Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day with Sir Antony Beevor

5 nights starting from
£1499

  • See three iconic locations of World War II on a single tour – D-Day Beaches, Dunkirk and Arnhem

  • Three expert contributors – Sir Antony Beevor, Simon Heffer and Prof Peter Caddick-Adams

  • Dinner on board the Princess Elizabeth – which helped evacuate 1673 Allied soldiers

  • Stay at the atmospheric Ferme de la Ranconniere in Crepon, where Sgt-Major Stanley Hollis won the only Victoria Cross on D-Day

  • Signed copies of books by Sir Antony Beevor and Peter Caddick-Adams

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, when the defeated Nazis finally surrendered, bringing to an end one of the bloodiest conflicts the world has ever known. The tales of heroism and sacrifice from an extraordinary generation of men and women are numerous and you will hear many of them during this exclusive tour to Northern Europe. To make your trip even more special, you will be joined by three renowned historians in the shape of Sir Antony Beevor, The Telegraph columnist Simon Heffer and Professor Peter Caddick-Adams. Sir Antony, author of Arnhem: the Battle for the Bridges, 1944, will deliver a private talk and field your questions during an evening in the Dutch  town, whose road bridge was the site of fierce fighting during the Battle of Arnhem. Simon will join you for a special dinner in Dunkirk after which he will give a private talk and Q&A on how Britain, led by Winston Churchill, managed to resist the Nazis and finally overcome them. Peter, meanwhile, will be with you throughout your trip to provide insight into the places you’re visiting and give two evening lectures. In addition to visiting Arnhem, you will tour Dunkirk beach and the Dunkirk War Museum as well as Hartenstein Airborne Museum and Ginkel Heath. Other highlights include a visit to Pegasus Bridge, which was one of the first targets in the small hours of Operation Overlord and trips to Sword and Omaha beaches, including a tour of the German defenses. You will see the 11th-century Chateau de Creully that served as Field Marshal Montgomery’s tactical headquarters during the summer of 1944 and you will have the opportunity to pay your respects to those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom during visits to the US military cemetery at Colleville, the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Bayeux and the Arnhem-Oosterbeek British Cemetery.

Available Departures

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04 - May - 2020 £ 1499.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 04th May 2020 at 07:55

Returning: 09th May 2020 at 17:56

ITINERARY

Day One (4 May): Eurostar and TGV from London or Ebbsleet to Caen via Paris
Arrive and transfer by coach to Ferme de la Ranconniere, Crepon. Arrive in Crepon. The village was the site of the exploits of Sergeant-Major Stanley Hollis, who won the only Victoria Cross on D-Day. Tonight you’ll enjoy a welcome drink, dinner and an evening talk from military historian Peter Caddick-Adams. D

Day Two (5 May): Comprehensive visit to many sites associated with 6 June 1944
Today you will make visits to many of the places associated with June 6, 1944, better known as D-Day. This morning, you will head to Ranville and the scene of the British airborne attacks, Pegasus Bridge, and its museum. There you will learn of the glider mission to capture the bridge intact in the early hours of June 6, 1944, commanded by Major John Howard. You will move on to the ‘Hillman’ German position before seeing the Sword Beach landing site. After lunch, (included) you will journey to Bayeux to pay your respects at Bayeux War Cemetery, the largest British Cemetery on French territory. The German gun battery at Longues-sur-Mer is your next stop before you visit Omaha beach, where the US force was focused. You will follow that with the US military cemetary at Colleville-sur-mer before you return via General Montgomery’s headquarters at Creully. B, L, D

Day Three (6th May): Arromanches
You will spend the morning in Arromanches-les-Baines, where you will learn about the enormous Mulberry artificial harbour and pay a visit to the Musée du Débarquement. You will then transfer by coach to Dunkirk for dinner on board the paddle steamer Princess Elizabeth, which helped evacuate 1,673 Allied soldiers in Operation Dynamo. Enjoy a welcome drink, wine and a talk and Q&A with Simon Heffer. B, D

Day Four (7 May): Dunkirk
Today, you will tour the poignant beach at Dunkirk where hundreds of civilian boats joined the 1940 evacuation of 198,000 British and 140,000 French and Belgian troops. You will learn more about this incredible story of valour at the Dunkirk War Museum. You will later transfer to Arnhem, with an opportunity to visit the Menin Gate First World War memorial in Ypres on the way. This evening, you will enjoy dinner with a talk from Peter Caddick-Adams. B, D

