London VE Day

About the tour: London VE Day

Tour Introduction

We head into London on this special tour for the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, which brought about the end of the Second World War in the west. We will attend the events in commemoration of the day before spending time at the renowned Imperial War Museum. This tour also covers the build-up to D-Day as we visit the Normandy Campaign displays at the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth, before travelling to the Runnymede Memorial.

Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • Specialist Historical Guide
  • Convenient regional joining points (call for your nearest)
  • Travel by executive coach
  • Historical visits as described
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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

May 7 - Brookwood Military Cemetery

Regional departure by executive coach, then on to Brookwood in Surrey to visit Brookwood Military Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery in Great Britain. Here we look at this large site and the WW2 plots, which include service personnel from many nations.

From here we head to our hotel where we will stay for three nights.

Brookwood Memorial

Brookwood Memorial (3)

Key Visits

  • Brookwood Cemetery
  • Brookwood Memorial

May 8 - VE Day in London

Today we will attend VE Day events in London. This is likely to involve a public parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

Later in the day we will travel to the Imperial War Museum in London. The museum has a vast collection of artefacts displayed across six floors, and is renowned worldwide for its exhibitions.

Included meals: Breakfast

Cenotaph London: VE Day

Cenotaph London: VE Day (3)

Key Visits

  • Cenotaph London: VE Day
  • Imperial War Museum

May 9 - D-Day in Hampshire

Today we look at the build-up to D-Day in Hampshire, and visit the superb and newly refurbished D-Day Museum in Portsmouth. This has extensive displays covering D-Day and the Normandy Campaign.

We will also look at some pre-D-Day marshalling areas and visit the Portsmouth Memorial which commemorates Naval personnel lost at sea, including men who died on the Normandy Beaches on D-Day.

Included meals: Breakfast

Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Portsmouth Naval Memorial (3)

Key Visits

  • D-Day Museum
  • Portsmouth Naval Memorial

May 10 - Runnymede Memorial

On our final morning, we visit the Runnymede Memorial which commemorates thousands of men of Fighter and Bomber Command, from the Battle of Britain to the raids on Germany, as well as SOE personnel including the ‘Princess Spy’, Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan GC, who was killed in Dachau Concentration Camp. Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Runnymede Memorial

Runnymede Memorial (2)

Key Visits

  • Runnymede Memorial

Please note; security checks may be implemented to attend VE Day events. Should any personal details be required we will advise in due course.

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 three nights in a minimum 3-star hotel in Slough, Heathrow, Reading or the Watford area. Final hotel details will be confirmed with your travel documents.

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.

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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Call our friendly advisors on: 01709 385 624