Battle of Britain 80th Premium Anniversary Tour

Join us in summer in September 2020 in England for our amazing and truly historic 80th anniversary tour for the Battle of Britain (BoB) - reliving and remembering the Battle of Britain in August September of 1940, when the fate of the free world hung in the balance, as the 'few' - as the under-manned RAF - took on the might of the Luftwaffe in their Spitfires and Hurricanes - and against all odds - won. A pivotal and incredibly historic battle that changed the course of the war - and enables us to enjoy the freedoms we have today. Please note that we will not be advised of the actual dates for the Duxford Battle of Britain 80th Anniversary Air Show (which is included in the tour) until mid 2019, however we are confident this superb and very pivotal air show will be 19/20 September 2020. Our amazing and historic 80th Aniversary BoB Tour will be released shortly (end April 2019)

Airshows are the best place to see second world war aircraft.  But there is much more to see around the country. The Battle of Britain was fought by the Few, the fighter pilots in the air. But it was directed by the extraordinary command and control system based on radar devised by Dowding and kept secret from the Germans. The air battle left its traces on the ground, in buildings and battle damage.  There is much to see that reveals the human dimension of the battle. 

Additional Information

THEME :
AIR FORCE
CONFLICT :
WW2
Year :
2020
Start Location :
London, England
Tour operated by :
- Spirit of Remembrance Ltd.
DAY 1: Saturday 12 September 2020
Arrive in London at your convenience
Check into your hotel from 2.00pm, (early check in can be arranged for an additional cost)
Day and evening at leisure

Accommodation:     St. Ermins or similar
Meals:                       None

DAY 2: Sunday 13 September 2020

Breakfast in hotel
This morning we set off my foot for a WW2 familiarizastion walk guided by your battlefield historian which will cover the Battle of Britain and the Blitz.
The following places will be visited: (approximatly 2 hours in total - 1 hour walking)
Churchill War Rooms,
* Guards Chapel - Context of D Day. A reminder of Hitler's strategy for 1944 - terrorise London
* Thames Embankment - RAF Memorial - Fleet Air Arm memorial - and Battle of Britain memorials. Reminder of air forces contribution to victory. The route takes us past No 1 Richmond Terrace the location of Combined Operations HQ. There is no Combined operations museum
* Whitehall past the cenotaph and memorials to Women in War, Montgomery and Alanbrooke.
* Cross Horse guards to the statue of Lord Louis Mountbatten. As chief of Combined Operations he led the organisation which did much to develop the techniques used on D Day, as well as preparing the ground with the aggressive raids on occupied Europe.
*  The Admiralty Citadel, the Royal Navy's command and communications centre for its world wide operations. In passing we see the Royal Marines' memorial
* Via Waterloo place where bomb damage can still be seen and 3 Carlton Gardens, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AA, the Free French HQ in London to St James' Place. (Not shown on my map but on the route - ran out of google map points)
Norfolk House, where Operation Overlord was planned by the COSSAC staff.
* The Churchill and Roosevelt on a bench statue. A place to talk about their relationship
* Grosvenor Square. HQ ETOUSA and Eisenhower's HQ Finish Grosvenor Hotel We need to visit the ball room. The biggest room in London and the only one biog enough to serve as the ETOUSA mess hall. Tea or Cocktails. If wished we can look out at Hyde park to where Mary Churchill served in a searchlight battery. She and her mother were witnesses to the V1 falling on the Guards Chapel. (point 2)

Lunch is included
Afternoon visit to the Imperial War Museum with your guide (optional)
 
Return to your hotel for a well deserved rest and to freshen up before dinner.
Welcome dinner at an exclusive London club.

Interesting note: Today is the 80th anniversary of the bobing of Buckingham Palace

Accommodation:     St. Ermins or similar
Meals:                       Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 3: Mon. 14 September 2020

Breakfast in the hotel
Check out of our London hotel and board our coach to drive north to Bentley Priory
We start the with a visit to the nerve centre of Fighter Command, Bentley Priory, where Dowding was based.
Visit Fighter Command HQ
Lunch at Bently Priory Cafe 
Next we visit the underground HQ of Uxbridge No 11 Group Bunker from where the main air battles of Britain were fought. In this bunker on 15th September Winston Churchill watched the climactic day of the battle of Britain here.
(Note The bunker is accessed via 76 steps and may be unsuitable for those with reduced mobility)

We then are privileged to visit the historic Sector HQ and Battle of Britain fighter airfield at RAF Northolt and the spiritual home of the exiled Polish Air force.  Outside the airfield is the memorial to the members of the Polish wild geese who played such a big part in defending Britain. We visit the Polish Memorial.   RAF Northolt Sector Operations room
We drive to the Orchard a Public House and restaurant frequented by Polish airmen in WW2
Drive south to Folkestone
Check into hotel
Dinner 

