Our Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain

5 days from £599pp

About the tour: Our Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain

Tour Introduction

The Battle of Britain was one of the most iconic episodes of the Second World War. Forced back across the channel by a victorious Nazi war machine, it looked as if Britain would be invaded. But the war moved to the skies above South East England where pilots of many nations fought in what Winston Churchill called ‘Our Finest Hour’.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with English/continental breakfast
  • 2 evening meals
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Battlefield visits as described
  • Regional joining points
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(Deposits from £50pp)

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Regional departure by coach then travel to Kent. We visit the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne, seeing the memorials, replica aircraft and visitor’s centre, setting the scene for the tour. We then see one of the very few remaining Battle of Britain Luftwaffe graves left in Kent at Lenham before proceeding to our hotel in Ashford for a two-night stay.

Included meals: Dinner

Battle of Britain Pilots Memorial

Battle of Britain Memorial (2)

Key Visits

  • Battle of Britain Memorial

Day 2 - Battle of Britain

Today we have a full day looking at the Battle of Britain in Kent. We start at the Battle of Britain Museum at Hawkinge, a former RAF base where much of the 1960s film about the battle was filmed; the museum has many of the aircraft used in the film plus an incredible collection of memorabilia. We then visit RAF graves in the nearby cemetery at Hawkinge and have lunchtime in Canterbury.

In the afternoon we travel across Kent to former RAF Manston where we see the Spitfire and Hurricane Museum and small museum dedicated to the RAF Station, as well as graves in the nearby cemetery.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

RAF Manston

RAF Manston (2)

Key Visits

  • RAF Manston

Day 3 - Bentley Priory Museum & Runnymede Memorial

This morning we depart for North-West London to visit Bentley Priory Museum, which was Fighter Command Headquarters in 1940. Here there is an amazing array of RAF material on display in this historically important building. We then travel to the Battle of Britain Bunker near Uxbridge to see an original 1940 Operations Room used in the battle. From here we visit The Runnymede Memorial, where many of ‘The Few’ are commemorated before we return to Kent and take a ferry to France for two nights at our hotel in De Panne on the Belgian Coast.

Included meals: Breakfast

Runnymede Memorial

Runnymede Memorial (2)

Key Visits

  • Runnymede Memorial

Day 4 - Operation Dynamo

On our final day we are in France where we link the story of Operation Dynamo, the evacuation at Dunkirk, to the Battle of Britain. We see the evacuation beaches and Dunkirk Mole, Dunkirk War Cemetery and Dunkirk Museum, as well as look at the story of RAF pilots shot down during the Battle of Britain who crashed in the channel or in France.

Included meals: Breakfast

Dunkirk War Cemetery & Memorial

Dunkirk War Cemetery & Memorial (3)

Key Visits

  • Dunkirk
  • Dunkirk War Cemetery & Memorial

Day 5

Return home.

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 two nights at the 3-star Holiday Inn Ashford North. You will then stay for two night at the 3-star Ibis De Panne.

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 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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