Air War Europe: Colditz, Dambusters and the Great Escape

  • 9 Day Tour
  • 7 Sights Visited
  • 4 Star Rating

Day 1

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

On coach holidays of 7 days’ duration or more and Single Traveller coach holidays, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point.

If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining point, we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer coach, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. On European coach holidays of 7 days' or more, the cost of this is just £30 per booking each way (Up to 4 people per booking).

If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge

Please note: If you would like to take up the Door-to-Door service, you will need to call our reservations team as it is not possible to book this service online.

Day 2 - Möhne Dam

We travel into Germany and visit Reichswald Forest War Cemetery – the biggest WWII 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 overnight hotel in Jena.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Jena

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 the Dresden area for two nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - The Dresden Raids

We spend the morning in Dresden looking at the raid on the city in February 1945 which destroyed almost all 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 unparalled collection of WWII artefacts.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Dresden

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 was 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.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Berlin Air Raids

In Berlin we look at the raids on the city, starting 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 WWII sights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Checkpoint Charlie

Berlin

Day 7 - Hannover

We travel to Hannover and visit the air force museum which has some impressive WWII 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.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

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.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Arnhem

Day 9

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 £179; travel insurance from £47.95.

EVENING MEAL PACKAGES - For your convenience, pre-book 4 evening meals to be taken at your hotels in Dresden and Berlin. £70 per person. 


 



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Passengers travelling by Eurostar in standard class seats must be able to walk 200 yards (183 metres) unaided. Please note; only collapsible wheelchairs are permitted on board standard class Eurostar coaches, as these must be stored in the luggage storage areas. Any passengers who are wheelchair reliant are required to be allocated in the 'Standard Premier' coaches where wheelchair user spaces are located. As these spaces are limited to 1 per train you must advise us immediately if you require them in order that we can reserve with Eurostar.

Excursions on our tours visit places of interest and public buildings. These may not be able to accommodate people with walking difficulties and wheelchair access may not be available. Excursions which include sightseeing tours may involve walking long distances and sometimes over cobbled or uneven surfaces.

The accommodation we use on our tours may not have ground floor rooms and in some instances lifts will not always be available. Occasionally access to your hotel may involve walking distances from the coach park and some hotels have a flight of steps to the Reception.

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