Blitzkrieg in France


5 days from £499pp

About the tour: Blitzkrieg in France


Tour Introduction

The Battle of France was a harsh conflict that saw the Nazi War Machine obliterate the Allied line in the Ardennes and push them back to the English channel, resulting in the infamous Dunkirk evacuation. On this new tour, we stand in remembrance on the 2020 80th anniversary; taking a look at some of the decisive battles surrounding this harrowing period of World War II.

Tour Includes


  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Battlefield visits as described
  • Convenient local joining points
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(Deposits from £50pp)

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in northern France, where we stay for four nights.

Day 2 - Ardennes Region

We start today with a journey through to the Ardennes Region to Montcornet where Charles de Gaulle fought in May 1940. We then visit the newly-opened Ardennes War Museum at Novion-Porcien, where we find a fantastic collection of vehicles and weaponry from both the World Wars.

After lunch in Sedan, we take a look at where the German forces crossed the Meuse and the massive tank battle that took place around Stonne in May 1940, with a chance to see an original Char B Tank.

Included meals: Breakfast

Ardennes

Ardennes (2)

Key Visits

  • Novion-Porcien
  • Stonne
  • Montcornet
  • Ardennes

Day 3 - Arras

Today we look at the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and its role in the fighting around Arras and in northern France. We take a look at the ground where British tanks fought Rommel’s Panzers, visit the graves of those who lost their lives there and see the Durham Light Infantry and Matilda Tank Memorial in Beaurains.

After lunch in Arras, we move on to learn about the fight for Mont St. Eloi in 1940 and then travel over to look at the Gort Line defences and bunkers built by the BEF.

Included meals: Breakfast

Mont St Eloi

Mont St Eloi (2)

Key Visits

  • Arras
  • Beaurains Tank Memorial
  • Mont St Eloi

Day 4 - Dunkirk

As the Allied front in France collapsed, British and French troops were forced to retreat to the coast with their backs to the Channel. In the morning, we look at the defence of the Canal Lines and after lunch in Dunkirk we see the Dunkirk War Museum, the War Cemetery and evacuation beaches.

Included meals: Breakfast

Dunkirk Beaches

Dunkirk Beaches (3)

Key Visits

  • Dunkirk
  • Dunkirk War Cemetery & Memorial
  • Dunkirk Beaches

Day 5

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Entrance fees to museums, places of interest and optional excursions are at extra cost.

Specialist Battlefield Guides

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.

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Hotel

You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Hotel Ibis St. Quentin Basilique.

Travel Options

All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from.

Silver Service Coach

Silver Service, refreshments
Silver Service, lounge
Silver Service, entertainment

Silver Service Features

  • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
  • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
  • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
  • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
  • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
  • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
  • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
  • Onboard toilet

Silver Service Seating Plan

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Travel Extras

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

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

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.

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