World War 2 Battlefield Tours – 2015 (page 6)

The tour list gives the full index of all of our battlefield, pilgrimage and war graves tours covering the Second World War. Expanded details are also available in our brochure, contact us for a copy.

WORLD WAR 2: Anniversary of A Bridge Too Far, Arnhem/Nijmegen

This tour commemorates the anniversary of the battle of Arnhem, Operation Market Garden, 'A Bridge Too Far'; visting Arnhem and Nijmegen.

17th–21st September
5 Days, 4 Nights
£640.00

Day 1 – This tour takes us through France and Belgium before entering Holland and on to our first night's hotel in the Eindhoven area.

Day 2 – The next morning we'll take a leisurely drive along the Corridor, 'Hells Highway', which the troops took in their attempt to relieve the Airborne Forces at Arnhem. Visiting, on route, the various crossing places of the canal system, the Grave Bridge, and taking a break in the beautiful town of Nijmegen. We'll visit Jonkerbos Cemetery before making our way to our hotel at Arnhem.

Day 3 – From our base in Arnhem we visit the Airborne Drop at Ginkel Heath, Wolfheze, Heelsum and Oosterbeek areas, the Hartenstein Hotel Airborne Museum, Schoonoord Cross-Roads, Oosterbeek Airborne Cemetery and follow the route taken by John Frost into the famous 'Bridge Too Far', seeing en-route the Tafelberg Hotel, the home of Kate Ter Horst (the 'Angel of Arnhem'). We will also visit the scenes of valour where L/Sgt. Baskeyfield, Cpt. Queripel, Cpt. Cain, Lt. Grayburn and Flt Lt. Lord all won the coveted Victoria Cross.

Day 4 – On day four we'll attend the Special Service of Remembrance at Oosterbeek Airborne Cemetery, to pay our respects, along with the schoolchildren of the area. Going on to visit the Groesbeek area, we will view the Liberation Museum, Canadian Cemetery and the impressive Overloon Battlefield Park. We then cross over into Germany and visit the Reichswald Forest Cemetery, beside Kleve, and other cemeteries by request.

Day 5 – Journey back to the UK.

Arnhem Bridge

Tank

Such an important and complex battle so well explained, Dick, Jeannie Ray and Mike were all superb.

Paul & Patsy Huxley

WORLD WAR 2: Italy: Monte Cassino, Salerno and Anzio

Battlefield/Pilgrimage tour visiting Monte Cassino, Anzio and Salerno.

17th–21st September
FLYING TOUR

5 Days, 4 Nights
£1150.00
[Single supplement £100.00]

Our itinerary will be as follows, but may be subject to slight change depending on requests to visit specific sites/cemeteries, you are guaranteed to be taken to your place of request.

Day 1 – Flight from Heathrow to Rome, where we are met by our coach and taken to our hotel in the Cassino area, where we are based for the first four nights.

Day 2 – Visit to Monte Cassino, the Garigliano Valley and Minturno.

Day 3 – Today we visit Anzio, Aprilia, the Wadi’s and Campoleone.

Day 4 – Today we visit Salerno and Naples.

Day 5 – After breakfast we are taken back to Rome Airport for our flight home.

All the hotels used are of excellent standard, up to and including 4-star, personally visited and checked by the organizers. All rooms have en-suite facilities, television, telephone, breakfasts are buffet style and evening meals are three course.

There will be the services of a chauffeur driven car to facilitate Special Visits to Bari and Taranto Cemeteries, and certain others in the Central region of Italy, if required.

We achieved our dream, visiting our brother’s last resting place at Sangro River.

Monica Lester

All of our flying tours are organised through Carrick Travel Ltd, which is a bonded company, and the tours provided will meet the requirements of ABTA (ABTA number 18343) and the CAA (ATOL number 1159).

WORLD WAR 2: Battle of the Bulge

The Ardennes.

24th–28th September
5 Days, 4 Nights
£640.00

Day 1 – Travelling from the UK we make our way to our hotel in Belgium for a one night stay.

Day 2 – We visit the beautiful towns of Dinant and then Hotton, with its British and Commonwealth Cemetery, and seeing the Panther Tank at Grandmesnil. Then to our hotel in Luxemburg, where we spend the following three nights.

Day 3 – We follow the route taken by the infamous Joachim Peiper, from the Schnee Eifel in Germany, through the small lanes and villages, covering the various atrocities, before arriving at the cross-roads just outside Malmedy, where the notorious 'Massacre At Malmedy' took place. Here we pay our respects and have a short 'Service of Remembrance'. We then visit the cafe, where some of the troops took refuge. We continue on to the Hotel Moulin, where Peiper ate the breakfast of the fleeing Americans, and pay our respects to those shot at the small memorial outside.

From here we cover the action at Trois Ponts before ending up at the Museum at La Gleize, where we see the fearsome King Tiger Tank.

Day 4 – Next day we see various memorials and pieces of equipment en route to the marvellous Museum in Deikirch, where we spend time looking at artefacts and panoramas. Continuing south we visit the large American Cemetery in Luxembourg and see the grave of General Patton, before we visit Bastogne, 'Nuts City', see its Sherman Tank, and visit the Mardasson American Memorial and Museum on the hillside.

Prior to returning to our hotel, we visit the isolated graves of the airmen shot down on their return from a secret mission over Germany, and who lie buried alongside their crashed aircraft.

Day 5 – On the final day we make our way back to the Port of Calais, visiting the Panther Tank at Grandmesnil on the way.

bust and tank

American troops in Italy

Loved the personal aspects, could not have been better, very thought provoking.

Lorna Roberts

tank trap