About the tour: Last Days of WWII

Join us in the 70th anniversary year of the end of WWII in Europe, as we travel across France, Germany and Holland, visiting the major battlefield sites of the last days of the war.

Tour Includes


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

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

    We visit the Surrender Museum in Reims itself where the American forces signed a formal declaration of surrender in May 1945. We then travel into Eastern France and look at the American advance in the Lorraine in 1944/45, seeing the battlefield at Arracourt and an M4 Sherman tank and also the American Lorraine Cemetery, which is the largest US Second World War cemetery in Europe. We stay overnight in the Colmar area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    We follow the American and French advance into Germany, seeing the French Sherman at Colmar and travelling into Germany to see where US troops liberated Dachau Concentration Camp. Overnight in Bad Aibling near Munich.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Today we travel to Nuremberg and look at the battle for the city in April 1945 and the Nazi Party Rally Grounds. We continue to Leipzig and follow the fighting there, staying overnight in the Leipzig area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    The next day we follow the final American advance to the River Elbe and visit the historic site at Torgau where American and Soviet troops met up for the first time, seeing the memorial to this important event. We then continue to Berlin for four nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    In Berlin we look at the final battles for the Third Reich and see where Polish and Soviet forces crossed the River Oder in 1945, seeing the memorial to the first T34 across the river and where the Soviets made their bridgehead. In the afternoon, we look at the vital battle of the Seelow Heights, visiting the war museum, the site of the battle of Klessin and Soviet graves from 1945.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    We take a short walking tour of the centre of Berlin, seeing where some of the final fighting took place in April 1945; many buildings still show visible battle damage from this period. We visit the impressive Soviet War Cemetery with its massive memorial at Treptower Park and also the museum at Karlshorst where the Soviets signed the final declaration of surrender with the Germans on 8th May 1945.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At Gattow we visit the huge collection of German military aviation spanning the two world wars, and in the afternoon, return to Berlin for a look at the Battle of the Reichstag and the fighting around the Brandenburg Gate, seeing the Russian Memorial and T34 tanks.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    From Berlin we travel to Bergen-Belsen and look at the story of the British advance through Germany seeing British graves at Celle War Cemetery and the Visitors' Centre and site of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, liberated by British troops in 1945. We then travel to the Soltau/Munster area for two nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    We visit Luneberg Heath in the morning to see where General Bernard Montgomery signed the first surrender of German forces on the 5th May 1945. We then see Becklingen War Cemetery with some of the final British casualties from WW2, including the last man to be awarded the Victoria Cross: Edward Charlton V.C. of the Irish Guards. In the afternoon we go to the Panzer Museum in Munster with its incredible display for tanks and fighting vehicles, including a King Tiger, Tiger I, Panther and Panzer IVs as well as T34s and other Allied vehicles.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Departing Germany we travel into Holland and look at the Canadian liberation of this area in 1945 seeing some of the final graves of Allied servicemen to die here at Holton Canadian War Cemetery and looking at the Battle of Arnhem in 1945. Overnight in Wolfheze near Arnhem before we return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    To Calais, then return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Prices are per person, based on two sharing.

    Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; single room supplement £179; travel insurance from £49.50.


     

    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 each at the 3-star Ibis Reims Tinqueux; a 3-star hotel in Colmar; a 3-star hotel such as Hotel Johannisbad in Bad Aibling; and the 4-star Ramada Leipzig-Halle. In Berlin we stay for four nights at the Tryp By Wyndham Berlin City East, or similar. In Soltau/Munster we stay for two nights at the 3-star Hotel Meyn, or similar and then one-night at a minimum 3-star hotel in Holland.


     

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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 £41.50 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, select option 1, 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

      On most holidays if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines. Excludes holidays to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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