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DAY 1 (CO) - Drive to your preferred port of Newcastle, Hull or Harwich, for your overnight crossing to Holland (Dover to Calais crossings available on request) . Accommodation in a 2 berth inside cabin is included (upgrades available subject to availability at the time of booking).

 

DAY 2 (HB) - Morning arrival in Holland followed by the drive east to Arnhem and Joe’s Bridge, the start position of the Guards Armoured Division at the beginning of Operation Market Garden. You can visit the graves of the Irish Guards at Valkenswaard War Cemetery and the vast German cemetery at Ysselsteyn before visiting the impressive Overloon War Museum and the Hartenstein Hotel (adm. included), headquarters of the 1st Airborne Division during the Arnhem battle, and now an excellent museum. You can also visit the original memorial at Wolfheze, look at one of the landing grounds at Ginkel Heath and visit the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery before visiting the area around Arnhem Bridge, where the pivotal battle for the outcome of Operation Market Garden took place - Mileage approx. 65-75 miles dependant on your port of arrival.

CO = Cabin Only / BB = Bed & Breakfast / HB = Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

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2019 Tour Itinerary

DAY 3 (HB) - Departing Arnhem after breakfast your routing takes you across the border into Germany where you can visit the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, the biggest WW2 British Cemetery in Europe, nearly half the 7,400 graves are men from Bomber Command. From here you will travel to the Mohne Dam in the Ruhr Valley and see where the daring attack by aircraft from 617 Squadron commanded by Guy Gibson took place. From the top of the dam you can see where the attack came in and understand what a daring raid it was. You can also visit the Eder Dam, another one of the targets in Operation Chastise, before continuing on to the Naturehotel Schindelbruch, Nordhausen where after check-in and some free time to relax and freshen up dinner is included at the hotel - Mileage approx. 260 miles

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DAY 4 (HB) - Today after breakfast we depart Nordhausen for the drive to the famous Colditz Castle and museum (adm. included), a name forever associated with the story of Prisoners of War in WWII. Perched above the sleepy German town that gives the castle its name. Here you will be able to go inside and explore the castle, hear the stories of Douglas Bader and Pat Reid, and the many Allied prisoners kept held here. From Colditz you will continue to the Hotel Schloss-Eckberg, Dresden, your base for the next two nights. Dinner is included at the hotel - Mileage approx. 155 miles

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DAY 5 (BB) - Breakfast followed by the day at leisure in Dresden which was fire-bombed in the raid on the city in February 1945 which destroyed almost all of its original buildings and killed nearly 25,000 civilians. You can still see some of the surviving buildings including the Trinity Church and Frauenkirche, which stand as memorials to the bombing, and visit some of the mass graves of the casualties of the raid. In the afternoon why not visit the Bundeswehr Military History Museum (admission NOT included) which has an unparalled collection of WWII artefacts. The evening is at leisure in Dresden.

 

DAY 6 (BB) - Departing the hotel and Dresden after breakfast today your routing takes you across the border into Poland where you'll visit Zagan where Stalag Luft III (adm. included) was located. This Allied Prisoner of War camp was built to hold nearly 10,000 prisoners, many of them air crew and it was here in March 1944 the so-called 'Great Escape' took place, made famous in the Hollywood film, when 80 Allied servicemen got away. You can follow at the story of the escapers, visit the site of the camp and the tunnels they dug, and the memorial to those who were shot after the escape failed. From Zagan your drive continues to Berlin and the Best Western Plus Steglitz International your base for the next two nights. After check-in at the hotel the evening is at leisure - Mileage approx. 120 miles

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DAY 7 (BB) - Breakfast followed by the day at leisure in Berlin where in addition to the main tourist sights you may like tio visit the impressive Air Force Museum at Gatow, which has a large collection of aircraft from WWI to the Cold War period and the Berlin War Cemetery where many RAF Bomber Command crews are buried. Around the city you can see Flak Tower defences and the air raid shelters used to protect Berliners from the bombs. The evening is at leisure in Berlin.

 

DAY 8 (HB) - Early departure from Berlin after breakfast. Today your routing takes you west via Wolfsburg where you can visit Volkswagen's amazing Autostadt (adm. included). With over two million visitors a year, the Autostadt is more than just a car museum. Volkswagen opened this attraction to share with the world the stages of car production at one of their factories. Visitors to the Autostadt will find super modern architecture, driving tracks for adults and children, boat rides, car design simulation, and a display of some world-famous automobiles. From Autostadt your journey continues west to Hanover and the Air Force Museum in Hanover (adm. NOT included) which has some impressive WW2 items as well as a memorial to Second World War air crew. Overnight at the Hotel Waldesrand where you should arrive early evening - Mileage approx. 170 miles

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DAY 9 (BB) - Departing the hotel after breakfast, today you can visit the Hannover War Cemetery with more than 2,000 graves of bomber crew casualties before continuing back into Holland and to your port of departure for your return overnight sailing back to the UK - Mileage appriox. 290 miles

 

DAY 10 (CO) - AM arrival in the UK

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