Race to Remagen: Aachen to the Rhineland

4 days from £299pp.


Remagen Bridge

Visit: Remagen Bridge, Battlefields

Siegfried Line defences

Visit: Siegfried Line defences, Battlefields

The Battle for Remagen Bridge was immortalised in the Holywood movie ‘The Bridge at Remagen’. On this new tour we look at the true story following American forces from the fighting on the Siegfried Line near Aachen through to the Hürtgenwald forest and onwards during the race to Remagen Bridge in March 1945.

    Entrance fees to museums & places of interest (extra cost)

    Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in Valkenburg in Holland for a three night stay.

    We start at the superb ‘Eyewitness WWII’ museum at Beek in Holland, just across the border from Germany and the Siegfried Line. Here we see an unrivalled collection of uniforms and weapons from the Second World War. We then visit the impressive Netherlands American Cemetery where we see the graves of members of Easy Company – the ‘Band of Brothers’ – and the new visitors centre, as well as the dead from Remagen. On the Siegfried Line we see Dragon’s Teeth defences and then travel into the Hürtgenwald battlefield which one observer called ‘Passchendaele with tree bursts’. Here we follow the bloody battle in the forest visiting the Hürtgenwald Museum, frontline positions in the woods and the German Cemetery at Vossenack including the grave of Field Marshall Walter Model, one of the most senior German officers to die in WWII and often called ‘The Saviour of the Eastern Front’.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Today we follow the American advance on the river Rhine: the ‘Race to Remagen’. We look at the first clash of Pershing and Tiger tanks at Elsdorf in March 1945, before following the US Armoured advance via Stadt Meckenheim to the outskirts of Remagen where American troops discovered the Rhine bridge was intact: the last one remaining. As part of our visit here we have lunchtime in Remagen then visit the Remagen Bridge Museum, see where the fighting took place and cross the Rhine to view the battlefield from the other side of the river. The remains of this once impressive bridge really help bring the history of this final chapter of WWII alive.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Overview

    • 3 nights' accommodation with continental breakfast
    • 2 evening meals
    • Specialist Battlefield Guide
    • Battlefield visits as described
    • Convenient local joining points
    • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service

    Included Excursions

    Optional Excursions

    • Entrance fees to museums & places of interest (extra cost)

    Notes


     

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for three nights at the 3-star Hotel De Bogaerde in the centre of Valkenburg. The hotel has a lift. The restaurant and bar are located in the adjacent sister hotel, the Hotel Walram, which is connected by an indoor walkway. The Walram’s indoor swimming pool, sauna and solarium are also available.


     

    De Bogaerde

    De Bogaerde

    De Bogaerde


    The Hotel De Bogaerde is a comfortable family run hotel, situated close to the picturesque little waterfall of the River Geul, with splendid views over the famous castle ruins of Valkenburg. The adjacent Walramplein square and swirling Geul stream provide an enchanting setting, within the ruins of the ancient city walls. All en-suite bedrooms are equipped with free wifi, tea/coffee making facilities (in room or available at reception). TV, radio and telephone; room upgrades are also available. The hotel also offer here is also a lift. The restaurant and bar are located in the adjacent sister hotel, the Walram, which is connected by an indoor walkway. The Walram’s indoor swimming pool and sauna are also available to use.

    • Swimming Pool
    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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