Vimy, OrtOna and GallipOli by uke86868

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									 Vimy, OrtOna
and GallipOli
           15 DAYS
                                                                                             Vimy, Ortona and Gallipoli
                                                                                             France • Italy • Greece • Turkey




  Vimy Region (2)

Paris




                Train (1)


                                                                    Istanbul (2)
                            Ortona Region (1)
                                                                   Gallipoli
                                         Brindisi                   Troy Cannakale (1)
                            Rome (2)
                                              Thessaloniki (2)
                                                                  Athens (1)
                                       Ferry (1)         Patras     Mycenae
                                                                    Epidaurus


  Number of overnight stays in parentheses. This tour may also be reversed.              See Gallipoli, where so many brave men fought and died.




  Countries visited:                                                                                 Day 1: Travel                                         Day 4: Paris
  France • Italy • Greece • Turkey                                                                   Travel • Board your flight and fly to Europe.         Guided sightseeing of Paris • Discover the
  program Fee includes:                                                                                                                                    city on the Seine, beginning with the imposing
                                                                                                     Day 2: Paris • Vimy Region
  Full-time bilingual EF tour director                                                                                                                     Arc de Triomphe, commemorating Napoleon’s
  transportation: Round-trip flight • Deluxe motor coach                                             Arrive in Paris • Land in the City of Light and
                                                                                                                                                           Grande Armée. Take a drive down the elegant
    • Overnight Train                                                                                meet your EF Tour Director who will remain
  accommodations: 11 overnight stays in hotels with                                                  with you for the rest of your journey.                Champs-Élysées to the Place de la Concorde.
    private bathrooms                                                                                                                                      Pass the Conciergerie, where prisoners of the
                                                                                                     Transfer • Travel to Vimy Region, where one of
  meals: European breakfast and dinner daily
                                                                                                     the most important events in Canadian history         Revolution spent their final days, and see Les
  Sightseeing tours (12): Paris • Rome (2) • Vatican
    City • Monte Cassino • Ortona • Epidaurus •                                                      occurred.                                             Invalides, Louis XIV’s grand retirement home
    Mycenae • Thessaloniki • Istanbul • Gallipoli • Troy                                                                                                   for wounded soldiers. You’ll also see the École
  Visits to special attractions (1): Vimy Memorial                                                   Day 3: Vimy Region                                    Militaire, where Napoleon graduated to lieutenant
  Visits to special ceremonies (1): Vimy Ridge 95th                                                  Celebrate the Vimy Ridge 95th Anniversary
    Anniversary Commemoration                                                                                                                              and was told he’d go far if circumstances allowed.
                                                                                                     • Join thousands of other students, veterans and
                                                                                                                                                           Next, make a photo stop at the Eiffel Tower
                                                                                                     Canadian government representatives at Vimy
                                                                                                                                                           to marvel at the 6,000-ton centerpiece for the
                                                                                                     Ridge to honour the great sacrifice made by
                                                                                                                                                           1889 World’s Fair. You’ll hear the story of how
                                                                                                     Canada’s valiant soldiers during the epic battle
                                                                                                                                                           this impressive—but once highly controversial—
                                                                                                     that has infuenced our country so greatly. Visit
                                                                                                                                                           symbol of Paris was spared the wrecking ball
                                                                                                     the place where the battle took place, 95 years
                                                                                                                                                           in 1909. Pass the Opéra Garnier, where the
                                                                                                     ago to the day. See the trenches where the
                                                                                                     brave soldiers of the Canadian Corps waited for       famous Phantom of the Opera haunted his dear
                                                                                                     weeks to ‘go over the top’ and attack Germany’s       Christine, and marvel at Église de la Madeleine,
                                                                                                     seemingly impregnable fortified emplacements.         designed as a temple of glory for Napoleon’s
                                                                                                     See the landscape, still marked from the masses       army. Continue past the geometric gardens of
