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Verstraete Travel Cruises is fully appointed, accredited and licensed, representing all airlines, tour operators and cruise lines. We are the exclusive Canadian agency for the Welcome Again Veterans Foundation and so were extensively involved in the 50th anniversary of the Liberation of Holland in the spring of 1995.  Holland Liberation tours have continued and take place every year, with major emphasis on grand tours every 5 years (2000, 2005, 2010 etc.).  We also specialize in WW1 and WW2 European Battlefield tours, Israel, Greek and Turkey, Mediterranean, Alaska and Caribbean Cruises.

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Walk the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage in Spain, May 11 - 28, 2014

A Leadership Pilgrimage

Millions have walked Spain's Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago) in the last 1200 years.  Tens of thousands now tackle this route each year.  It was recently portrayed in a film, The Way, starring Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez. 

James (son of Zebedee) was in the inner circle of disciples and is credited with bringing the gospel to Spain.  Numerous historical leaders walked this route (Francis of Assisi, Dante Alighieri, Brigid of Sweden).  On pilgrimage people find their callings and learn invaluable leadership lessons:  listening to the journey of others; sharing leadership; challenging oneself physically, mentally and emotionally; encountering God in unexpected ways; walking by faith; staying focused on a goal while collaborating with others; building community and trust.

Over 8 days, the group covers the last 120 kilometers of the Camino, qualifying for the much-coveted Compostela certificate offered by the Santiago Cathedral.

Escorted by two Camino "veterans":

Arthur Boers, RJ Bernardo Family Chair of Leadership (Tyndale Seminary), author of The Way is Made by Walking: A Pilgrimage Along the Camino de Santiago and Living into Focus: Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distraction.

Karen Cornies, Dean of Students (Redeemer University College), leader of small groups and international learning tours to Iona, Scotland; Taize, France; and the Way of St. James, Spain.

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"KEEPING THE MEMORY ALIVE" D-DAY 70TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR, May 31 - June12, 2014

Escorted by Martin and Helen Boomsma

Verstraete Travel Cruises and Martin and Helen Boomsma invite Canadian War Veterans, their family members and friends, and any interested Canadians on our 11th “Keeping the Memory Alive” tour of the World War 1 and World War 2 Canadian battlefields in Europe. Experience the history and emotions as we visit these major Canadian battlefields, memorials and cemeteries in England, France and Belgium. Highlights will include, a guided tour of London, the gravesite of Col. John McCrae, Dieppe Beaches, Normandy for the 70th DDay Anniversary at the Juno Beach Centre, Ieper and Amsterdam.


Join us to gain a new appreciation for the sacrifices our parents and grandparents have made for our peace and freedom. The tour will be personalized for participants as much as possible to make it a trip of a lifetime. As we travel you will receive a wealth of wartime information and history.

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D-DAY NORMANDY 70TH ANNIVERSARY - June 2 - June 12, 2014

Escorted by John Hetherington

Verstraete Travel Cruises and John Hetherington, History Teacher, North Bay, Ontario invite you to join him on this special D-Day Normandy 70th Anniversary Tour. John has been teaching history in North Bay since 1987 and has a special nterest in military history exploring the WW1 and WW2 battlefields of Europe. John has led many tour groups to the battlefield sites in France, Belgium and Holland. He now invites you to join him for this once in a lifetime opportunity to be in Normandy on June 6, 2014 when the landings at Juno Beach will be commemorated. This tour will start in Paris and then travel to Normandy for the special events held at the Juno Beach Centre.  The tour will visit Dieppe, Beaumont Hamel, the Vimy Memorial, and the Menin gate.  On the last day the tour will travel to Amsterdam and enjoy a visit to that city along with a canal cruise. You are invited to join John on this historic trip of a lifetime.

