The Battles for Antwerp
4 days from £349pp
In the autumn of 1944 the Allied Armies were still being supplied direct from the Normandy beaches, now hundreds of miles from the front line. The port of Antwerp had to be taken, but to make it operational, the Walcheren Island also had to be captured as it guarded the approaches to Antwerp. There was heavy fighting here in 1944; join us on this new tour as we look at some of the Netherlands' most remarkable museums and battlefield sites.
- 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
- Specialist Battlefield Guide
- Convenient local joining points
- Travel by executive coach
(Deposits from £50pp)
Once you have booked your battlefield tour either online, or by telephone (01709 385 624), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can -
Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.
For customers living outside of the UK, if you want to make a booking you will need to provide a UK postcode on our online booking system. If you are not able to provide a relevant UK postcode then you can enter the postcode for London Victoria Coach Station – SW1W 9TP. You should then be able to proceed to complete your booking.
If you do encounter a problem then you can speak to one of our friendly advisors who will be happy to help.
Please Note : After completing your booking, a member of our Customer Service team will be in touch to make sure everything is okay.
Either e-mail our Reservations Department or call on 01709 830 333 and they will check to see whether you can visit a particular cemetery on any of our Battlefield Tours, if we are not able to fit it into our itinerary then you could take some time out of the tour and do this independently by taxi or public transport.
Local departure by coach, then to Antwerp in Belgium for a three-night stay.
Day 2 - Operation Switchback & Walcheren Island
We start on the coast opposite the Walcheren Island and see where the Canadians landed during Operation Switchback, a small ‘D-Day’ style landing that outflanked the German defenders. We see the landing beach and memorials and then cross to the Walcheren Island.
Here we visit the Zeeland Liberation Museum with its extensive collection and outdoor memorial park, which includes defences, bunkers, tanks and a Bailey Bridge.
After lunch in Middelburg, we look at the British landings on the Walcheren Island at Flushing and Westkapelle, seeing the memorials and the Sherman Tank on the Dyke. We then look at the Canadian battle along the causeway, seeing the memorials and where the battle actually took place.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 3 - Battle for Antwerp & Wings of Liberation Museum
Today we look at the British attack on Antwerp and see the Cromwell Tank Memorial to the 11th Armoured Division. We discuss the Canadian fighting in the area and see a Sherman Tank at Woensdrecht, before visiting the superb WW2 War Museum at Ossendrecht with its remarkable collection of artefacts.
After lunch we visit a rare example of a German Panther Tank in Breda, and then travel to the Wings of Liberation Museum which looks at the air war over Antwerp and the Netherlands. Here, there are not only aircraft on display but also tanks and other vehicles.
We end at the Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery where the dead from the fighting in this region are buried.
Included meals: Breakfast
Included meals: Breakfast
All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.
Please note: On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.
If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.
No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.
All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.
We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.
We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.
Crowne Plaza Antwerp+ View more
About the hotel
The Crowne Plaza hotel is located on the outskirts of the city of Antwerp, just a 10-minute drive from Antwerp airport. The hotel is just a short walk away from the Nachtegalenpark Park.
- English Speaking Staff
- Swimming Pool
- WiFi Available
- Bath and/or Shower
- Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
Executive Coach+ View more
With an overnight stay or the option to meet us at the interchange, our travel extras allow you to create a travel experience to suit your needs...
Stay overnight near Dover+ Find out more
Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?
You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £38 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.
To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday
Join coach at Interchange+ Find out more
Join your tour coach at the interchange.
On most tours if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines.
Excludes tours to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.