                                                                                                     of artillery shells, and where Canadians from         the Tuileries as you make your way to the Place
                                                                                                     coast to coast came together to fight, die and        Vendôme, a vast square surrounded by elegant
                                                                                                     ultimately triumph over a foe that had defeated       17th-century façades.
                                                                                                     all others to that point. Today, your group and       Transfer • Have a good sleep as you travel from
                                                                                                     many others will stand by the Vimy Monument,          Paris to Rome aboard the night train.
                                                                                                     built so we will never forget and always have a
                                                                                                     place to pay our respects to the generations of the
                                                                                                     past that ushered in the birth of our nation.
Day 5: Rome                                           eyes of the brightly dressed Swiss Guard. Inside,              Day 8: Ortona
Guided sightseeing of Rome • Pass the grassy          admire Michelangelo’s Pietà, the only sculpture                Guided sightseeing of Ortona • Today, a
ruins of the ancient Forum Romanum, once              he ever signed.                                                licensed local guide gives you an in-depth tour of
the heart of the Roman Empire, and admire             Self-guided walking tour of Rome •                             what is now a picturesque seaside Italian town;
the enduring fragments of Rome’s glorious             With an EF map in hand, you will navigate                      but during the Second World War, it was the
past. It was here that business, commerce and         the streets of Rome to find some of the city’s                 scene of one of the most hard-fought battles
the administration of justice once took place.        most famous landmarks on your own. Stop at                     that involved Canadian Soldiers. In 1943, Hitler
Then visit the mighty Colosseum, Rome’s first         the Trevi Fountain and make sure to toss in a                  ordered his battle-hardened paratroops to hold
permanent amphitheatre whose three tiers are          coin to ensure your return to Rome. Then view                  Ortona at all costs. The 1st Canadian Infantry
approximately equal to a 12- to 15-story building.    the Pantheon, one of the best-preserved ancient                Division was given the job of rooting out the
At one time, as many as 50,000 cheering               buildings in the city, commissioned by the                     entrenched German defenders. Because of the
spectators would flock to watch gladiator battles     Emperor Hadrian around A.D. 120. This temple                   bloody close-quarters combat common to the
unfold inside. During the staged fights here, as      to “all the gods” features the second-widest dome              eight-day battle, Winston Churchill dubbed it,
many as 10,000 slaves, prisoners and volunteers       in Rome. Continue to the Piazza Navona and                     ‘Little Stalingrad’. To this day, the legendary
were killed. Persecuted Christians were also          finish at the Spanish Steps.                                   Battle of Ortona remains one of Canada’s greatest
murdered – spectators saw them mauled by lions.                                                                      Second World War achievements.
                                                      Day 7: Monte Cassino • Ortona
After A.D. 404, gladiator battles ended, but
                                                      Guided sightseeing of Monte Cassino •                          Day 9: Athens • Epidaurus • Mycenae
animals were still massacred in the name of sport
                                                      Visit the location where one of the most well-                 Tour director sightseeing of Epidaurus •
until the 6th century.
                                                      known battles of the Allied Italian Campaign                   Ancient Epidaurus was a part of the city state
Day 6: Rome • Vatican City                            took place. In 1944, the German army was                       Argos as far back as the time of the Roman
Visit to Vatican City • Today, you will explore       entrenched in Italy along what was known as                    Empire. This seaside town is supposedly the
Vatican City, the world’s smallest country. Begin     the Gustav Line. The Allies knew that victory                  place where the Greek god Apollo’s son Asclepius
at the Vatican Museum, where elaborate galleries      lead through the craggy hills surrounding the                  was born. A must see attraction in Epidaurus is
filled with one artistic masterpiece after another    town of Cassino, Italy and the historical abbey                the historical theatre which is once again actively
lead you directly to the Sistine Chapel. Between      of Monte Cassino perched upon a hilltop above                  used for a variety of performances.
1508 and 1512, Michelangelo painted some of           the town. Through four brutal battles including                Tour director sightseeing of Mycenae •
the world’s finest pictorial images on the chapel’s   close quarters hand-to-hand combat, the Allies,                Once a major centre of Ancient Greek civilization,
ceiling. This was his first attempt at working in     including several Canadian Divisions, dislodged                Mycenae is now an impressive archeological
fresco, which he did by standing up and craning       the German defenders. It was a pivotal battle in               excavation site home to innumerable artifacts.
backward from a scaffold. Next, tour St. Peter’s      the liberation of Italy and your group will see                At one time, Mycenae was a powerful Greek city
Basilica, erected on the site where the saint was     where it all happened.                                         state dominating its neigbours. Its history can
martyred. Enter the basilica under the watchful                                                                      be traced, in one form or another, as far back
                                                                                                                     as the Neolithic age. During the Bronze age,
                                                                                                                     Mycenae declined before a temporary revival
                                                                Visit Athens, Greece, the birthplace of democracy.   when its troops fought alongside the Spartans at
                                                                                                                     Thermopylae. Eventually, Mycenae was occupied
                                                                                                                     by Argos and its inhabitants expelled.