Accommodation:      Folkestone
Meals:                        Breakfast & dinner


Day 4: Tuesday 15 September 2020 (Battle of Britain Day)
Hellfire Corner- the Airfields under Attack: Today we visit “Hellfire Corner” The south east of Kent and the closest points in England to the Germans bases in the Pas De Calais in France.  Weather permitting we may be able to see Cap Gris Nez in France where Herman Goering inspected the British defences. Battle of Britain Memorial Visit National Memorial to the Few Battle of Britain Service We drive to the white cliffs at Dover where journalists reported digfights over the channel as if they were sports matches
Ramsgate The Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
Manston Manston Museum at the site of the advanced airfield under frequent heavy Luftwaffe attacks
Lunch Manston
Depart for RAF Kenley - Story of Attack on RAF Kenley 18 August 1940
Depart for RAF Croyden
Story of attack on Croyden 15 Aug 1940


This was the airport hotel for London Croydon airport in between the wars and served as accommodation for pilots of 111 Squadron RAF based at Croydon Aerodrome as well as an RAF Hospital. Although modernised to C21st standards, this is a historic battle of Britain location damaged by bombs on 165th August 1940) Outside the airfield is the memorial to the members of the Polish wild geese who played such a big part in defending Britain. We visit the Polish memorial. The Airport Hotel Croydon This was the airport hotel for London Croydon airport in between the wars and served as accommodation for pilots of 111 Squadron RAF based at Croydon Aerodrome as well as an RAF Hospital. (Use local restaurant as per Frank copy: ‘We drive to a supper venue in a restaurant frequented by Polish airmen in WW2’)

Accommodation:     Hallmark Hotel London Croydon Aerodrome   (History)
Meals:                       None


 Day 5: Wednesday 16 September 2020
Breakfast
Brooklands to Brookwood: Brooklands Aviation Museum -  Brooklands Museum – The birthplace of the Hawker Hurricane the birthplace of British aviation and motor racing. This was the location of the Vickers and Hawker factories.
In the afternoon we drive to Brookwood Military Cemetery where many of the British and German are buried. Visit the RAF Memorial to the Missing at Runnymede, Sited overlooking London Airport this memorial commemorates over 20,000 airmen who have no known grave. There will be a short act of Remembrance for those who wish to take part.

Accommodation:     Hallmark Hotel London Croydon Aerodrome   (History)
Meals:                       None


Day 6: Thursday 17 September 2020
Depart Hotel 
Hendon RAF Museum Hendon
Lunch in Museum
Depart for Central London
London: RAF Chapel St Clement Danes
St Pauls??
Driving tour of RAF sites
Embankment: Battle of Britain Memorial

Accommodation:    St Ermins or Similar, London 
Meals:                       None


Day 7: Friday 18th September 2020  Duxford
Breakfast
Drive to Cambridge
*  Eagle Pub
*  IWM Duxford Museum - Dragon Rapide flights (extra cost) 
Lunch
*  Control Room
Duxford 8th Airforce Museum
Cambridge American Cemetery 30.5 acre cemetery containing the remains of 3,811 war dead and the names of 5,127 names
Depart cemetery
Check into our hotel in Cambridge

Accommodation:     University Arms, Cambridge or similar 
Meals:                       Breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 8: Saturday 19th September 2020  Duxford
official 80th Anniversary BOB Airshow opens 0800
Early bird Sat £30 Flightline Walk (Sat) £5 Visit the Flightline Walk and get up close to the aircraft you'll be seeing in the skies during our action-packed flying display. Grandstand Experience £15 Enjoy our tiered seating enclosure especially created to provide photographers, enthusiasts and aircraft fans with an uninterrupted view of all the flying action. Must be bought with a valid air show ticket. Outdoor seating enclosure on the Flightline Walk, Allocated seat throughout the day – note that seats are allocated on arrival Exclusive toilet facilities Souvenir package £12 Exclusive souvenir package includes air show programme, pin badge & lanyard - to be collected on arrival on the day.

Interesting note: ** Today is the 75th Anniversary of Lord Haw Haw being sentenced to death in London ***

Accommodation:    University Arms, Cambridge or similar  
Meals:                       Breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 9: Sunday 20th September 2020  London
Battle of Britain Annual Service at Westminster Cathedral. Note ticket required. (*Apply in June 2020) (This will be a winner… ???? )
(A tradition has grown that the remaining Battle of Britain veterans and their families hold their own, private service in the chapel prior to the Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication on Battle of Britain Sunday…)
Rest of day at leisure.
Dinner: Churchill war rooms Westminster Abbey: Guest Speaker: Seb Cox or ano from the RAF historical section

Accommodation:     St. Ermins or similar
Meals:                       None



Day 10: Monday 21st September 2020  London
 Tour Finishes after breakfast

Meals:                         Breakfast


 

 

Highlights

Tour Code GB20
Tour Name   Battle of Britain 80th Anniversary
Date  
Your Guide  
EUR £ TBC   Per person twin/double share
£ TBC   Single room (total cost)


Land Tour Price does Include:

• Experienced battlefield tour guide & tour escort
• Executive coach
• 
• 2 nights’ accommodation in London
• 1 nights’ accommodation in 
• 1 nights’ accommodation in 
• 8 nights’ accommodation in
• Breakfast daily
• Welcome dinner
• Farewell dinner
• Museum entrance as detailed in the itinerary
• Tour documentation with background information
• 100% financial security and full bonding


Tour Price does NOT Include:

Meals/Refreshments other than stated on the itinerary
• Travel / Cancellation / Medical Insurance
• Passport & related fees
• Any optional excursion not specifically stated
• Items of a personal nature