The Maginot Line

5 days from £399.00

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5-Day Tour

  • 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 Yuts on the outskirts of Thionville for a three-night stay. B
  • Day 3 – Ouvrage Fermont and Villy la Ferte - 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. In the afternoon we see Villy la Ferte, 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 fully-guided tour around one of the few Maginot sites that saw very heavy fighting. B
  • 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. 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. B
  • Day 5 – To Calais, then return home. B

Included Meals: B=Breakfast

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.

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

Notes

Some joining points carry a supplement which will be clearly shown when booking.

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

Optional Museum Package:

Whilst on tour you will be able to purchase your chosen optional excursions direct from the coach crew.  Payment for optional excursions can be made by:

  • Cash payment in Euros only (we cannot accept cash sterling).   

We regret that we are unable to accept payment by Credit Card, Debit Card or Travellers Cheques

All the Forts and Ouvrages we visit as part of this tour are run by small Associations; they are not commercial ventures in the same way normal battlefield museums are. At each fort we will be having a fully or partially guided visit, taking in each case 2-3 hours. All the Forts and Ouvrages charge an entrance fee and they have asked we pay them at one time for the group when we arrive, to speed up our access to the site and extend our time there. In each case we are therefore entering the Fort or Ouvrage at a special group rate, including some specially negotiated by us. To make this work smoothly and easily we have a Museums Package that includes entrance to all the Forts and Ouvrages we visit on the tour and in addition includes a 15 page tour booklet with maps and other information to help make sense of the layouts of the sites we visit on the tour.

If you chose not to pay for the Museum Package unfortunately you may only be able to see the exterior of the Forts and Ouvrages.

Optional Museum package - € 40

Group Bookings

If you are looking to create your own tour to go on with friends or family, our groups team can personalise any tour to suit your requirements. See the Group Travel page for more details.

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    Tour Includes

    • Convenient local joining points
    • Travel by executive coach, upgrade to Silver Service luxury coach with extra legroom available
    • Specialist Battlefield Guide
    • 4 nights’ accommodation with continental breakfast
    • Battlefield visits as described
    Silver Service

    Upgrade to Silver Service and enjoy these extras

    • Travel by Silver Service luxury coach
      • Extra legroom for your added comfort
      • Comfortable rear lounge to relax and chat
      • FREE personal headphones with a choice of music & DVDs
    • Porterage in all hotels
    • Smaller, more personal group

    Extra Meals

    Evening Meal Package

    For your convenience pre-book three 3-course evening meals for the great value price of £60 per person while at your hotel in Thionville.

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