Day Five (8 May, VE Day): VE Day
You start the day with a visit to Ginkel Heath, which was the site of the main landings by the British 1st Airborne Division on September 17, 1944. Then it’s on to the excellent Hartenstein Airborne Museum. Situated in the building that was used as the headquarters for the British 1st Airborne
Division, the museum offers a fascinating overview of Operation Market Garden. You will also focus on the evacuation of the British 1st Airborne Division across the Rhine. Of over 10,600 men in the Division, 2,071 would end up evacuated. You will also stop at the Lonsdale Church where many of those evacuated took shelter. Nearby is the famous house of Kate ter Horst. Used as a Regimental Aid Post to treat the wounded, it featured in the film A Bridge Too Far. Your VE Day tour will conclude at the Arnhem Oosterbeek British Cemetery. Return to the hotel for dinner and an evening talk from acclaimed historian Sir Antony Beevor. B, D

Day Six (9 May)Rail return to London by local train and Eurostar from Breda via Brussels.

Expert speakers

Sir Antony Beevor - Military historian, author
Britain’s bestselling and most widely respected military historian, Sir Antony Beevor’s previous books include Stalingrad (winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for History and Hawthornden Prize for Literature), Berlin – The Downfall and D-Day – The Battle for Normandy

Simon Heffer - Telegraph columnist and historian
In a 30-year career in Fleet Street in senior editorial positions, Simon Heffer is now a Telegraph columnist. He read English at Cambridge and took a PhD in modern history at that university, and has written history books on wide range of subjects, including the Victorian era and the First World War.

Your guide:
Professor Peter Caddick-Adams was educated at Shrewsbury and Sandhurst. He spent 35 years in the regular and reserve forces and lectured for 20 years at the UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham. He is the author of best-selling volumes about the battles of Monte Cassino, the Ardennes, and Field Marshal Montgomery. He will provide commentary throughout and evening talks. All bookings will include a copy of his latest book "Sand and Steel: A New History of D-Day" (published for the 75th anniversary, in 2019).

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 48 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Return standard class Eurostar and TGV/local train from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Caen via Paris, returning from Breda via Brussels
  • Two nights’ accommodation on dinner, bed and breakfast basis at the Ferme de la Ranconniere, Crepon, based on shared occupancy of a twin room
  • One night's accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the Borel Hotel, Dunkirk, based on shared occupancy of a twin room
  • Two nights’ accommodation on dinner, bed and breakfast basis at the Van der Valk Hotel, Arnhem, based on shared occupancy of a twin room
  • Transfers and full itinerary including entrance fees
  • Dinner on board the Princess Elizabeth in Dunkirk with welcome drink, wine and exclusive talk and Q&A session with Simon Heffer
  • One light lunch at Le Courbet in Hermanville
  • Talk from Sir Antony Beevor
  • Copy of “The Second World War” by Sir Antony Beevor – one paperback copy per booking to be signed on the night
  • Signed copy of "Sand and Steel: A New History of D-Day" by Peter Caddick-Adams
  • Services of Peter Caddick-Adams throughout
  • Tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities 

HOTELS

Ferme de la Ranconniere, Crepon, nr Arromanches

The atmospheric three-star Ferme de la Ranconniere is located in the village of Crepon, where Sgt-Major Stanley Hollis won the only Victoria Cross on D-Day.  Dating back in parts to the 13th century, the converted farm oozes history and offers a bar, restaurant and comfortable, rustic rooms with all modern amenities.

Hotel Website


Hotel Borel, Dunkirk

Modern four-star hotel, located in the town centre close to the harbour and a few minutes from the Princess Elizabeth where we will enjoy dinner and a talk from Simon Heffer.  Facilities include a bar and comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities.

 Hotel Website

Hotel Van Der Valk, Arnhem 
Modern four-star hotel, located on the edge of Arnhem, well situated to visit the sites featured in the itinerary. Facilities at this well-run hotel include Hubertus basement bar, restaurant and comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities.

Hotel Website

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