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France Under The Jackboot – Soe, Sas & The French Resistance

Europe
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEGFSA

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach
Discover the wartime history of France from defeat in 1940, to Occupation and Resistance, as well as the dark chapters of the Holocaust.
PRICE FROM ? £719 per person
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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service then, to Compiegne, north of Paris for two nights.

  • Day 2 - Battle of France

    We start by looking at the German Blitzkrieg in 1940 and the Fall of France. We visit the graves of French soldiers who fell in defence of Paris and see where the Germans humiliated France by forcing them to surrender where the Armistice of 1918 was signed, seeing the museum here. In the Compiegne Forest we see where Paris’ Jews were deported by train to Concentration Camps. In the afternoon we travel to see the Museum of Resistance and Deportation covering the whole Picardy region in Tergnier.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 3 - The Holocaust in Paris

    Today we focus on the experience of the Jewish community in Paris during WW2 seeing the Holocaust Memorial site at Drancy which served as a Concentration Camp before those held here were sent off to camps in Germany and in the East. We view where the camp was, see the memorials and the Visitors Centre*. In the afternoon we depart for Limoges for two nights.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 4 - SOE in Limoges; Oradour-sur-Glane

    In the morning we follow the trail of SOE Agent Violette Szabo close to Limoges, seeing the village where she was sheltered, the area where she was dropped in and the ground where she was captured. In the afternoon we visit the village of Oradour sur Glane which was wiped out by SS troops in 1944. Now preserved as a memorial site, we enter through the visitors centre to learn of this tragic event from WW2 and spend the afternoon among the deserted streets left just as they were in 1944.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 5 - SOE Memorial

    We depart Limoges and examine the role of British Special Air Service troops behind enemy lines in occupied France and visit the SOE Memorial at Valençay. We then depart for Amiens where we stay for two nights.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 6 - Amiens Prison & French Resistance

    Today we look at the French resistance in Northern France seeing where the attack on Amiens Prison took place by RAF Mosquitos. We also visit the graves of the RAF crews in the nearby cemetery. We then travel to Arras to see the ‘Mur des Fusillés’: the moat of an old fort where members of the resistance were executed during WWII, now a poignant memorial site. After lunch we visit the Resistance Museum at Bondues near Lille, before returning to Amiens.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 7

    Return home.

    Meals - Breakfast

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Accommodation

You will stay for two nights in Compiegne, near Paris at a 3-star hotel, then two nights at the 3-star Ibis Limoges Nord and finally two nights at the 3-star Holiday Inn Express Amiens, or similar. 

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