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Join us for a tour following British Liberation Army its eleven month campaign from The D Day Beaches in Normandy to Victory at the Surrender on the Luneburg Heath in Germany. We see where the British Army stormed the beaches, and the sites of bitter fighting in Normandy and cross the Seine. We trace the pursuit across France and Belgium. We follow the epic story of the airborne carpet to the tragedy of Arnhem and the battles in the Rhineland. We cross the river Rhine and follow the campaign to its conclusion with the discovery of concentration camps and the German surrender. Within this framework we can follow the path of soldiers or units who served with the Second British Army The tour takes us across the battlefields of many centuries and allows travellers to see the scale of Northern West Europe's history.
Midday. Meet Guide and coach at Caen Station. Check in to Hotel. Visit the Caen Memorial Museum followed by a visit to and the British airborne landing grounds, including Pegasus bridge and Sword beach. Welcome dinner.
DAY 2: Normandy
Following breakfast in the hotel you will check out and tour the Normandy area:
We will drive through the Canadian (Juno Beach) and see where the British troops landed at Gold Beach, hearing the stories of the heroes who made success possible including WO2 Stan Hollis VC. We will have lunch in Arromanches
After lunch we call at the Bayeux War Cemetery and then follow the breakout from Normandy via Falaise, visiting some of the memorials to the fighting to close the Falaise pocket and make our way to out hotel by the banks of the River Seine
Accommodation: Les Andelys -Vernon Siene Valley
After breakfast check out and continue the Drive from the Seine to Belgium.
We visit the site of the assault crossing over the river Seine Crossing at Vernon (43 Wessex Division) and drive North East across the First World War battlefields of the Somme. We will pause to tell the story of the British Army captured a German general and stormed across the river Somme. We can pause and contemplate the links between the world wars on the Somme Battlefields Lunch Somme Area (Own cost)
We continue towards Belgium, pausing at Vimy Ridge, the site of a gallant action in 1940 by some of the men who would return in 1944.
We continue past the 1914 battlefields of Mons and stay overnight outside Brussels.
Accommodation: Brussels area
DAY 4: Waterloo to Nijmegen
Following breakfast and check out drive to Nijmegen Operation Market-Garden .
We follow the route of the British Second Army in its attempt to cross the River Rhine in September 1944 carpet. We look at the Canals and the breakout of 30 Corps and the drive to Valkensward, the Son Bridge (101st AB Div) and Grave Bridge (82°d AB Div).
Lunch Nijmegen Area.
We drive to Arnhem via the Nijmegen Bridge, where we here the story of its capture by American airborne soldiers and British Guardsmen. We drive to Arnhem and see where the British Airnborne Troops fought their doomed battle. Option for museum visit at Groesbeek or Oosterbeek.
Accommodation: Hotel Courage Waalkade in Nijmegen
After breakfast check out and continue your tour visiting key sites for the battles for the Rhineland and the Rhine crossing. We have lunch in the Roman town of Xanten .
We visit the site of the Rhine crossing and hear about how this was planned and executed. We too cross the river Rhine by a ferry.
In the afternoon we see where the British broke free and some of the places where the last determined German defenders fought on on the path to the Baltic.
DAY 6: Hamburg
After breakfast continue your journey
We visit the Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp Memorial. This was a horrific discovery made in April 1945 which illustrates the moral cpontext for the battles to liberate Europe.
Visit site of the surrender on Luneberg heath
Free time in Hamburg.
Accommodation: Hotel Hamburg