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Air War Europe: Colditz, Dambusters and the Great Escape

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Air War Europe: Colditz, Dambusters and the Great Escape

Coach Tours 9 Days - 5% Discount

Specialist Battlefield Guide On Every Tour. Prices from only £788

The war in the air above Europe saw the men of RAF Bomber Command taking the conflict to the heart of the enemy. This popular tour focuses on the air war and examine three of its great stories: Colditz, the Dambusters Raid and the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III. Honouring the commitment and spirit of the RAF during WWII we visit the Möhne Dam, in the Ruhr Valley, which was heroically breached by the Lancasters of 617 Squadron in 1943. 

Book this Air War Europe: Colditz, Dambusters and the Great Escape battlefield tour direct with Leger Holidays and receive a 5% discount saving off of the brochure price. Call on 01709 786 554 and quote the Travel 55 code T55. 

Air War Europe: Colditz, Dambusters and the Great Escape
9 Days by Coach Tour Itinerary

9 Days by Coach Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Holland for an overnight stay.

Day 2 -  Möhne Dam

We travel into Germany and visit Reichswald Forest War Cemetery – the biggest WW2 British Cemetery in Europe, nearly half the 7,400 graves are men from Bomber Command. From here we travel to the Möhne Dam in the Ruhr Valley and examine the daring attack by aircraft from 617 Squadron commanded by Guy Gibson. From the top of the dam we can see where the attack came in and understand what a daring raid it was. We also visit Eder Dam, another of the targets in Operation Chastise, before moving on to our hotel in Jena. B

Day 3 - Colditz 

We visit the famous castle and museum at Colditz, a name forever associated with the story of Prisoners of War in WWII. Perched above the sleepy German town that gives the castle its name, we are able to go inside and explore, and hear the stories of Douglas Bader and Pat Reid, and the many Allied prisoners kept held here. We continue to our hotel in Dresden for two nights. B

Day 4 - The Dresden Raids and Swiss Saxony 

We spend the morning in Dresden looking at the raid on the city in February 1945 which destroyed most of its original buildings and killed nearly 25,000 civilians. We see some of the surviving buildings including the Trinity Church and Frauenkirche, which stand as memorials to the bombing, and visit some of the mass graves of the casualties of the raid. In the afternoon, spend free time in Dresden or join us on an optional visit to the Bundeswehr Military History Museum which has an unparalleled collection of WWI1 artefacts.

Day 5 - Zagan and The Great Escape 

We cross into Poland and visit Zagan where Stalag Luft III was located; an Allied Prisoner of War camp built to hold nearly 10,000 prisoners, many of them air crew. Here in March 1944 the so-called ‘Great Escape’ took place, made famous in the Hollywood film, when 80 Allied servicemen got away. We look at the story of the escapers, visit the site of the camp and the tunnels they dug, and the memorial to those who were shot after the escape failed. We then continue to our hotel in Berlin for two nights.

Day 6 - Berlin Air Raids

In Berlin we look at the raids on the city but start at the impressive air force museum at Gatow, which has a large collection of aircraft from WW1 to the Cold War period. We then visit Berlin War Cemetery where many RAF Bomber Command crews are buried. Around the city we see Flak Tower defences and the air raid shelters used to protect Berliners from the bombs. In the evening join us on an optional visit around Berlin’s sights. B 

Day 7 - Hannover

We travel to Hannover and visit the air force museum which has some impressive WW2 items as well as a memorial to Second World War air crew. In Hannover itself we see some of the signs of the bombing raids, ending the day at Hannover War Cemetery with more than 2,000 graves of bomber crew casualties. B 

Day 8 - Rheinberg War

Cemetery

We travel into Holland, stopping at Rheinberg War Cemetery where some of the Dambusters are buried. We end at the grave of Guy Gibson V.C. whose war ended when his Mosquito crashed at Steenbergen. We stay overnight in Belgium.

