The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

9 days from £839pp.


Eagle's Nest

Visit: Eagle's Nest, Germany

Brandenburg Gate

Visit: Brandenburg Gate, Germany

Putsch

Visit: Putsch, Battlefields

This tour examines the ‘dark charisma' of Adolf Hitler, the Rise of National Socialism in the 1920s and Hitler’s move to take power in the 1930s, visiting some of the iconic and infamous locations connected with the Third Reich.

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

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

To Bad Aibling, near Munich, for a three-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast
Munich

Munich

We start with the rise of National Socialism in Munich in the 1920s and Hitler’s involvement in the November 1923 Putsch. We see the Ludwig’s Bridge and Isartor, then visit the Hofbrau House where Hitler gave many of his early speeches. At the Odenplatz we see where Hitler was when war was declared in 1914. We then move on to other Third Reich sites in Munich, including the Ehrenhalle and site of the Brown House. After lunch we travel to Dachau, to look at the ‘final solution’ and one of the first Concentration Camps.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Today we travel through Austria to the Eagle’s Nest (weather permitting), built for Hitler’s fiftieth birthday. We also take time to see the visitors’ centre and tunnels in Berchtesgaden, we look at the story of Hitler’s sister, Paula, and see the stunning war memorial murals in the main square.

  • Included meals: Breakfast
Nuremberg

Nuremberg

We head to Nuremberg, which Hitler considered to be the ‘Capital of the Party’. Here we look at the sites connected with the many rallies of the Third Reich. We then walk to the nearby Luitpold seeing the ground where more than 150,000 National Socialists gathered for rallies in the 1920s and 30s. Overnight in Nuremburg/Bayreuth area.

  • Included meals: Breakfast
Nuremberg

Nuremberg

We look at the story of the post-war Nuremberg Trials, visiting the court where they took place and the new exhibition. The original courtroom 600 is still in use and, subject to modern-day demands, we also go into the courtroom itself. Continue to Berlin for two nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast
Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate

In Berlin we look at the heart of the Third Reich regime starting at the Reichstag area, walking to the nearby Brandenburg Gate and go to the site of Hitler’s Bunker before visiting the ‘Topography of Terror’ exhibition. After lunch we travel to the 1936 Olympic Stadium where Jessie Owens destroyed the myth of Aryan invisibility in 1936. In the Grunewald area of West Berlin we see where decisions were made about the ‘Final Solution’ at Wansee and visit ‘Gleis 17’ the memorial site to Berlin’s Jews who were deported to the death camps in the East.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Leaving Berlin we head to Holland for an overnight stay, stopping en-route at Möhne Dam where the Dambusters carried out their successful raid in May 1943.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

At a Glance

Tour Overview

  • 8 or 11 nights' accommodation with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Historical Guide
  • Historical visits as described
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach

Included Excursions

Optional Excursions

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

Notes

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

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

To Bad Aibling, near Munich, for a three-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

We start with the rise of National Socialism in Munich in the 1920s and Hitler’s involvement in the November 1923 Putsch. We see the Ludwig’s Bridge and Isartor, then visit the Hofbrau House where Hitler gave many of his early speeches. At the Odenplatz we see where Hitler was when war was declared in 1914. We then move on to other Third Reich sites in Munich, including the Ehrenhalle and site of the Brown House. After lunch we travel to Dachau, to look at the ‘final solution’ and one of the first Concentration Camps.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Today we travel through Austria to the Eagle’s Nest (weather permitting), built for Hitler’s fiftieth birthday. We also take time to see the visitors’ centre and tunnels in Berchtesgarden, we look at the story of Hitler’s sister, Paula, and see the stunning war memorial murals in the main square.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

We head to Nuremberg, which Hitler considered to be the ‘Capital of the Party’. Here we look at the sites connected with the many rallies of the Third Reich. We then walk to the nearby Luitpold seeing the ground where more than 150,000 National Socliasts gathered for rallies in the 1920s and 30s. Overnight in Nuremberg/Erlangen or Bayreuth area.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

We look at the story of the post-war Nuremberg Trials, visiting the court where they took place and the new exhibition. The original courtroom 600 is still in use and, subject to modern-day demands, we also go into the courtroom itself. Continue to Berlin for four nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

In Berlin we look at the heart of the Third Reich regime starting at the Reichstag area, walking to the nearby Brandenburg Gate and go to the site of Hitler’s Bunker before visiting the ‘Topography of Terror’ exhibition. After lunch we travel to the 1936 Olympic Stadium where Jessie Owens destroyed the myth of Aryan invisibility in 1936. In the Grunewald area of West Berlin we see where decisions were made about the ‘Final Solution’ at Wansee and visit ‘Gleis 17’ the memorial site to Berlin’s Jews who were deported to the death camps in the East.

  • Included meals: Breakfast
Berlin

Berlin

Whilst in Berlin, we head to the Peenemunde Army Research Centre which served as the Nazi secret weapons research establishment during the Second World War. It was here that the V1 ‘Doodlebug’ and V2 rockets were developed.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

The end of the Third Reich came in April 1945 with the Allied advance from the West and the final Soviet attack from the East on Berlin. Today, we look at the Battle for Berlin, starting on the Seelow Heights. We then look at some of the Russian memorials and burial grounds around Berlin and see the Karlshorst Museum.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Leaving Berlin we travel to Munster to visit the superb German Panzer Museum with its impressive collection of German tanks and armoured fighting vehicles. We stay overnight in the Bucholz area, near Hamburg.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

We travel to Luneberg Heath where the British took the surrender of German forces in May 1945. We also visit Becklingen War Cemetery, Soltau. Continue to our overnight hotel in Holland.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

At a Glance

Tour Overview

  • 8 or 11 nights' accommodation with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Historical Guide
  • Historical visits as described
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach

Included Excursions

Optional Excursions

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

Notes

EVENING MEAL PACKAGE - Available to pre-book: 9-Day tour - 6 evening meals (days 2-7), £75 per person. 12-Day Tour - 8 evening meals (days 2-9), £115 per person. 


 

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 Johannisbad in Bad Aibling, 40 miles from Munich, followed by one night at the 3-star Novotel Erlangen or Ramada Landhotel in Nuremberg or Ramada Bayreuth. You will then stay for two nights (four nights on the 12-day tour) at the 3-star Tryp by Wyndham Berlin City East or similar, on the outskirts of Berlin. The 12-day tour will also stay for one night at a minimum 3-star hotel in the Bucholz area near Hamburg. 

Overnight stays in Belgium and Holland will be in city-style hotels.


 


Germany

Johannisbad hotel

Johannisbad

Germany

Grünau Hotel

Grunau

Johannisbad


  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

Grunau


  • English Speaking Staff
  • 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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