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Battlefields & Memorial of the World Wars Tour

Battlefields & Memorial of the World Wars Tour

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: First Class Hotels

Start Date: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Families and Small Groups

London, the finest capital city in the world and the beautiful countryside of the South East, contain many important historical sites relating to World War II.

Northern France also has a wealth of important sites. We visit the moving cemeteries and battlefields around the Somme and Normandy where, thousands of Allied troops poured ashore on the magnificent beaches in the closing stages of World War II.

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The tour begins in London, where we experience the huge array of memorials and museums relating to the two World Wars. We visit sights relating to all branches of the armed forces, before heading into the glorious countryside of the South East England.

Crossing the English Channel we arrive in France and visit important and moving locations around the French / Belgium border and the poppy fields of Flanders. Before returning to Paris, the final leg of the tour takes us to the Normandy Beaches where, so many of the Allied forces lost their lives.

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Itinerary

In LONDON, we will begin at the Cenotaph, the bleak monument where the Queen pays homage to the nation’s war dead on Remembrance Sunday.  Close are the CABINET WAR ROOMS, a warren of rooms beneath the Treasury where Churchill lived and worked during WWII. The IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM has amazing displays of tanks, artillery, bombs and aircraft as well as moving exhibits on the Holocaust, air raids, censorship and food rationing. Finally, east to Tower Bridge, where HMS BELFAST is moored. This floating museum is one of the last surviving craft that served during the D-day landings

Day 1: London - War Rooms - Museums

In LONDON, we will begin at the Cenotaph, the bleak monument where the Queen pays homage to the nation’s war dead on Remembrance Sunday. Close are the CABINET WAR ROOMS, a warren of rooms beneath the Treasury where Churchill lived and worked during WWII. The IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM has amazing displays of tanks, artillery, bombs and aircraft as well as moving exhibits on the Holocaust, air raids, censorship and food rationing. Finally, east to Tower Bridge, where HMS BELFAST is moored. This floating museum is one of the last surviving craft that served during the D-day landings

Day 2: Bletchley Park - Bunker - Air Museum

Day 2: Bletchley Park - Bunker - Air Museum

BLETCHLEY PARK was the home of the WWII code-cracking Enigma machine which was hte backbone of German military intelligence. It is generally regarded as the birthplace of the moderm computer with the giant Colossus. UXBRIDGE BARRACKS has a fully restored WWII War Operations bunker where much of the Battle Of Britain was controlled from. A monument dedicated to those who fought and died in the Battle of Britain is adjacent. RAF HENDON is Britain's only national air museum with a collection of 200 aircraft including the legendary Battle of Britain Spitfire and a Lancaster Bomber.

Day 3: Chartwell - White Cliffs - WWII Tunnels

Day 3: Chartwell - White Cliffs - WWII Tunnels

CHARTWELL was the home of Sir Winston Churchill. Set in the beautiful Kent countryside, known as the ‘Garden of England’ it contains a huge collection of Churchill’s paintings and artefacts. About an hour away are iconic WHITE CLIFFS of Dover. Above the cliffs, Dover Castle, built by William I in 1066 and contains a labyrinth of Secret Wartime Tunnels built deep within the cliffs. You will walk through the rooms where Sir Admiral Ramsay planned the “miracle of Dunkirk” and see the Command Centre where Sir Winston Churchill viewed the Battle of Britain. Finally we travel to France, passing through the CHANNEL TUNNEL.

Day 4: WWI - Menin Gate - Tyne Cot

Day 4: WWI - Menin Gate - Tyne Cot

Today, some of the key sights connected with World War I. The Memorial cemetery in Vallee de LA SOMME and THE TANK MEMORIAL commemorating the first use of tanks in warfare on 15th September, 1916. The magnificent Canadian Memorial at VIMY RIDGE has trenches preserved as they were. Just over the border in Belgium is Ypres where the MENIN GATE remebers 54,896 overseas British and Commonwealth. The Last Post is played every evening. Lastly, TYNE COT, the moving Commonwealth Cemetery where 11,954 men are buried, of which 8,367 are unnamed.

Day 5: Iron Mike - St Mere Eglise - Utah Beach

Day 5: Iron Mike - St Mere Eglise - Utah Beach

This morning. we travel across to Bayeux and the Normandy coast where we spend time looking at the American sites. We begin at IRON MIKE, built to commemorate the soldiers of the 82nd Airborne. At ST MERE EGLISE, PFC John Steele landed on the church tower on D-Day (remembered in the film The Longest Day). We see the Airborne Museum which boasts a C-47 Skytrain before heading to UTAH Beach to see the assault vehicles and weaponry in the dunes. At the Utah Beach Museum we discover the 4th Division’s push northwards together with the well preserved German bunkers.

Day 6: Cemetary - Pont du Hoc - Beaches

Day 6: Cemetary - Pont du Hoc - Beaches

The AMERICAN CEMETARY is a moving tribute to 9,387 American soldiers laid to rest. OMAHA Beach Museum has a display of landing craft and a Sherman Tanks The cliffs that are deeply pitted with German bunkers and shell holes. Stopping at the PONT du HOC; GOLD, JUNO and SWORD beaches and passing though Arromanches-les-Bains with the remarkable remains of Mulberry Harbour. At the Musee du Debarquement a huge picture window gives an amazing view of the harbour at sea. Fianlly, PEGASUS BRIDGE where, on the night before D-Day, there was a crucial and daring glider assault.

Day 7: WWII Sites in Paris

Day 7: WWII Sites in Paris

This morning we travel from Normandy to PARIS and visit some of the significant locations in the city. Firstly, HOTEL MEURICE, the building that housed the Nazi headquarters during the occupation that still has a bullet hole in the door crest. PREFECTURE DE POLICE, the police headquarters which was the site of the initial uprising against the occupation. The DEPORTATION MEMORIAL remembers the 200,000 individuals sent to concentration camps across Europe. It is located underground behind Notre Dame and was intended that its long, narrow subterranean space conveys a feeling of claustrophobia.

Day 8: Paris Highlights

Day 8: Paris Highlights

On the final day of your tour, we transfer you to the airport, or you may choose to extend your tour to visit some of the wonderful sights of Paris, including the EIFFEL TOWER, The LOUVRE, Place des Vosges, The Pompidou Centre, Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Eysees to name but a few. You may wish to take a relaxing cruise along the RIVER SEINE or simply soak up the culture in some of the city’s famous cafes and restaurants.


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