Day 1: April 27/'22 (Departure)
Fly overnight from Toronto to Amsterdam.
Day 2 - April 28/'22 (Arrive, Acclimatize)
Arrive Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and travel by coach to the hotel near Nijmegen. “Meet & Greet,” with drinks. After dinner, participate in the Sunset March on Waal Bridge commemorating Operation Market Garden.
Day 3: April 29/'22 (Rhineland Offensive: Operation Veritable & Blockbuster, Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery)
Explore and learn with professional guides, in Germany: Reichswald Forest, Kleve, Rees, Kalkar, Emmerich. Lunch near Moyland Castle. Participate in a special flower ceremony in Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery (NL).
Day 4 - April 30/'22 (IOFF Walk # 1)
Walk 20 km in the footsteps of the 2nd Canadian Division, from Megchelen (near Emmerich/Rhine-crossing) to Doetinchem. Explore and learn with professional guides. See the innovative DRU culture factory in Ulft. Visit Canadian monuments in Terborg, Etten, and Doetinchem (Fort Garry Horse) and watch special ceremonies.
Enjoy local festivities and the warm Dutch welcome as we walk through the liberated villages.
Day 5 - May 1/'22 (IOFF Walk # 2)
Walk 20 km in the footsteps of the 3rd Canadian Division, from Baak via Warnsveld to Almen/Ehzerwold. Explore and learn with professional guides. Visit a Castle used by the Canadian troops as their field hospital and see the bridgehead crossing site at the Twente Canal. Enjoy local festivities and the warm Dutch welcome as we walk through the liberated villages. Check in to our “barracks” at Ehzerwold, a former Canadian field hospital. Nurse your feet in the same rooms used by the Canadian troops!
Day 6 - May 2/'22 (Free Day)
A day of leisure, sightseeing, or meet-up’s, with a self-arranged lunch. Two tour options available for purchase: Explore the world-famous city of Amsterdam or visit the beautiful “Keukenhof” gardens.
Day 7 - May 3/'22 (IOFF Walk # 3: Operation Cannonshot, Apeldoorn’s Canadian Walk, High Tea at the Palace)
Walk 8 km in the footsteps of the 1st Canadian Division, from Almen to Gorssel. Explore & learn with professional guides. Visit the Canadian War Monument, commemorating the IJssle River Crossing (Operation Cannonshot). Cross the river by ferry and walk to the village of Wilp. Follow the “Canadian Walk” in Apeldoorn and finish with High Tea at Palace Het Loo. We hope that Princess Margriet and the Canadian Ambassador will be able to attend. Farewell party at Ehzerwold.
Day 8: May 4/'22 (NL Remembrance Day)
Attend the official Remembrance Day Ceremony at Holten Canadian War Cemetery. Then explore the surroundings of the beautiful Ehzerwold estate, rich with war history relating to Canadian troops. Visit a nearby private Canadian war museum. Arrange a meet-up with Dutch friends. Participate in an evening candlelight vigil at the nearby Canadian monument in Almen (where 40 Canadian soldiers were temporarily buried).
Day 9: May 5/'22 (Wageningen Liberation Festivities OR Return to Canada)
Join the traditional Liberation Day breakfast with the locals of Almen. For those returning to Canada, travel by coach to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for the return flight to Toronto. For those staying, enjoy liberation festivities in Wageningen, including a Veterans’ Parade. Travel by coach to Kapelsche Veer where you’ll learn about the 4th Canadian Division’s Operation Elephant. Continue on to Bergen op Zoom (Scheldt area) and check in at Fletcher Hotel Bergen op Zoom.
Day 10: May 6/'22 (Battle of the Scheldt: The Estuary)
Travel to the southernmost region of Zeeland. Learn about the role of the Canadian 3rd and 4th Divisions in Sept. 1944 to gain access for the Allies to the Scheldt Estuary. See the reconstructed villages that were fully destroyed. Visit original German bunkers. Cross the Estuary by ferry and explore the landing beaches of Walcheren. Visit the new Liberty Museum. Walk to Sloedam Monument and participate in a flower ceremony.
Day 11: May 7/'22 (Battle of the Scheldt: Antwerp)
Visit the beautiful medieval town of Antwerp and see the harbour that played a crucial supply role during the war. Learn about the 2nd Canadian Division and “Black Friday” in October 1944. Walk the memorial routes of the regiments through Hoogerheide and Woensdrecht, finishing with a flower ceremony at the Canadian monument.
Day 12: May 8/'22 (Bergen op Zoom)
The day begins with a flower ceremony at Bergen op Zoom Canadian War Cemetery. The rest of the day—Canadian Mothers’ Day—is open for leisure, sightseeing, or meet-up’s, with a self-arranged lunch.
Day 13: (May 9/'22) Return to Canada
Travel to Amsterdam by coach, with a brief stop south of Rotterdam to view the nearby world-famous “Kinderdijk” windmills, before heading to Schiphol Airport for the return flight to Toronto.
IOFF itinerary arrangements are handled by Verstraete Tours & Cruises.