Dates: September 22 - October 4, 2018
Total Duration: 13 days
Cost: $8,695 per person, double occupancy. Single rate is $10,595
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Tour Operator: Criterion Travel, Inc.
Region: Western Europe
The 100th anniversary of the end of World War I ("The Great War"), which occurs in 2018 and will be marked with remembrance events around the world, is the perfect time to reflect on the evolution of Europe over the past century. During a specially designed itinerary that traces key events from World Wars I and II to the present, immerse yourself in the artifacts and tactics of war at England's Churchill War Rooms, Imperial War Museum, and Bletchley Park, and visit significant battleground sites and military cemeteries in Flanders, the Somme, and Normandy. Learn from a local expert about Brexit and explore the challenges and opportunities facing the European Union in the years ahead.
Highlights of this itinerary include a special welcome reception and dinner at the members-only Oxford and Cambridge Universities Club, located in the heart of London and founded nearly 200 years ago as a gathering place for these two renowned universities; early entry to the Churchill War Rooms and privately led tours of Bletchley Park, the central site for Britain's codebreakers during World War II, and the National Gallery; observing the moving Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres; participating in a wreath-laying ceremony at the American Cemetery in Normandy; and attending a special briefing at the European Parliament's Hemicycle gallery in Brussels to learn about this international body's role and powers.
Throughout this memorable journey, stay at ideally situated hotels that exude local character—from posh Grosvenor House in London's Mayfair district to the elegant Chateau de la Cheneviere, a magnificent 18th-century Norman estate once occupied by the Germans during World War II, in Normandy--and savor the specialties of regional cuisine, including a tasting tour in Brussels of Trappist monastery beers, "frites," chocolate, and waffles, and gourmet French cuisine.