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The Lancaster Bomber Experience

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEGLBE

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach
Join this unique Dambusters tour where you have the opportunity to take a taxy ride in a Lancaster Bomber, and visit the Möhne and Eder Dams.
PRICE FROM ? £1349 per person
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Itinerary

2020 Itinerary - Taxy Ride Included

  • Day 1

    This tour begins at our hotel in Rotherham where you will be staying for the night. Free car parking is available at the Leger offices in Rotherham together with a free transfer service to your hotel.

  • Day 2 - Derwent Dam & the International Bomber Command Memorial

    Today, we visit the Derwent Dams where 617 Squadron RAF practised attacking the dam towers, which resembled their target in Germany.

    We then travel across to the Lincoln area and visit the new International Bomber Command Memorial. This commemorates the thousands of men who died serving in Bomber Command and we take time to see this and see the Visitor’s Centre.

    We stay overnight in the Retford area.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 3 - Lancaster Bomber Taxy Ride

    Today we visit the Lincolnshire Aviation Centre to see the museum and displays, and in groups of ten people take runway taxy rides in an original WW2 Lancaster Bomber, 'Just Jane'.

    Restored to almost flying condition, the aircraft will power up and taxy along the runway: a totally unique experience!

    Later we depart for Hull and an overnight crossing to Holland.

    Terms and conditions apply, click here for more information

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 4 - Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery

    After arrival in Rotterdam we visit the grave of Guy Gibson VC, who commanded 617 Squadron, and died in a Mosquito crash in 1944.

    We then visit Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery to see the RAF Bomber Command crews, including Dambusters crewmembers.

    We then travel to the Dortmund area for a two-night stay.

  • Day 5 - Mohne and Eder Dams

    Today we have a full day visiting the Möhne and Eder Dams, attacked in Operation Chastise in May 1943 by 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron.

    We discover the story of the raid and look at the dams which were attacked, seeing the local museum.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 6 - Rheinberg War Cemetery

    On our final day we visit the graves of men who died in Operation Chastise at Rheinberg War Cemetery and then visit Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, the largest British WW2 Cemetery in Europe, where half of the burials are RAF crews, many from Bomber Command.

    We then travel for an overnight stay in Belgium or Holland.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 7

    We return to the UK today. You can choose to be dropped off at one of our regional joining points or at the Leger offices in Rotherham to collect your parked car.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • IMPORTANT - Information regarding the Lancaster Bomber Experience

    Lancaster Taxy ride Terms and conditions

    Taxy riders must be able to board the Lancaster without any assistance and be able to exit the aircraft quickly, should there be an emergency, without any assistance.

    Access to the Lancaster is by five steps with a hand rail. Riders have to be able to climb over the main spar, which is 30 inches high and 14 inches deep. There is a step up to this of 12 inches. The head space to climb over the spar in is 30 inches high and 32 inches wide. This area is an arc and the measurements are to the widest and highest points.

    Without being able to cross the main spar, the rider would not be able to access the W/OP, Navigator, cockpit or nose areas of the aircraft. One of our 2 emergency exits is in the front of the aircraft and so it is important that the riders can cross the main spar in case the other exit cannot be used. The emergency escape route from the front and rear of the aircraft is by ladder and so riders must be able to use a ladder without assistance.

    Anyone undertaking the Lancaster taxy ride experience must be able to hear and follow verbal and visual instructions in noisy surroundings. This experience may not be suitable for anyone who has disabilities affecting mobility, concentration, dexterity and co-ordination.

    If we deem the rider unable to move around the aircraft with enough ease and sufficient speed to such an extent that they may put themselves and others at risk during an emergency, then sadly, it would not be possible for them to take part in the taxy ride. If this decision is made by the Centre upon the customers’ arrival, then no refund will be given.

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Accommodation

You will stay for one night at the 3-star Holiday Inn Express Rotherham North and one night at the 3-star Best Western Retford. 

You will then spend two nights at the 4-star NH Dortmund Hotel.

Overnight crossing from Hull to Rotterdam on board ship with P&O Ferries.

Overnight stay in Belgium/ Holland will be in a city-style hotel.

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