branch known as the Luftwaffe
Day 8: Free day in Berlin
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Berlin or add an excursion.

Celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner tonight.

Potsdam
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to Munich.

Extension to Munich

Travel to lively Munich, the capital of Bavarian food and culture

Munich3 nights
Day 9: Train to Munich
Included meal: Breakfast

Board a high-speed train and travel to Munich today. Spend a free evening in the city or add an excursion.

German Beer Tasting & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Munich
Included meal: Breakfast

Join a local guide and set off on a walking tour to discover Munich’s WWII history.

  • Pass by Sterneckerbräu to see where members of the Nazi party once gathered
  • View the Führerbau and learn about the Munich Agreement, which was signed by Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler inside the building
  • See the Gestapo Headquarters and the Square of the Victims of National Socialism
Day 11: Free day in Munich
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Munich or add an excursion.

Raise a glass and toast to your trip with a farewell drink this evening.

WWII Tour of Nuremberg
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Flights

Round-trip flights are one more thing we handle to make your journey as smooth as possible. Our team of travel experts will find the best flight itinerary for you at a competitive rate, thanks to our partnerships with top airlines.

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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FAQ
Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits the Netherlands and Germany. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for at least 2.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of trains on the tour extension.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Amsterdam and depart from Berlin (or Munich on the tour extension). A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A flight from Amsterdam to Berlin is included in the price of your tour. The tour extension also includes a train ride from Berlin to Munich.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • In the Netherlands, simply prepared meat and fish dishes, substantial soups, and hearty stews are local staples. Snack food traditionally features fish—you might try maatje, raw green herring served with onions—but pancakes, french fries, doughnuts, and waffles are just as plentiful.
  • German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are dumpling stews, sauerkraut, sausages, smoked cheeses, and dark breads. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers, and white German wines are exceptionally good.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • All destinations visited on this tour operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • The Netherlands and Germany are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
Currency
  • You will use the euro on tour.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.
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1 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights from your departure city, and based on two travelers per hotel room. Tour prices include on-tour flights where applicable.
May 1–May 9, 2020
Extension available
$2,799
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