Historical tribute school tour to Europe
Join us on our popular historical tribute tour to Europe. Experience an exciting 12 day school tour filled with historical activities. Read more or enquire now for more information and to personalize the tour to your requirements.
Places you will visit
- Paris: Palace of Versailles & Gardens,City Tour, Champs Elysees, Eiffel Tower, The Louvre
- Verdun:Verdun City Tour, World Peace Centre, Great War Centenary Exhibition, Voie Sacrée Supply Route Markers,Quai de Londres
- Somme Battlefield Area:Delville Wood Battlefield Memorial Site, Delville Wood Centenary Day Parade, Vimy Ridge Battlefield & Memorial, Thiepval Memorial, La Boisselle
- Ypres WWI Battlefield Area:Passchendaele Memorial Museum, Flanders Field & Museum, Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate, Tyne Cot Cemetery,Langemark German Cemetery
- WWII Normandy Area:Caen, Arromanches-les-Bains, German WW2 Gun Battery, Colleville-sur-Mer United States Cemetery, Ste Mere Eglise
Day 1: Depart South Africa for your flight to Paris, France.
Day 2: Arrive in Paris, meet your local guide at the airport and transfer directly to the Verdun region – the sight of some of the fiercest fighting during The Great War
Day 3: Today, kick off the tour with a visit to the World Peace Centre. Here you will enjoy the Great War Centenary Exhibition. Then take a city tour of Verdun to see the main memorials and war sites, including the markers of the ‘Voie Sacrée’ – the vital supply route into Verdun that helped to keep troops alive during the battle, and transport wounded soldiers out. Also stop to view the Quai de Londres and the impressive monument topped by Charlemagne. In the afternoon, tour nearby battlefield sites, including Fort Douaumont and the Ossuary of Douaumont, and the well-preserved Bayonet Trench.
Day 4: A busy day lies ahead, beginning with visits to the haunting Mort-Homme Monument and the memorial of Montsec. Around noon transfer to Nancy to visit the Place Stanislas, later moving onto the Fleury to visit the iconic destroyed village of Fleury. Transfer to Metz this afternoon to enjoy a walking tour of the memorials before rounding off with a visit to the Places d’Armes.
Day 5: Depart Verdun this morning after breakfast, and head Northwest toward Ypres, stopping for a guided tour of an authentic Champagne Cellar in Riems. Continue through the exquisite French countryside and on to Ypres. Here, book into your hotel. this evening, the group will participate in a special tradition. Depart the hotel on foot and make your way to the Menin Gate to attend the Last Post Ceremony.
Day 6: Today, the group continues on with their pilgrimage headed towards Amiens, stopping en-route to see the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Langemark German Cemetery, Arras, Wellington Tunnels and the magnificent Amiens Cathedral.
Day 7: The tour reaches its climax today, with a full-day Somme Battlefield Tour and attendance of the Centenary Parade of the Battle of Delville Wood, stopping en-route to visit the Vimy Ridge and Thiepval Memorials. Pay homage to fallen brothers at Delville Wood – a sacred place remembered for the courage and bravery of the South African soldiers defending it.
Day 8: This morning, begin with a visit to the Lochnager crater – the site of the largest man-made explosion (and subsequently sound by volume) up to that point in history. Continue on, visiting the Newfoundland & Franco-Australian Memorials before heading to Caen.
Day 9: This morning, fast forward 28 years and find yourself in the midst of one of the most significant sites of the 2nd great conflict of the 20th century – World War II. Transfer to Arromanches-les-Bains on the Normandy coastline, on the Gold D-Day landing beach, stopping to view the claimed-and-proven-to-be indestructible Mulberry Harbours. Carry on, to Longues-sur-Mer, explore a monolithic German gun battery, before transferring to the American WW2 cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, the resting place of the soldiers who lost their lives on the Omaha and Utah landing beaches. Here, explore the legacy left behind by American Troops at the John Steele Monument and Paratroopers Church. Following a day spent on the hallowed turf of Normandy, transfer on to the City of Lights – Paris.
Day 10: This morning, transfer to the spectacular Palace of Versailles where you will enjoy a guided tour of the citadel and her magnificent gardens. Return later, to Paris and enjoy some leisure time, resting tired legs and perhaps doing a spot of shopping for loved ones back home.
Day 11: Enjoy what classic Paris has to offer. Take a tour of this celebrated city including visits to The Louvre, Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre and an unforgettable trip to the Eiffel Tower! Following a day spent marvelling at one of the planet’s most spectacular cities, transfer to the airport and depart on your overnight flight to South Africa.
Day 12: Arrive in South Africa
Extend your tour experience with one of these World War’s optional tour add-on’s:
World War 2 Germany Add on: Experience the legacy of the costliest war in history in the country where it all began. See Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland before heading to Germany. See Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich or simply pick a spot to spend a few days.
UK World Wars Add-On: Cross the English Channel to the UK – home of the Alliance and the island that never capitulated. Travel to London to mark the WW1 Centenary Celebrations and enjoy the moving memorials to the brave soldiers of the Commonwealth.
Italy & Malta World War 2 Add-On: Travel to Mussolini’s “soft underbelly of Europe” where the Allies had a costly battle to capture the peninsula. Visit Milan, Venice, Florence or Rome. Cap this off with a trip to the island of Malta – famed for its resident’s courage in defending against the relentless Axis siege.
Full-Day Disneyland Paris Add-On: What is a visit to Paris without experiencing the magic of Disneyland? Enjoy a fantasy world with endless fun on a day never to be forgotten.