Centennial Tour: The 107th NY Infantry Regiment in World War I

9 days
Throughout Belgium and France, the influence of WWI can still be felt. As you visit memorials, trenches, and museums, you’ll learn about the important role American forces played in the outcome of the war. Explore the locations that were the backdrops for pivotal battles and take time to honor the sacrifices made by the Allied soldiers.

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On September 29, 1918, the 107th New York Infantry Regiment was ordered to attack the Hindenburg Line in an Allied attempt to pierce through the German’s strongest defenses. They encountered fierce resistance and were engaged in the heaviest fighting on the line. The severe loss of men was compounded by the fact that, as a National Guard regiment, most of the men were from tight-knit communities back home. The impact of the Battle of St. Quentin Canal on Orange County specifically was so devastating, that the 40 men who died together that day are still remembered each year in a memorial service. For the centennial of this battle, join us as we travel in the footsteps of the 107th NY Infantry Regiment in Belgium and France.

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Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Brussels.

Lille 5 nights

Day 2: Arrival in Brussels & transfer to Lille

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Belgium! Transfer to Lille, France and gather with your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Ypres & Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Ypres, Belgium and take a walking tour of the city with a local guide. 

• Enter the In Flanders Fields Museum, where you’ll discover the impact that WWI had on this region 

• Visit the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 on the grounds of a historic château to learn about the battle that took place there 

• Pay a visit to the Tyne Cot Cemetery 

• See the Langemark German war cemetery 

This evening, attend the Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony.

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Ypres Region

  Included meals: Breakfast

Head back into Belgium and visit cemeteries, trenches, and memorials located outside of Ypres. 

• Take a guided tour of the Canadian Hill 62 Memorial at Sanctuary Wood 

• Stop to visit both the Dickebusch New Military Cemetery and the Kemmel No.1 French Cemetery 

• See the Bayernwald German Trenches, which date back to 1916 

• Visit Spanbroekmolen to see the Pool of Peace war memorial and learn about the Christmas Truce of 1914 

• Stop at the Island of Ireland Peace Park, located in the city of Mesen 

• Travel to Waregem to see the Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial

Day 5: Lille, Vimy Region & Doullens

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day visiting memorials and museums that honor soldiers who fought during WWI. 

• See the Lille War Memorial 

• Enter the Vimy Interpretive Centre to see some of the medals and memorabilia from the battle 

• Visit the Vimy Ridge Memorial, a national historic site of Canada, and explore the nearby tunnels and trenches 

• Head to Doullens and learn about the town’s connection with tank warfare 

Tonight, explore the best of Lille’s culinary scene. 

• Walk through the Grand Place, the city’s main square, to view the ornate Vieille Bourse stock exchange building 

• Stop at an estaminet, or small restaurant, near the neoclassical opera house to try a typical appetizer with beer 

• Make your way past the grand Lille Cathedral to a modern brasserie where you’ll enjoy a delicious three-course meal 

• End your evening with dessert in a cave bar, paired with the best beer in the city

Day 6: Battle of St. Quentin Canal

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to a variety of sites that played an important role in the success of the Battle of St. Quentin Canal. 

• Visit the Somme American Cemetery and Memorial 

• See the bunkers of the Hindenburg Line, a German defensive position that played an important role during the Battle of St. Quentin Canal 

• Stop in Bellicourt to visit the Bellicourt American Monument, which honors the American soldiers who fought alongside British and French troops 

• Travel to Joncourt to see where the Allied forces broke through the German line 

• Head to Bellenglise to see the Riqueval Bridge and the monument that honors the 4th Australian Division

Paris 2 nights

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Paris & jazz performance

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Paris and enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion. 

Tonight, head to a local jazz club and enjoy a live musical performance.

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $119pp* Details

The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory as you tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then, stroll through the lavish gardens to admire their fine statuary, splendid fountains, and colorful flowerbeds.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Day 8: Musée de l’Armée

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a guided tour to learn about the architecture, scenery, and history of the City of Light’s many neighborhoods, called arrondissements. 

• Drive down the sycamore-lined Champs-Élysées to view the famed Arc de Triomphe monument 

• Pass Pont Neuf and the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River 

• See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house, and Place de la Concorde, the city’s grandest square 

• Marvel at the iconic architecture of the Louvre and Hôtel des Invalides 

This afternoon, step inside the Musée de l’Armée and enjoy free time to explore the exhibits, which commemorate both World Wars. Then, pay a visit to the Charles de Gaulle Monument and learn about the famous French figure with an audio guide. 

Tonight, celebrate your trip with your group members during a farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $119pp* Details

The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory as you tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then, stroll through the lavish gardens to admire their fine statuary, splendid fountains, and colorful flowerbeds.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Day 9: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Passport & visa requirements

• In order to enter Belgium and France, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 

• We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps. 

• There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. 

• If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.       

Tour pace

• You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads. 

• Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding the Versailles Palace & Gardens optional excursion may increase the total amount of walking on your tour. 

• You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times. 

• If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

• Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Brussels and depart from Paris. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 

• Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost. 

• All other included transportation is by private motor coach.  

Baggage allowance

• Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 

• Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 

• One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted. 

• Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

• We recommend packing lightweight, loosefitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear. 

• A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing. 

• You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance. 

• It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

• There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 

• At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov. 

• If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered. 

• If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

• In Belgium, seafood is of a very high quality, and mussels steamed in white wine are a favorite. Patisseries offer decadent pastries and cakes, and you won’t want to miss indulging in favorites like fries, handmade chocolate, locally brewed Abbey-style beer, and, of course, Belgian waffles. Please note that Belgian beers vary widely in style and flavor and are often much higher in alcohol content than other European beers. 

• For a picnic with French flair, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread, and fruit. In the cities, sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, while mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from cafes. In restaurants, the prix fixe option is a popular way to enjoy a set three- or four-course menu for a good price. 

• Although lunch is generally served from noon until 2pm, dinner is served from 7:30pm onward. Those wishing to eat earlier can stop at a cafe, where light entrées and sandwiches are available throughout the afternoon and evening.

Electricity & air conditioning

• Belgium and France operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins. 

• We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.  

• The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 

• Hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed. 

Connectivity

• Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 

• There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 

• Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

• Belgium and France are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

• When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.

Currency

• You will use the euro on tour. 

• Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 

• We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 

• You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 

• Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges. 

• International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

• At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind. 

• We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver. 

• If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 

• Tips can only be paid in cash.  

Purchasing excursions on tour

•  The Versailles Palace & Gardens optional excursion requires advance reservation and must be booked at least 45 days prior to departure. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.

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