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RIVER CRUISE THROUGH HOLLAND AND BELGIUM

JUNE 4 - 14, 2014

ESCORTED BY ANNE WINTER

Join Anne on this leisurely river cruise from Arnhem.  On arrival in Holland we will spend a day in the historic town of Zutphen.  Our hotel is close to the city centre which allows you to walk into town to enjoy the outdoor market, or just sit down with a cup of coffee or glass of beer and watch all the activity.  The next day we travel to Arnhem to board the mps Rhine Princess; a simple river cruise ship that will be our home for the next 6 days.  We will travel to Schoonhoven, Middelburg, Terneuzen, Antwerpen, Willemstad, Gorinchem and Nijmegen.  If you haven’t had a chance to explore Holland, this is your chance to leisurely explore some of the lovely little towns without having to move hotels every night.  The price includes your flight to Amsterdam, your hotel in Zutphen and the river cruise.  Feel free to contact Anne at anne@verstraete.com if you have any questions.  Join us in June for a “gezillig” river cruise.

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SANFILIPPO – MACHU PICHU FUNDRAISER

August 18 – 30, 2014

The Sanfilippo Children’s Research Foundation Fundraiser Tour

While on this tour you will explore ruins,bargain at Sacred Valley markets, devour seafood in Lima, climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or taking the scenic train, spotting wildlife at our exclusive G Lodge Amazon.

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Battlefields of Europe Tour 2014, August 18 - 29, 2014

The 100th Anniversary of the first shots of the Great War

Escorted by John Hetherington

The route and sites John has selected for this tour will provide all participants with an educational and memorable experience that will last a lifetime. This tour will focus on some of the main campaign areas of the Canadian, British and American Armies that fought in Belgium and France during the First and Second World Wars. We will be visiting museums, memorials and military cemeteries as well as the actual sites where these battles took place. There will also be opportunities to inspect bunkers and trench systems as well as meet some interesting people along the way. Special emphasis will be directed towards highlighting the various battle tactics employed by the Allied Armies while fighting in Western Europe during the campaigns of 1914 to 1918 and 1939-1945. All participants will be provided with a detailed dossier of the areas that we will be visiting one month prior to the departure date. This will include a comprehensive reading and map package designed to provide a more complete knowledge of the battle sites that we will be visiting. At each stop we will receive a full explanation regarding the significance of each site. Visiting the actual battlefields will allow everyone to gain a greater appreciation of each campaign. The sites selected for the tour will allow participants to develop a greater understanding of the tactics, strategies and weapons used during both wars. This experience is also intended to give all participants a greater appreciation for the sacrifices made by all soldiers who served in Western Europe during the First and Second World Wars.

 

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CELTIC CHRISTIANITY STUDY TOUR

August 25 - September 05, 2014

Tour leader: David Sherbino

Tyndale Seminary is offering a study tour on Celtic Spirituality to Ireland and Scotland lead by Dr. David Sherbino, Professor of and Spiritual Formation and Minister of Cornerstone Community Church (PCC).This tour will provide an overview of the mission and ministry of St. Patrick as we trace his footsteps throughout Ireland and the influence of St. Columba as he brought Christianity to the tiny island of Iona.  From this island, Christianity spread to Lindisfarne which today is a centre of spiritual renewal through the community of St. Aiden and St. Hilda.

As an educational experience, this trip will be highly interactive:  interesting lectures, pilgrimages and daily worship in the Celtic tradition.  You will have the opportunity to see and experience places that previously were simply words on a map.  These places will come alive as history unfolds itself before your eyes.

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2014 ESCORTED MOTORCOACH TOURS WITH EARL CLINT

Join Earl this year as he travels to New York City, Newfoundland, Chicago, Pennsylvania, California, Grand Bend, Prince Edward County & Algonquin, and the all new Vietnam and Cambodia.

For complete details, download the 2014 Brochure.

You can contact Earl at earl.c@sympatico.ca or John Swatridge at johnswatridge@yahoo.ca.

HOLLAND LIBERATION 70TH ANNIVERSARY 2015

Verstraete Travel, in cooperation with Welcome Again Veterans and RCL # 5 (Holland) is again organizing tours to Holland for the 70th anniversary of the liberation. The major events for this will take place the 1st week of may and our tours are planned to depart at the end of April.

Specific tour details will be made available in the summer of 2014.

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