Day 1 - April 29/20 (Departure)
Fly overnight from Toronto to Amsterdam.
Day 2 - April 30/20 (Arrive, Acclimatize)
Arrive Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and transfer by coach to hotel in Nijmegen. “Meet & Greet,” with drinks. After dinner, participate in the Sunset March on Waal Bridge commemorating Operation Market Garden.
Day 3 - May 1/20 (Operation Veritable/Blockbuster, Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery)
Explore & learn with professional guides, in Germany: Kleve, Rees, Kalkar, Emmerich, Reichswald. Picnic lunch near Moyland Castle. Participate in a special flower ceremony in Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery (NL). Enjoy a BBQ dinner at Groesbeek Heights (HQ of General Horrocks).
Day 4 - May 2/20 (IOFF Walk # 1)
Walk 20 km in the footsteps of the 2nd Canadian Division, from Megchelen (near Emmerich) to Doetinchem. Explore & learn with professional guides. See the innovative DRU culture factory in Ulft. See riverside demo of Canadian amphibious vehicles. Visit Canadian monuments, in Terborg, Etten, and Doetinchem (Fort Garry Horse) & watch ceremonies.
Day 5 - May 3/20 (IOFF Walk # 2)
Walk 20 km in the footsteps of the 3rd Canadian Division, from Baak via Warnsveld to Almen/Ehzerwold. Explore & learn with professional guides. Visit a Castle used by the Canadian troops as their field hospital and the bridgehead crossing site at the Twente Canal.
Day 6 - May 4/20 (NL Remembrance Day)
Attend the official Remembrance Day Ceremony in Holten Cemetery. Explore the surroundings of the beautiful Ehzerwold estate, rich with WWII history. Participate in an evening candlelight vigil at the nearby Canadian monument in Almen (where 40 Canadian soldiers were temporarily buried).
Day 7 - May 5/20 (NL Liberation Day, IOFF Walk # 3: Operation Cannonshot)
Enjoy breakfast with the Almen community, then walk 7 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.
Enjoy the Dutch national liberation event, veteran’s parade, and celebrations at Wageningen, followed by an evening of festivities with the locals.
Day 8 - May 6/20 (Free Day)
A day of leisure, sightseeing, or meet-up’s with a self-arranged lunch. Possible tours available for purchase include: Amsterdam (for 9-day program participants only), Zutphen & Arnhem (Dutch Open Air Museum), and the National Military Museum in Soesterberg.
Day 9 - May 7/20 (Return to Canada -OR- Operation Market Garden)
For those returning to Canada, transfer by coach to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for return flight to Toronto.
For those staying, explore Nijmegen and Arnhem (“A Bridge Too Far”) with professional guides and learn about Operation Market Garden. Visit the Airborne Hartenstein Museum in Arnhem.
Day 10 - May 8/20 (Amsterdam)
Explore world-famous Amsterdam, including an informative canal cruise.
Day 11 - May 9/20 (IOFF Walk # 4, Canadian Liberation Festival in Apeldoorn)
Continue, by bus, the route of the 1st Canadian Division through Wilp, Posterenk & Twello. Walk 4 km into Apeldoorn, learning about its Liberation. Enter Het Loo Palace as a large Canadian contingent, carrying flags, and accompanied by a military band.
Meet Princess Margriet at her residence, Het Loo Palace, and experience a grand welcome by the organization committee and the Dutch. Join the Canadian WWII veterans present and enjoy celebrations at the Canadian Base Camp, with joyous festivities and entertainment.
Day 12 - May 10/20 (Free Day)
A day of leisure, sightseeing, or meet-up’s with a self-arranged lunch. Possible tours available for purchase include: Zutphen & Arnhem (Dutch Open Air Museum), and the National Military Museum in Soesterberg.
Day 13 - May 11/20 (Return to Canada)
Transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for return flight to Toronto.
IOFF itinerary arrangements are handled by Verstraete Tours & Cruises.