5 days from £519pp
In this new tour we look at the role of the Eighth US Army Air Force and RAF Bomber Command, which operated from their bases in England. We'll see memorials, original aircraft and bomber bases, and get insight into the terrible losses at the Cambridge American Cemetery. To fully understand events like the Dams Raid and the daylight bombing of Germany, it is important to link that story with the Allied airbases in Britain. It also gives us time to reflect on the cost of war as we walk amongst the American graves or see the names on the Bomber Command Memorial. Norman Sibbald, Battlefield Guide.
- 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
- 4 evening meals
- Specialist Battlefield Guide
- Convenient local joining points
- Porterage at the hotel
(Deposits from £50pp)
Once you have booked your battlefield tour either online, or by telephone (), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can -
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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.
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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 or Door-to-Door service, then to our hotel in Cambridge where we stay for one night.
Included meals: Dinner
Day 2 - The Mighty Eighth
Today we begin at the Cambridge American Cemetery where we look at the losses sustained by the Eighth US Army Air Force during their daytime bombing missions over occupied Europe. Many of them are commemorated here on the memorial to the missing.
We then visit the Imperial War Museum Duxford (entrance included), with time to explore the museum and the many aircraft here, including those under restoration in the old RAF Hangars. The American Air Museum here gives further insight into the Eighth Air Force, and the memorials to the various squadrons show just how costly some raids were.
We then stop at Kimbolton Airfield where American B17s flew from, including one Eighth Air Force group that flew the most USAAF missions from the UK during WW2, as well as Grafton Underwood Airfield also used by the 'Mighty Eighth'.
We continue to Lincolnshire for a three night stay.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Bomber Command Heroes
Today we begin our look at RAF Bomber Command with a visit to the RAF Metheringham, an RAF Bomber Command station opened in 1943 and here we look at the story of one of Bomber Command's Victoria Cross Heroes.
Next we visit the International Bomber Command Centre (entrance included) overlooking Lincoln. This important site pays tribute to the men of Bomber Command. We get a guided tour of the memorial and have time to see the museum. We also have lunch here before travelling to Yorkshire Air Museum (entrance included) at Elvington near York, which tells the story of Fighter and Bomber Command, seeing an original Halifax Bomber.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - The Dambusters
Today we look at the iconic story of the Dambusters, exploring their connection to Woodhall Spa and seeing the 617 Squadron Memorial.
We then visit the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre (entrance included), where an operation Lancaster is maintained. Here we have time to visit the museum and observe the restoration work on the Lancaster.
We then continue to the RAF Scampton to tour the outside of the base and get a sense of its important role in the story of the Dambusters before visiting Scampton War Cemetery which includes RAF Bomber Command graves and graves of Luftwaffe personnel. We end the day with a look at RAF North Witham used by both RAF and USAAF.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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.
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