Dambusters 76th Anniversary Tour

7 days from £729pp

About the tour: Dambusters 76th Anniversary Tour

Tour Introduction

Join us as we take an in depth look at The Dambusters Raid of May 1943, and honour the sacrifice of Guy Gibson VC and his crews who flew in the most iconic air operation of WW2, on the 75th Anniversary of Operation Chastise. Led by a Specialist Guide we travel from Sheffield to Germany seeing Derwent Dam, the RAF museum in Hendon, the Dambusters graves at Bergen-op-Zoom, plus visit Eder and Möhne Dam which were attacked in the raid, on this fascinating battlefield tour.

Tour Includes

  • 6 nights hotel with English/continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Free parking in Rotherham and return drop off service to a local joining point or Rotherham
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(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 -

  1. Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  2. Send payments via online banking.
  3. Send payments via cheque.
  4. Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

This tour begins in Sheffield. Make you own way to our hotel in the Sheffield area where you will be staying for the night. Free car parking is available at the Leger offices in nearby Rotherham together with a free transfer service to your hotel.

Day 2 - Derwent Dam

We head to Derwent Dam in the Peak District where the Dambusters operated training flights because of its resemblance to the German dams, before travelling to former RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, the base of 617 Squadron. Here you can visit the heritage centre and see where the Dambusters flew from. We continue to our hotel in the Heathrow/Watford area.

Included meals: Breakfast

Derwent Dam

Derwent Reservoir (2)

Key Visits

  • Derwent Dam
  • RAF Scampton

Day 3 - Hendon & Reculver

Today, we visit the RAF Museum in Hendon to see an original Lancaster Bomber, before seeing the area at Reculver in Kent where bouncing bomb testing took place. From here we travel to France and continue to Antwerp for an overnight stay

Included meals: Breakfast

Lancaster Bomber

Lancaster Bomber (2)

Key Visits

  • Lancaster Bomber
  • Reculver
  • RAF Museum Hendon

Day 4 - Bergen op Zoom

Today we see the grave of Dambusters leader Guy Gibson VC, killed in a crash in a Mosquito in 1944. We also see Dambusters graves at Bergen op Zoom before continuing to our hotel in the Dortmund/Wuppertal area of Germany for two nights.

Included meals: Breakfast

Bergen op Zoom

Bergen op Zoom (2)

Key Visits

  • Bergen op Zoom
  • Guy Gibson Grave

Day 5 - Dambusters 76th Anniversary

Today, on 16th May – the 76th Anniversary – we visit the Dams attacked in the raid, also seeing the small museum at the Eder Dam. After dinner this evening we visit the Möhne Dam at the time the attack took place in 1943, returning to our hotel late this evening.

Included meals: Breakfast

Mohne Dam


Key Visits

  • Mohne Dam
  • Eder Dam

Day 6 - Rheinberg War Cemetery

We travel across Germany and visit the graves of Dambuster crews in Rheinberg War Cemetery and later, at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, before having an overnight stay in the Arnhem area.

Included meals: Breakfast

Rheinberg War Cemetery

Rheinberg War Cemetery (3)

Key Visits

  • Reichswald Forest War Cemetery
  • Rheinberg War Cemetery

Day 7

We return to the U.K today. You can choose to be dropped off at one of our Local joining points or at the Leger offices in Rotherham to collect your parked car.

Included meals: Breakfast

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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You will stay for one night in the Sheffield area, followed by one night in the Heathrow/Watford area. You will then stay for one night in Antwerp, two nights in the Wuppertal/Dortmund area and one night in the Arnhem area. All hotels will be minimum 3-star hotels.

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


Travel Extras

With an overnight stay, a Door-to-Door pick up 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.

Door-to-Door service

On Battlefield tours of 7 days’ duration or more, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point. If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining points we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer vehicle, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. The cost is just £30 per booking each way for up to four people per booking.

If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge – please enquire at the time of booking.

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Call our friendly advisors on: 01709 385 624