About the tour: Behind The Iron Curtain: Spies & Espionage in the Cold War

On this fascinating tour we take an in depth look into the dark corners of spying behind the Iron Curtain in Germany and look at what might have happened if the Cold War had turned hot. The Cold War lasted for almost 50 years and the spies and espionage on both sides played a big part in the West's attempt to prevent a Third World War. Led by a Specialist Battlefield Guide, join us as we visit the new Berlin Spy Museum and the Berlin Wall, the Glienicke Bridge, which featured in the film ‘Bridge of Spies’, the Stasi Prison which was used to detain people condemned by the Communist regime, and, see the so-called ‘Fulda Gap’, where the main thrust of a Soviet advance on the West would have taken place.

Tour Includes


  • 8 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Historical Guide
  • Historical visits as described
  • FREE local joining points

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Tour Itinerary

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.
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    Local departure by coach or Door-to-door service then to Holland and our overnight hotel.

    We travel to Berlin, stopping at the old Cold War border at Hötensleben, to see a preserved section of the Internal German Border which separated East and West during the Cold War, seeing tank traps, the wall and watch towers. We stay for three nights in a hotel once used by the Stasi.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Hötensleben Border Wall
    Hötensleben Boarder Wall

    Included Highlights

    • Hötensleben Border Wall

    On our first day in Berlin – a city at the dark heart of the Cold War – we begin at the new Berlin Spy Museum, spending the morning here and at nearby Topography of Terror, where we see the Berlin Wall and also have time for lunch in the area around Checkpoint Charlies: the Cold War front line for the Americans. In the afternoon we look at the Stasi – the East German security services, visiting the Stasi Prison used to detain people condemned by the Communist regime and also the Stasi Museum, in the site of their headquarters.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Checkpoint Charlie
    Checkpoint Charlie

    Included Highlights

    • Berlin Wall
    • Checkpoint Charlie
    • Berlin Spy Museum
    • Stasi Museum

    This morning we travel over to West Berlin to the Glienicke Bridge, made famous in the film ‘Bridge of Spies’ and a location where during the Cold War spies were exchanged. We returned to Berlin to look at the development of the Berlin Wall at Bernauerstrasse, seeing the open air memorial site and preserved wall, and Visitors' Centre, with time for lunch in this area. In the afternoon, we visit the Teufelsberg: the ‘Devil’s Mountain’, which was the site of a Cold War spy station overlooking Berlin, a site not normally open to the public.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Glienicke Bridge
    Glienicke Bridge

    Included Highlights

    • Glienicke Bridge

    On our final morning in Berlin, we visit the DDR Museum, the museum of everyday life under the East German regime, with some fascinating exhibits. You can also take time to visit the nearby ‘TV Tower’, now one of the iconic symbols of Berlin, but established as a communications hub to spy on the west. We then depart for Leipzig for two nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Included Highlights

    • DDR Museum
    • Berlin TV Tower

    In Leipzig, we visit the Stasi Bunker, the last remaining Cold War site used by the Stasi in its original state. After lunchtime in Leipzig, we travel out to the Kossa Cold War Bunker, a massive Warsaw Pact site with tanks, hangars and bunkers.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Leipzig
    Leipzig

    Included Highlights

    • Leipzig
    • Kossa Cold War Bunker

    Today we look at when the Cold War could have gone hot, travelling to the so-called ‘Fulda Gap’, where the main thrust of a Soviet advance on the West would have taken place. We set the scene, look at possible scenarios and visit the ‘battlefields that never were’.

    Overnight in Fulda.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    On our last morning, we visit the Point Alpha Memorial at the Fulda Gap, which commemorates the role of American and NATO forces in the area, seeing the Visitors' Centre and preserved border section. We depart for Belgium for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    For your convenience, pre-book 5 evening meals to be taken at your hotels in Berlin and Leipzig for £109 per person.  Call for more details.


    Single Room Supplement from £229.00 (9 days).

    Accommodation

    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.

    You will stay for one night at the 4-star Bilderberg Wolfheze, near Arnhem, followed by three nights at the 3-star Tryp by Wyndham Berlin City East. In Leipzig, we stay two nights at the 4-star H4 Hotel and then one night at the 4-star Hotel Fulde Mitte. 

    Overnight stay in Belgium will be in a city-style hotel.

    Fletchers Wolfheze (Formerly Bilderberg)

    Wolfhezerweg 17, 6874 Wolfheze,

    • Swimming Pool
    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Good Morning Berlin City East

    (formerly Tryp By Wyndham Berlin City East) Ruschestrasse, 45, D-10367 Berlin,

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

    Hotel Fulda Mitte

    Lindenstrasse 45 , Fulda, 36037

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

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      Travel Extras

      Why not go the night before your tour 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 £39.50 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) 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 seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

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