The Maginot Line

  • 5 Day Tour
  • 6 Sights Visited

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to Liège and our overnight hotel.

Day 2 - Eben Emael and Fort d’Aubin-Neufchâteau

We begin this fortifications tour in Belgium and see the 1930s Liège forts used to defend Belgium against the Blitzkrieg. We start at the famous Eben Emael, assaulted by German Airborne troops in gliders; we have a full tour of the site here. After lunch we see the heavily fought over Fort d’Aubin-Neufchâteau, completely surrounded in May 1940. Here we take a guided tour of the fort, seeing the extensive damage caused in 1940. We then travel through the Belgian Ardennes, scene of the Blitzkrieg in May 1940, and into France to our mainstay hotel in Mexy, near the border with Luxembourg for a three-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Ouvrage Fermont and Villy la Ferté

We start our look at the Maginot Line at Ouvrage Fermont. This massive system of bunkers and tunnels came under attack in May 1940 and proved how strong the Maginot Line could be. We descend in the original lifts, travel on an old ammunition train and see the fighting bunkers during our morning’s guided tour of the site. Lunch nearby. In the afternoon we see Villy la Ferté, a smaller Maginot Line complex which saw heavy fighting in May 1940. The site has been left as it was, with anti-tank rails, barbed wire and bunkers showing wartime damage. We have a fullyguided tour around one of the few Maginot sites that saw very heavy fighting.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Ouvrage Immerhof and Ouvrage Hackenberg

Today we continue with our look at the classic Maginot Line locations with a visit to Ouvrage Immerhof. Sited in the Thionville sector, it was built in the early 1930s with an extensive system of infantry and combat bunkers. In an excellent state of preservation, we spend the morning visiting the whole site, with a 90-minute guided tour, also seeing the museum. Lunch nearby. In the afternoon we travel to Ouvrage Hackenberg. Set on high ground, this is the largest fortification on the whole Maginot Line and was one part of the line actually held by British troops in 1939/40. We spend two hours underground here seeing what a remarkable state of preservation the site is in, and seeing the many objects connected with the defence of this area. We continue our look at British troops in this area with a visit to the cemetery at Luttange, where the first British soldier killed in WWII is buried.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 5

To Calais, then return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Prices are per person, based on two sharing.

Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; single room supplement £85; travel insurance from £34.95.

EVENING MEAL PACKAGE - For your convenience pre-book three 3-course evening meals for the great value price of £60 per person.

Please Note: The Maginot forts we visit on this tour are deep underground, can be cold and there are numerous steps, therefore this tour does involve some walking. Due to the large size of these forts visits typically take 90-120 minutes and are fully guided.

 



Tour extras


SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT

On some tours where you choose to have a single room, we do charge a supplment for this.

Price on this tour : £85.00


TRAVEL INSURANCE

We take care to make sure your holiday is happy and relaxing, but we still urge you to protect your holiday with the travel insurance we offer. We’ve put together good, reliable cover at sensible low prices.

Available from: £34.95