Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours

Race to Remagen: Aachen to the Rhineland

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This four day battlefield tour in Holland and Germany looks at the final battles of 1944-1945.

Immortalised in the Hollywood movie ‘The Bridge at Remagen’, this battlefield tour in Holland and Germany looks at the final battles of 1944-1945 which lead to the Race to the Rhine and the capture of the Remagen Bridge. We see some excellent museums, battlefield sites near Aachen including foxholes in the Hurtgenwald forest, and visit where the first Tiger tank versus Pershing tank battle took place before going into Remagen. Here we see the remains of the bridge and cross the mighty Rhine.

Day 1 > Arrive Holland

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.

Day 2 > Siegfried Line; Hürtgenwald

We start at the superb ‘Eyewitness WWII’ museum at Beek in Holland, just across the border from Germany and the Siegfried Line. Here we see an unrivalled collection of uniforms and weapons from the Second World War. We then visit the impressive Netherlands American Cemetery where we see the graves of members of Easy Company – the ‘Band of Brothers’ – and the new visitors’ centre, as well as the dead from Remagen. On the Siegfried Line we see Dragon’s Teeth defences and then travel into the Hürtgenwald battlefield which one observer called ‘Passchendaele with tree bursts’. Here we follow the bloody battle in the forest visiting the Hürtgenwald Museum, frontline positions in the woods and the German Cemetery at Vossenack including the grave of Field Marshall Walter Model, one of the most senior German officers to die in WWII and often called ‘The Saviour of the Eastern Front’. (B,D)

STAR INCLUSION  Beek Eyewitness Museum   Netherlands American Cemetery   Hurtgenwald   Museum  Vossenack Cemetery

Day 3 > Race to Remagen

Today we follow the American advance on the river Rhine: the ‘Race to Remagen’. We look at the first clash of Pershing and Tiger tanks at Elsdorf in March 1945, before following the US Armoured advance via Stadt Meckenheim to the outskirts of Remagen where American troops discovered the Rhine bridge was intact: the last one remaining. As part of our visit here we have lunchtime in Remagen then visit the Remagen Bridge Museum, see where the fighting took place and cross the Rhine to view the battlefield from the other side of the river. The remains of this once impressive bridge really help bring the history of this final chapter of WWII alive. (B,D)

STAR INCLUSION  ★ Remains of the Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen   Elsdorf   Remagen   Remagen Museum

Day 4 > Depart

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

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Coach Travel

3 nights’ hotel accommodation

Daily continental breakfast and 2 evening meals

Specialist Battlefield Historian

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Hundreds of convenient local joining points in the UK

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Value Tours are operated in conjunction with our UK partner, Leger Holidays.

Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.

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Ask about our airfare, hotel and car hire deals, which offer great discounts when booked in conjunction with our tours.

Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. In addition, your Historian may alter the sites visited on each day to suit local conditions. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.

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