The Holocaust in WW2 claimed more than 6 million victims across Europe. On this moving tour we follow the story of Anne Frank from her hiding in Holland to her death at Bergen-Belsen, seeing the Anne Frank House and her memorials. We visit Concentration Camp sites, where the victims are remembered, including the most famous at Auschwitz in what was German-occupied Poland during the Second World War, as well as seeing lesser known sites like Terezin. The tour ends with a look at the Nuremburg Trials where the full horror of the Holocaust was exposed.
Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Holland for an overnight stay.
Anne Frank’s Story
Today we travel to Amsterdam and begin to follow the story of the Frank Family with a look at the exterior of Anne Frank’s House. On 6th July 1942, Otto and Edith Frank went into hiding in the ‘Secret Annex’ of their home, with their daughters Margot and Anne. They were later joined by Hermann, Auguste and Peter van Pels and Fritz Pfeffer. Here they stayed for twenty-five months until the hiding place was betrayed in August 1944. The people in hiding were deported to the Westerbrok Transit Camp. Every Tuesday between July 1942 and September 1944 a train left the camp full of prisoners for Auschwitz/ Birkenau. Anne Frank and her family were put in one of the last three trains to leave Westerbork for Auschwitz in September 1944 just ahead of the Allied Armies entering the area. It is said that Anne and her sister were kept in one of the reconstructed huts on the site. We spend time at the camp and visit its museum before we continue to Hannover for an overnight stay.
Bergen-Belsen & Anne Frank’s Memorial
Continuing Anne Frank’s story we visit Bergen-Belsen. After a month at Auschwitz, Anne Frank and her sister Margot were transported to Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp, where thousands of people were dying of hunger and sickness every day. Margot and Anne both contracted typhus and died within a short time of each other in March 1945, only a few weeks before the liberation. We visit the site of the camp with its superb Holocaust Interpretation Centre and later have lunch in nearby Celle before continuing to Berlin where we stay for three nights.
Berlin & the Final Solution
In Berlin we begin at the Holocaust Memorial, visit the area that was the nerve-centre of the Third Reich and see the Topography of Terror exhibition area. After lunch we travel to west Berlin and visit 'Gleis 17' – a platform on a local railway station where thousands of Jews were deported from Berlin to Concentration Camps in the East. It now stands as a moving memorial to this sad chapter in Berlin’s past. At Wannsee we visit the conference centre where arguably the decision to carry out the ‘Final Solution’ was made (entrance subject to modern day conferences not taking place).
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
On our second day in Berlin we travel to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, a site which its Soviet liberators continued to use as a place of terror into the Cold War. We return to central Berlin for free time or you can join our optional tour of WWII military history sites.
Leaving Berlin we travel into Poland and stop at Wroclaw. Once the German city of Breslau, it had a large Jewish population and later became a ‘Festung’ - a defended town - in 1945, finally surrendering to the Russians in May 1945. We have lunchtime here and free-time to explore the city centre, which shows many signs of WWII. We then continue to our hotel in Krakow for three nights.
The Oscar Schindler Story & Heroes Square
In Kraków we visit the Oscar Schindler Factory and learn the amazing story behind the man who worked tirelessly to save as many of the city’s Jews as he could. The factory site is now a museum. We take a look at the site of the Krakow Ghetto and see Heroes Square.
At Auschwitz we visit what has become one of the enduring symbols of the horror that was the Holocaust. We take a guided visit of Auschwitz before moving onto the vast site of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where an estimated one million died in the ‘Final Solution’. A sobering but memorable day which brings together many of the Holocaust stories we follow on the tour.
The Heydrich Story: Operation Anthropoid
Leaving Poland we journey into the Czech Republic, and in Prague, follow the story of Operation Anthropoid (now the subject of a Hollywood movie): the assassination of SS leader Reinhard Heydrich in 1942. Overnight in Prague.
This morning we travel to Terezin – once Theresienstadt. This former Austro-Hungarian fortified town was turned into a Concentration Camp by the Nazis and used by them as a propaganda tool to give the impression that such camps were simply for detention. We stay tonight in Bavaria.
We visit the Congress Hall in Nuremberg. Once a symbol of the power and might of the Third Reich, it now houses a museum chronicling the rise and fall of the Nazis and linking it with the Holocaust story. We end our tour at the Nuremberg Courthouse where those who had orchestrated the Holocaust were tried after WWII; a fitting place to end our moving journey. We continue to Belgium for an overnight stay.
We leave our overnight hotel this morning for the Channel port for our return crossing to the UK. You will leave your tour coach behind as you board your transfer vehicle for your return journey to your original departure point.
At a Glance
11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
Specialist Historical Guide
Convenient local joining points
Travel by Silver Service or upgrade to Luxuria
Included Excursions & Visits
Historical visits as described
Optional Excursions & Visits
Entrance fees to museums & places of interest (extra cost)
Please note on all departures: Due to the new entry system implemented by the Anne Frank House Museum we may be unable to visit here during this tour. Should a visit not be possible we will see the exterior of the house and include a visit to the Westerbork Memorial Camp. This is the camp that the Frank family and their friends were sent to following their secret stay in Amsterdam.
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.
You will stay overnight at the 3-star Hotel Wassenaar, or similar, to
the south west of Amsterdam, followed by the 4-star H4 Hotel Hannover, or similar in Harz Mountains area. In
Berlin, you will stay for three nights at the 4-star Grand City Hotel Berlin
East, or similar on the outskirts of Berlin. You will then stay for three nights at the 3-star Best Western Efekt
Express, or similar, in Krakow. In Prague you will stay overnight at the 3-star
Hotel Duo or Hotel International, and then you will stay overnight at the 3-star Hotel Zum Storch in Schlusselfeld, or similar, around 40 miles north of Nuremberg.
Your overnight stay in Belgium will be in a city-style hotel.
The 4 Star City Hotel Berlin East is located close to Alexanderplatz and also other sporting facilities like the Sportforum, the Velodrome and Max-Schmeling-Halle. The hotel has good links to the highway and public transport. The hotel facilities include a bar, lounge, a restaurant, fitness area and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature Hairdryer, T.V, Telephone and en-suite bathroom.
The 4 Star Hotel Conrad is located between the areas of Bronowice and Pradnik Bialy just on the outskirts of Krakow which is only 25minutes drive away from the centre. The hotels facilities include sauna, Jacuzzi, training bikes, orbitreks, bicycle rental, a bar, a restaurant, currency exchange and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature LCD T.V, Tea and Coffee making facilities, hairdryer, mini fridge, safe, telephone, Wi-Fi/Internet access and en-suite bathroom.
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.
Why not go the night before your
holiday for a relaxing start? You can park for FREE
for up to nine days at the Holiday Inn Ashford
North and enjoy an overnight stay with English
breakfast from just £38 per person. This offer is
subject to availability and based on two sharing a
twin/double room on a B&B basis. We’ll then
collect you from the hotel on the day of departure
and return you there at the end of your holiday.
To book this package, please call the hotel on
01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your
booking reference. If your holiday is longer than
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on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration)
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availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot
occupy a front row seat due to French Law.
Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.
If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.
Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.
Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver.
Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.
Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular
date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer
Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.
With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.
All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are
used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours,
compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National
Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.