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Panzers In The Ardennes

Europe
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEGBPN

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach
Join us as we look at the Panzers and Tanks used in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, seeing many on the battlefield today.
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Itinerary

5 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Local departure by coach, then to Belgium for a four-night stay.

  • Day 2 - Bulge Relics Museum & Manhay

    We start today at the Ardennes American Cemetery near Liège. There are more than 5,000 burials here from the fighting in the Ardennes in 1944/45, including GIs who fought in tank units. From here, we look at German armoured forces and see a King Tiger Tank at La Gleize, one of only a handful left in the world.

    After lunch we see an American M4 Sherman at Vielsam, then visit the Bulge Relics Museum which has an outstanding collection of artefacts recovered from the battlefield. At Manhay, we visit the new War Museum, and also see an original Panther Tank used in the Battle of the Bulge.

    We then end at Houffalize to see the newly restored Panther Tank, which fought in the town in 1944.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 3 - Bastogne and Diekirch

    Today we journey to Recogne to visit the German War Cemetery, where we will see the graves of German tank crews including Knight’s Cross recipients.

    In Bastogne, we visit Bastogne Barracks for a tour of the many tanks exhibited here, as well as the tank workshops and displays relating to the 1944 battles in the area.

    After lunch, we visit some of the Sherman Tank turrets which now circle the town of Bastogne, marking the old defensive perimeter from 1944/45.

    We then cross into Luxembourg and visit the superb Diekirch War Museum which has a remarkable collection of armoured vehicles - perhaps the best in the Ardennes. We then travel back via Troisvierges and see a Pak43 88mm anti-tank gun.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 4 - Ardennes Blitzkrieg 1940

    Today we look at the German Blitzkrieg in the West, following the route of German Panzers as they came down through the Ardennes in May 1940. We will take some of the routes they used down into northern France, and look at the battlefield around Stonne, one of the biggest armoured engagements. Here we see a Char B tank as well as a selection of other memorials.

    After lunchtime in Sedan, we look at the Meuse River crossings by German Panzer formations, before crossing back into Belgium to visit the Hitler bunker at Bruly. This concrete bunker was used by Hitler as a headquarters during the Battle of France, and is now a WW2 museum.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 5

    Return home.

    Meals - Breakfast

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Accommodation

You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Hotel Vayamundo in Houffalize in the Ourthe Valley. Situated amongst pine forest, the hotel offers a restaurant, bar and indoor swimming pool.

The hotel provides the ideal place to unwind after a day of touring the battlefields.

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