Day 9

To Calais and return home.B

Included Meals: B = Breakfast 

9 Day Tour Departure Dates & Prices 2017

9 Day Tour Departure Dates & Prices 2017

Leger Brochure Price in Black

Travel 55 Discount Price iRed 

Tel: Leger Reservations on 01709 786 554 and quote Travel ref: T55 and tour code

9 days by Silver Service coach: tour code ref 9GCZV
Dates
Prices
 Dates
Prices
April 13 2017
£859
£817
August 19 2017 
£869
£826
May 27 2017
£889
£845
October 7 2017
£829
£788
July 22 2017
£869
£826
 
9 days by Luxoria coach: tour code ref 9GCZX
Dates
Prices
Dates
Prices
April 29 2017
£949
£902
 
 
All prices shown are per person based on two sharing a room, unless otherwise stated.
Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; travel insurance essential, call for details; single room
supplement £179.
Please note: prices may change and will be confirmed when you call to make a booking. Departure dates and joining points are subject to availability. All holidays subject to Leger Holidays Terms & Conditions
Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Leger Holidays

Air War Europe: Colditz, Dambusters and the Great Escape

Coach Tours 9 Days - 5% Discount

Specialist Battlefield Guide On Every Tour. Prices from only £788

The war in the air above Europe saw the men of RAF Bomber Command taking the conflict to the heart of the enemy. This popular tour focuses on the air war and examine three of its great stories: Colditz, the Dambusters Raid and the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III. Honouring the commitment and spirit of the RAF during WWII we visit the Möhne Dam, in the Ruhr Valley, which was heroically breached by the Lancasters of 617 Squadron in 1943. 

Book this Air War Europe: Colditz, Dambusters and the Great Escape battlefield tour direct with Leger Holidays and receive a 5% discount saving off of the brochure price. Call on 01709 786 554 and quote the Travel 55 code T55. 

To book with Leger and claim your 5% discount, call them direct on 01709 786 554 or email Leger and quote Travel 55 code T55.

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Includes

Includes

9 days by coach

  • 8 nights’ accommodation with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Battlefield visits as described
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service or Luxuria coach

Please note: Entrance fees to museums and places of interest are at extra cost 

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Your Hotels

Your Hotels

You will stay overnight in Holland at the NH Koningshof in Veldhoven, near Eindhoven, or similar, and the 4-star Best Western in Jena, then two nights at the 3-star Ramada Resident Hotel or Hotel Azimut in Dresden, two nights at the 3-star Tryp by Wyndham Berlin City East, or similar on the outskirts of Berlin, overnight at the 4-star H4 Hotel in Hannover, or similar and finally overnight at a city-style hotel in Belgium.

Silver Service Coach...

Silver Service Coach...

You’ll be delighted with your Silver Service ‘experience’ right from the moment you meet your tour coach at the port and you’re invited on board. 

Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats*, with footrests and more legroom** than standard coaches.  Enjoy your own reserved seat.  Personal tables. Porterage† at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger. Free personal headphones, so you can enjoy the radio channels, listen to music, or watch DVDs***  Follow your journey’s progress on the satellite navigation display.

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Luxuria Coach

Luxuria Coach

Inside and out, Luxuria coaches are stylish and elegant. Only Leger Holidays can offer you the very best in luxury coach travel and we always strive to ensure that our customers have the perfect Leger Holidays experience.

The ultimate level of comfort when taking an escorted touring holiday -

Comfort...

✓ Deluxe armchair-style seats with adjustable head rests, central arm rests with cup holders and retractable calf rests give you a more comfortable journey.

✓ As part of Luxuria’s unique layout there will be up to 5 individual seats available, likely to be very popular with single travellers and those who enjoy their own personal space.

Convenience...

✓ U.K. plug sockets and USB points at each seat mean you can keep your devices fully charged at all times.

Entertainment...

✓ Every seat has its own, fully interactive, touch screen T.V. offering a wide choice of entertainment so you can control what you want to watch and when

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