In two weeks I'll be off to Amsterdam to begin the 2015 Canadian Battlefields tour of Northwest Europe. I'll try and post some photos with commentary after I get back. In the meantime, if you're interested, look me up on Flickr for some photos from last year's battlefields tour. The itinerary is very similar this year, beginning in Amsterdam and taking in a few days of celebrations commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Dutch liberation in May 1945. Then we proceed to Bruges and the Ypres salient in Belgium along with Vimy Ridge and the Somme to explore the First World War battlefields. Next we travel to Dieppe before moving on to Normandy and then ending the tour in Paris.
For a look at a more detailed itinerary, see https://www.insightvacations.com/ca/special-offers/expert-hosted-collection/battlefields-of-europe
Plans for 2016 will include two offerings of the Canadian Battlefields trip, plus a Holocaust tour. All tours will be offered by Insight Vacations with yours truly hosting and offering historical commentary on the sites. For more information on any of these tours, feel free to send me an e-mail.
Tuesday, 7 April 2015
So our plans for a 2015 tour have come to naught, but there's always next year. I'm not planning to organize another student tour with EF but I will be working with Insight Vacations to offer a Holocaust tour again in 2016. There will also be battlefield tours to the places we study in my History of War and Peace class at the University of Winnipeg. These tours will be marketed nationally, and perhaps also in the USA, so hitting any registration quotas should be much easier than it was this last year. Stay tuned for updates as plans develop.