Dunkirk & Fortress Europe

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DEPARTS: Convenient joining points in the UK, or begin/end your tour in Europe

from: $873
4 or 5 Days
  • Price: per person, twin share
  • Deposit: 30%
This tours explores one of the turning points of WW2, Operation Dynamo – the evacuation of 330,000 British and French troops.

Dunkirk & Fortress Europe

The evacuation of more than 330,000 British and French troops from Dunkirk in May 1940 during Operation Dynamo, following the Battle of France, was one of the turning points of WW2. Four long years of occupation followed which saw the construction of the Atlantic Wall in this part of Northern France and Belgium, to prevent any Allied return. On this tour we visit the war graves, the memorials, the battle sites of 1940 and both the beaches and port of Dunkirk, even seeing wrecks of the Little Ships. In addition we see some fantastic local war museums as well as the Dunkirk Memorial and War Cemetery. We explore bunkers and defences, as well as seeing where the V-weapons such as the Doodlebug and V2 were launched from.

Itinerary

4-Day

Day 1 > Arrive

Depart from your chosen UK pick-up point and travel to the port where a coach interchange will take place, you will then join your tour coach for the Channel crossing. On arrival on the Continent we continue to our hotel (passengers joining the tour in Europe will meet the group at the hotel this evening).

Day 2 > Battle of France: Retreat To Dunkirk

We start the tour with a look at some of the fighting in the Battle of France in May 1940 following the story of the Durham Light Infantry and Royal Welch Fusiliers at St. Venant, seeing the memorial and nearby graves. At Cassel Hill we examine the last stand here by the Oxs & Bucks and Glosters. Following lunch we visit the site at Wormhout where a massacre of British troops took place by the SS and then go into Dunkirk to visit the excellent War Museum of Operation Dynamo, followed by a visit to the East Mole. We end the day in the dunes of Dunkirk to remember the sacrifice of French troops in May-June 1940. (B)

STAR INCLUSIONS   St Venant: Memorial & Cemetery   Cassel Hill    Wormhout Massacre site

East Mole   War Museum of Operation Dynamo   Dunes of Dunkirk

Day 3 > Miracle of Dunkirk: The V-Weapons

We return to Dunkirk to see the Dunkirk War Cemetery and the Dunkirk Memorial to the Missing. At Bray Dunes we look at the story of the evacuation beaches and the ‘little ships’, forever connected to the Dunkirk story. At Eperlecques we see the massive Blockhaus, built as a launch site for V2 rockets. We then see a typical V1 Doodlebug ski-ramp site, hidden in the woods near Morbecque and constructed to fire more than 2000 V1s a day at London. In the evening join us on an optional trip to nearby Ypres for the moving Last Post Ceremony. (B)

STAR INCLUSIONS   Blockhaus Eperlecques   Menin Gate   Dunkirk War Cemetery & Memorial   Bray Dunes   V1 Site, Morbecque

OPTIONAL EXCURSION   Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate

Day 4 > Depart

We leave the hotel after breakfast and travel to the Channel port. You will leave your tour coach behind as you join your transfer vehicle for your return journey to your original departure point. (B)

Itinerary

5-Day

Day 1 > Arrive

Depart from your chosen UK pick-up point and travel to the port where a coach interchange will take place, you will then join your tour coach for the Channel crossing. On arrival on the Continent we continue to our hotel (passengers joining the tour in Europe will meet the group at the hotel this evening).

Day 2 – Battle of France: Retreat To Dunkirk

We start the tour with a look at some of the fighting in the Battle of France in May 1940 following the story of the Durham Light Infantry and Royal Welch Fusiliers at St. Venant, seeing the memorial and nearby graves. At Cassel Hill we examine the last stand here by the Oxs & Bucks and Glosters. Following lunch we visit the site at Wormhout where a massacre of British troops took place by the SS and then go into Dunkirk to visit the excellent War Museum of Operation Dynamo, followed by a visit to the East Mole. We end the day in the dunes of Dunkirk to remember the sacrifice of French troops in May-June 1940. (B)

STAR INCUSIONS   St Venant: Memorial & Cemetery Cassel Hill  Wormhout Massacre site East Mole

 War Museum of Operation Dynamo Dunes of Dunkirk

Day 3 – Miracle of Dunkirk: The V-Weapons

We return to Dunkirk to see the Dunkirk War Cemetery and the Dunkirk Memorial to the Missing. At Bray Dunes we look at the story of the evacuation beaches and the ‘little ships’, forever connected to the Dunkirk story. At Eperlecques we see the massive Blockhaus, built as a launch site for V2 rockets. We then see a typical V1 Doodlebug ski-ramp site, hidden in the woods near Morbecque and constructed to fire more than 2000 V1s a day at London. In the evening join us on an optional trip to nearby Ypres for the moving Last Post Ceremony. (B)

STAR INCUSIONS   Blockhaus Eperlecques Menin Gate Dunkirk War Cemetery & Memorial Bray Dunes V1 Site, Morbecque

OPTIONAL EXCURSION   Last Post Ceremony

Day 4 > Atlantic Wall: Liberation

On the Belgium coast at Raversijde we see how the WWI Aachen Battery was turned into a section of the Atlantic Wall by the Germans, seeing the bunker, trenches and many original features. We then travel to the French coast for lunch and in the afternoon visit Batterie Todt, a massive bunker that housed a huge artilery piece which bombarded Britain and could be used to fire on any invasion fleet. We see the museum here which includes a very rare German 280mm Railway Gun, then visit the V3 super-gun system at Mimoyecques. Here we go through tunnels built to house this incredible weapon which was never fired in anger due to Allied bombing. We end the day looking at the liberation of the coastal region in northern France in September 1944 with a visit to Calais Canadian Cemetery. (B)

STAR INCLUSIONS   Raversijde   Batterie Todt   V3 Site Mimoyecques   Calais Canadian War Cemetery

Day 5 > Depart

We leave the hotel after breakfast and travel to the Channel port. You will leave your tour coach behind as you join your transfer vehicle for your return journey to your original departure point. (B)

Dates












Departure DateDaysTravel ByTour refPrice
Mon 19 October 20205Silver Service5BDKV/1$1223
Thu 29 October 20204Silver Service4BDKV/1$923
Mon 22 March 20215Silver Service5BDKV/1$1173
Fri 23 April 20214Executive4BDK/1$873
Mon 24 May 20215Executive5BDK/1$1148
Mon 14 June 20215Silver Service5BDKV/1$1248

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