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Liberation Route: D-Day To Arnhem

Europe
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEGFLR

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach
Join us as we follow British and Commonwealth forces in WW2, in the journey they took liberating Normandy, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to our hotel in the Caen area, where we stay for two nights.

  • Day 2 - Normandy Beaches

    We begin with the British D-Day story starting at Arromanches where we see the remains of the Mulberry Harbour.

    At Gold Beach we see where Stan Hollis was awarded the Victoria Cross on D-Day, the only VC that day, and then at Juno Beach look at the story of the Canadians seeing memorials and bunkers.

    After lunchtime in Courseulles, we see where the British 3rd Division and Commandos landed on Sword Beach, then visit the Pegasus Memorial Museum and see where gliders came in at Pegasus Bridge in the early hours of D-Day.

    We end at Ranville War Cemetery, where many of the Airborne soldiers are buried.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 3 - Battle of Normandy

    Today we look at the Battle of Normandy and examine the bitter fighting for Hill 112, the ‘Verdun of Normandy’. Here we see a Churchill Tank and memorials to the fighting.

    We then travel through the Bocage battlefields to Bayeux, visiting Bayeux War Museum and Bayeux War Cemetery.

    After lunchtime in central Bayeux, we travel to northern France for an overnight at De Panne in Belgium, stopping at Calais Canadian Cemetery, where those who died in the liberation of Boulogne and Calais are buried.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 4 - Liberation of Belgium

    We begin our look at the liberation of Belgium in September 1944 with a visit to the superb For Freedom Museum at Knocke, where we see amazing displays of wartime equipment and uniforms.

    We then examine the Canadian landings and attacks here during Operation Switchback before crossing onto the Walcheren Island. Here in November 1944 British Commandos and Canadians landed on the island to clear the Scheldt Estuary, allowing the port of Antwerp to be open.

    After lunchtime in Middelburg we see where the landings took place at Westkapelle, seeing a Sherman tank and nearby memorials before ending the day at Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, and then to our overnight hotel in Antwerp.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 5 - The Liberation Route

    Following the Liberation Route into Holland, we examine Operation Market Garden in September 1944, following the route of ground troops of XXX Corps from Eindhoeven to the Son Bridge, and visit the Wings of Liberation Museum.

    After lunch we see Grave Bridge and then go into Nijmegen to look at the Waal Crossing of American Airborne soldiers in support of Guards Armoured Division.

    We then continue to the outskirts of Arnhem for two nights.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 6 - Arnhem

    Today we have a full day at Arnhem, seeing where British Airborne soldiers landed. We visit the Hartenstein Hotel Museum, and Arnhem War Cemetery, as well as visiting Oosterbeek Church, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

    We end our day at Arnhem Bridge, looking at the famous battle here and discussing whether it was a ‘Bridge Too Far’.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 7

    Return home.

    Meals - Breakfast

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Accommodation

You will stay for two nights in the Ouistreham area, one night at the Ibis De Panne, and a further night at the Mecure Antwerp City Centre (formerly known as Leopold Hotel, Antwerp), before spending two nights at the Hotel De Bilderberg in Oosterbeek. Back to top