                                                                                                                     Day 10: Transfer to Thessaloniki
                                                                                                                     Travel • Sit back, relax and take in the sites as you
                                                                                                                     travel across Greece to marvelous Thessaloniki.

                                                                                                                     Day 11: Thessaloniki
                                                                                                                     Guided sightseeing of Thessaloniki • Travel
                                                                                                                     to Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece.
                                                                                                                     Once co-capital of the Byzantine Empire, along
                                                                                                                     with Constantinople, Thessaloniki proudly
                                                                                                                     maintains much of its ancient splendour. Home
                                                                                                                     to The Church of Saint Demetrius, a UNESCO
                                                                                                                     World Heritage site and many other monuments
                                                                                                                     of both the Byzantine and Ottoman periods,
                                                                                                                     Thessaloniki will have you marveling at these
                                                                                                                     ancient wonders that have stood the test of time.
                                                                                                                     Free time in Thessaloniki • Head out map
                                                                                                                     in hand and discover the unforgettable sites of
                                                                                                                     beautiful Thessaloniki!
Day 12: Travel
Transfer • Relax and take in the magnificent
vistas of Greece as you travel to your next
destination, Istanbul! Istanbul has been one of
the most important cities in the world. First, it
became famous when Constantine, Emperor of
Rome, decided to make it the new capital of his
empire. Of course, he decided to name it after
himself and it became known as Constantinople.
Eventually Islamic warriors took over the region
and the city’s name was changed to Istanbul.

Day 13: Istanbul
Guided sightseeing of Istanbul • Welcome
to Istanbul, crossroads of East and West, as well
as the world’s only city that spans two continents.
A local guide introduces you to Istanbul’s major
sites on this morning’s sightseeing tour. Discover
the ancient Hippodrome, which once served as
the public center of Byzantium for more than a
thousand years. Then behold the breathtaking
Blue Mosque, built by Sultan Ahmet and
decorated with exquisite blue Iznik tiles.
Continue to the magnificent Topkapi Palace,
once the residence of the Ottoman sultans. Your       Marvel at the Istanbul city scape.
tour concludes with a stop at Istanbul’s legendary
                                                      Turks. Since the battle, Gallipoli has become           Day 15: Home
Grand Bazaar, where you can browse and barter
                                                      a very important historical event to both New           Travel to the airport, board your flight and return
for treasures of all kinds, from brassware to
                                                      Zealand and Australia because of the bravery of         home.
spices.
                                                      their troops against incredible odds. You’ll travel
Day 14: Gallipoli • Troy                              to this beautiful coastal area and visit some of the    For complete financial and enrolment
Sightseeing of Gallipoli • Visit the site of one      most important areas of the battlefield where so        details, please refer to our booking
of the most famous battles of the First World         many brave soldiers on both sides of the conflict       conditions at www.eftours.ca/bc.
War, and one of the most disastrous for the           fought and died.
Allies. In early 1915, the Gallipoli Peninsula        Sightseeing of Troy • Travel to one of the most
was held by Turkish forces, Turkey was a key          powerful city states of the ancient world: Troy!
strategic ally of Germany in the First World          Spoken of by the great epic poets in history,
War. Britain decided if they could break through      Homer in his Illiad and Virgil in the Aeneid,
at Gallipoli, they would be able to end the war       Troy is best known for the epic battle that took
much more quickly. The Turks had other ideas          place there. Though much of the tale is the
however. Led by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who            stuff of legend, if we are to believe Homer, the
would eventually form the modern Turkish state        names of many of the men that fought there
on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire, he told           still ring out through history; men like Achilles,
his troops, “I do not command you to fight,           Hektor and Agamemnon. The ancient Greeks
I command you to die. In the time it will             and Romans took these stories as fact, but today
take us to die we can be replenished by new           Troy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a
forces.” He realized the importance of holding        vast archeological excavation. You’ll see evidence
this strategically vital area. British, French, New   of this once great state, in artifacts and the actual
Zealander and Australian forces attacked over         excavation site. A journey to Troy is truly a
and over but were consistently repelled by the        journey back in time!




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Itinerary subject to change.                                                                                                                          2011/Spring

								
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