About the tour: Defence of Britain – Kent in Two World Wars

On this new tour we look at the key role of Kent during both World Wars, that corner of Britain directly facing occupied Europe and often referred to as ‘Hell Fire Corner’.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • 1 lunch
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient regional joining points

5 days from £579 pp

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Tour Itinerary

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    Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in Kent for a four-night stay.

    • Included meals: Dinner

    Today we look at the role Kent had in the Great War, which one contemporary book described as ‘the Dark Days’. We begin in Folkestone, at the heart of the wartime role of the county, discussing Shornecliffe Camp and visiting the Military Cemetery here with over 500 burials.

    We then go down to Folkestone Harbour Station, a main route to and from the trenches on the Western Front and now a memorial space to the thousands of soldiers who passed through here. We also see the ‘Road of Remembrance’, a route to the harbour used in WW1 with a memorial built after the war to commemorate those who passed through Folkestone and never returned. After lunch in Hythe, we look at Dover in the Great War, discussing the role of the Dover Patrol at Dover Harbour, visit the Memorial to the Zeebrugge Raid in the town as well as the plaque to the first bomb dropped on Britain in WW1, and then we visit the large British Cemetery with graves from the Zeebrugge Raid in 1918.

    On the cliffs above the English Channel, we see the memorial to the Royal Flying Corps, and then return via Ashford where we see on the of the last remaining First World War tanks used as a town war memorial.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Today we follow the story of ‘The Few’ – men from many nations who flew in the skies above Sothern England in the summer of 1940. We start at the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel le Ferne (entrance included) and visit the ‘Scramble Experience’, and then go to Hawkinge, an import airfield in 1940, and see the superb Battle of Britain Museum (with included lunch). In the afternoon we travel up to ‘Biggin on the Bump’ – Biggin Hill. Many famous pilots flew from here in 1940, including Douglas Bader.

    We see the site of the airfield and visit the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum (entrance included). We then the day at the Runnymede Memorial, close to London, where the missing of the Battle of Britain are commemorated, including many shot down in combat over Kent.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Battle of Britain Memorial
    Battle of Britain Memorial

    Key Visits

    • Biggin Hill Memorial Museum
    • Battle of Britain Memorial
    • Runnymede Memorial
    • Hawkinge Memorial

    We start today at Chatham, one of the main home ports of the Royal Navy in both World Wars. Here we visit the Chatham Memorial to the Missing, which commemorates over 18,000 sailors who died in WW1 and WW2 and were lost at sea.

    Many famous battles are represented here, and among the names is talented war artist Eric Ravilious, lost in action in 1942. We then visit the Royal Engineers Museum (entrance included) in Chatham and look at the role of the Royal Engineers on the Home Front and on D-Day. After lunch, we travel to the north Kent coast to Reculver, where some of the bouncing bomb trials took place before they were used in the Dambusters Raid. We end the tour by spending the rest of the day at Dover Castle, now an English Heritage site (entrance included). Here we have plenty of time to explore the castle and its wartime defences, the museum, the wartime tunnels and look at where Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay planned Operation Dynamo in 1940, and then discuss his role in Operation Neptune for D-Day in 1944.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Reculver Towers
    Reculver Towers

    Key Visits

    • Dover Castle
    • Chatham Memorial
    • Reculver Towers

    Return home.

    Defence of Britain – Kent in Two World Wars 5 days from £579pp

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    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.

    Travel Options

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £15pp (up to 6 days duration), £25pp (7 and 8 days duration), £30pp (9 to 11 days) or £35pp (12 days or more) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on our Executive and Silver Service coaches and for one or two persons on our Luxuria coaches and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for a supplement of £8pp (up to 6 days duration), £15pp (7 and 8 days duration), £18pp (9 to 11 days) or £22pp (12 days or more).

    Guaranteed front or second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the UK port. Occasionally, front and second row seats may be on a request only basis.

    Please note: children under 15 years of age are not permitted to sit in the front seats of any coach.

    On some coaches the legroom on front seats, central view seats and seats directly in front of the washroom 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 or merged for any reason and front or second row seats or central view seats or table seats are not available on your tour, you will be refunded any supplement paid. 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.

    Central View Seats are available to pre-book free of charge.

    Table Seats are available to pre-book free of charge on our Luxuria coaches.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers 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 vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air 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.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    Customers own alcohol cannot be consumed on board our vehicles.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Silver Service, refreshments

    Silver Service Features

    • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
    • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
    • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
    • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
    • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
    • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
    • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
    • Onboard toilet

    Silver Service Seating Plan


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