In The Footsteps of John McCrae Tour 2018

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Honour Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, 100 years after his passing, by participating in a guided tour tracing his overseas service, and paying your respects during a memorial service at his gravesite.

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Canadian soldier, doctor and poet Lt. Col. John McCrae, exploring sites where he tended to the wounded and wrote In Flanders Fields, and visiting important First World War landmarks and historical sites, including Essex Field Dressing Station, the Somme battlefield, and the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.  Something all Canadians should experience at least once in their lifetime.

Lt. Col. John McCrae scholar Bev Dietrich will escort the tour group, and provide on-site interpretation. Dietrich was special guest in Belgium in 1995 for the 80th anniversary of the writing of the poem In Flanders Fields.

The trip departs Canada on April 27, 2018 and returns May 5, 2018. The cost is $ $3,895 per person based on twin/double occupancy.  A $750 deposit is required at time of booking.

Further details: The tour is officially SOLD OUT.

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Tour Includes:

  • Return air transportation (tax included)
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • First World War landmarks and historical sites entry fees
  • Museum entry fees
  • Private bus transportation in a modern coach
  • Interpretation by Lt. Col. John McCrae expert Bev Dietrich
  • Exclusive performance of “Sons of ’17” by Mike Ford and Murray Foster
  • And more!


Day 1, Saturday, April 28: Arrival at Brussels
Welcome reception

Day 2, Sunday, April 29: Ypres (Ieper)
Essex Field Dressing Station and Essex Field Cemetery
Langemark German Cemetery and the Brooding Soldier
Sanctuary Wood and Hill 62

Day 3, Monday, April 30: IFF Museum – Menin Gate
In Flanders Fields Museum
Menin Gate

Day 4, Tuesday May 1: Passchendale – Bruges
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917
Guided food tour of Bruges

Day 5, Wednesday, May 2: Wimereux – French Atlantic coast
Wimereux Cemetery
Somme Battlefield

Day 6, Thursday, May 3: Vimy – Amiens
Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Day 7, Friday, May 4, 2018: Ghent
Talbot House

Day 8, Saturday, May 5, 2018: Departure

sons of 17 poster remembering Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae